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Control Freak…..

24 Mar

I’m sure this will not come as a surprise to you, given my previous post about my OCD, but I am a control freak.

I find it very hard to delegate any tasks at all which really doesn’t help my stress levels.

Having said that, I’ve found it relatively easy to delegate to Aidan’s preschool for 2.5hrs every Thursday afternoon.  It must be because he’s such a little sod angel.

However, I am struggling with the fact that, other than what can be gleaned from the brief chat with his key worker when he’s collected or from the little tidbits of information that Aidan chooses to share, I have very little idea what he has been doing while he’s been there.

Last week he came home with purple paint on his hand and top, so I’m guessing he painted a picture.  (I’m so clever!)  He also started talking about things being bigger or smaller and saying Sharon (his key worker) had been showing him big and small stuff, so I’m guessing they did work on that too.

I understand that the focus is really on playing (Learning through Play) but I still want to know what he’s been doing!  I also understand that, at £10 a session rather than £60+ for a full day at nursery, I can’t expect the detailed notes the nursery will give you at the end of the day.

I have noticed his level of understanding, tolerance and use of different vocabulary have all dramatically improved and he is counting, or recognising letters and numbers, without prompting now, so what more can I ask really?

I think I just need to chill out……………or possibly install CCTV?





One small step for Aidan, one giant leap for Mummy and Daddy…..

10 Mar

Today Aidan started preschool.

A momentous day and yet, to Aidan at least, it seemed to be just a minor turn in the path of his life.

I felt like I should take a photograph of him, all ready to go, but as he doesn’t wear a  uniform or have a special bag/backpack yet there wouldn’t have been much to distinguish it from any other photo of him.

He was excited all morning and seemed perfectly prepared for the fact that Mummy and Nanny wouldn’t be staying there with him.  He knew that Mummy was “going to get pennies” (a.k.a. working!) and he thought Nanny was going to do the same.  (Not sure how Nanny felt about that suggestion as she’s been retired for several years!)  I should probably explain that, as I normally work all day on Thursday, his Nanny will be the one taking him and picking him up every week so I thought it was important for her to be there to meet the staff and so it wasn’t so strange for Aidan next week when Nanny does it on her own.

Silly Mummy got us all to the preschool a little bit early and they weren’t quite ready to let us in so we had to wait outside for a little while, which Aidan found a bit frustrating.  Once they opened the doors he was raring to go, taking his coat off and stating that he wanted to go and play in the pink car!

He picked his name out from the stars on the table and put his coat and bag neatly on a chair, then stuck his star on the chair back.  Honestly, it was like he’d been there before!

After saying hello to his key worker, he was off and into the pink car!

I spent a few minutes going through some details (mainly about him being reminded to go to the toilet!) with his key worker and then, after seeing that he was very happy, decided that the time was right to say our goodbyes.  Once again, he wasn’t phased and gave me a lovely kiss and cuddle before saying “Bye Mummy, see you later”.  This made me a very happy bunny indeed!

What didn’t make me a happy bunny was then being delayed, unnecessarily, by the manager who kept thrusting forms at me and then, when I was halfway through completing them, saying that I could have taken them home to do!  She then spent a further five minutes finding a receipt for me for my payment.  By this time, Aidan had come over to me and Nanny several times to show us things, so had probably got the idea that we were staying.  All of this meant that when I finally did leave (after saying goodbye to him again) he started running towards the door, bawling his eyes out.  I know it was harsh but I didn’t turn back and just shut the door behind me.  What a bitch! Giving him more attention at this point would only have prolonged it and I knew the ladies there would be able to deal with him.

So off I went to work, wondering if Nanny would be getting a call from them soon!  I really couldn’t vouch for the accuracy of my work until I got a text from my Mum, just before 3, to say that she’d picked him up, (they like you to pick them up slightly early the 1st time) he was very happy and was looking forward to going again!  Apparently, when she got there he was sitting with all the other children listening to a story and didn’t notice she was there for quite a while.  His key worker said he’d settled in very well and he was proudly wearing a star sticker that he got for being a good boy!  He even asked to go for a wee about five minutes after we left!

