It’s Time To PAW-TY

Booni is going to be ONE on Monday (31st August). HOW did that happen?

The following Monday, Vins will turn five. FIVE!!

After Vin’s 3rd birthday party, I decided I wouldn’t have any more parties. It’s just too stressful (and expensive).

Then I got pregnant. And very quickly realised that I’d have to do at least one more – for their first and fifth birthdays.

So this year, I’m doing a combined party for them. In the past Vin’s parties have been indoors and outdoors. However, all our new furniture arrived a few months ago and I refuse to have anyone inside! So it will all be outdoors.

Vins has been “planning” this party since March! We decided we’d go with the PAW Patrol theme. Booni, obviously has no say! He spent a couple of months looking at PAW Patrol cakes online and chose about a dozen different cakes that he liked.

I ordered all the return gifts in June – 60 of them. But the guest list keeps growing and growing and growing. Vin’s whole class, friends from his class last year who are in the other class this year, friends not from school, children whose parties they’ve been invited to and we need to return the invitation. The list doesn’t end. And I can’t cut it down without offending anyone. Oh well – the more the merrier! Let me be clear – I’m happy to have the kids – I’m just worried about not having enough return gifts.

I’m feeling a bit stressed about it all already as there’s so much to do. So far I’ve given out all most of the invitations, ordered the cake and cupcakes, booked the photographer and got the party planner.

This week I have to go to the market to get more balloons (no more helium balloons – I’ve learnt my lesson!), extra tableware, gift bags and some extra return gifts.

Keep you posted!

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Booni! We’re Back!

I loved being in London. But I missed Booni terribly. I knew he was fine – LagosDad took him to playgroup and spent a lot of time with him – as did my MIL.

I just couldn’t wait to get back home. I was willing the plane to fly faster. I was willing for the 6 hours flying time to go by quicker. I was willing our luggage to hurry up. I just wanted to see Booni.

Vins was quite indifferent about it all. Until we got home. Then he got excited! He went running up the stairs. Rolo (the dog, who was more excited than anyone) following and me racing behind them.

Vins went slamming into their bedroom and shouted, ‘BOOOONI!’ and then the dog started barking. And the nanny exclaimed, ‘You’re back!’ And Booni… Booni got the fright of his life with all that noise. He burst into tears and wouldn’t stop crying!

He cried and he cried. He looked at me and he cried. I went near him and he cried.

I also wanted to cry! I wanted a cuddle!

He was soon ok with Vins – he was happy to go to him and give him a cuddle. But he was still wary of me. I was so disappointed. He’d forgotten me! How does that happen? How can my child forget me after two weeks? Or was he angry with me? Did he think he’d been abandoned?

I decided to sit in his room and mind my own business. I ignored him and played on my phone. It took him over an hour before he finally came to me. And now he’s back to his usual self.

Phew.

Two Weeks

Today is Wednesday. And on Sunday Vins and I are off to London for two weeks.

Yes, just the two of us. For two weeks.

He needs a new passport and apparently you can’t renew British passports over here any more. I didn’t dig too deeply to find out more information, because hey – who doesn’t want to go to London?

The thing is… I’m leaving Booni behind. Not on his own, obviously – LagosDad will be here. The nanny will be here. And my in laws will be here. So I know he’ll be very well taken care of. But I’m still worrying. What if he’s lonely? What if he misses us? What if he thinks I’ve abandoned him? LagosDad has promised to take him to playgroup at least twice a week – so at least he’ll be getting out a little.

I’ve left Vin before – once when he was 15 months and once when he was 21 months. Each time I only went for a week. And that was pretty hard. While I loved being in London, and I loved being on my own, I had the feeling that something was missing. Like a part of me was missing.

London with Vins will be…. exciting interesting. I’m used to having either LagosDad, or the nanny or my mum around to help out. So this is a first for both of us. My sister will arrive four days after us – so she’ll be there to help! And also, thank God he’s decided he likes spaghetti and pizza now – so we have a couple more meal options!

I am so excited to get out of here and escape for a couple of weeks – but now that it’s all confirmed, the nerves have set in. What if Booni’s lonely? What if he misses us? What if he thinks I’ve abandoned him? (I know, I’ve said all this already) And… What if he forgets me??

 

 

What Will Booni Be?

Booni will be elven months at the end of this month and I still can’t get over how different Vin was as a baby of the same age.

I look at him and wonder if babies are meant to be the way Booni is, or if they’re meant to be the way Vin was. By the way, I do realise there’s no right or wrong answer here.

By this age (yes, I’m going to compare again), Vin showed a strong interest in animals and books.

Booni… Booni is like a cross between an excitable (and extremely loveable) puppy and a hungry hamster. Booni actually sounds like a puppy dog’s name!

There’s a shelf in the playroom which holds all the boxes of games and puzzles. Booni loves to crawl up to it, pull himself into standing and either:

a. pull boxes down one by one, or

b. chew the corner of one particular box.

He’s got a whole bunch of toys. He usually picks one up, looks at it, puts it in his mouth and then throws it behind him. And he repeats this four or five times!

If there are clothes in the laundry basket, he removes each item and chucks it on the floor.

If there’s anything on the bed, he’ll reach for it and throw it on the floor.

Whatever he can reach ends up on the floor!

I remembered writing a post about Vins might be when he grows up and although he was much older when I wrote it, I started wondering about Booni.

And I could only think of two things that he (Booni) might be when he’s older.

1. A professional food taster (since he loves to chew things and just eat in general).

2. A waiter in a Greek restaurant – where he can smash all the plates he likes every day!