La rentrée is the french for ‘see you in the fall’… it literally means ‘at the return’, because September is when the kids go back to school, and the shops and businesses re-open or go back to business as usual after the August holidays and slow-downs.
So… even though Liam isn’t in school yet, September still feels like a change in season and a change in structure.
The days are still hot, though less humid and the nights tend to cool down wonderfully. If only the mozzies would finally go away.
In addition to trying to balance work and Liam, we’re making an effort to make friends with other young families, and to make playdates for Liam. It’s time to start to integrate him into french social circles, and it’s time for him to have some little friends. It’s a bit of work for mum and dad to reach out and make new friends, but it will all be worth it for him in the long run. Plus it gets mum and dad out of their comfort zones!
Mum took Liam into Monaco for the first baby playgroup of the season last week. A lot of anglo’s go there. He was a wee bit standoffish, but he’ll loosen up quickly enough if we get him there on a regular basis. Maybe this winter we’ll enroll him in baby gym or something along those lines too.
Other than that, it’s been more of the usual. Off to the park. Little weekend half-day trips. And lots of play, play play!
We’re off to a BBQ with other toddlers next weekend (our first step to making friends with families with babies!), and then we’re off to Lake Como in Italy for a couple of days. Should have loads of new photos after that!!
Somebody's up to no good in the bathroom...... he kept calling the mascara a 'pen'
Playing with daddy in the rain at St Paul de Vence, while mummy waits for the coffee and croissants.
Liam enjoys his sidewalk chalk! He's allowed to draw wherever he likes!!
Monaco baby playgroup. Good for Liam AND mummy to socialize.
Joo'... Liam asks to make carrot and apple juice with mummy.
He likes to put the food in the juicer all by himself.
We were going to give a way his suntent.... but now he's using at his own little fort in the house!
Another new toy.... PLAY DOH!!
You call that a knife?
The plums at the market looked so good... mummy decided to make a cake!
Mmmmmm!! More than half gone by the end of the day!
A walk in the woods, looking for rocks, pinecones and butterflies.
Taking a rest on a big rock.
And then an ice lolly after a good long walk and play. Mmmmmmm.