Dearest Toddler – Aged 2 Years and 9 Months

Hello Toddler! Ok, I mean Little Z.

I’ve written this post bang on time this month bang on time this month. I usually forget to do it and end up doing it about a week later.

We’ve been trying to cram a lot of fun into the weekends this month because work has been a bit manic and tiring. I’m hoping it doesn’t last too long and we can get back to normal again very soon. You’ve not minded too much really and have a lot of fun with Nana and Naani. We’ve also been going to a LOT of weddings, I would say its been an epic number. There’s been a bit of a wedding boom this year and you’ve loved it, including dressing up and admiring your reflection in the fireplace. I knew you took after your Daddy! My feet haven’t loved chasing you around very much but your Daddy and I have our tag team chasing down to a tee now. Thankfully there’s just one more wedding to go before the end of the year. Phew!

Your name is officially down for nursery – hurrah. Kind of. You really enjoyed our little visit and didn’t want to leave. I really hope this is a sign of things to come. The woman who showed us round was absolutely lovely and listened very kindly to my whole spiel of “It’s worrying isn’t? We’ve never left him with anyone but family before….blah blah blah”. She didn’t once say “Yes, we’ve heard this a thousand time before, he’ll be fine. Now if you could let loosen your grip on my top…”. Which was nice. But you don’t actually start till February next year so it does feel like plenty of time yet.

We took you to the cinema for the first time last week. We just happened to be passing after we visited the Sea Life Centre (which was fantastic) and saw that Despicable Me 2 was still on. Your Daddy’s eyes lit up and that was it. “Shall we go? Lets go. Come on, he’ll love it!” I was really reluctant and didn’t think you were ready but your Daddy was so keen and kept saying we could always walk out if you you didn’t like it. You absolutely loved it! You were so quiet I thought you’d fallen asleep. You ate a bit too much popcorn and kept copying the Minions laugh. You did start to get ants in your pants towards the end of the movie but we think you liked it. It was a lovely day out which we finished by taking you to Tampopo and watched you try to use chopsticks on some prawn crackers. You gave up a few times and used your fingers but eventually got it. Your Daddy and I used forks which was much easier but you were determined to master the fascinating wooden sticks.

You continue to make us laugh with all the things you say and all little made up games. Your most recent is just as cute. Its called “Where are my hands gone” (its not as creepy as it sounds). The whole game goes like this:

You: [Hides hands behind your back] “Mummy, where are my hands gone??!”
Me: [Mock Shock] “I have no idea!”
You: “Where could it be?? Shall we find it?”
Me: “Yes I think we should”
You: [Reveals hands dramatically] “TA DAAAAA!”

We have no idea where you learn these things but it does make us laugh a lot!

My cunning plan to squeeze in a holiday before your Aunty’s wedding ended up being too difficult to crow bar in with everything that is going on at the moment. I was gutted till I realised Plan B may be even better. I think I might have it all sorted soon and then we can start preparing. Muahahahaha. I love it when a Plan B comes together!

Toddler Aged 2 years 9 months

Wot So Funee?

Ethans Escapades


  1. Sarah MumofThree World September 16, 2013 / 6:20 am

    I love your monthly updates and hearing all about what Z has achieved in the month. And he just seems to get funnier and funnier! I’m glad your cinema trip went well – he’s pretty young. Despicable Me 2 is amazing, isn’t it?!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:53 am

      Its brilliant – I really enjoyed it. Little Z keeps asking to see the Minions now!

  2. Louise September 16, 2013 / 7:31 am

    Awww cute. I should take mune to watch Despicable me 2 x

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:54 am

      You should – its so good and very funny!

  3. Luci - September 16, 2013 / 9:59 am

    So cool – isn’t the cinema just such a delightful experience with a littlun’ it’s one of my fave things to do with Ma Puce. Oh and I love that shot, it puts me in mind of Saturday Night Fever!!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:55 am

      He loved it – I really want to take him again but not sure there’s much about kid movies about.

