School Time!!

So it may have been the start of a new term for many of you last week. A familiar round of new shoes and getting used to leaving the house on time again. However for us it was the start of our first ever term. Oscar started preschool on Monday. You might have read about how nervous I was here.

At our meeting with the school last year, we agreed that due to Oscar’s pronounced speech delay and communication difficulties, that we would phase his start more gradually than is usual. This saw me stay at the nursery with him on both Monday and Friday and only stay for an hour or so, rather than just dropping him off for the full three hours. Today I’m leaving him for the first time. Only 45 minutes but it’s a start.

The school are very routine driven, which I think he will appreciate. In just two sessions I’ve been amazed at how quickly he’s picking things up. On the first morning the head came to the door to welcome him in. He ran straight past her into the main classroom. His teacher, the lovely Miss Becca (they’re all called Miss whatever, I think it’s so cute!) gently directed him back to the hall and took him into the cloakroom to hang up his coat. He wasn’t overly keen to go but he did. However, on his second session on Friday, he turned left instead of right at the door, and headed straight for the cloakroom. It’s such a little thing but due to the lack of speech I often find it difficult to gauge how much he’s actually understanding, so this cheered me greatly.

So far he’s shown no sign of distress whatsoever! He likes to explore the various areas and has taken a particular interest in the nature table. But really his heart so far belongs to the play garden. Even in this cold January weather he’s been happily discovering the sand box, the windmills and the large box of toy cars. On his first day I watched him play alongside another little boy, completely harmoniously, while emptying the car box one vehicle at a time. This little guy then started murmuring half words and Oscar copied him. Pitch, tone, sound, the lot. It was like watching a pair of Furbies singing to each other! It might not sound that unusual, but I have seriously never heard him imitate another child like that. It blew me away (I also saw him place something on a table when asked, something he’ll never do for me!)

I guess in that respect a phased start was as good for me as it was for him. It’s shown me his capability, in so many ways. I think a couple of bad incidences, in very specific situations (someone grabbing and shouting at your child anyone?), clouded my view of Oscar and his behaviour in public. Yes those things happened, but I shouldn’t let them define how I view every situation.

Time to let it go and to move on.

Time for (pre) school!

Ready for his first day

Ready for his first day

It wears him out - so I love it!

It wears him out – so I love it!

Slimming World Update – Week 41

Hey you – how’ve you been?

I’ve been good thanks. Back into our routine this week, with all the same old groups. Only thing is I’m thinking perhaps the time is coming to shake things up a bit. He’s getting older and needing different things/timings etc. Hmm I’m thinking about it.

I’ve also been trying to shake things up for myself too. Keeping everything the same could be construed as a tiny bit boring, which as I’ve mentioned before is one of my worst enemies. This week has seen a couple of tweaks here and there – some big, some small. The biggest I guess is that I have stopped dithering about and have decided to nail my colours to the Haslemere branch permanently. Having weighed in with them over the last few weeks I’ve found the group to be much more dynamic and fun than I had previously experienced, which has obviously come with time (as I said I thought it would). Add that to the fact that I can walk to it, and don’t have to rely on anyone for a lift, well it just makes sense and the time feels right to make the switch. I’d like to say a massive thank you to Sara and the rest of the Haslemere group for welcoming me in. I’d also like to say a massive thank you to Liphook for making me feel so much a part of the group. I will be sorry not to see everyone every week, but I’ve made some wonderful friends over the last 9 months and can’t wait to follow your journeys via social media. It’s been a blast guys – keep on keeping on. Believe you can, and you will.

The smaller tweaks I’ve made have been much more around my motivation really. I promised to keep a food diary last week and do you know, I have. All week! First time in ages and it’s been great. It’s allowed me to focus not only on the number of syns I’m having in a day, as I usually do, but also how much other stuff, particularly superfree food (fruit and veg etc) I’m having. Knowing I was going to be writing it down sort of encouraged me to seek out more superfrees, even if that was so the list looked bigger. If it works for you who cares – right?

You may have noticed I didn’t set myself a mini goal last week like I usually do. I don’t know why I didn’t, I think Oscar woke up as I was writing my post and I just forgot. Anyway after I’d published my post I did sort of set myself a mini goal of losing 4lb and reaching my 5.5 Stone Award. Crazy I know, but there you go. As it happens I actually lost 3.5lb last night, sooooooooo close! The lady at the scales couldn’t understand why I laughed and cried noooooooooooooo! when I looked down. I don’t mind really. It’s just soo close. And before you ask Hels, yes I had been to the loo! Ah well never mind. Next week. All that aside the difference in my thinking and motivation clearly worked and for that I’m really pleased. So that’s the 2lb I gained last week, plus 1.5lb extra off. Total lost is now 5 Stone 6.5lb (76.5lb).

So, looking forward my goal for this week is clear. I want to lose 0.5lb to take me to my 5.5 stone Award. And another lb, to put me on the road to my 6 (eek!) Stone Award, wouldn’t go a miss either. Splendid. I’m seeing my wonderful friend Jo this weekend. I haven’t seen her since the week I got my 3.5 Stone Award. Do we think she’ll see a difference?

If you’re struggling with motivation at the moment why not try shaking things up a bit. Changing groups might be a little excessive 😉 but why not try keeping a diary for a week or trying a couple of new dishes. Hell, trying a new ingredient could be enough to pep you back up again. Anyone else got any motivational gems?

Have a great week xxxxx