We have great fun together, the kids and I, and even more fun when we have our Papa to play with. One of our favourite games as a family is to bounce around on Mama's bed, hiding under the covers (note, Henry calls it Mama's bed, so where does Papa sleep?!) Henry is so sweet with his little sister. He likes to hold her hand, and lately has taken to putting her paci in her mouth, it made me nervous at first, but he is reasonably gentle so I let it go. Yes, we are trying her on a pacifier/dummy. She doesn't mind it, it keeps her quiet if she is mad about something (the only thing she gets mad about is being tired), but she will fall asleep far quicker if she is allowed to put her thumb in her mouth. The funny thing is, she doesn't seem to care which thumb she sucks on, unlike Henry who is still partial to those two right fingers. One of her favourite things to do is to stand up, and she likes to watch the fan, just like Henry did! She doesn't really care for 'tummy time' but she is really good at it. Today she sort of crawled across my bed; not really crawling but she somehow got from one side to the other by shunting her butt up. Bath time remains hilarious as she swims up and down the bath tub.
Henry can count to ten. He gets a little stuck at three, but can do the rest. I am not positive he knows what the numbers mean, but its a good start. He speaks in sentences now, though you have to understand his language a bit. He asked the painters today if they wanted some water, and they actually understood him: "ask man water?" because when I asked him if he wanted some water, he said "man water" so I said he could ask them if they wanted some water, and he did. He was also concerned that they might be hungry when we were eating our lunch! We measured him today and since January 1st, he has grown an inch every two months.
Our lives are a whirlwind. I got an awful stomach bug a couple of weeks ago, during Double Decker weekend, I actually violently threw up Friday night. Combine stomach bug with holding Rosie in the Ergo, carrying Henry because he didn't feel good and something ridiculous like 95F weather, and I didn't have a very nice day. Right at the end of a week when Henry didn't take a single nap; I wasn't a happy camper. Lost 5 lbs in 3 days though! We instigated the 'baby bed' as punishment if Henry got out of bed during nap time and after just two days, he was napping in his own bed again! Hooray for me. There is generally at least an hour when the kids nap at the same time and it is bliss! We even bought a baby monitor so I can go outside and garden. I made it to the dermatologist and yes, sure enough I have eczema on my face, though now it has also spread to my neck and chest, and I suspect the top of my back. He also told me what the problem with my foot was and what the tiny spots on my arms and hands were (yes, I am falling apart, yes, it is possibly old age!) and no, I cannot use any of the necessary creams whilst nursing. Yeay for trying to give your child the best start in life and having to suffer in sheer agony as your face sets itself on fire once a week. The compromise I have come to with myself is that I am giving her the best start by breast feeding her and I cannot live with the pain of the eczema, so when it gets really bad I use the tiniest dab of cream I can, until it reduces itself. I will nurse Rosie as long as she wants to, but I am going to celebrate her weening with a 10 day course in steroids and whatever other creams he has given me for my face.
In Seattle a while back...
Henry, that belly button is not really a button...
It seems like Rosie is in the Bumbo much sooner than I remember Henry being in it...
Baked beans are one of Henry's favourite meals, especially when you add some hot dog pieces to it!
Yet more pictures on Mama's bed!
Where on Earth did this girl's beauty come from!?