We are into the fourth week of school now and Dylan has quickly had a turn in feelings towards school and now loves it! It’s so beautiful to see, I take him to the door and he takes his teachers hand without a second thought and off he goes with a quick wave goodbye. The change in him is amazing and I can’t wait to see how much he grows over this school year!
He has always had a really restrictive diet and stopped eating anything dairy about a year ago. This week in school they managed to get him to lick some yogurt!! I know it doesn’t sound much and is a strange thing to celebrate but we have been trying for a long time to get him back on yogurts to make sure he has having at least something dairy! Now is to try and get him trying a few more foods and maybe someday soon he will eat something rather than mince for dinner! I’m really excited at the prospect but i am going to stay realistic and him even just licking a food or even touching one is a huge cause for celebration in our house!
Amellia has settled in even more now and totally adores her new school, they really are going above and beyond to help her and it actually makes me so angry when I think of how little her previous school did and when she is saying things about what they did and how her new school is doing it, it’s bloody ridiculous. I’m extremely glad we moved her and just wish we had done it sooner. She is coming on leaps and bounds, they really get her and support her. She now has a 1:1 provided by the school until the Ed psychologist can come out and assess her and provide the school with funding for her to keep the current one on. They seem to get one really well and I’m looking forward to go and see the teacher in October to see how she has really settled in and what we can do at home to help her keep moving forward!
Recently we got sent some lovely baking mixes from the Sweetpea Pantry. Sweetpea Pantry sell many different baking mixes that are all gluten and dairy free, they also have no added sugar and include vegan friendly ways to make them too. They cost £2.75 each which I think is a great price especially with them being healthy and you getting the fun of making them. On the back of some of the packets is a way to make them vegan or not too which I think is great as not everyone who wants to eat things healthy are vegans, We aren’t so we didn’t go with the vegan options.Online you can also buy a mix pack of 4 or 6 where you can choose which ones you want and save some money trying a few.
We got sent the brownie and the energy ball mix to try and see what we thought.
Amellia decided that the brownie mix looked the best so we decided to make it together, it was so lovely to spend some time together with her having fun. We danced, sang and made up songs while we mixed all the ingredients together and they baked. She enjoyed cracking the eggs into the mixture the most.. I did have to fish out a few bits of egg-shell but hey isn’t that part of the fun when baking with kids!
We had a little play outside while they baked and then headed in excitedly to see how they turned out.
Amellia was not overly impressed with the brownies, she has never been a chocolate fan and she wouldn’t normally choose brownies if we were out, but obviously they did not taste like a brownie you would buy in a café because they weren’t full of sugar. Though personally I thought they tasted pretty good for healthy brownies and really enjoyed them.
I then made up the energy balls, they didn’t involve much making at all which was perfect for a quick and healthy snack. I then popped them in the fridge and Ad & myself really enjoyed them after they had chilled for a while. Ad enjoyed them so much that he has requested a place an order for several boxes of them for him! They tasted just as we had expected, healthy, coconutty and yummy with the added bonus that I could brag about making them. On the pack it recommended that you could make approximately 12 but I decided to make 6 bigger ones instead as they stuck together easier when bigger.
We really enjoyed these and I will be placing an order shortly to satisfy Ads need for more energy balls and I really want to try the pizza dough, pancake mix and the flapjacks! They all look like a lot of fun to make and very tasty.
Thanks Sweetpea for sending me these!
Disclaimer * – I was sent these mixes from Sweetpea for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own honest ones. *
This past week has been all about getting into the swing of being up and ready early on and trying to work out the best time to leave to get to the schools at the correct time and still be able to park! We have got a hang of if now and are ready to rock this school year!
Amellia has been going in fantastically and is absolutely loving her new school! She told me that she wishes there was no weekend so that she could go to school everyday. On Monday she did have a little cry going in but the teacher came over and chatted to her about her coat and then took her by the hand and they headed in, I think after the weekend she was just thrown a bit, she really strives off a routine so once she gets into the swing of it again she will be grand.
