The summer that was

September 2, 2013
PODcast - Poppy on swing

POD has changed so much since this photograph was taken three months ago.

She’s much taller, the little pot belly has disappeared and her face looks different. Even her smile has altered. Her vocabulary has increased dramatically as has a wonderful imagination. She’s more independent and she knows what she wants – even if it is Peppa Pig! She loves books, colouring, jigsaws and Jo Jingles. She wears big girl pants during the day.

On Christmas Day POD will be three, she’ll no longer be a toddler. Although she’s not at school you do sense the summer is over even with the sun still shining. We’ve not had a summer break but we’ve spent much more time together. Running our own business has meant we’ve been able to have fun in the garden after nursery. Not every day but most days.

POD has taken full advantage of her playhouse with it being so sunny. Preparing food for her dollies or, if you were invited in, offering a dish of garlic and asparagus. She’s loved being ‘in the sky’ when she’s on her swing and found walking up her slide highly entertaining.

Then bang it’s September, the start of another new school year. You can’t help but think about POD’s education. At nursery she plays with children her own age, she explores her creativity and she learns.Β But how long will she stay there for? Where will she go next? When willΒ she start school? Where will she go to school?Β All these questions need answering in the coming months.

For the moment though, let’s just reflect on what was a fabulous summer it was.


  • Reply Jocelyn (@IHaveCards) September 2, 2013 at 8:07 am

    It amazing how much they change in just a few short months, and they really do lose their ‘toddler’ bodies and become proper little girls. Enjoy every moment, as I suspect you;re right, it’ll be school days before we know it!

    • Reply Charly Dove September 2, 2013 at 8:14 am

      It’s incredible isn’t it. Still amazed this photograph was only taken 3 months ago πŸ™‚

  • Reply Alison September 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

    They keep growing, I find it hard to believe my son is now 12. It seems only yesterday he was tiny. Love the hat

    • Reply Charly Dove September 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      It’s mad isn’t it. Everyone says they grow so fast and they really do. There’s a lot of love for the hat πŸ™‚

  • Reply Capture by Lucy September 2, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Oh that hat! I want to sing “Where did you get that hat, where did you get that smile?” Lovely post xx

    • Reply Charly Dove September 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Aww thank you Lucy. It’s a very special hat πŸ™‚

  • Reply amanda walsh September 2, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Such a lovely photograph, pretty girl

  • Reply Jen aka The Mad House September 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    It was and still is a super summer. One I hope will be remembered in many years to come. Oh the transition from toddler to pre-schooler is a wonderful one

    • Reply Charly Dove September 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      You’re exactly right it still is a super summer! The transition over the last 3 months has just been incredible πŸ™‚

  • Reply nortonmum September 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    That is a lovely photo and nearly 3 is such a fun age. I had so much fun with my son when he was a toddler, he’s still lovely and fun but at 13 they don’t want to be around mum so much.

    • Reply Charly Dove September 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you, it’s a brilliant age. She’s highly entertaining most of the time! Yours will come round again πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lou's Lake Views September 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Awww it’s kind of sad that they change so quick. Beautiful photo and a lovely reminder of your summer

    • Reply Charly Dove September 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you Lou, it’s an incredible change. I love that we’ve spent more time together though πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cathie B September 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Lovely post. It must be all this lovely weather we’ve had this Summer; they’ve all had huge growth spurts – Lucas is now such a little Big Man – loved reading this post.

    • Reply Charly Dove September 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you Cathie, it’s been such a lovely sunny summer hasn’t it. Amazing how fast they’re growing isn’t it. So thankful I take oodles of photos πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mama Syder September 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    They grow so quickly. Beautiful photo. Thanks for the fab linky x

    • Reply Charly Dove September 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you and for joining in with such a special memory πŸ™‚

  • Reply LauraCYMFT September 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I love her sun hat. They grow so fast. Best to live in the moment and enjoy every minute of them being young.

    • Reply Charly Dove September 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Laura. They grow super fast. I’m thankful having seen the change I got to spend more time with her recently πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara (@mumturnedmom) September 3, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Lovely post Charly. They change so fast, my wee girl has gone from tentative toddling to running over the course of the summer, and her language and comprehension are just amazing! It’s such a lovely age, so much fun – toddlers really are very entertaining πŸ™‚ You have such lovely memories of your summer, and so much to look forward to xx

    • Reply Charly Dove September 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Thank you Sara – the change is just incredible isn’t it! A superb age though, so glad I’ve been able to enjoy more of it πŸ™‚

  • Reply WallyMummy September 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    It’s amazing how quickly they change isn’t it πŸ™ x I swear the summer makes them grow faster! I can’t keep up with it! Lol x this is a lovely post xxx ur lucky u get to spend so much time with her too xxx

    • Reply Charly Dove September 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Thank you. She’s changed so fast – no pot belly at all, teeny tiny tummy. And now in knickers a teeny tiny bottom too! She’s getting cheekier though πŸ™‚

  • Reply Funky Wellies September 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    What a beautiful photo…
    A fabulous summer indeed. xx

    • Reply Charly Dove September 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Thank you Katia, gorgeous summer. Makes such a difference with sun πŸ™‚

  • Reply Faded Seaside Mama September 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Lovely picture and some lovely memories of a once in a lifetime summer. I seem to spend forever wondering what I can do to stop them growing up as every stage just seems lovelier and lovelier! Love the idea of garlic and asparagus though!

    • Reply Charly Dove September 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Thank you Sally. It’s amazing how quickly they change isn’t it. I’m still in shock this photo was only taken 3 months ago! It’s so great they just get lovelier though πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pinkoddy September 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Gorgeous post. We have such a full on Summer I’ve not had time to digest it all. Glad you’ve had such great memories.

    • Reply Charly Dove September 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Thank you. It sounds like you’ve had a really busy one. It will probably only be when things have calmed down a bit you’ll be able to take it all in. Some great memories for you too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nell Heshram September 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I remember this picture. Feels like only the other day! You’re right, it’s best to forget about how things will change and live in the moment. Sounds as though you’ve had a wonderful summer – I’m glad.

    • Reply Charly Dove September 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

      I know it’s scary isn’t it!! We were looking at a school website last night *sniff* They grow up so fast don’t they. I know everyone says that πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dragonsfypoppy September 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Stunning picture – just beautiful. You must feel so very proud. Lots of questions there too – but I guess the thing is to remember to not to dwell too long on the questions, rather make the most of the times together. Thank you for hosting Charly πŸ™‚

    • Reply Charly Dove September 5, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Thank you and you’re welcome! I’m just staggered at how different she looks. Just incredible. We just need to find out what happens with her nursery after the age of three and go from there πŸ™‚

  • Reply Emily September 8, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Beautiful picture, they really do change so fast; Fifi is just in that phase between baby and full toddler and as my 4th and final I don’t want to see the baby days end πŸ™ xx

    • Reply Charly Dove September 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you Emily, the change is incredible. It must fly by even quicker with more than one too (we just have POD). Let’s hope you can hang onto them that bit longer πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jane @ northernmum September 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    They change so quickly! take lots of photos – my two turned seven when I wasn’t looking!

  • Reply Nichola Fabfortymum September 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Oh what a beautiful picture Charly. It has indeed been a summer of reflection for me too and if I’m honest, it still is. Now that my big girl has started pre school, I’m yearning to go back in time to July and just freeze the moment for a bit longer. My baby will be 2 next month and I’m seeing them both suddenly grow up so quickly. It’s scary isn’t it, how quickly we go from carefree baby days, to having to make big decisions about education and sending them out into the world xx

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