First Visit to the Dentist

The youngest hit a milestone the other day. He had his first official visit to the dentist, where he got to sit in the big dentists chair. I say first official because he has been before but he was only seen along on my appointment and it was last year when he was two. This time he had his own appointment and it was only him that was being seen by the dentist.

It was a struggle to get him to leave the house, first as we had not long been in from school and he was enjoying himself playing in the garden and secondly he said he was hungry and didn’t want to go anywhere until he had eaten. The latter was the problem. When Oliver is hungry he needs to eat straight away as he becomes very irritable and doesn’t stop moaning for food.

First he asked for a yoghurt, I refused. Then he wanted a slice of cake, I refused. I explained to him that the Dentist doesn’t want to look inside his mouth if it is full of food. Finally he pinched a spearmint polo from my handbag and placed it into his trouser pocket and said “I’ll have this than and eat it later!”

I thought that maybe I could distract him from the polo on the way to the Dentist. It was only a ten minute walk away. Surely he would forget it was there.

We walked to the Dentist and we talked about what the Dentist would do when he got there, his older brothers reassured him that there was nothing to worry about and Oliver seemed to be excited about going. As we arrived the older boys waited outside and played football on the green, Oliver and I went in to the reception area. It was empty. All the staff immediately faced towards Oliver and started to talk to him. Oliver being the shy little boy that he is (not normally) hid under the chairs in the waiting room and wouldn’t come out. Anyone would have thought he was seeing the Demon Dentist. I saw his hand go towards his mouth, He surely isn’t is he! YES he did! He had placed the polo in his mouth and began to crunch down on it. Everyone thought it was funny as he came out from under the chair and said “Now the Dentist can’t see me because I have a polo in my mouth” I felt so bad, as there we are sitting in a Dentist and my son is eating sweets!

Oliver was a little apprehensive at first but after a little chat with the Dentist, he was ok. She explained to him that she just wanted to count all of his teeth. After a little cuddle from Mummy he sat in the chair all by himself.

Open wide
Open wide

He did everything the Dentist asked of him, he opened his mouth so wide I thought he was going to eat her!

After scraping away some of the polo from the teeth he was given the big thumbs up. All of his teeth are strong and healthy with no sign of any damage. Thank god! He does have a sweet tooth

He was given a big sticker and proudly wore it all the way home. 🙂



First day at preschool

Oliver hit a milestone yesterday, at 29 months old it was his first day at preschool.

I had been looking for a preschool that would take Oliver on In January and after emailing a few that was near by I received an email informing me that they had a space open on an afternoon session, starting at 12:30 and finishing at 3:00. They had two spaces available and offered him them but as I wasn’t sure how he would fit in I just decided on him attending just one session to start with.

Oliver has spent the last year and a half with a childminder and he has settled in with her very well although he does still cry for me in the morning when I drop him off, but I do think it is more about just wanting to be with Mummy all the time rather than wanting to stay with her. He especially cries for me just after a half term or a long weekend, he sometimes screams the whole way to the childminders shouting “Go back home Mummy”. Although I am at work, the childminder does take him to playgroups, as he is the only young child that she looks after he gets her all day to himself. He does mix with other children at her house, but they are at school age, So I thought that him attending a preschool now would be a good way of him to learn how to play with children of the same age as him. Oliver struggles with sharing and really doesn’t know how to play well with other children of a similar age, his brothers and the other children at the chilminders are all older than him and give him anything that he wants. On the odd occasion that he has mixed with other two year olds I have seen him push them, but not in a bad way (if that makes sense) He doesn’t show anger in his face, he is smiling as he does it which makes me think that this is the way he thinks how to play with other children. Playtime at home can get quite rough, with two older brothers they are always playfighting and pushing each other around, hopefully mixing with other young children at preschool will teach him how to play nicely and to share.

Oliver settled in really well yesterday, I got there early (during my lunch time at work) to sign a few forms, we met his playleader and other adults that work in there, Oliver went straight off to play with the cars and the garage and seemed to be enjoying himself. He kept asking me if he could go to the other table, one of the play leaders took him over to the other tables that were set up with magnets, paints and jigsaws and that was the last he spoke to me. His childminder left before me just so that he didn’t see both of us leaving at the same time, but I don’t think that it would have bothered him at all. When it was time for me to leave I asked him for a kiss, he ignored me and carried on playing so I took this as he was going to be O.K

His childminder picked him up at home time and she said he came out with a big smile on his face, I am so happy that he liked it! He keeps saying that he goes to big boy school and he lots of best friends.

I am just hoping that next week goes just as smoothly!

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Outdoor Fun

After two weeks of eating, drinking, watching TV and generally being pretty lazy, we put our warm clothes on and went to our local park for a spot of climbing, playing and lots of fun!

Outdoor fun is always best for the boys, they get to let off some steam by running around and shouting to their hearts content. They do go out into our garden and bounce away for hours on the trampoline but sometimes they need they little bit more! Our local park has an outdoor gym where you can get a little work out in the outdoors, a lake where you can do some water sports on, a baby park, nature walk and a zip wire park which has a climbing frame and lots of big boulders to climb on and jump off!

Joseph loves to climb over the boulders pretending that a shark is going to get him if he touches the floor but his favourite park apparatus is the climbing frame made from rope. He climbs to the top, hangs upside down and swings around like the little monkey that he is!


Oliver likes to play in the baby park where he likes going down the slide and shouting “wheeeeee!” As he comes down. He goes up the stairs and down the slide over and over again lol. I tried to take his attention away from it and show him other things to play on but he just kept running back to the slide.

I took along his scuttlebug that he got from Santa so he could have a ride on it for the first time outside as we don’t have much space indoors, he sat on it and went backwards really fast lol he finds it easier to push himself back rather than walk himself forward on it and he really does go at speed knocking over anyone that gets in his way.


We spent a good hour in the park, the boys could’ve been there longer if it wasn’t for the fact that the wind was picking up and it was becoming quite cold. I love to see the boys little red cheeks from being outside in the fresh air and you know they have had fun as they don’t want to leave. Once back indoors we sat down to a nice warm drink to warm ourselves back up!

What’s your favourite apparatus in the park?
Mine used to be the roundabout but these days I get sick after the first spin so it has to be the swing where I can swing away slowly enjoying watching the boys and I feel like a young girl again 🙂

Check out Coombemill Countrykids</a to find out what others have been up to outdoors this week.

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307/366 Cheeky smile

This is the face of pure cheekiness, Oliver climbed onto the sofa today without any aid or anything to step on, he done all by himself just by reaching up one leg and pulling himself with his hands.
Once sitting on the sofa he sat back against the cushions, all relaxed and looked at me with the proudest face ever, he then gave me the Cheekiest smile I have ever seen, laughed and climbed back down again.