Her changing school has really been one of the best things I have ever done. My only negative about it is that I wish I had done it sooner. This school is providing her with so much more support and help than she ever received at her previous school. They are also keen to get everything else rolling to be able to provide her with even more help and support. She got 20/20 on her weekly spelling test and was over the moon, we are super proud of her and even more importantly she is really proud of herself and was so excited to tell everyone.
Dylan still isn’t really loving going into school, they have been trying putting him in a buggy to get him to the class as they can’t lift them Incase they were to trip and fall and cause the child to then get an injury which I completely understand. He too found it even harder on Monday and I reckon that is because he had been off for the two days and had got back used to that, but hopefully soon he will learn that school is great and he gets those two days off to be with me.
He seems to be a bit hit and miss with how he settles once in the class. One day it only took him 15 minuets but then the next day again he was back up too taking a long time to settle so it really is a take each day as it comes type of thing he always comes out happy and smiling when he sees us so that makes it a lot easier, not sure I could leave him if he was coming out crying too!
Hope your little ones and you are settling back into the school routine ?
Recently Amellia got sent a really lovely personalised book from My Book Heroes. They have created three books that are written to help promote self-esteem in different areas that some children struggle with; discover the determination in you, discover the courage in you and discover the leader in you.
All of the books are customisable with a choice of 4 different characters to choose from to be your child of each gender, you also put in your child’s name so that features throughout the book, a choice of three different covers and a dedication where you can write whatever you want for them to enjoy after reading the book.
I decided that Amellia would benefit from the discover the determination in you book, to hopefully help her achieve the determination she needs when she finds things tough especially with starting a new school. When we received the book it was soft back and I had expected hard back for the price they are currently, but was very pleasantly surprised at how bright and colourful all of the artwork was inside of the book.
The artwork in the book is absolutely beautiful, very bright, colourful and pleasing to the eye. Amellia thought the aliens were very cute and her favourite character was Sylvie the Fox because she just loves anything and everything to do with foxes!
She really enjoyed reading the story and going through all the steps that the characters had to keep going at to complete their mission. It made her realise that sometimes things don’t work out straight away but you just have to keep trying until they do.
The text is a lovely size and easy to read with a nice amount on each page. I really liked that at the ending of the book there were several questions to go through and we really enjoyed answering them together and thinking back to the story we had read. It will be a book we keep on the bookcase for years to come and we really enjoyed reviewing it for My Book Heroes You can also use code WEEOHANA10 for 10% off any order for your very own personalised book!
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* Disclaimer * – I was sent this book free of charge for an honest review, these are my own thoughts and opinions *
Thursday was the first day for both my kiddies and they couldn’t have had more opposite experiences to the whole school thing.
Amellia absolutely loves her new school, on Friday morning she was dancing in my car with excitement before going in (which you may have seen on my insta story) and she has said that she wishes the weekend was only one day so she didn’t have to wait to go back to school. I just hope she continues to love her new school, they are offering her so much support and that is bound to help her settle and enjoy school more.
Dylans experience was the complete opposite. When we were walking down the hallway to his classroom he was fine and waited for his friend to catch up with him and I was starting to think it was going to go really well and he was going to love it, but as soon as we turned to walk through the door he would not go through and climbed up me as quick as possible while spontaneously exploding.
I carried him in and tried showing him some of the fun things they had out to play; sand, colouring, paint but nothing would settle him so they suggested putting him outside into the playground to see what he made of that. While they hurried him outside they told me to go. . as heart-breaking and as much as I really didn’t want to leave I couldn’t just ignore what they told me because in reality they have done this before and know what usually works best.
The parents then had a wee meeting to get to know some of the staff in the school and what they could do and provide for the children. After 45 minutes one of the classroom assistants came along to tell me that Dylan was settling for 5 minutes, remembering and looking for me and then settling again. After another 15 minutes they then brought the kids back to us and it was time to go home. As soon as he saw me he just kept repeating “mummys car” over and over again, he was more than ready to go home.
