The times they are a changin’

Me and Dylan way back when

From this Monday forward, I’m joining forces with one of my favourite bloggers, Sarah, from Hello Wall… The Voice of Sarah Miles in co-hosting The Monday Club. I’m really chuffed to have been asked to co-host this great linky.

I hope that my being on board will coincide with it going from strength to strength, rather than in the direction I envisage John Inverdale’s career going. So if you’re blogging today, why not link up via the widget below? The more the merrier, as they say. And, Sarah, if it does go all crap with me ‘helping’ please feel free to go all Alan Sugar on me.

So, anyway, onto today’s blog. I’ve broken one of my own dorky little rules and given it a title I’ve used before. I know. I’m a man on the edge. I used it in one of my reeeeeally early posts. In all likelihood, it was probably only read by members of my family/friends I bribed with beer. So I totally could have got away with it. Ah well, let’s get on with it shall we?

Time flies like an arrow… and fruit flies like a banana. Yes, somehow or other, I’m the father of a three year old. I’m really not sure whether there has been some cruel trick played whereby time has been fast forwarded – and with all the recent news about governmental internet surveillance doing the rounds, who can rule that out? – but it really doesn’t seem like it was three years ago that I found myself wandering the streets of Eastbourne in a bewildered fashion after being kicked out soon after Dylan’s arrival.

It was because he’d had the temerity to be born outside acceptable visiting hours, not due to me getting over excited and smashing stuff up, you understand.

Tired old cliche though it may be, he’s grown up so quickly. I can remember all the horrors of the early days with crystal clarity. The jarring realisation that sleep would become a distant dream, the fear of breaking him… the projectile ‘sharting’. But he’s so different now.

He’s gone from being a slow starter with walking and talking to completely mobile and verbose. He knows his alphabet and phonics, can count up to 100 and surprises us every day with the things he knows, understands and remembers.

Dylan asleep on the floor
Sometimes, bed is just too far away…

He’s also become very independent of late. He pretty much chooses what he wears – he can be a bit of a diva at times though – and we can trust him to play on his own upstairs if he wants a bit of space from the force of nature that is his wonderful but exhausting little brother.

He also varies his bedtime routine. It used to be a non-negotiable five library books, followed by two favourites every single night but now he sometimes asks to play until he’s tired. We’ve only found him asleep on his floor once or twice!

I’m sure that all this is the same as with any kids his age. But isn’t it incredible how much they learn in such a short space of time? We’re taking him to a taster session for pre-school today. Another chapter begins. I’m sure he’ll be in his element… and that it won’t be long until we’re all stressing about his secondary exams.

Tell me I’m not alone. It does zip by. Doesn’t it?!

Comments

  1. Sarah Miles

    Yup, it flies by. Hope he has a good time at pre-school, H loves it at hers.

    Alan Sugar. If ever there was an oxymoron. Not that I’m calling him a moron of course….*looks worried*

    Welcome aboard! So glad you agreed to co-host πŸ™‚

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      Tom

      Thanks Sarah! Dylan loved it and I think he’s going to have a great time there.

      I’d call Alan Sugar a moron but I am a Spurs fan and he didn’t exactly win the fans’ affection. Nobody sacks Terry Venables and gets away with it!

      Pleased to be on board – thanks for inviting me! πŸ™‚

  2. Notmyyearoff

    It REALLY really does zip by. Z is now 2 and a half and it amazes me how quickly it’s gone by. I’ve even been blogging about his growth and development so I have a record but it still feels very quick.

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      Tom

      Cheers Tas. It’s scary how fast it goes by. As you say though, it’s great that we’ve got our blogs to keep a record of various landmarks along the way. πŸ™‚

  3. Richy

    Time absolutely does just zip by. Heather starts school in August then turns 5 in December (school year cut-offs are different up here).

    Unbelievable. I guess you’ve just got to enjoy every bit as much as possible while it lasts.

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      Tom

      Thanks Richy. Yes, we’ve got to make sure we enjoy every moment we can before they’re off to school. It doesn’t seem fair!

  4. Suzanne

    Yes it does! Make the most of every moment (never thought I’d be the parent saying that *yawn*). Loving the pic of him on the floor – kids really will sleep anywhere!

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      Tom

      Cheers Suzanne. I think cliches are fair enough with things like this – I’m bewildered at how quickly time has passed!

  5. Helen

    It really does and I’m still in shock every time I look at our eldest who has now reached 15!! How did that happen!? Your picture of your son asleep on the floor reminds me of my daughter who would regularly fall asleep on the landing. Helen

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      Tom

      Thanks, Helen! I have no idea how time whizzes past like this… or why our offspring seem to prefer the floor to a nice, comfy bed. Two of life’s mysteries!

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      Tom

      Cheers, Louise! Quite a few people reporting their little ones kipping on the floor – this could be the subject of a linky of its own! πŸ™‚

  6. The Fool

    Love that last photo, passed out where he was playing, funny to think he may be in the same position in 18 years or so but for entirely different reasons πŸ™‚

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