Growing Up In Your 8th Year

To our dear eldest boy

Next month you turn 7 and a half.  It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since we were celebrating your Birthday at Monkey World in Dorset and I made a note to myself to write a post to document how life is now you are seven.  

 We visited Monkey World as you had really enjoyed watching the Monkey Life TV show based there.  And you LOVE animals and LOVE learning about animals so it seemed like an excellent Birthday treat in the October half term. 

Big brother holding hands of younger twin sisters walking to school (view from the back)

Although the 5 of us all trying to sleep in one hotel room meant that we woke up a little sleep deprived on your Birthday, the trip was a success.  You certainly listened intently to our guide Robert as he took us around the site.  You loved lots of the different animals there but seemed especially taken by the Golden Cheek Gibbons, while twin 1 has professed to Lemurs being her favourite animal ever since the trip!  Twin 2 was adamant she wasn’t going to wear her waterproof trousers but apart from that tantrum the day, though rainy, was a hit.  Your thirst for knowledge and ability to concentrate on a grown-up conversation for so long in a very adult way was a credit to you when we were doing our tour and it is something you are often praised for.  It doesn’t surprise me as I remember taking you round Chartwell at Christmas when you had just turned 4 years old and again you listened beautifully to a guide doing a grown up tour.  

 Lots of the academic side of things seem to come fairly easy to you at the moment and your love of books and learning is wonderful to observe.  Like I was as a child, you are a real bookworm, and have loved devouring all of the David Walliams books you received for your Birthday and Christmas.  There’s some nights now when you don’t want me to read to you and you just want to carry on reading yourself.  I am pleased that often, even if this is the case, you will curl up on me for a few minutes to read your book anyway and we just lie contentedly and peacefully for a few minutes before wishing each other goodnight. 

 Not only are you cuddly with me and your Daddy but you are also cuddly with your twin sisters.  Yes there are fights and arguments (it would be odd if there weren’t!) but there are also lots of times when you play together.  They often persuade you to be a horsey for them to have rides on or to play some sort of chase game – and we have just begun to play the card game ‘snap’ altogether!  You will always help them when we are out and about.  Also there are lots of times when you snuggle up on the sofa together watching TV.  You’ve even agreed that ‘Waffle the Wonderdog’ is okay to watch even though it’s on CBeebies and I listen to you all singing the theme tune together when I’m in the kitchen making tea!    

Two children climbing on a rope to cross a climbing frame

 Funnily enough, it is when I watch you doing something you don’t find so easy that my heart often swells even more than usual. Watching you at swimming on a Saturday, I watch you persevere at something you find a challenge and I see how determined you are.  I watch you overcome your nerves every week and you tell me about your ‘funny tummy’ and we talk about how it can be nerves or excitement.  You try and listen to your teacher Andrew but sometimes I can sense that you are worried and finding it hard to concentrate as you are looking around checking where we are.  Despite all of this your front crawl stroke is better than mine and I deeply admire that you haven’t given up on swimming and ‘face your fear’ every weekend.

I have been so pleased to see you grow in confidence over the past few months and was chuffed to bits that you didn’t think twice about doing a reading for the Beavers’ Parade last weekend on Mother’s Day.  I was sat at the back of the church –  and considering you have only been to church a handful of times in your life this didn’t put you off – and clearly heard every word.       

You have a strong sense of fairness and can be stubborn sometimes – just like me!  You are our beautiful boy and a fantastic big brother who, though not seeming to need as much sleep as the rest of us, brings laughter to our lives.

Love and hugs, Mummy XXX

aka 🙂

handwritten Hayley

P.S.  I’m sorry I didn’t get this written earlier in the year – you are so patient about the fact you have twin sisters who tend to take up lots of my time!  