The manager, as well as some of the other ladies there, commented on what a “confident, chatty, sociable, polite and happy little boy” he is.  Excuse me for a moment but…….that’s my son! *Proud mummy alert*

I’m prepared for the fact that next week, or the week after, or the weeks after that, may not go as smoothly but I’m chuffed to little mint balls with how well my little man coped with today.



Not prepared…..

9 Mar

Aidan starts at preschool tomorrow afternoon.

I’m nervous about it but probably not for the right reasons.

I’m not worried about him enjoying it or having fun as I’m sure he will.

I’m not worried about him getting upset when he realises I won’t be staying there with him. I know he will get upset but I’m confident he’ll get over it quickly and start playing.

I’m not worried about the people there keeping him safe & nurturing his curiosity and desire to learn as much as he can. I trust my instincts (and an outstanding Ofsted report) that I’ve picked the right place.

I’m worried that he won’t remember to tell them when he needs to use the toilet. I’m worried he’ll have an accident and feel embarrassed.

I’m worried he won’t sit still and listen to them when it’s time for a story. I’m worried he’ll be thought of as ‘naughty’ or inattentive.

I’m worried he’ll be too rough with the other children and won’t share the toys nicely. I’m worried he’ll be labelled a little thug!

I’m worried that he’ll get confused when Nanny comes to pick him up, not Mummy.

I’m worried that he doesn’t have a cool backpack to take his spare clothes etc in.

I am a fruitloop.



No pina coladas at preschool…..

7 Mar

It would appear that Aidan may have a pineapple allergy.

We’re not 100% sure but there have been a few coincidences that would be explained by it.

On Wednesday, Aidan was suffering with a cold all day.  Runny nose, bit off his food, coughing, grumpy and clingy.  It was fantastic fun as I’m sure you can imagine!  He managed a small amount of dinner (cottage pie, carrots, peas & sweetcorn factlovers!) with a glass of orange, lemon and pineapple squash.  He seemed tired and ready for bed but also a little upset and restless.  Daddy was just about to start his bedtime story when Aidan calmly told him he was going to be sick…..and he was, oh boy, he was!  Bless him though, he seemed much happier afterwards and even wanted to get involved in the clean-up operation.  (Did I mention he’s a bit weird?)

All was well overnight so, despite him still being a little grumpy, clingy & snotty on Thursday morning I went off to work leaving him with my Mum.  Apparently, he was tired, a bit quieter than usual and not massively hungry but generally okay all day.  I picked him up and came home with him at about 4:30pm when he promptly asked very nicely for some squash so I obliged.  He wasn’t particularly interested in any dinner but did manage a slice of toast.  All was fine until just before his bath when he started to get very upset, fidgety and restless again.  Within five minutes of this behaviour starting he was then sick again (in the toilet this time thankfully!) but, once again, seemed much happier afterwards.

I started racking my brains trying to think of some kind of connection and reason as to why he was only being sick in the evening.  He also had some small spots, (usual for Aidan when he has a virus) as well as some red, sore looking patches of skin on his legs.  Suddenly I remembered a traumatic experience last Spring when I’d taken him to the local aquarium and he’d become restless in his pushchair and then, about 5mins after exiting the shop, vomited all over himself and his pushchair.  Guess what?  About 30mins before we’d gone out he’d eaten some fresh pineapple.  He had a similar ‘rash’ then too.

After speaking to my Mum that evening she told me she remembered having an allergic reaction to pineapple as a child and my nephew had an allergic reaction to kiwi which I believe contains a similar enzyme.

I think it is something he’ll probably grow out of (my Mum did) and it doesn’t seem particularly severe in that it doesn’t cause his mouth & throat to swell as it does in some people.  It may even just be that the acidic nature of the pineapple aggravated mucus in his tummy from his cold (it always goes into his tummy!) and he’ll be fine with pineapple at other times.

So, I’m going to tell the preschool on Thursday that he shouldn’t have any pineapple as a precaution and then, when he’s fully over this cold, I’m thinking of trying him with that squash again so that I’ll know one way or another?  Would you do the same?