Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The second nine months

ThingOne turned nine months today. We often remember and talk about 11th January - it was an amazing day for us and our lives have changed a lot since then.

We've been a bit knocked out recently by illness (Anne was so dehydrated she was delerious on Saturday night - not something I'm in any hurry to see again). Being ill, like much else, is so much harder when you have to look after a baby. The rewards are, or course, just great. We have so much fun seeing ThingOne play, crawl, climb, laugh, clap, dance (a kind of freaky head-banging she does) and interact with us.

Someone sang "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands" to ThingOne today, and ThingOne clapped her hands. This is a bit surprising for us, since it's not a song we've ever sung to her. We do sing a couple of "Clap your hands" songs to her though, so it seems she now understands the phrase "clap your hands", where we'd just thought she just recognised the tunes and knew to clap. Weird! I guess we'd better stop saying inappropriate things around her if she's starting to take in words.

The next few months will, I suppose, see more changes as ThingOne turns into a little girl - a transformation we can already see starting.

Maybe consistent sleeping will come with that? We can hope.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


See that new thing over there. On the left. Above the "Recent posts". That's our Geocaching Stats Bar.

Oh yes, we are now geocachers. This involved running around the countryside looking for hidden treasure. You get a box, fill it with bits of treasure (toy cars, highlighter pens etc), hide it and note the GPS co-ordinates. Then you register it on and other people can go and find it. There are over 310,000 geocaches to find around the world. One of which we have hidden! When you find the box, you can take a bit of treasure and swap it for something you've brought with you. Then it's back to the website to brag about your find.

It's great fun and also involves buying a diggy GPS thingy. Stephen is very excited about the possibility of a new gadget. We feel this is an ideal hobby to do with ThingOne. Kids like looking for hidden treasure, right? Well, we do...

And there she is. Finding her fifth cache. Clever girl.