Friday, May 2, 2008
I love Fridays
After nearly setting the house alight, it's been clear that I've not always had my eye on the ball over the last two weeks.
Work has been busy, demanding and fulfilling. My time with Ellie has been limited and there was at least one run of three days when all I did for her was pack her food. I didn't get to bath her, cuddle, dress or play with her.
Ellie has been getting on fine with Recaro and one of the world's greatest childminders, but there's no doubt about it - I was very happy to get to Friday and have a whole day to spend time just with her.
She's working on climbing the stairs like a grown up - keen to meet the challenge but cautious enough to make sure I'm there with her. Her language is coming on too. Today's new words of the day are 'open' and 'Iggle Piggle'.
Yes. Iggle Piggle. It will be no surprise to learn that she's mastered (or is that comandeered?) the remote control for the TV. She has also managed to change the TV settings to an incomprehensible eastern European language so we will never be able to adjust the contrast ever again.
She'll push me along to do more interesting stuff - climbing into her buggy as if to say 'Okay. Bored now. Let's go somewhere.'
And will invent games like turning a friend's bird bath into a water toy. (Not sure my friend was so impressed to see her son get soaking wet... oops, my version of fun might not be the same as someone else's.)
At nap time, she walks to the stairgate and waits to be allowed to go to her cot for a sleep.
'Bye, bye' she calls out as I leave her room. Silence. Straight off to sleep.
For the time being, she is a happy, delightful, imaginative and bright little girl. All Recaro and I have to do is keep doing the right things and she'll turn out fine...
Who knows what the future holds, but I'm treasuring this wonderful day. It's so important to recognise what's good in your life and to enjoy it at the time it's happening.