Word of the Week 26/09/14

This week saw the dog get spayed and Bear start nursery properly after her taster last week. And tomorrow sees the six month countdown to my 40th begin. This week is all about the

word of the week milestone

Ok, so perhaps the dog losing her bits isn’t really a milestone as such, but it’s been such a long time coming I was starting to get worried that we’d have to go through the hell of her being in season again. And with my emotions beyond the edge of reason at the moment, that is not something I could allow to happen!

word of the week nursery milestone

I’ve found the milestone of my baby starting nursery a little bit bizarre. The first day I had the expected sadness that she had gone but didn’t have a chance to cry as I had to take Bunny round to her entrance and then ended up giving one of the mum’s a lift to work. And then it got weird. When I picked Bear up after the session, I actually didn’t recognise her. She came walking round to the door, and I saw a little girl, but not my little girl. She’d already gone. That night, I woke a number of times and had to remind myself that she’d be going back in the morning, and again the next morning and the one after. And she has, much more easily and happily than I’d expected. We had a wobble yesterday morning when she asked me to pick her up and give her a cuddle and then told me she didn’t want to go in. Luckily the wonderful teacher was able to get her smiling again and she went in with minimal additional fuss. Not that it helped me as I went to work, fretting that maybe it was all too much too soon. She came out bubbling though so she’s fine!

And the final milestone that has been slowly approaching has suddenly got that little bit nearer. Forty seems so old, so grown up. And I don’t feel either of those things yet. My life isn’t sorted enough for me to be that age. I’m still debating my professional life and learning how to be a parent. I have no money yet, a house that is no closer to being finished than it was a few years ago, a slightly battered old car and a wardrobe full of clothes that seem to be getting tighter as I comfort eat my way out of my thirties. And as I swing between seeing them out in hedonistic style and working hard to make the wrong bits right, I can’t help wondering how on earth I got so close to this milestone in the first place?! So, here we go, do join me on the final leg of the journey!

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13 comments on “Word of the Week 26/09/14
  1. I’m glad Bear has settled so well.
    I’ve just turned 41 and I loved turning 40 and being 40! You can worry about it, or you can celebrate it! In my head, I’m still somewhere between 19 and 23. I wrote a really positive post about being 40 on Monday and a similar one a year ago, if you want to have a read.

  2. How great to hear that Bear has settled in so well. My son started recently too-he’s been fine but by Friday he’s less keen to go in. I think they can be long weeks for little people. And I didn’t really make my 40th celebrations any different to any other birthday-and when people ask me my age, I genuinely forget how old I am because I don’t think about it. I’m just me 🙂

  3. I am glad Bear settled so well and so quickly. I think we as adults suffer more than they do when they start school.


  4. Karen Bell says:

    Aw, they took so cute walking to school together. I’m glad she’s getting on well at nursery.

  5. I’m glad the spaying is out of the way for you then! And well done to Bear settling in so well, too. They do seem so much more grown up once they go there, don’t they? As to 40, I’m not there yet, but I’m not too concerned! In my head, I’m still 20 anyway! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  6. Kim Carberry says:

    Aww! Lovely to hear about Bear settling in so well!
    Being 40 scares me and I still have just over 5 years till I am….lol

  7. So good to hear bear is settling in well. Harry started nursery a couple of weeks ago and cries every time I drop him off, it’s awful. Hope you have lots planned for your 40th? x #WotW

  8. Sarah says:

    So happy to hear Bear has settled in.

    40? I#m dreading it… I’ve 7 months to go.
    What have you got planned?

    have a good weekend. Sa xXx

  9. I remember feeling so similar approaching this milestone! I finally felt like I was going to be a grown up! So many significant things have happened to me in my 40s and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Sounds like Bear has settled in well 🙂 Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  10. I am going to be 40 next year and I am so excited about it. Advance happy birthday to you. It was a busy week and I hope you will have more milestones again next week =) #wotw

  11. Mummy Morkus says:

    Ah that nursery milestone is such a big one, its been a privilege to help many parents through it in Nursery or Reception. And yes the children do seem so much more grown up so quickly, its a credit to you that your little girl is so happy and settled already.


  12. I am glad Bear is settling into nursery, it is such a big milestone for kids. My daughter attends her nursery 3 days a week 9-3 and she is thriving off it! I am also glad you have had your dog spayed, I have a lurcher who was castrated as a pup and am thankful is he is much calmer now. #WOTW

  13. So glad bear has settled well and she looks so grown up in her uniform! Sounds like it is a time for change, but also a time to start planning a party!

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