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18 thoughts from my 18th month as a parent

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Muppets, moving house and making animal noises. Read about all these and more in my latest monthly collection of thoughts about parenthood.

1. I may have been singing too many Muppets songs to our 16 month old son. His answer to ‘what does the cat say?’ recently was ‘mahna mahna’.

2. Despite his confusion about what cats say, our son has been getting quite good at doing animal sounds this month. His sheep and lion sounds are a bit similar but he’s getting really good at doing ‘moo’ sounds despite the relative lack of cows in our area.

3. I’m not sure if our son wants to follow in my footsteps but it certainly looks like he wants to walk in my shoes (see picture below).

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4. Our son recently helped to unpack a whole bag of shopping. I’d put in on the floor while I opened the fridge door and he then handed me all the items one after another without me even asking. I hope that this is a sign of things to come!

5. Helping to wash the dishes is another thing that our son did this month. He managed to combine this with helping to wash the kitchen floor at the same time.

6. Our son’s helpfulness this month has also included playing a role in organizing my new office.

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7. Our son’s gradually starting to understand technology although he does sometimes put the television remote control to his ear and say ‘hello’…

8. …and he also seems to occasionally confuse cutlery and technology. He recently put a plastic fork to his ear and said ‘hello’.

9. Our son has been enjoying feeding corn to our chickens recently. He’s also occasionally tried to feed them clothes pegs recently, but they’ve turned their beaks up at them.

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10. In the week before we moved house, our son started making chicken noises in the kitchen while he was sitting in his high chair. He’d noticed one of the chickens peering in the window and seemed like he was trying to say hello. I like this progress towards multilingualism.

11. I recently carried out a parenting experiment to see whether an episode of Raa Raa The Noisy Little Lion or coverage of the live televised debate on Scottish independence would get our toddler son to sleep. Two episodes of Raa Raa weren’t enough, but he was fast asleep after half an hour of the independence debate.

12. Our son took a very ‘hands on’ approach to helping to pack boxes before we moved house (see picture below). I recently wrote a blog post about this entitled Moving house with a toddler.

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13. This month, I have learned that the way to get our son out of the bath without him crying is to let the water out of the bath and then lift him out.

14. When I stood on one leg at a bank machine, our son looked a bit puzzled. I tried to explain to him that I was checking my balance.

15. Our son is getting much better at steering his toddle truck. A few months ago in our old house, he’d just push it forward and cry when he bumped into something and couldn’t push it any more. He’d then wait for someone to come and turn the toddler truck around so he could push it some more.

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16. Our son decided to get up at 7am to watch coverage of the Scottish Indepedence Referendum results with me. I’m glad to see him taking an interest in politics at such a young age.

17. On way home after three days at a conference, I discovered one of our son’s little red socks in my trouser pocket.

18. It was a lot easier when I was writing posts such as ‘7 thoughts from my 7th month as a parent’ 🙂 Anyway, I’ll see if I can keep going with these posts until our son turns two.

What do you think of this post and what do you remember from your first year and a half as a parent? Please feel free to share your views in the comments section below or on the ‘Dad’s The Way I Like It’ pages on Facebook or Google+.

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Moving house with a toddler

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Moving house

Due to moving house, I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging recently. Now that we’ve been in our new place for just over two weeks, we’re feeling settled in our new abode even if we haven’t quite finished the unpacking yet. Our son seems to be enjoying having a bit more space inside and out in which to run around and appears to be fascinated by our garden shed.

In years to come, I’m not sure what – if anything – our son’s going to remember of the house that we recently moved out of. It’ll always  be a special place for my wife and me as it’s where we got engaged and also the place we took our son home to after he left hospital. It may well be that our son will only really become familiar with our old house through photos that we show him in coming years rather than memories of what it was like.

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We’ve spent a lot of the last few weeks surrounded by boxes. First of all, we spent a lot of time packing things up at our house and then we had to unpack them all at our new house. Our son seemed to like playing in the boxes and even played a small role in helping with the packing. Preparing for the move was made a lot easier thanks to several of our friends looking after our son or taking him out while we got on with tidying up our old house.

Think we've packed everything now, but where's out son got to?
Think we’ve packed everything, but where’s our son gone?

