Ru's 6 month nursery update...
So if you follow me on socials, you'll already be aware that Reuben started nursery back in January. I haven't really done a post on it on my blog, because I thought it would be nicer to do one once he'd been there a few months to see how he gets on - and well I think that time has come now, as he's come on leaps & bounds since starting there! I just thought I'd share a little chatty update on how he's been doing and where he's at with his development lately. I'm honestly so glad I decided to send him to nursery, we get 15 free hours and whilst that doesn't seem like loads, it's actually quite a good chunk of the week. It's amazing for him to get to make friends and be in a different environment rather than being at home all the time, but it's also been fab for me as a work from home mum. I get so much done in those 15 hours.
At first he was doing 3 hours every morning Mon - Fri, but he's very recently started doing two full days and a morning instead. I wanted to wait until he was settled and ready to do full days, as he still had his afternoon naps and sometimes still will on his days off! The teachers at his preschool told me that he always watched as the other kids sat down for lunch before he got picked up at 12, so I felt like he was missing out a bit and decided to give him some full days to see how he got on. I think he's been doing about a month of them now? I'm not sure, around that; and he's getting on absolutely fine. I can't tell you how great it is to get two full 6 hour days where I can just crack on with some work. When he just did mornings, I seemed to drop him off and then it felt like it had been 10 minutes and it was already 11 and only an hour to go until pick up time, but now I get 9-3 which is so good for getting a massive chunk of work done!
I think the biggest thing development wise has got to be his speech. I've mentioned it quite a few times, but Reuben hasn't really been talking at all up until after turning two, and even then he only said not even a handful of words really. I was told by everyone that he'd come on massively once starting nursery and it's been so, so true. He has always understood pretty much everything as he's super intelligent, he just didn't really want to talk. He'd baby babble and just point at things, but now he actually says them. Even now, he's not really talking in sentences, but he will attempt to say all sorts of words. I have to try and guess what he's saying and translate a lot of it but he's come on amazingly and he's doing so well. He can say some words so clearly and he even counts and says colours which is incredible! Some of his words sound really similar like "shoes" and "juice" because he pronounces juice like "joo" but honestly - how cute is baby talk, let's be honest! I love seeing how much he's coming along, the only thing I never thought I'd get tired of is hearing him say "mummy" but when he's like "mummy mummy MUMMY" 24/7 it definitely gets tiring hahaha. I bet you mama's can relate...
Ru has always been amazing at just playing quietly on his own, and he still does quite often but you can see in him that he's become much more social since starting nursery. He's still not the greatest at sharing but I think that's just his age, he's only two still! He just doesn't understand about sharing things yet I think. Although I don't really blame him when we're at play areas and kids come up to him and try and take things off him - I wouldn't let him get away with behaviour like that. The social side to him really shows at home, I have two brothers who are 13 and one of them is called Harry, and Ru is obsessed with him. He treats him like he's his best mate! All you can hear 24/7 is "Harrrrrrry, Harrryyyyy!!" when he's looking for him or wants him to play haha! It's pretty cute. He just loves Harry going outside in the garden to play on scooters with him or to sit at the table and play cars with him. He'll also quite often ask me to come and sit down next to him whilst he's playing, he's definitely much more of a people person since being at nursery.
He still loves (is obsessed with rather) his cars and vehicles and things, but he's also become really creative since starting nursery. He's constantly getting out pens and paper and just wanting to draw, not only on paper either... the walls too... haha... but it's still really cute. He loves things like glitter and glue too, and stickers! I've noticed he's really into building things with his blocks and his magnets, he has those square magnet things (no idea what they're called) and he can build a cube with them and he'll be so proud of it that he comes to show me he's made a house. I think he does a lot of building and things at nursery so he's developed a love for making things at home which is so lovely!
I can't think of anything else that he's specifically come on with, but you can just see in him that he's coming on so well in general since starting preschool. He breaks up for the summer holidays next week so 6 weeks off for him, no time off for me (lol) but in all seriousness we have lots of things planned so it should be lots of fun! I love the gorgeous little character that he's growing up into, he's my best friend and he's so fun to do things with now that he's older and gets excited about so many things. We'll go on road trips together and he'll point at things out the window and chat away to me (even if half of it makes no sense) it's just the sweetest. x