Friday, 3 April 2009

We have a Toddler

Life will never be the same again (again!)

Lara can definitely string steps together now, as these videos show. Add Baby Reins to the shopping list by the time we go to St Petersburg!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

White Rabbits and Walking Progress

White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits...
Pinch and a punch, it's the first of the month.
It's April 1st and Spring has sprung, the weather is lovely today. Olga's at home with Lara, waiting in for the nice man to come and clean our oven and microwave - I'll admit we've neglected them (the oven & microwave, not Olga & Lara) for two years and they very much need a professional clean!

Lara's contribution to April 1st was to make a concerted effort to walk. There is definite progress in that direction, this morning she was tottering for four or five steps between us in the nursery. Given how she was with standing and cruising, it shouldn't be long before she wonders why on earth she's been cruising around on her knees for four months when she could have been walking. And then we'll have the nightmare of keeping an even closer eye on her than we already do!

Naturally I'll put a video up when she walks for long enough for me to get the camera out, turn it on and press record! We're not there yet.........

Sunday, 29 March 2009

BST - lighter evenings, more time to get things done!!

We've had a very productive weekend, Mishka has been stripped very nicely by Olga, and now looks very smart, and I've finished putting some screening up on the decking to make it safe for Lara to play on this summer. We managed to link a couple of hosepipes together to feed our jetwasher and Olga cleaned the decking, it looks much better now - there are drawbacks to having a 30m long, uphill-sloping garden, such as gravity. It's a long way back to the outside tap to re-attach the hosepipe when it slips off!
I've just got to fit a stairgate to the steps upto the decking and then Lara can officially open it for 2009, and Olga can "get on with her gardening" (her words!). So, only a new fence to build, a pergola to erect, more decking to put down, build a sandpit, and over 200 square metres of lawn to mow. That'll take care of next Saturday morning, then....

It's been lovely here today, warm with blue skies, and with us now being in British Summer Time, it didn't go dark until after 7.30. For the first time I can remember, we changed our clocks last night before going to bed, so there were no unpleasant surprises this morning! Lara had a nice lie in until 8.30 (ok, 7.30 as far as she's concerned) but this meant that when I got up to look after her, it was perfectly timed for me to see the very last corner of the Australian Grand Prix, and seeing as those who started first and second, finished first and second, perhaps I didn't miss much!!?