Bringing up Georgia



  1. March 17, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Lovely post. Your little lad sounds like such a special little boy. I love that he loves to read books, so nice to hear of children enjoying reading. #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 18, 2018 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you – yes he does. xx

  2. March 17, 2018 / 8:47 am

    Ah such a lovely post. Time goes so fast doesn’t it. They grow up so quick x #thesatsesh

  3. March 17, 2018 / 10:11 am

    Awww! This makes my heart ache and be happy at the same time, my two have birthdays coming up and it’s such a stark reminder of how fast time is going!

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 18, 2018 / 7:45 pm

      I know – mixed emotions when they are growing up xx

  4. emptynestmummy
    March 17, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    What a lovely post to your very patient boy! Nearly time to start working on the next birthday post already!#thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 18, 2018 / 7:43 pm

      Ha ha yes – I was very slack! xx

  5. March 17, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    This is lovely. I can see some similarities with my own son here (how well he plays with his twin sisters, and his younger one) and his love of learning (although your son sounds a lot calmer than mine!) and it’s a great reminder of the fuzzy-feeling aspects of being a mum. Fair playboy you for sharing one hotel room, though! We last did that three years ago and it was such a disaster that I swore I’d never do it again! (We might go away and book two rooms some time soon, though). Thanks for linking to #Thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 18, 2018 / 7:38 pm

      Hee hee – yes it was quite traumatic – and we’re doing it again soon – don’t think we have learnt! I hadn’t realised you had twins too though I knew you have 4! Thanks for the lovely comment xx

  6. March 17, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    We haven’t even hit the one year mark yet! I can’t even imagine Isabelle getting much older, but I know it’s going to happen! #TheSatSesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 18, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      I know – I remember him as a baby like it was yesterday! Enjoy 🙂

  7. March 17, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    What a lovely post! Here’s to having him reach many many many more birthdays!!! #thatsatsesh

  8. twotinyhands
    March 18, 2018 / 5:51 am

    Aww Hayley, that’s a beautiful ode to your eldest. One I’m sure he’ll appreciate to read one day 😍😍😍

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 18, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Thanks Karen xx

  9. March 18, 2018 / 8:04 am

    Lovely post- I totally agree about watching them persevere when a task is challenging makes you most proud of them- I feel the same. 🙂 #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 18, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment Jenny xx

  10. March 18, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Lovely post and he has achieved so much, you must be proud X #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 18, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Yes thank you I am xx

  11. March 18, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Oh Hayley this is really beautifully observed and written and filled with love! What a wonderful boy you are raising. Thank you for hosting #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 19, 2018 / 11:20 am

      Awww thanks so much Catie – your words mean a lot xx

  12. March 19, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    Ahh Hayley! I missed this post as I couldn’t link up Saturday.
    How lovely that you have such a gorgeous little boy! He sounds wonderful and I love this post. Xxx

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 20, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Sophie. See you again soon at #thesatsesh I’m sure – no pressure I know we’re all so busy. xx

  13. March 19, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    Aw, what a wonderful tribute. Sounds like he had a great birthday celebration and I too have a bookworm and that just melts my heart.

  14. Mac
    March 21, 2018 / 6:37 am

    Absolutely gorgeous post to your wonderful boy, my youngest is eight, I have loved the last couple of years with him, the age where they truly start coming into their own. My favourite thing as a mum is watching them grow into their individual personalities, just lovely xx Thank you for being part of #ablogginggoodtime

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 21, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment Mac – I totally agree this is a really lovely age XX

  15. March 22, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    #thesatsesh – shouldn’t of read this, today is Js 5th and now I’m not sure how I’m gonna survive 8!!!! monkey world seems like a good option.

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 23, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      I hope you’ve had a fab time celebrating xx

  16. March 24, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Aww, this is lovely. I love watching my son with his little sister, the way he’s so patient with her and always ready to help, melts me every time. Sounds like you have a wonderful boy, and those few moments of cuddling while he reads sounds perfect.
    Thank you for joining the #FamilyFunLinky x

    • onamindfulmummymission
      March 25, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment Alana xx

  17. March 24, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Just popping back again from the #fortheloveofblog linky 🙂

Leave a Reply