Our monthly round-up of Austin and Gwen's milestones includes something common to most of you parents out there: a first day back at school.
happy dance, with morning refreshments
Nursery pre-school, to be precise, at the local primary. As a November baby, Austin's been attending since last January, but for this academic year he switched to the morning run of three-hour sessions.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I went through a dilemma about whether to move him to a pre-school with more outdoor space. But, he's been very happy where he is, the teaching staff are outstanding, and uprooting him felt unnecessary.
So, he's back. (Almost) the oldest child after most of his playmates from last year moved up to big school. Cue cocky swagger at being the only boy with a picture already above his coat peg, and who knows where to find the milk.
September was the month of Austin's landmark day, but Gwen didn't allow this to stop her notching up some notable accomplishments of her own.
If you read last month's Round of a Claw, which included the first bit of September, you'll know that