Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Today the stairs - Tomorrow K2

Today Alex climbed all the way to the top of the stairs. Almost completely unaided. I did have to help her keep her balance as she was determined to climb up the narrow side of the turn at the top of the stairs. We'll have to convince her to use the wide side!

Once at the top I let her climb off to see where she was trying to get to. She went straight and at speed to Ian's study, had a good look to see if he was there and then started to eat his desk.

Oh, she has started to say something that doesn't involve blowing raspberries. "Ba ba, baaaa ba, ba ba ba ba". She can be very, very chatty.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Visit to the O'Sullivan's

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The Teething Fairy


Look at those red cheeks! The teething fairy is taking her time getting those teeth to appear!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Wintery Showers



It was lovely and sunny when we left the house.
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Monday, March 19, 2007

Religious Conversion


I think I'm going to convert from lasped Catholisism to lasped Methodisim. When did the Catholic church ever buy me daffodils, eh?
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The Empress at rest.
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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Four things to do with a photo


Almost gaze at your reflection in the highchair tray.


Pretend to be someone else.


Eat your own mouth


Just get fed up with the entire game.
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A New Game


I'm not sure what this game is. It's like peekaboo but we can both see each other all the time.
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Alex on the Chaise

It's been a while but finally I have put a new photo of Alex up on the chaise slideshow.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sleep training

Sleep training, originally uploaded by rodillagrande.

Today we put Alex down in her cot for her morning nap. For ages she has been a fabulous napper but we've been putting her in the bouncy chair.

A couple of weeks ago the bouncy chair fell out of favour and she started to only nap in the pram. While the pram was moving of course. Not even I am mug enough to take her out for two walks a day just to get her to sleep. I say that now - lets see how successful the sleep training is.

Anyway, yes, sleep training. So we made up a little nap routine (pull the curtains, put on the grobag) and put her into the cot. A lot of crying ensued. Lots. Ian went in occasionally to check she was ok, lie her down if she was sitting up and attempt to calm her down and eventually she fell asleep. Hurrah.

She napped for twenty minutes which seemed like too short a nap so we let her cry for another while. I sat downstairs on my own and listened to her cry on and on. Horrendous. And then it went quiet. Hurrah.

Time passed. And slowly but surely I started to worry. Could we have the only baby in the world that has cried herself to death in under half an hour? I crept up the stairs and peeked round the door. No baby in the cot! Cried so hard she evaporated? Perhaps she was in Ian's study with him - another empty room. Alien abduction was increasingly the only explanation.

Looked into our bedroom and there they were tucked up in bed. Alex was snoring away on Ian's chest. Too cute for words - the both of them.

Swinging and Sliding

Alex is an old hand at the swings but today Ian was there to help her down the slide. It was all very exciting. But then almost everything is very exciting

Spring may be here but ...

Spring may be here but the Winter Garden is still lovely.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Dylan Hears A Who!

Dylan Hears A Who!

Friday, March 09, 2007

George Gaius Scott

George now has his own blog!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The first step

So this evening while we were getting ready for Alex's bath I decided to stay in the hall and see how close she is to being able to climb up the step out of her room.

The answer is that she is very close. Very, very close. Oh, ok, it took her less than two seconds to lift her dimpled knee high enough to climb up the step and crawl down the hall to me. Did she falter. Was this, the first step she has climbed, tricky? Nope, knee up and away.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Top tooth

Alex has one top tooth through now. If you squint very hard and look very closely you can just see it in the photo.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Pink Jazz Cows

Look, I wouldn't have guessed it myself. I did steal the idea shamelessly from Anne and Stephen's blog. But they are right. Pink Jazz Cows are the answer. Take one small annoyed baby, run the video shown beneath, have smiling hypnotised baby. Result!

Saturday, March 03, 2007


Some very interesting views of the world.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Nine months old today

Amazing isn't it. Alex is nine months old.

This last week or so she has even developed some skills that aren't walking related. She knows how to wave now and most amusingly has discovered that she can do the hiding in a game of peekaboo. Granted she hasn't quite twigged yet that we aren't meant to be able to see her and is happy as long as she can't see us! But it's a step in the right direction.

We went to the doctor for her eight month check up yesterday. As expected she is still "thriving" and is doing well at mobility. The doctor did say that they wouldn't worry about her not being more talkative now but if she wasn't doing some serious babbling at twelve months it would be a concern.

She weights 9 kilos (19 pounds 13 ounces) and is 72 cm tall (2 foot 4 inches). She is bigger than the average baby in height as well as weight.

We've both been a bit unwell this week. Alex has had a bad cold with gunky eyes and streaming nose. And today she was very drooly as well. Its not an attractive look for her and it can't be any fun either. But when she isn't grizzling she is in great form. If that makes any sense. I have a really sore throat which is also no fun. In fact last night was the first time since June that I have woken in the middle of the night while Alex was still asleep.

Oh I think her hair grew a centimetre last night!