I don’t think any other photograph can describe the past week other than this little gem. Playing in the garden and getting dirty, hungrily devouring a frozen yoghurt*. This boy adores being outside, especially in our garden so he has some freedom. He can wander and do what he likes — whether that’s chalking on the floor or playing in mud, I don’t mind so much.
I’ve always told myself he’s going to be as ‘wild’ as possible — I don’t want him to be afraid of getting dirty, exploring or leaving muddy footprints. Mess can be cleared up, but the memories and experiences he creates by being himself will build him into the person he becomes and that’s far more important than a clean kitchen floor!
We’ve had a mixed week otherwise.. BB tends to get very sore nappy rash when he’s teething and this week has been pretty rubbish for that. He woke us both screaming in pain a few nights ago as he was so sore, I’ve been incredibly generous with the Sudocrem since and I’m finding little white bum prints every so often when he has nappy off time. It always makes me feel helpless when he struggles with nappy rash as it feels I can’t prevent it — if he’s teething, it can get a hold within half an hour and can be really tough to shift. I’ve been noticing that any tomato based dishes tend to aggravate it too, so we are on a pretty strict tomato ban in the Button household right now!
*Struggling in the heat this summer? Don’t. Take a yoghurt (you know, those little ones like Petit Filous or Peppa Pig!) and slit the lid with a knife. Take a plastic spoon and pop it through the slit and into the yoghurt before putting in the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen you have your very own ice lolly!
Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood and its trials & tribulations. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and each Monday I’m going to share a moment from our week. Over the course of 52 weeks, I’ll have a series of snapshots built up which shows my little boy blossoming!