My Rainbow

I’ve been looking forward to this day for so long, and today it happened, Millie started preschool! Even though I knew it was coming and I really needed the break from a very demanding 3 year old, I was not expecting it to go like it did.

When I first mentioned preschool to her, she was adamant she was not going. I tried the tactic of telling her she’d be able to see Bella over the fence (it’s on the school grounds next to Reception) but that didn’t help. I tried telling her that’s where all the big girls go before school, that she’d be able to play all day, that she’d see and could be friends with lots of girls and boys her own age… that didn’t work either.

Until we went for an hour long induction… she didn’t want to leave!! The same thing happened at her settling in session too, she loved it! Unfortunately that was before Easter, so she had to wait two weeks before she could actually start!

We went shopping on Tuesday to get special “packed lunch treats” for the days she’s there all day, bought a cheap pair of trainers that I didn’t mind getting wrecked and she’d already chosen the lunch bag she wanted to take (we have quite a few).

I got Millie’s clothes ready last night, so she was very excited when she woke up this morning… “mummy am I going to my Rainbow today?” (it’s called Rainbow Preschool) and she looked so cute all dressed with her hair in a ponytail “like Anabel”!
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After we took Anabel to school, I took Millie round to the preschool entrance. It was so strange to be back there again, in the queue with all the other parents, and although some of the staff had changed there were still some that knew me and were happy to see Millie. I bent down to give her a kiss and cuddle and to ask if she was going to be ok, “yes mummy, and I will miss you” she said then she ran straight in without a backwards glance. My baby girl seemed so grown up!

I’ve got to say, it was eerily quiet at home, just me and Cameron, no constant chatting or singing, I didn’t really know what to do with myself… so we had a nap!!
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By 3 o’clock, I was itching to go and pick Millie up, so we made our way slowly. When she came out she was so happy, and she’d even made me something (a plate with some pictures of food glued on!). When I picked her up she rested her head on my shoulder, all that playing had worn her out, and her keyworker said she’d had a really good day, she’d eaten most of her lunch too!

For the rest of the day she kept filling us in on things that had happened, apparently a boy looked after her when she was crying (she had to stop what she was doing to have a group story) and even when I tucked her into bed tonight she was still talking about it! I hope she has fun tomorrow, I’m not sure if she’s realised it’s not a one-time thing!

Gumigem review, take two!

I wrote my first review of these products here a few years ago, but so I thought I’d do an updated one.

I’ve been on the mailing list for Gumigem for ages and I kept meaning to buy a new necklace, but Millie was happy enough with my original which she likes to wear as play jewellery now so I never bothered until now.
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I had an email this week saying they were giving away a free bracelet with every order so I thought now was as good a time as any to buy one for Cameron to use. I’ve got to be honest, it took me about half an hour to pick as there are so many designs and colours to choose from, and in the end I narrowed it down to four…
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I still couldn’t decide so Bella chose the bottom left, a button pendant called Rock ‘n’ Roll! I ordered it at lunch yesterday, and it arrived this morning, how’s that for speedy!! The necklace and (freebie) bracelet each came in their own little zipped plastic pouches so it’ll be easy to keep them clean when they’re not in use.
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The button pendant on the necklace is chunkier than I’d imagined which I’m sure will be great for Cam to chew on/gum to death, and it’s on a silky cord (with a spare fastener) which I like more than the old cords which were more shoelace in texture.
As for my free bracelet, I was wondering what colour and design I’d be sent, and I’m not disappointed. I like the triangular shape, and it’s still circular inside so is very comfortable to wear. It’s also a really pretty pink colour so it’s a bonus for me when it’s not being used as a teething ‘toy’!

At the minute, what with Cameron being only 7 weeks old, I get to enjoy my new jewellery before he needs it, but I will update this post to let you know how he gets on with them! 😊