Sunday, 22 April 2012

Growing up

I am beginning to realise that as a parent, your child begins to teach you from a very early age about the concept of letting go.  



At just 16 months old, Ella is already more than capable of asserting both her determination and independence (and don't we know it!).  I have recently become aware of this little person beside me day by day, no longer a baby.  


Her understanding of the world around her has suddenly and perceptibly shifted up a gear.  She waves goodbye to people (and whenever we go anywhere near the front door), points at everything, seeks attention from strangers and has started using a few signs (both on demand and in context without prompt).  She has started using more 'words' and also has one or two words and signs that she uses consistently but I have yet to work out what they mean!...


Signing for more bubbles!

Pointing and shouting


 Popping bubbles

Book pointing (still loves her books)


For months she has been trying to crawl. Although she has mastered a very amusing and speedy backwards crawl, going forwards still remains a challenge.  She can roll, go round in circles and get what she wants by commando crawling but the four point crawl has yet to appear....


We are no longer having to do battle every day to get her to wear her shoes.  She is tolerating them much better now she is used to them. In the last week, she has started taking steps whilst holding onto our hands which is exciting stuff and very important in terms of her development...  

I know there will be a time, hopefully in the not so distant future when she will let go and take her first steps on her own.  But for now, I will treasure the moments where she still needs to hold on...








We are very proud of you Ella Bean xxx





Friday, 20 April 2012

Making memories

 The sky is ominously dark and the rain is teeming down as I sit and type this. I also have to go to work today. This time a week ago the sun was shining and I was setting off with my friends for a work/life/baby free weekend in London. Chloe, Lynne, Suzanne & I organised the weekend to celebrate our 30th birthdays and we had a fabulous time.  

Lots of lovely food was eaten, we drank, walked, saw a show and some London sights, shopped and spent way too much money in the process!  

More importantly we talked, laughed and reminisced, all the while making more memories to remember in the next 30 years...



We walked along the Southbank, taking in the view across the river Thames, past The Tate, Globe Theatre, Southwark Cathedral and ended up at Borough Market.



Coffee at The Oxo Gallery

St Paul's Cathedral


Tate Modern


Just before it rained

The view from Waterloo Bridge - the best view from any bridge in London we are reliably informed (Thanks Ian W)



 The Globe Theatre



Southwark Cathedral 

The Shard








 Macaroons!

Saturday afternoon we went to see Wicked the musical which was excellent...



Then on Saturday evening we ate at Level 7 Restaurant at The Tate.  Very lucky to have  a window table right opposite St Paul's with stunning views down The Thames as the sun went down...







Butternut Squash & Stinking Bishop tart...




On Sunday, we wandered across Waterloo bridge to Covent Garden...




We went for a coffee in Neal's Yard, checking out the wonderful remedy shop and the wonky mirror!...




So Ladies, thank you for a lovely weekend and for the memories xxx



For Good (From Wicked)

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me 
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...

Like a ship blown from its mooring 
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood


Like a ship blown from its mooring 
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

Who can say if I've been 
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better

Because I knew you...
I have been changed for good. 
  

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