Our son can be quite helpful around the house at times and often likes nothing more than to walk around with a little brush and sweep the floor. As the picture below shows, he’s also been kind enough to help me tidy my office as well recently.

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One of the best things about being in a new house is having more space for our son to get his toys out. At our last place, the living room space could feel quite small when he had his ball pool out. Now, we can keep the ball pool out in our living room and not worry about it getting in the way. That said, he has recently been spending a bit of time walking around our new living room with a measuring tape as if he has some grand plans to make a few changes.

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It’s also great to have larger garden where our son is able to run around and have fun in the open air. He’s recently had a lot of fun feeding corn to our two chickens Dorothy and Myfanwy. Until recently, he’d normally drop the corn just outside the chicken run but just this weekend he’s actually managed to start throwing the corn into the run. Our two chickens are grateful for this improved standard of catering provision.

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For the first few nights after we moved, our son seemed to sleep less well than normal. This involved a triple whammy of not going to bed as early as normal, waking up during the night and getting up really early. Part of this might have been due to teething or having recently caught chicken pox (…not sure whether Dorothy or Myfanwy is to blame). He’s now sleeping a lot more and seems to be quite happy despite having chicken pox. We’ve got our fingers crossed that everything will be back to normal soon as we get used to life in our new house.

Have you ever moved house with your kids? Do you remember moving house when you were a child? Please feel free to share your views in the comments section below or on the ‘Dad’s The Way I Like It’ pages on Facebook or Google+.

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12 thoughts from my 12th month as a parent

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12 thoughts 12 months

It’s time for my monthly feature about what I’ve learned about parenting this month. This edition is about swings, wires and raspberries…

1. Our son loves trying to grab the lap top cable or any other wires he can. When I’m doing work at home, I now try to charge the lap top while he’s asleep so I don’t need to have it plugged in while he’s awake.

2. Dear almost one year old son, when mummy says ‘give daddy a goodnight kiss’ she doesn’t mean repeatedly hit daddy in the face. Thank you.

3. Dear son, even though you haven’t really got the whole idea of not getting up as early as normal at the weekends yet, thank you for leaving it until 7.45am before deciding it was time to get up one Sunday recently when I had a bit of a cold. I really appreciate your consideration.

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Our son goes searching for the remote control

4. Our latest parenting challenge is hiding the television remote control from our baby son and then remembering where it is when we want to watch something.

5. We’re currently looking round houses with a view to moving to somewhere slightly bigger. Our son has developed a bit of a tendency to stare out the people who show us round the houses we view. I hope this won’t affect how we come across to the people selling!

6. Being from Scotland and living in Wales, our son’s probably going to realise that English and British do not mean the same thing. That said, I’m not sure that he’s got the difference between the United States and Canada sussed yet. When he and I were being interviewed by a US television crew for a programme about travelling with kids, he wore these maple leaf shoes (see picture below).

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7. I recently had a raspberry blowing competition with our son. It was very close, but I think I won.

8. When you’ve got a kid who sometimes decides to start loudly blowing raspberries at 6.35am, you don’t always need an alarm clock. Maybe having raspberry blowing competitions with our son wasn’t the best idea.

9. I really enjoyed recently taking our son to have a go on some swings for the first time. Swings for little kids are great, but they can be a bit of a challenge for tall dads like myself when it comes to not getting a sore back after a bit. Anyone got any tips?

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10. Our son currently likes taking things out of a box and then putting them back into a box. If this love of being neat and tidy continues, I’m going to bring him in to work to help tidy my office.

11. Last weekend, the clocks went forward here in the UK. A lot of people think that this means having an hour less in bed, but our son would like to point out that it meant that he can say that he waited until 8am before wanting to get up last Sunday.

12. We have some big family news to announce: the pitter patter of tiny feet… In fact, two sets of tiny feet! We’ve just got two new chickens!

It's time to introduce Dorothy, Betsy and Myfanwy...

It’s time to introduce Dorothy, Betsy and Myfanwy…

What do you think of this post and what do you remember from your first year as a parent? Please feel free to share your views in the comments section below or on the ‘Dad’s The Way I Like It’ pages on Facebook or Google+.

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