Wednesday, 13 May 2009

How's Lara Doing?!

And how is the first lady of Deeds Grove? She's absolutely fine. She seems quite healthy, the coughs and colds of the last few months seem to have gone, save the odd coughing fit, and these seem to be during the night, when she's probably just thirsty. She's eating well, we're still mixing up fresh fruit, meat and vegetables with jar food, but she looks very healthy. We've not had her weighed for ages, but Luda measured her on holiday, when she was 80cm tall.
She's confident with her walking, and we can't work out if she's learning to run or if she's just over-balancing and then compensating. She rarely falls over at home, unless a rug, or dad's big feet, trip her up, but she did fall at nursery on Monday and Tuesday this week, but we're not worried about that, it'll happen.
She's still sleeping very well, most days we're either having to wake her up for nursery, around 7am, or she wakes at just the right time for us all to get up.
Over the weekend she showed us that she can play on her own on the top decking while we work in the garden, she's got her own little picnic table up there and there was a time on Sunday when she just sat herself down at the table and watched us work while she ate her lunch!

Lucy & Sergei's News

Lucy and Sergei are getting married! The big day will be Friday 3rd July, at Reading Registry Office, where Olga & I were married, with the reception at the lovely country hotel where they work.
As well as learning how to babysit Lara tonight, the sisters disappeared to discuss dresses, jewellery, and other bride-y things. It's brought back the memories of our big day, it's all very exciting!

Update time...

Cor, how long has it been since I wrote a decent update!? Sorry about that! I'll see if I can keep the story of the last two weeks or so brief..

Well, the cricket season has started, and Littlewick Green 1st XI have succeeded in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in their first two games. I've not caused the scorers to have to
dash out and buy more ink for their pens, but scores of 9 and 5 mean I've still scored more than the two opening batsmen so far! Olga brought Lara down to the Green on Saturday for a few hours, it was great to see her toddling around on the outfield after the game, and charming the regulars in the pub afterwards.

The Bank Holiday weekend saw us going to the "Family Day" at Reading Beer Festival, meeting Anton, Becca, Eve and Tess, Simon & Arong, and Lucy & Sergei. It was fun to take the bus over from Wycombe, although Lara got fractious after an hour of the journey, luckily we only had five more minutes to go. She was fine on the way back, falling asleep in her pram minutes after the bus set off.

The lawn!! Don't talk to me about that! I finally got it mowed on Sunday, but only after I got a colleague from work to come round and start the petrol lawnmower I'd borrowed off him, I just don't have the knack to start it! Anyway, here's the "before" and "after" pics to prove it:

Now it's just at a state where it looks like it could do with another trim, it's never ending, but at least Lara can walk on the grass now without disappearing into it.

Bury FC didn't make it to the League Two Playoff Final, which means at least I don't feel obliged to go to Wembley for the Final. They lost in the semi-final to Shrewsbury Town (good luck, Rob!), although over the course of the 46 games of the regular season, if only they'd scored one more goal, they would have been automatically promoted in favour of Wycombe Wanderers, of all teams.

Tomorrow Olga and I are off to London in the evening to watch a recording of the new series of QI, with Stephen Fry, Alan Davies and, well, we'll wait and see who the other guests are. The tickets are free, but it's first come, first served to get into the studios, so we need to get there well in advance and wait. Lucy will babysit, and has come over this evening to learn the ropes for giving Lara her tea, bathing her, and putting her to bed.

There's no cricket this weekend, and we'd planned to go camping, but the weather forecast looks rather damp, so it'll be very much a last-minute decision. To be honest, we've not checked on the state of the tent since we last camped in September last year in Norfolk, it might not be a pleasant experience, it's been bundled up in our shed since then.