If you remember reading this post, you’ll know that we’re part of a little SMA Nutrition® challenge to document the life of a toddler – in this case, our toddler, our Bill.
Bill recently turned three, and he’s well on his way to being a little boy now. Just a year away from school. A year away from the next chapter really.
But what about his life now?
Bill’s average week looks something like this:
Bill goes to nursery three mornings a week. And he loves it! He’s been going since he was around 15 months-old and it’s so he can make friends and have fun with children his age (as he doesn’t have any siblings…yet).
He has a ‘best friend’, who is a little girl. And he blushes every time we mention her name. It’s so cute to think that he might have a little crush.
We get to see his nursery updates online – which is so different from what our parents experienced. They really do make me chuckle – and it’s nice to see him in a new environment, without me, and still having fun.
Recently, he took a snail a packed lunch of lettuce and cucumber with him. Yep. He’s found a snail in the nursery grounds and they have made friends.
When we get home from work, we’ll collect Bill from my parents’ house and he’ll have a family meal with me and Mark at the table. We always eat together and we absolutely love catching up with him and asking him about his day.
We’ll usually have a sing-song too. Bill’s favourites are I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You, Kisses For Me and Cheerleader. We sing them…over…and…over…again.
As for food – Bill’s diet is much better than mine at his age. He loves things like olives – and is learning the names of new dishes, like a ‘cassoulet’ (we had that for tea last night). He’s really into cooking with us and can identify garlic and ginger and other unusual items. He’s had things like quinoa, gnocchi and lentils, and even a good curry.
His favourite food, however, is sausages by far. Kid loves his sausages.
While he’s three now, and doesn’t drink much milk as he did when he was younger, another blessing is formula and toddler milk. Bill may have been breastfed, but knowing there’s specially formulated milk that will help your baby or toddler get the important nutrients he or she needs is amazing. Especially in a world where feeding your baby is about choice and having the confidence to do what is best for you.
SMA Toddler Milk® is a fortified milk drink for children over one, and it has plenty of Vitamin D and Calcium for normal growth and development of bones, and Iron to help with cognitive development. And there’s also Omega 3 and 6 too, which, when your child starts to become choosy with what they eat, is a great comfort to any parent.
Bill absolutely loves tech – I think a lot of toddlers feel this way now. He has his favourite programmes, such as Curious George and Paw Patrol. He loves the iPad and will watch different versions of Old MacDonald Had a Farm until the cows come home (literally).
But, at the same time, we read a lot of books and it’s nice to read the same books that I read as a child. Balloonia, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Dear Zoo. And so many others. It’s like sharing a piece of my childhood with my son and it’s beautiful.
We also love to play retro games – like Buckaroo, Doh Nutters, and Hungry Hippos. It’s so much fun and again, it’s another blast from the past – maybe the old ways are the best ways?
Bill is pretty well-travelled at the moment – in fact, he’s really very lucky. Already this year, he’s been aboard the Anthem of the Seas, to Alton Towers, and to Wales. We’re off to Majorca in September, and he regularly visits the other side of his family in Lincoln too.
Being a working parent is a challenge at times, but the one benefit is that I am able to take him away and make memories with him. We have such an amazing time when we do escape somewhere as a family and I love that he’s learning about new places, seeing new sights, living new experiences and getting a taste of the wider world.
Being a toddler in 2015, is a positive thing. Things are very different, even from the days where I was three – 24 years ago. One of the biggest things, particularly as he is loved by two separate families, is the growing acceptance that families come in all shapes and sizes. That love is what matters. And that is regardless of how you were made, how you look and who you choose to love.
My son is going to grow-up to know that being a good-hearted person is the best thing you can be.
He’s going to hopefully grow up in a world where there will be even more positive change and he’ll see a future that might be fairer for everyone. I’m proud that I can play a role in bringing up to be the special person that he is.
I think it’s one of the most rewarding aspects of being a parent.
What do you do with your littles?
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