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What an awesome day!

We started off with some pretty great fine motor play with Grandma’s buttons and “cheaters chopsticks” – effectively tweezers! We moved the buttons back and forth between different trays which was surprisingly difficult as they were quite thin! 

Aeryn managed several after a LOT of perseverance!

Later, we went for a lovely walk in the rain, borrowing Auntie Charlotte’s umbrella.

Followed by THE most wonderful playdate.

My Bristol friends are still some of my closest, even though we moved away nearly a year ago now. Tash and I have been friends for over 10 years. I was a witness at her wedding. She has 2 daughters, a 4 year old and and 2 year old, there only being 5 weeks between her little one and Aeryn. She’s also pregnant and due around a month before me. She’s also planning to home educate. 

The girls played so beautifully! Aeryn was a little shy at first, as is her personality anywhere new, but she was soon joining in and sharing toys and playing games in a way she doesn’t often play with other children. I think their personalities just clicked! 

Plus, now the 2 year olds can talk basically fluently, their level of play has completely elevated. They now sometimes discuss what they’re doing, negotiate turns, let each other know if they don’t like something, rather than just parallel play and snatch toys back and forth. It was just amazing to watch. 

I can’t believe just two years ago they were tiny, squishy, boob obsessed babies, who couldn’t even hold their own heads up. They’ve turned into giant, capable, still boob obsessed kids with ideas and preferences and attitudes and empathy and plenty of creativity. 

I feel completely recharged. I had no idea how much I needed a cup of tea with an old friend after our awful start to the year emotionally and countless illnesses since Christmas. It was like we’d never spent time apart, which is pretty much the mark of a great friendship.

I would be so happy if we could move back down south one day and see lots more of them! 



Jen enjoys reading (endlessly, everything), creative writing, playing RPGs, buying from local markets, drinking coffee, drinking tea, craft projects, baking, gentle parenting, home educating and speaking in third person. She blogs about issues and ideas surrounding education, parenting, feminism, craft and various other interesting tidbits. What a wonderful word, tidbits.

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