Every so often your children do something that either makes you laugh out loud or wonder at their achievements. In the last week Penelope has achieved the former and Max the latter.
Last Sunday was my nephew, J's, christening. Penelope managed, during the middle of the service to get her head stuck in some stair spindles! She had been wandering up and down a ramp and had previously popped her head through a set at the bottom and shouted "hiya" to us. Unfortunately when she tried it further up the ramp she discovered that the spindles were closer together! Result - one small child with her head stuck!!
Now when I tell this story (which I have done a lot since Sunday) everyone asks me whether I panicked and I have to confess now that I didn't (well not at first anyway) instead I was just laughing at her - is that mean? When I tried to get her free there was a brief moment of panic when I did wonder if we'd need to call the fire brigade but with a bit of a firmer tug she was free. We had about 30 seconds of what I like to call her "diva" cry, but I think that was more from embarrassment than anything else as both her ears were still intact. Hopefully she has learnt her lesson and won't try that again. Now I just need to see whether my dad caught any of it on video :)
Max's class are currently doing work around the theme of "Autumn on the Farm". They had a lady from Stockley Farm come and talk to them about the farm. I was told very specifically that on the farm they grow "cabbages, fruit, things and vegetables"! Max very proudly told me that the lady had asked the class whether anyone knew which machine was used to cut the corn. Apparently Max was the only one to put up his hand and answered her very proudly with "combine harvester"! I'm so proud that a) he knew the answer and b) had the confidence to answer the question.
When I was at school even if I was certain I knew the answer to the question there was no way I would put up my hand just in case there was a slight chance I was wrong. I can only hope that I have and can continue to give Max confidence in himself.
I'm a very proud and amused Mummy this week!!