  4. Jaime Oliver September 16, 2013 / 11:48 am

    wow the cinema thats fantastic! i love these monthly posts they are such a lovely way of recording the things that you do.

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:56 am

      Thanks Jaime – I’m glad I started doing it else I don’t think I’d remember anything!

  5. blueberetmum September 16, 2013 / 12:57 pm

    Aw – this is very sweet. So much happening in such a small person’s life 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:56 am

      They have the best social lives I find!

  6. suzanne3childrenandit September 16, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    I think the first visit to the cinema is a little milestone and he’s not even 3 yet – wow, he did so well! Glad you have him enrolled for nursery, sounds as though he will love it! x

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

      I don’t think I would have been so brave if OH wasn’t there 🙂 Turned out to be a nice little outing for us.

  7. sarahhillwheeler September 16, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    On my wish list Despicabble Me 2, probably on DVD by the time I get to see it!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

      Its a great movie – I wouldn’t mind watching it again!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:57 am

      Its a great movie – I wouldn’t mind getting it on DVD!

  8. Colette September 16, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    What a lovely update.
    I’m desperate to take Ben to the cinema but it’s just so expensive! I need to get round to taking him on one of those children’s mornings!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:58 am

      Saturday and Sunday mornings is a lot cheaper but its a bit of a risk if you’re not sure they’ll sit through it.

  9. TheBoyandMe September 16, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    He is growing up so quickly, I love hearing about his new tales each month. Such a pleasure to see him grow up.

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 8:59 am

      I’m definitely pleased I do it monthly. Not sure I’d remember it all!

  10. Em @ snowingindoors September 16, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    What a sweet post and I love the sound of ‘where are my hands gone?’

  11. Katie @mummydaddyme September 16, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    Lovely as always! I am glad he liked the cinema, Mads hated it and I think I have scarred her for life! x

  12. Mother Goutte September 16, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    You really made me laugh out loud with what the nursery last didn’t say!
    I remember too well the first time I left my oldest at nursery and sat outside crying, I called my husband and said I had left M. at nursery. He said, full of dread “And ?” To which I answered with renewed tears “That’s it!” Hope you’ll be ok xxx

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:00 am

      Ahhh I reckon I will be like that 🙂

  13. Charly Dove September 16, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    What a lovely post Tas, must be weird thinking about him going to nursery. Really nice that its not yet. We’ve got to think about pre-school or school for POD as she’ll be three on Christmas Day. Incredible how fast they grow. Well done taking Z to the cinema, I hope it went well and he enjoyed it. Loving his hand game!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:01 am

      It feels like such a big milestone doesn’t it? It did feel like a bit of a relief getting it sorted but I’m guessing I’ll be really nervous when the time comes.

  14. Mummy of Two September 16, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    Sounds like you have had a busy few weeks! It’s so lovely reading every month how he is growing and it will be so nice to look back on too!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:03 am

      I think we’ve been trying to make the most of the last remaining sun and days off. Might need a couple of quiet weeks now 🙂

  15. 3yearsandhome September 16, 2013 / 7:23 pm

    I’m sooo jealous about the cinema trip. I wanted to take CK to see Despicable Me 2 but children under 4 aren’t allowed in the cinema here. Another fab letter 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:03 am

      Oh no! You’ll have to make up for it when you’re back here and take them lots.

  16. katie September 16, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    He sounds such a cutie – love the where’s my hands thing 🙂

    I have yet to take my just turned 3 year old to the cinema as he has permanent ants in his pants but i must try it soon!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:05 am

      Haha I was thinking Z would be exactly the same and we’d have to leave witin 20 minutes. He was really fascinated for ages though and at one point I thought he’d dozed off!

