Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Lara - as independent as ever

One of the many benefits of Lucy & Sergei getting married on a Friday was the realisation that after we'd checked out of the hotel, taken some nice photographs in the grounds, got home, and had a nap, that it was still only Saturday teatime.
So we decided it was time to try out the children-friendly beer garden at our local pub. Whilst the climbing frames were a little "tired", shall we say, they did the job of entertaining Lara for half an hour. We'd noticed she was getting good at climbing at those very kiddy-friendly activity centres that we've taken her to a couple of times, but there everything is very well padded and a little tumble does her no harm. Here however, we were ready to be very close at hand in case of a wobble, but we need not have worried:

This is what we now consider to be her normal behaviour, she's very confident in most things she does, but is sensible enough to ask to hold our hand if there's something more tricky to negotiate, but in general she's extremely independent, which we're very happy about. This is why the change in her behaviour while she's been ill has been so concerning for us, she was very clingy, always wanting to be picked up and hugged, and only really happy to go to sleep on one of us, which is the first time she's been like that since she was tiny. We know it's only natural, that if you're ill you want to be cuddled, and of course we were more than happy to oblige, but it was such a difference from her normal self that that was as much a concern to us as her high temperature, lack of appetite, sore throat and bum issues.

Here are some of the photos from Saturday (in the grounds of the hotel and at the pub) and from Sunday, when we took the dog for a nice walk in the countryside:

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