The next morning I woke up too carnage. Dylan had decided that doing a bit of poo art was the right thing to do, normally he shouts in the morning which wakes me up but he decided not to alert me and have a bit of a dirty protest and wake me with the smell. It was absolutely vile. I had my fingers crossed that the smell was going to be linked to something secured in his nappy but no such luck. I’m still scrubbing at the stains that refuse to budge! As soon as he saw me he started shouting “no school” over and over and over again.
I got him cleaned up, brought him downstairs and calmed him down. Amellia went to school dancing and singing then it was time to take him to school. After getting part of his uniform on I gave up, imagine wrestling with a alligator to put clothes on, Yeahh.. that’s why I gave up after he was decent.
The whole drive to the school he was going crazy in the back of the car, trying to undress, banging his head, hitting his legs etc.. I was waiting for him to fall asleep he was getting that worked up, but he didn’t.
Pulling into the carpark, walking to the class he was just going absolutely berserk. I had given myself a pep talk that it would be ok, they know what they are doing.. but it didn’t work.
They more or less had to remove him from me finger by finger. He was clinging on for dear life. It was absolutely horrendous. I just wanted to scoop him up and run away and never look back. I ended up in tears as they took him from me, it was such a horrible experience.
They came down to the room where we were meeting other members of staff after 40ish mins and said that he was doing the same as last time settling and then remembering again. This time at least when they brought him back to me he didn’t seem quiet as distressed but was busy shouting bye to everyone because he just wanted to be gone. He fell asleep as soon as he got into my car, which is only something he does when he is really worked up so that sort of summed up the day for me.
On Monday they are going to see how he gets on and have said that they will text/call me when they need me to pick him up. I’ll be sure to let you know how the next week goes.. at least on Monday I can sing to them “It’s my birthday, I can cry if I want too” so I wont look quite so bizarre crumbling into a heap on the ground in tears.. maybe that will make me look crazier actually.. oh well.
Wish me luck!
We have drove past this place many times but it either isn’t good timing for us to stop or it is closed, so when I drove past the other day and saw the opening times for the summer I decided that we had to take Dylan too it with his love for Thomas!
Ads parents took Amellia out for the day so we decided that we would take Dylan along to Drumawhey Junction Railway to see what he would make of it and to see what all was there.
When we got there we were greeted by a lovely man in the ticket shed who explained to us the prices, how the family pass worked and what was going on. We were amazed at how great the prices were and couldn’t wait to get on one of the trains.
Thankfully the place was very quiet so we got to get on the train as soon as we got there, we had no clue how long the track was, or what we would see but we had our fingers tightly crossed that Dylan would enjoy the train ride and not go crazy or try and get off mid ride.
He loved it, and so did we. The track was a whole lot longer than we expected and we went round it a few times, each time we spotted something new. Ornaments were hidden all around, ones of animals, Disney characters and some beautiful scenery. It was really lovely.
We then went on a different train around the track again. We all really enjoyed ourselves and it was a lovely little afternoon. If you have a train loving little one I really do encourage you to go here!
With Dylan starting school recently I have had a lot of people giving me their opinions on something which I feel strongly about and tell them before they even start with the back and forth.
My child, my choice.
I don’t agree with putting my child on a bus to and from schools. He’s three ffs. I wouldn’t put a neurotypical child on a bus even if it was a specific one for the school so I’m defiantly not putting my neurodivergent child on one.
People argue that it gives me more time, but I would rather do what is best for my child than what is best for me. I’m pretty sure that’s normal for parents.
I hear things like oh but everyone else does it.. I’m not a sheep thanks very much, I think for myself and what benefits my family the best. Also, just because everyone else does it does not mean it is right. Many things are questionable that “everyone’s does.
Not long till he starts nursery now, where did the time go!? They grow up far too fast and with them both in school now I know the years will fly by even faster 😦