  17. Nikki Thomas September 16, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    Aw bless him that is so funny with the hands. They are lovely at this age. Nursery eh! That will be a big change for all of you!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:05 am

      They really are – so funny too. I can’t believe I was sad about him turning 1 – this age is definitely more fun!

  18. Emily September 16, 2013 / 11:25 pm

    Goodness, the cinema. I’m only just thinking about taking C to Planes and he’s nearly 3 and a half now! xx

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:06 am

      It was definitely a big risk but he was good thankfully. I’m not sure he’ll always be like that though 🙂

  19. shahnaz September 17, 2013 / 10:00 am

    Such a lovely post x I love the cute simple games that bring so much delight x

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:12 am

      ITs great how little things entertain them so much isn’t it?

  20. WallyMummy September 17, 2013 / 11:57 am

    Very cute – can’t wait for our first cinema trip ;P hopefully not long now! xx

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:11 am

      I found a week day was brilliant – completely dead with about 3 others there!

  21. Ruth's all sorts September 17, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    Aw, the hand game is so cute. We’ve done a similar thing recently too 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:12 am

      They are brilliant with their little games aren’t they?

  22. Sara (@mumturnedmom) September 17, 2013 / 5:48 pm

    I love these letters! Z just sounds like such a fab little boy, and so funny 🙂 Glad the cinema went well, it was one of my favourite things to do with the boys when we were in Edinburgh (kids cinema, Sat/Sun, £2 each!!) – we saw so many great movies – have only been once since we moved here… Must sort that out!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:13 am

      Wow thats a complete bargain! I’d be there every week!

  23. Actually Mummy... September 17, 2013 / 10:10 pm

    Ah you make me broody every time with these – so cute

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:13 am

      Hehe go on Helen – you know you want another 😉

  24. pinkoddy September 18, 2013 / 9:34 am

    Sounds like you are really making the most of it before nursery comes around. We are looking forward to going to the Sealife centre. I missed Despicable me 2 as the boys saw it with their dad – hope you enjoyed it too.

  25. Sarah Miles September 19, 2013 / 11:37 am

    We’ve just started taking our 3 year old to the cinema and she LOVES it! Gorgeous post.

  26. Franglaise Mummy September 20, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a great month – I love cinema outings with our eldest, I can’t wait for our youngest to be cinema-going age 🙂
    (Popping over from Magic Moments)

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:53 am

      Its great isn’t it? I want there to be a new kids move released every week now!

  27. Foz September 20, 2013 / 11:19 pm

    Really makes you realise how quick time is going when you put their names down for nursery!

    Glad he enjoyed the cinema!!

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:53 am

      Yep it literally does fly by doesn’t it?

  28. older mum in a muddle September 22, 2013 / 8:49 am

    Wow… coming up to nursery already? Doesn’t it go fast? Little A loves her pre-school. Chances are he has gained so much security and confidence being around his family that he will be fine when he starts in February! X

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:55 am

      Hope so – he loves being around all the families and cousins so I’m hoping he’ll fit in quickly with new kids.

  29. JallieDaddy September 22, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    Great post: a genuine LOLer! I love the silly little games children play with their parents. I hope the teacher has recovered, & her clothes weren’t too crumpled 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:56 am

      She was extremely kind about it all 🙂

  30. Jane September 22, 2013 / 5:13 pm

    I love these posts, I think they will be amazing to look back on. I’m so jealous that you all went to the cinema, I really want to go but I don’t think we are ready yet. I can’t wait to see what you Plan B is ;0)

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

  31. Bex @ The Mummy Adventure September 24, 2013 / 11:12 pm

    We play the exact same game, although we often have the even more ridiculous ‘ where has Dylan gone?’ ‘I don’t know, where has Dylan gone?’ – As I am pushing him in a parent facing buggy! Nutter child x

    • Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:59 am

      Haha I like that version – I will have to try it on Z!

  32. Notmyyearoff September 30, 2013 / 9:11 am

    Haha she was very nice about it luckily! 🙂

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