Will Lodge - change can sneak up on you

PUBLISHED: 21:21 26 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:22 27 April 2016

The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

Superdad Will Lodge marvels at the changes taking place right beneath his nose.

When you are with someone every day it is difficult to notice the minute changes which occur all of the time.

For example, you don’t notice someone growing until suddenly that pair of trousers is too short for them.

While already knowing this to be true, it still came as a surprise to me when I went away for two days last week to find on my return just how much Toddler had developed.

Away for work, I spent two nights away while the rest of the week involving returning long after she was in bed and leaving again not long after she woke up (though she is gradually waking up earlier and earlier, much to Daddy’s disappointment).

Speaking on the phone with her I was struck by how well her speech was coming along, and how rapidly she is putting two, three, and sometimes even four words together in a sentence.

The time I have had at home with her has also opened my eyes to a new way of looking at the world – her way.

I wonder how exciting it must be to see things for the first time, to explore new places.

By this I don’t mean anything dramatic, like a new city or country.

It can be as simple as learning to carry that footstool into the kitchen and stand on it, discovering a whole new plane – in this case, the kitchen worktop.

Her memory and social skills seem to be developing well too. She is telling us more and more about what and who she played with at her childminders.

This has also led to more interaction with her big brothers, which they are revelling in.

With the resumption of school, work, and after-school activities, there has not been so much in the way of whole family time in the past fortnight.

But we are looking forward to that changing tomorrow as we all – even Toddler – take part in the St George’s Day parade as part of Scouts.

I hope they all enjoy it. It will be the first time for Toddler (and what an achievement to do it under the age of two), and also our youngest boy, five, and it should be an experience, especially doing it all together.

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