Where they’re at

Being the beginning of a new year, I thought it appropriate to do a post about my children and their current states of development. This is something I hope they will look back on in years to come!

Elspeth, two and a half years old

  • Loves to wear purple dresses
  • Still obsessed with Winnie the Pooh
  • Cheeky and playful, tries to play tricks on people
  • Very good vocabulary and sentence structure
  • Starting to make up words for fun
  • Recognises a few written words like ‘Ellie’ and ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’
  • Loves books and stories
  • Excellent imagination, which comes through in her games
  • Going through a bit of a boundary-testing, tantrum-throwing stage
  • Fussy with food, won’t eat a lot of things
  • Favourite food is vegemite sandwiches
  • Still not potty trained
  • Runs around singing songs, including making up songs; some tunes are recognisable even when she uses different words
  • In the new year (very soon) I want to get Elspeth toilet trained, eating real foods, and sleeping without a dummy

Evelyn, three months old

  • Capable of rolling over (but forgets how sometimes)
  • Lots of smiles and laughs, especially first thing in the morning
  • Sleeps well, but not all night yet
  • Babbles, very chatty
  • Can’t quite sit up, but is making the effort
  • When she wants something, her shriek is ear-piercing
  • In the new year (very soon) I’d like Evelyn to be rolling over regularly and beginning to eat some solids

Current reading: July 2011

I did start re-reading George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series last month, in anticipation of the release of the next book. However my husband had the same idea, and it was getting awkward trying to read the same book at the same time!

So, I have switched to Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn series yet again, because the next in that series is also due out this year! I’m actually only re-reading the very last book, The Stone Key; honestly I have read the rest of them so many times I could probably recite them by heart! It is hardly surprising; I started reading this series for the first time in my early teens, and I’m now approaching 30. The series remains a favourite, especially as the complexity of the plot increases with each new book.

I only hope that I actually have time to read the next one. It is due out in September, the same month that Evelyn is due out! I should imagine that trying to read a new book while grappling with a toddler and a newborn will be just that – trying!

TV and children

The effect of television on children is something that experts like to blather about at great length. But I  never really expected to be able to observe effects on a day-to-day basis.

On days I turn the TV on early:

Elspeth is more irritable, less interested in non-electronic forms of entertainment, less inclined to read books, more indecisive (“No juice. Juice please.”) and demanding.

On days I leave the TV off for the morning:

Elspeth is happier, enjoys reading, is inclined to “imaginative play“, will spend longer on each activity (longer attention span), is more affectionate, and communicates more effectively.

Home again, home again

My baby girl is home! After spending three nights with my parents, they brought Elspeth back today full of good reports. Apparently she’s been well-behaved, polite, sweet, had a great time, and didn’t miss her parents at all. I’m fairly sure mum and dad must have gotten her mixed up with some other child!

No, I kid, of course. Ellie is generally pretty good. It’s very nice to hear that she remains as good when I am not there!

Since getting home, Elspeth has been very tired, but has refused to nap; I like to think that she just wants to cuddle Aidan and I. She keeps asking to read books, and books involve cuddles!

Ellie home again

Empty, quiet house

Bereft of its smallest resident, my house seems silent and empty. I feel like I should remain quiet, as though she were napping in the next room, but the door is wide open and I know she’s not there.

My little Elspeth has gone on a little holiday with her nanna and poppa, my parents, for a few days. It really is a win-win-win situation: she enjoys it, her parents enjoy it, and her grandparents love it! But I do feel odd in the minutes after she has left. It’s like one of those dreams where you’ve gone out not wearing pants. Something is missing, something so normal that you barely even think of it until it’s gone.

I’m not even sure what I’m going to do with all my spare time. Hello, Facebook? I guess I’ll have plenty of time to read – maybe too much! Aidan and I are both re-reading George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and I’m slightly behind him. I might catch up, and then we’d be trying to read the same book at the same time. Awkward!

I might do some baking. I would post a recipe, but I’m going to do a chocolate cake from a pre-mix pack. You want the recipe? Buy the pack!