Word of the Week 22/1/16

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week!

If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every entry to the linky, and if you add the Word of the Week badge to your post to help spread the ‘word’, I also tweet them out.

My word of the week this week is:


First and foremost, thanks for the well wishes last week, and yes, we are all better now.

The big thing in our lives at the moment is Little Man settling in to nursery. He has been very resistant to going, getting upset about the thought of it when he’s at home and then getting near hysterical on the mornings that he does have to go. It’s been hard to adjust to, but this week it seems to be getting a little better. Though he still cries, the screaming has lessened, and on Tuesday when he came out he said he’d had fun. I’m not expecting it to be an easy drop today, I’m sure he will still be upset, but it seems to be going in the right direction, at least, and feels a bit better.

Of course with all of this happening with Little Man, Boo hasn’t had much of the attention round here lately. She’s such a happy and confident soul, with a really even temperament, that it can mean it’s easy to be inattentive with her and she just goes on cheerily. But I have been feeling bad about it, so it was lovely this week to attend a recital at her school as a result of her speech and drama lessons. She performed beautifully and looked very happy doing so, leaving me feeling proud and a bit better to be doing something totally focused on her.

I’m feeling better about my OU course this week, having got a bit stuck on my last assignment. It was one of those things where it had dragged on for a bit too long so I then kept putting it off and I was struggling to concentrate fully on it on Little Man’s nursery days as I was worrying about him. Well, I submitted it last Friday so what will be will be with the marks on that one now, and it’s meant I’ve been able to crack on with the next block and I’m back into the swing of it all. I’ve also been enjoying the Dan Jones series on channel 5, Britain’s Bloody Crown, which is helping to cement my learning.

So all in all, it’s been a better week. Even the weather’s been better, with bright sunny days rather than dreary rainy ones. The cold I can do, I just hate the rain!

What about you? What one word sums up your week best?

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35 thoughts on “Word of the Week 22/1/16

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Glad to read you are having a bit of a better week lively. And very glad that little man is settling a little better. It will get easier I’m sure of it… Just takes time doesn’t it and is no fun at all seeing them so upset! Hugs for this morning! Xx

    • Jocelyn Post author

      It’s definitely getting better, but still lots of tears which is horrible. I’m clinging to the fact that it is at least getting better x

  • Debbie

    Hi Jocelyn, it’s not nice when you are having to focus on one child more than the other, even if the other one is happy and content. I bet your heart was bursting with pride whilst watching your daughters recital and it was nice for her to have your attention.

    At least things are getting better with little man, crying is far better than screaming, which is a good sign. And I hope this next par of your course flows better for you.


    • Jocelyn Post author

      It was lovely to be there just for her, she enjoyed it so much. Yes, nursery’s getting better, a little easier each time, I hope x

  • Jeannette @autismmumma

    Glad you’re all feeling better and that the nursery drop-offs are getting easier. Well done to Boo for her recital and enjoy the TV series, I’ll have to look out for it as I love watching historical programmes. Enjoy your weekend X

  • Let kids be kids

    Glad to hear everyone is feeling better and that things seem to be improving with Little Mans nursery. It must feel a lot better with your assignment finally done too. Lovely to get a chance to watch Boo’s recital. x

    • Jocelyn Post author

      I dream of a day when he’ll go to nursery with a smile on his face. Maybe one day. Oh yes, lots better, good to move onto a new block. It was, thanks, she did enjoy it x

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    So glad that you are all feeling better this week and that Little Man is gradually adjusting to nursery. Well done to Boo on her performance in the recital and what a proud moment that must have been for you. It must have been a relief to finally submit your assignment – hope that you have done well and good luck with the next module 🙂

    • Jocelyn Post author

      He’s getting there. About to go and collect him, so I am hoping he’s had a fun day today. Oh, she was so happy doing it, she really enjoys those classes. Yes, a definite relief, and my head is now in the next century! Thanks x

  • Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    aww I hope you little man continues to get better with nursery – just takes time to get used it it! Boo sounds very chilled which must make life a little easier 🙂 Glad the course is getting better. I hare assignments that you just struggle over! Thanks for hosting xx

    • Jocelyn Post author

      Thank you, he seemed OK when I collected him today so I am hoping he’s getting more settled there. She is always a happy one, in a great mood, which definitely helps! Oh, that assignment was annoying me! x

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    Glad to hear this week has been a better one for you.
    And well done to Boo on her performance.
    It’s nice to hear that little man’s nursery sessions are slowly going in the right direction, I’m sure he will be fine in time to come, it is a toughy seeing them so upset.
    Have a lovely weekend x

  • Kizzy

    Good to hear you’re all better now. My younger two didn’t settle into pre-school as well as my eldest and its heart breaking but it does get better over time. I had writers block this week with my next assignment which is due in Tuesday but thankfully, last night I managed to break through it and know where I’m headed. My word would be ‘Persevere’

    • Jocelyn Post author

      Thanks, it is hard but I am seeing some improvements so hoping it keeps going in that direction. Glad you managed to break through the block, that is a good word for the week.

  • katie

    that sounds like a much improved week, and glad the nursery visits are slowly improving. the course sounds really interesting, and good luck with the assignment x

  • Rachel Bustin

    Really glad you are having better week. I used to feel the same when I have handed in an OU assignment, you feel so much better when its been submitted! Thanks for again hosting a great linky xx

  • tracey at Mummyshire

    It does sound like you’ve had a much better week, and at least you can see a small improvement in Little Mans mood when it comes to going to nursery, allbeit a small change. Still, it’s going in the right direction and I hope it continues. It can be tough leaving them when they’re upset and, like you said, it makes it more difficult to concentrate on other things.
    I’m sure it felt really wonderful to be able to focus on Boo only for a little while; it’s never easy when one child is taking up all the attention but hopefully it won’t be for too long.
    I’m with you on the rain; anything but rain is what I say!
    Have a lovely week

    • Jocelyn Post author

      Small steps are plenty enough to keep us going forward for now, and it’s a relief to see any change. It was great to just focus on Boo for a little while, thanks x

  • Mommy's Little Princesses

    So glad to hear you are all feeling better and that the nursery drop offs are getting better too. Oh bless ya I know what you mean, lately Holly too has been taking up even more of my time than usual. Which isn’t leaving much time with Ella at all. I’ll have to make it upto her next weekend with a mommy daughter date when I’m better. It’s so good that you got to go and see Boo preform, and that not only did she do well but that you enjoyed it too! Xx #WotW