The Ordinary Moments 42/51 – Ethan Turns 5

Am I really the mother of a 5 year old now? I cannot believe how fast the baby stage and preschool years have gone and here I am staring at this beautiful boy, full of love, kindness, humour and a big 5 years old. People say it all the time don’t they? They tell you to treasure those moments because they will soon be gone, yet when you’re having no sleep, days filled with tantrums and defiance at every turn, you never really see an end to it and whining seems to outweigh any hope that it will get easier. Don’t get me wrong there are a huge amount of accomplishments, pride and fun in there too, otherwise we wouldn’t ever have more than one, but here I am at the other side and in a new phase now; “the school days” and whilst I loved Baby Ethan, and chunky Toddler Ethan, mischievous pre school Ethan, I adore ‘5 Years old Ethan’ and love it so much more for the adventures and the struggles that got us here.
1660779_10156034210360646_7037548481517862602_nTo me 5 is such a huge step in a kids life, as its the age they seem to grasp and understand so much more, yet are still able to see the world through innocence and imagination. Of course it is the age where they take that huge step and start full time education (either at school or home) and it is the point they become kids and no longer preschoolers or toddlers. It is the age they gain a lot of independence and start to really grow their character as they are tested without mummy and daddy around to tell them how to respond. They determine for themselves what and who they like and dislike and overall It is a wonderful age where they seem better at listening, helping and generally quicker at doing things you ask and for themselves. And lets not forget the wonderful conversation that comes with it.

I have seen a big shift in Ethan since both starting school and approaching his 5th Birthday and he definitely has appeared to have grown up; he seems a lot more considerate of others around him and certainly better at listening and helping at home. He has an interesting fun personality with a few quirks and always makes people laugh. He loves to see people smile and has such a fun and sensitive nature, and many describe him as a little old man as he talks about quite random topics beyond the usual activities and toys. In fact his difference shone through when for his birthday he wanted a lighthouse, a harmonica, some Russian nesting dolls and a sick head?! The looks at the school gates were ones of concern and interest when I shared it with them, but I love the stuff he is interested in, like wearing fake glasses, shorts in Autumn, outlandish knitwear and bold colours…he is super cool!
Yes he also asked for Buzz light year, hot wheels and Lego later on, but I love his quirkiness and that he didn’t go straight for the mainstream or popular but thought long and hard and went for something that really intrigues him.
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WP_20151014_07_14_42_ProAs this year isn’t a party year in our family he chose his activity to be seeing “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” in December at the theatre, and so on his birthday he opened gifts, went to school with a bag of treats for his class, had some buddies pop by for cake and chaos and then asked for Maccy Ds as a “treat” for dinner! It was all very simple and he loved it…and now cannot wait for the theatre in December and Russian dolls from his Aunt.
WP_20151014_18_17_22_ProThere are things I have loved and disliked about every stage of parenting Ethan, with me having PND following his traumatic arrival we didn’t exactly get off on the best footing, and I guess a real bond wasn’t felt until about 6 months or so (I just went through the motions) and so whilst some things have been a breeze and extremely joyful, other things have really tested me as mother, but I feel no guilt now as he seems to have turned out pretty well so far and I most definitely love being his mummy. In fact, my happiest moment this week, which I feel really defines where he is at in his little life, was when he came out of school to show me he had received the “Good Samaritan” award in Assembly for his gentleness and kindness.
InstagramCapture_70566ba4-2445-4058-84aa-737cd73da0a05 is for sure a great age; it is fun and exciting and it is just so lovely. It is certainly worth the tears and the struggles, the discipline when you feel mean and the effort to have fabulous adventures together before school starts. I have thoroughly enjoyed the stuff we did before 5 and feel immensely blessed to have stayed home to give him the time we enjoyed together, but I am positive, as I watch him now, that way more fun awaits with the character he has developed at 5 and his abilities and interests at this stage, and whilst he still does silly things, he is an amazingly sweet little boy, great son and wonderful brother to Megs.


  1. October 18, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Happy birthday Ethan!! I know 5 seems so grown up. Meme turned 5 last month and it made me feel so emotional. He sounds like a lovely little boy you must be very proud. X

    • October 21, 2015 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you so much, of course they all have their moments and we have had our fair share with him, but yes he is very sweet and lovely! And yes emotional indeed, how exciting that you have a 5 yr old too now … fun times x

  2. Carie
    October 18, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Ethan! Five is such a fabulous age isn’t it, and I love how he so clearly knows his own likes and dislikes, even if they are a bit eclectic!! But then Russian dolls are awesome so I think he’s got very good taste!

    • October 21, 2015 / 2:27 pm

      Thanks Carie 🙂 Yeah he’s a fun little guy and Five is brilliant x

  3. October 19, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Aw lovely post Mary and happy 5th birthday to Ethan and well done on getting his good Samaritan award. How fantastic that he wanted a trip to the theatre for his birthday treat. Hope he had a fantastic day (and I love the new look of your blog too Mary) xx

    • October 21, 2015 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks Tracey for both, I was resting in bed and the next thing I was at work on the blog freshening it up haha Ive wanted it to look different for a while – its almost what I want, but still a few things could be better.
      And yes I loved too he chose the Theatre and has a passion for dance and the stage – oooooo x

  4. October 19, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Wishing Ethan a massive happy birthday!! I think that 5 sounds like the most wonderful age, and what a super boy you have on your hands. I love the interesting things he asked for his birthday, I think it’s so great to have asked for such unique things. And how great that he is so kind and caring – Mary he sounds like such a star! I can’t wait to see more of Zach’s personality as he grows up, so far we know he’s cheeky but I long to know more about him! I’m sure that time will fly though, and before I know it I’ll have a five year old on my hands too! Also I love the new design, how swish! xxx

    • October 21, 2015 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you Chantal – man it will be such long days sometimes and then before you know it its gone! It is such an adventure figuring out their personalities and stuff and so lovely to watch them grow…what a fun rd ahead!

      He is a little star actually i’ll agree hahaa x

  5. mummydaddyme
    October 22, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Firstly loving the new blog look Mary- looks lovely! And secondly Happy Birthday Ethan. It sounds like he is a wonderful little boy. It will be Mads turn next, she turns 5 in December, they are such amazing and funny little characters at this age. x

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