Eoin and I have been thinking for a while now to get a National Trust membership. We missed the boat for this summer but yesterday we decided to take the plunge and I am so glad we did!
Today, I took Rose and Clara to Scotney Castle. We thought we’d suss it out to see whether the boys might like it! It dates back to the eleven hundreds and used to be owned by the Hussey family. The place is enormous with lakes, woods, parklands and lots of different walks and trails, so I’m really excited to go back and explore properly as a family.
Today we mainly explored the natural play area which is really unique. They had a mud kitchen (Rose was in her element!), a wooden house, swings, a toy theatre, some drums made out of tree trunks and a ball slide. It was really fun!
The play area:
Benedict will be three next month… and starting school next September! We’ve gone through the terrible twos; one of the most challenging things I’ve ever been faced with – I’d like to think we’re over the worst of it, but I’m not too sure about that! And now we are reaching the realm of imagination.
Benedict has a great one – he’ll spend hours playing imaginary games with his cars, his dinosaurs or firemen. The only problem now is that Rose always wants to join in the fun too, which never goes down too well!
Benedict does have a favourite ‘three-person’ game too though, and that’s pretending we’re being chased by a dinosaur, a bear or a monster. I have to run around the room holding Rose, looking as if there’s a monster behind us. Eventually I end up at the sofa where Benedict is waiting for us, and he says “I’ll keep you safe!” and gives me and Rose a big hug. But instantly he decides he’s turned into a monster and roars in our face and then we have to run again… he’s pretty convincing!
I can’t help thinking this is such a boy thing… I can’t imagine most girls wanting to run around pretending they’re being chased by monsters!
Rose will be four months on the 8th December… already! The time has really flown by and yet it is as if she has always been there.
I have been very lucky with this one – she’s been one of those easy babies that I used to envy when Benedict was a baby! She’s a good sleeper at night and she spends most of the day either in her bouncy chair or kicking away on the rug. I’ve been there with the difficult baby so I know how lucky I am!
Her relationship with Benedict is really growing too. Benedict is so fond of her and he copies the way we speak to her which is really cute. He teaches her things too, for example he’ll turn to her in the buggy and say: “Look, Rose – a nee-nah car!” The funniest one which made me laugh out loud was when I was changing Benedict’s nappy, and Rose was lying nearby and he turns his head to her with all sincerity in his voice and says: “Look, Rose – poo” and he points to the nappy I’m changing! So that’s what big brothers are for…
He loves having Rose in the bath too… I’ve found its a really good way for them to “bond”.
I think Rose will learn pretty quickly how to be a tough cookie as Benedict is not the most delicate when it comes to babies… But then what 2 year old boy is?! He wants to play rough and tumble with her on the floor, and I sound like a broken record when I hear myself say “she’s too young for that!” over and over again.
I’ve found it’s a real balancing act knowing when to let him “show his love for her” and when he might actually hurt her. I don’t want to be always hovering over the two of them telling him to be more gentle! So I find myself watching from a distance out of the corner of my eye. But it’s so nice to know he’s actually interested in her, and to see him interact with her in a real older brother way.
Rose Miriam is finally baptised, yay! I know she’s only 3 months, but l feel like she should have been baptised ages ago. She was baptised in Tonbridge by our parish priest, Fr Peter; it really feels like we belong to this parish now and are starting to set down our own family roots in Tonbridge. I think we’re here to stay…
Some of the pics from the day:
Rose’s two lovely Godparents, Jude and Ciaran
With Rose’s Grandparents
Rose is completely unaware that she has just become a child of God!
The best photo we’ve got of Rose in her ‘after dress’
A snippet of our dinner at Pizza Express
The remains of a good party – carrot cake and champagne back at ours