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Look what I can do….!.

Posted by Caroline on March 14, 2007

Yay, look at me Mummy!As I’ve mentioned before, Emily has been amazing me in recent months with the speed of her development and her newly-found skills.

 She’s been crawling for a couple of months now (which of course is a licence to remove CDs from the shelf, books from the bookcase and generally go off in search of all the phone wires and tight corners that our home has to offer), but now she’s taken it a step further. Literally.

Not only has she become very good at standing up, but she also walks, after a fashion, if you hold her hands, putting one foot in front of the other and tentatively moving forward. And looking very pleased with herself as she does so.

Which of course has left me wondering: just how long will it be before she lets go of my hands and just walks off by herself? Only a matter of time, I’m saying.

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Emily The Traveller

Posted by Caroline on March 5, 2007

I am proud to report that Emily is now the proud owner of her very own passport. We’ve been thinking about getting her one for a while now, but since booking a trip to Canada for a family wedding next month it has of course become a necessity.

That said, getting the little red book has been no easy task. Having filled in all the forms and sent them off complete with appropriate photos, we were out when the passport was first delivered, and since my husband had to sign for it, in place of a passport we were left with a delivery note instead.

We duly re-arranged to have it sent, and spent virtually an entire Saturday sitting at home waiting for it to show up. When it didn’t by late afternoon, we could wait no longer and went out, only to return a few hours later and discover that no courier had turned up with it. Further investigation revealed that the courier company were told that my husband no longer lived at our address (he did last time I looked), and after many cross words were exchanged, we finally arranged to have it delivered once again the following Thursday, both he and Emily were at my mother-in-law’s (and I was at work).

This time, I’m happy to report, it did turn up, and very nice it is too. Although we can’t help being amused by the bit on the inside back page next to Emily’s personal details, which says that the holder does not have to sign. Perhaps in lieu of a signature she could just put in a big scribble in crayon?

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We Have Talking….

Posted by Caroline on February 24, 2007

Yay! Talking is fun, Mummy……For months now, Emily has been showing signs of language progression, making assorted squeals and coos – but now this has graduated into full-scale babble.

Now, the cute little sighs that used to wake us up in the morning have been replaced by a stream of ‘dada’, ‘mama’, ‘baba’ and assorted other combinations.

This morning she actually touched my husband’s face while declaring him to be ‘dada’, while ‘mama’ appears to have become the mealtime conversation of choice, given that she’s taken to shouting it loudly while her food is being served. In fact, she’s enjoying her new-found skill so much that she is yelling everything at top volume, usually accompanied by animated hand movements.

Of course we haven’t worked out who ‘baba’ is yet. Perhaps he or she is Emily’s imaginary friend. And now we’ve reached this stage, surely it can only be a matter of time before proper words appear. We are of course looking forward to the day she learns to say ‘NO!’, ‘but why……?’ and of course that childhood classic ‘I want……..’

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Emily Loves Banana Custard!!

Posted by Caroline on February 15, 2007

Mmmmmmm…….yummy!Now that Emily is getting on so well with her eating, I have of course endeavoured to teach her good table manners, but my efforts so far seem to be a tad hit and miss. As is evident from when I dished up a pot of her favourite banana custard at lunchtime recently.

Of course, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take this picture. Because I just know it will come in very handy in the future – for bringing out at family gatherings, showing to boyfriends, passing round at her 18th birthday party, showing all the guests at her wedding… get the idea.

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And Our New Favourite Trick….

Posted by Caroline on February 15, 2007

… to roll over on the changing mat, pull the used nappies out of the nappy bin and drop them ALL on the floor.

 As I have previously maintained, Emily is such a charming child……

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The Bottomless Pit!

Posted by Caroline on February 12, 2007

Is it just me or are there days when Emily eats more than I do? Like all babies, she can be fussy and have times when she’ll hardly touch her food, but these are tempered with days when anything which isn’t nailed down is likely to be devoured.

Today, for example, she not only scoffed all her breakfast and ate every last scrap of her lunch, but she then proceeded to stare at the baked potato I was eating with a longing look on her face, and continued to stare until I gave her some of it (which she then proceeded to gobble up). Not content with that, she then polished off all of her dinner and continued to stare around with a hopeful look on her face even after it became apparent that her plate was empty.

Suffice to say, if she wakes up in the middle of the night claiming to be hungry, it’ll come as something of a surprise.

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Habit Forming

Posted by Caroline on February 12, 2007

Bet you never chew the playmat, Mummy….By rights my child should pick up good (and just occasionally bad) habits from their parents, yet in my case it seems to be the other way round.

Just lately I’ve found myself imitating certain aspects of Emily’s behaviour – for example her tendency to rub her eyes when she’s tired (which I now do) and her fondness for sleeping on her tummy (I haven’t slept on my front for years but she looks so comfy and content when she is doing it, I’ve started following her lead).

