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9 months so soon

Monday, 2 May 2011

For some reason to do with security stuff, the older photos aren’t appearing on the blog, but are visible on flickr. Anyway, someone has now been out for nearly as long as she was in.

tartan - 9 months
On the plus side, she can be distracted by a rubber duck held above the camera in order to get the laying down shots.
baby human - 9 months
If you click through on that top one, you can see her top teeth for once.

Developments are mostly around increasing mobility, and puzzle-solving. She’s learnt to dismantle one wooden block toy to get the bit she wants from it, and routinely fishes iPhones out of hiding places. She does, however, still love her spoon.

horse and spoon
I found that Pegasus rocking chair horse thing in a charity shop for five whole pounds. It just needed a clean, and a new crossbar fitting.

baby is mobile. repeat, baby is MOBILE

Friday, 22 April 2011

Yes, her 9 month birthday is next week. None the less, here is GJ’s monthly update for 8 months.

tartan - 8 months

Due to circumstances beyond my control, i.e. GJ’s self-will, there isn’t a ‘lying down on the quilt’ photo. This is the most in-focus shot from the quilt ones.
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Developments include crawling forwards, pulling up to standing including peering over the foot of the cot like chad (wot? no nap?), and a wide range of new noises including “ma ma”.

monthly update

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Suddenly the time is flying. I vaguely remember how drawn out the first three months seemed. “When she gets to three months…” was a refrain. Now there seems barely any time between photos.

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The lying down photos don’t really show the changes. She sits happily now, eats almost anything offered (avocado didn’t go down well), and is getting more mobile. And can be stood by us.

GJ stands

She’s worked out that she can pull herself up in the cot, but not quite how to do it. Last night she attempted a front somersault of the changing table.

Bare earth policy

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

I like chaotic gardens, ones that can be explored. This obviously suited my cats very well. They’re less ideal for a child. So I finally got some serious work done ready to start building a child-friendly back garden. It needs to still have a sense of exploration to it, whilst also being safer and having better lines of sight from the house.

Here’s a couple of photos of it pre-work. [click to enlarge]
when do I get offered turkish delight? After

Last year, I went halves with the neighbour to take down the ill cherry tree and fit new fences down the left side. Last week, the old shed (barely visible in the before photos because I am a master of in camera cropping) and evergreen column came out. The right hand fence was replaced, and the apple lopped. It’ll fruit a bit this year, then be much better in the future.

hard landscaping done

At the moment there’s lots more clearing out to do. The fern at the front had been growing either side of the fence. I’d ended up out in the garden in the dark, digging it out, the night before the new fence went up. There’s also a grass that appeared from nowhere and is gradually taking over the back bed. And the bare fences will be painted TARDIS blue, and the pond covered with something wildlife can still get through but curious children can’t.

It’s quite exciting to have a forced return to bare earth and the chance to build things up in a new way. I spent a whole evening looking up possible plants for the back bed. That bed is due to become a butterfly area, as GJ often seems fascinated by them. Happily, butterfly attracting plants are also often purple which is a colour I love.

Hopefully, I can keep updating here with progress.

6 months already?

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Here’s the photos for GJ’s 6 month birthday. Half a year!
Baby human - 6 months

tartan - 6 months

Developments include: sitting unaided, eating solids (well, mush really) and growing teeth. Two at the front bottom. Ow, ow, ow.

She’s also been for a couple of rides on the rocking horse at the local library.
GJ on the library horse

jolly and joyous

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Poor GJ. Her fifth month day coincided with Christmas Day. She was bewildered by the sudden arrival of many many new toys and books, and endured the comedy hats.

baby human - 5 months

tartan - 5 months

The red and white stripey top came with a set of handmedowns. In the 1 month photo the sleeves are rolled up a long way. Now, at five months, they aren’t rolled up at all. She’s 15lb something, and over 2′ long.

New skills include sitting at table, in a red IKEA high chair. As that chair isn’t available for delivery, getting it involved a trip to the Bristol branch. That was the furthest away from her I’ve gone to date but it went well. Exeter-based readers might like to know it took me a five and a half hour round trip by public transport (including the 90 minutes to get around IKEA itself) and cost under £25.


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