Yet again I’m amazed how long it has been since my last post! The time just seems to disappear. I have been regularly posting some of the things we’ve been up to for #100daysofhomeed on Instagram, so this post will mostly be about other stuff.
Aaron came down with chicken pox the day after my last post! Esther followed a couple of days later and they both had it worse than Tabitha did. Poor Aaron was covered in spots and felt rather miserable. Esther didn’t seem that bothered for the first couple of days, but then she had a horrendous night when she barely slept at all and kept throwing herself around in discomfort. All the medicines, creams and even cuddles didn’t seem to help at all. She also learned to crawl properly because dragging herself along on her tummy was too painful!
When the children had fully recovered we went on another day trip to the National Marine Aquarium, and this time we took Grandad (Colin’s dad) with us. I had previously asked the children to choose a marine animal to do a project on. Tabitha chose rays and Aaron eventually settled on sharks. We brainstormed questions that we wanted to find out the answers to, watched videos and borrowed books from the library. It was interesting to see how focused they both were on their chosen animal this time we visited.
Now that Esther is old enough to go in a child’s bike seat, we’ve started going on bike rides together. I’ve always enjoyed cycling but owning bikes when you live in a first and second-floor maisonette is rather tricky! Aaron and Tabitha’s bikes are currently stored in the understairs cupboard; I have no idea what we’ll do when they move to the next size up as they will no longer fit! I recently got my mum’s old bike, which lives out on the balcony, and bought a bargain second-hand baby seat.
Storage isn’t the only issue; taking the bikes out is quite a palaver! I have to take the raincover off my bike, raise the saddle enough so that I can attach the baby seat, lower the saddle again (I’m a shortie) and then carry the three bikes down the stairs, all the while ensuring that Esther doesn’t pull one over on top of her or escape out of the door! Coming back is much the same, except that I have to undo the saddle and remove the baby seat in the hallway downstairs as the bike is too heavy for me to carry it up the stairs with the seat attached.
Despite all that, I really enjoyed our first bike ride together and am looking forward to more when we get some dry days. My parents gave Tabitha a new bigger bike as an early birthday present, so she’ll be well away next time!
We’ve also started going swimming sometimes with my mum. It’s difficult for me to take the children swimming on my own because Esther needs to be in the warmer baby pool but the rules won’t let Tabitha go in the main pool without me. Having an extra pair of hands makes it much easier! Over the last couple of weeks Aaron and Tabitha have both learned to doggypaddle a short distance with no floats. I’ve been intending to get them swimming lessons for a while and finally got round to booking them in for a private lesson. The instructor was fantastic and they did so much in half an hour, including swimming unassisted on their backs! The children came out full of excitement and are most disappointed that they have to wait another three weeks for their next lesson!
Aaron and Tabitha both played the piano in my mum’s annual music concert and Granny (Colin’s mum) came to watch them. I was also roped in to play a duet.
Today we went out with one of Colin’s sisters and her children. Between us having chickenpox and them moving house we haven’t seen them much recently, so it was nice to catch up. The children did lots of rock climbing on the beach, Esther tasted her first icecream and we went on the funicular railway. Afterwards we all went back to another sister’s house for birthday cake and Esther loved being around her littlest cousins.
Esther is learning new things all the time. She cruises all round the furniture and sometimes stands for a second or two on her own. She has learned to climb stairs. She rushes to the front door when the doorbell rings and can touch her head when asked. She occasionally seems to wave or say “hello”. Her favourite toy at the moment is an old doll of Tabitha’s, which she hugs and drags around with her. She loves playing musical instruments and dances to music. However, she is still useless at sleeping during the night!