Both of which of course leave me wondering what else I might pick up from her. Although fortunately Emily’s tendency to shove her hands into her full food bowl, drop banana-covered spoons on the floor, dribble on her playmat and chew on TV remote controls (usually switching on the TV in the process) have thus far passed me by.

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Teeth…..Or Lack Of!

Posted by Caroline on February 6, 2007

OK mother, I’m getting bored now…..where are these teeth you keep mentioning?As you might have gathered from my last apologetic post it’s been a bit of an odd week in the Only Little household. It was last Thursday when we noticed that Emily had a bit of a runny nose and sure enough, she was not a happy bunny on Thursday night, waking up with the sniffles constantly.

On Friday she seemed a lot better – at least well enough to go to my mother’s for the day while I went to work as usual – but by the evening it was clear that all was not well, culminating in a rising temperature and one very grumpy baby.

We eventually managed to get her to sleep thanks to the twin miracles of Calpol and milk, and were fully expecting a disturbed night, so were amazed when she slept right through until 4am, woke up demanding a feed (not something she normally does but let’s bear in mind she had eaten almost nothing all day) and went straight back to sleep again.

Saturday saw her well enough to take a trip to the supermarket and various relatives, but she started feeling poorly again in the early hours of Sunday morning . By the evening, however, she seemed to have made a miraculous recovery and although her appetite still wasn’t what it should be, she was back to her lively, energetic self.  Two days on, she appears to be almost back to normal, although is still coughing and sneezing just a little.

We, meanwhile, have been left wondering whether she simply had a bad cold or whether teething had something to do with it. Because after all the discomfort, teething gel, disturbed sleep and Calpol she is still sporting a gummy, toothless grin. There are definitely teeth visible underneath her gums now, but when they’ll actually make an appearance remains to be seen. In the mean time the waiting game continues.

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Impromptu Performance

Posted by Caroline on January 31, 2007

Yay! Noisy toys rule, Mummy…….!It’s been nearly eight months since Emily was born, and in that time she has amassed an enviable collection of toys – from squashy cuddly things which are good for chewing and throwing to hi-tech toys which bleep and whistle and make all manner of noise.

And it’s the latter which baffle me – not least their ability to start making a noise all by themselves. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve picked up Laugh n’Learn Puppy once little girl is in bed only to have it start singing and chattering of its own accord (due to its super-sensitive controls).

The trouble is, of course, not only does it burst into song at the slightest touch, it does it at the most inopportune moments. Puppy is one of Emily’s favourite toys and as such it always accompanies her when I am at work and she spends the day at grandma’s place.

Yet I have lost count of the number of times I’ve carted it down the stairs to the car, only to treat all our neighbours to a medley of Head Shoulders Knees And Toes, The ABC Song and other kiddie classics  on the way down – simply because the lightest movement is likely to set it off. Once it even carried on once it was locked in the boot of the car, leaving Emily to stare around, wondering what had happened to her pal.

Her toy radio, something else she loves, also has a habit of revealing its musical content when it’s picked up and put away at the end of the day – and once our cleaner got a surprise when she moved it out of the way of the vacuum cleaner, only for it to respond accordingly with a tune or two. And this evening I moved my legs further under the table, only to feel a vibrating movement. Further investigation revealed that I had accidentally pressed the ‘on’ switch on Emily’s bouncy chair with my feet.

Perhaps most alarming, however, is the way in which Baby Tad has been behaving lately. After months of staring at it in wonder, Emily has decided she loves Tad and it is a frequent visitor to her cot when she is in there during the day.

Yet there have been a number of incidents recently when I have been in the lounge with her, only to hear Tad singing in her room (despite there being no-one in there to press the on switch). How this happens, I have no idea. But given my previous conviction that Tad is a little on the scary side, I’m not sure I want to know.

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How To Have Fun At Dinner

Posted by Caroline on January 28, 2007

When Emily was tiny, something as simple as eating a meal proved to be a tad difficult. At best, we would wait until she was asleep before attempting lunch or dinner, hoping she wouldn’t wake up until the last mouthful had been eaten – at worst, we would have to take it in turns to eat to prevent her from screaming all the way through the meal.

Now, though, it’s a very different story – we simply pop her on the playmat with her toys when it’s dinner time and she pleases herself (which these days means crawls into the corner in an effort to chew on my laptop cable, the TV aerial or any other high risk item which looks just too tempting to resist).

Recently, however, she’s started finding meal times incredibly funny and I can’t quite imagine why. This evening, for instance, we were tucking into our sushi while she was kicking away on her mat, when suddenly she began giggling at nothing. I’ve yet to work out what it was that amused her, but from that point she seemed to find everything absolutely rib-tickling.

At one point I glanced at her and she burst into yet another fit of the giggles – yet I had done absolutely nothing that anybody could possibly find funny.

It’s not the first time this has happened either. It’s become quite common for me to spend meal times amusing her between bites of food, until she loses interest and heads off in search of a phone charger or chair leg to nibble. I have to admit it’s infinitely preferable to having her scream all the way through dinner – even if it’s just as distracting.

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