Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Lara the Snot Monster

After going quite some months without a cold, Lara was due one, and it arrived on Saturday. It's meant she's woken in the night, once usually around midnight for a drink of water, then again around 2am, which required a spoonful of Calpol, but then she'd settle down again for the night. Having said that, this was the pattern on Sunday and Monday nights, but last night we gave her Calpol quite early, around 10.30pm, and she slept through the night. Monday morning was funny - after getting Olga up at 2am, Lara then slept until 9.05, a personal best. She must hate Monday mornings like the rest of us!
I think we're getting off quite lightly, given the combination of Lara's teeth coming through, her cold, and the warm nights. If the worst part is getting up at 2am from time to time, for half an hour or so, I'll live with that!
Lara's character traits are showing through more and more now. She can be a madam at times, throwing toys and food around (she can throw food a surprisingly long way - a piece of pineapple went right across the lounge the other evening), but she can show incredible determination too, when she wants to climb onto the sofa, for example. On the flip-side though, she's as affectionate as ever, there are always kisses for Mama, Papa and even Mishka (sometimes, especially Mishka). She loves the "round and round the garden, like a teddy bear" rhyme, insisting we repeat it on both hands, and both feet, holding them out for us one at a time and definitely saying "Mo.." for "more". She understands more than I give her credit for too - she knows who Colin is (her Colubus monkey toy Olga brought back from South Africa), and will look for him if we ask her to "find Colin", she'll get her nursery bag from by the front door when we ask her find it in the mornings, and when we're ready to leave, if we've not put our shoes on yet, we can ask Lara and she'll bring them to us! Cheeky, I know, but it's something Mishka never learned to do! Sometimes, she's even noticed we're getting ready to leave, and will bring one of us a pair of shoes without being asked! We'll see how long that lasts....

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