Sunday, 1 April 2018

Sophie Elizabeth

Sophie arrived during the late afternoon of March 15th.

Surprisingly (for Devon) she experienced her first snow when she was only two days old. She wasn't particularly impressed, but Katie enjoyed it immensely.

Birth length: 1.5 icicles!

Katie likes to check on Sophie when she's in her moses basket

Katie and Sophie's first cuddle together.

 and another

Sophie's first go on the infant crawling track that Daddy made for her

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Early March 2018

It snowed quite heavily in Devon for once, so much so that Katie found it too difficult to walk in. It didn't help that it rained soon after the first snow and the rain froze, leaving an icy crust on top of the snow. Katie lost her shoe after only a few paces, gave up and sat down, but enjoyed watching the changing scene from the windows.

Katie has recently taken an interest in learning the alphabet. We had read that it is better to teach her whole words than individual letters, but since she is so keen to point them out we figure that it's okay. She now knows letters A, C, O, S, T, U and W and can even pick them out on a computer keyboard

Katie loves trying on big shoes

She also insists on wearing one of her activity rings on her head whenever she is in the lounge. Mummy is usually given one to wear too and every few minutes Katie will decide that the colour isn't right and change which ones we're wearing.

To improve her upper body strength, Katie has begun walking on her hands, wheelbarrow style, with the help of Mummy and Daddy.

We had hoped that Sophie would have arrived to join us by Mother's Day, but like her big sister she has decided to be late. Hopefully it won't be long now.

Like her Mummy and Daddy Katie loves animals and she was lucky enough to see her first fox quite close up when one visited the back garden

Thursday, 8 March 2018

February 2018

Katie absolutely adores looking at books. Her favourite is the First Thousand Words in French that Grandpa was kind enough to send. She only knows a handful of French words from the book since she is using it to point at the pictures and learn all the English words first. She is listening to French and German language courses every day though so hopefully when she learns to say the words her accent will be better than Mummy's and Daddy's. 

Going out for a walk in February involves lots of wrapping up against the cold

Katie is slowly learning to talk, but is not a natural talker. She does chatter a lot, but she has favourite letters and is very slow to pick up a new one. Instead she prefers to replace letters she cannot say with ones that she can and to learn random words that are not particularly useful, but that contain the letters she knows. Thus she can make a pretty good attempt at 'pom pom' and 'map', but still can't say Mummy or Daddy (she struggles with the 'ee' sound). Her favourite words all start with 'b', though her attempts at 'bird', 'bib', 'bus' and 'bump' all sound quite similar to 'burp'!

Daddy managed to find Katie a real ladybird. Thankfully she was in her highchair at the time as she was very keen to play with it!

Mummy and Daddy bought some new furniture for Katie's future bedroom, including some storage cubes. Katie likes to sit in this one in particular.

In addition to looking at books, Katie's favourite activity is looking out of the lounge window. She used to stand on the windowsill, but now only does this for short periods. Instead she will sit on the windowsill in a precarious position with Mummy or Daddy standing behind her to prevent her from falling off or more sensibly sit with the armchair behind her so that she has something to lean on. Often she will sit on the cushion at the back of the armchair and place her feet on the windowsill or even sit or stand between the cushion and the back of the armchair (the safest and therefore least favoured position, but the only one it's easy to photograph her in as I don't have to stand so close behind her).

Walking on the balance beam Daddy made for her

Waggling her ears!

For a week in February Katie went through a silly phase of walking around with her head on one side. She suffered a fair few bumps in the process, but soon grew out of it and switched to walking on tip toes instead.

Friday, 2 February 2018

January 2018

In January Katie continued her run of medical problems, though these were largely undiagnosed. This, together with the cold weather, limited her time outdoors, but she did take several walks with Daddy. Katie especially loves watching buses, lorries and cars and often stops to watch whenever they pass by.

Katie continues to adore climbing above all other physical activities. She learned to climb the sofa and then to reach the light switch, to climb into her high chair and other feats.

 "I can learn to climb vertical surfaces, right?"

Mummy did some research regarding puzzles and then bought Katie some peg puzzles to begin with. Her first was one depicting various vehicles, since Katie loves anything with wheels.

Katie also loves ladybirds. Grandpa was kind enough to send her a postcard covered in them and she actually paused her lunch (which is unheard of) to point them all out

Sunday, 7 January 2018

December part II

Katie had a wonderful second Christmas.

She enjoyed the festive period, especially all the Christmas trees and pretty lights and music. Her favourite Christmas song in 2017 was Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells sung by Andy Williams and whenever this came on she immediately dropped everything to get up and dance.

Daddy put up the outdoor lights on December 1st, but we didn't decorate indoors until after we got back from visiting family.

Buying the tree

This year our tree had a guard around it to stop Katie from pulling it over or hurting herself on the glass baubles.

Greeting Mummy upon her return from an evening walk

It was forecast to rain all day on Christmas Day (which it did), so we had our Christmas walk on Christmas Eve instead. Katie met Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

Twas the night before Christmas...

Katie got much more involved in everything than last year and managed to open all her presents in less than an hour. She got lots of new toys, clothes and books, including books in French and German and a Japanese CD to continue her foreign language learning.

She danced along to Christmas carols and to her new book 'The wheels on the bus' from Grandpa and Grandma Jo...

She ate lots of Christmas food, including roast potato, parsnips, plums, jelly and even wolfed down a Brussels sprout!

Thanks to everyone who made our day so special.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Ultimate high stake ring stacking

(for one or more players aged 10+)

Today Katie invented a new game...

UHS Ring Stacking requires 12 stacking rings (pictured) and a flight of steep stairs.

Players start at the bottom of the stairs with the rings all over the floor.

Begin by placing the stacking pole two steps up, collect up the rings and stack them on the pole.

When all the rings have been successfully stacked, the pole is moved up two steps and the rings emptied down the stairs, with some usually clattering down as far as the bottom.

The game seems to stop two steps below the top of the stairs. Play can continue, but without advancing any higher.

Katie demonstrating the principal dangers of UHS-RS
(this was a complete demonstration that nearly ended in her landing on her head...)

Other dangers include leaning too far backwards whilst applauding oneself.