Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Birthday Extravaganza!

Sunday was a rare, sunny day and Nanny, Pop Pop, Cathy, Craig and cousins Mia and Alex met us at Crealy Park for an early birthday celebration.

Crealy Park is amazing.... a vast grassy expanse filled with games, roller coasters, farm animals, trains to ride, benches to have a picnic on and so much more... We spent a good seven hours there. Philip was sitting in the wrap the entire time, watching the activities or snoozing, and came out for a quick boob every time we stopped for a snack. Matilda had the time of her life and is still talking about it.

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by Harvey, the Crealy Mascot:

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Nanny and Pop Pop were already there, and had made sure everyone knew it was Matilda's special day:

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When Mia and Alex arrived, we went for a pony ride. Matilda's pony was called Barley:

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She cuddled a rabbit:

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And got to see some baby pigs. Matilda was engrossed in the pigs. She just sat there and watched them for half an hour, and decided pigs are her favorite animals:

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We thought of giving this picture to Natalie when she has the baby... Shhhhh...

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We had a picnic and birthday cake that Mia chose (can you guess?)

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Matilda got up close and personal with some goats and a very Large Sheep!!!

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We Eat Those?!

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Goosing a Goat:

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Mutant Mutton:

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She got to ride a carousel:

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And swing really high:

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Thank you Nanny and Pop Pop, Auntie Cathy, Uncle Craig, Mia and Alex, for a lovely day!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Great-full

Pink Elephants non-withstanding, I'm doing quite well, and thanks to everyone who called-emailed-commented. I've gone a whole week without actually wanting to murder anyone, which is definately a milestone these days, and I can appreciate again how lucky I am to be able to stay with my babies. Matilda switched back from being a demon-spawn (at least to my eyes) to being a clever little sassy funny girl, and she seems intent on proving to me just how fun she is. So this post is about all these funny things that she's been doing, that I couldn't appreciate a couple of weeks ago.

I was playing a game with Matilda yesterday, where I would describe an animal and she had to guess what it was.


Me: What animal barks and wags his tail when he's happy?
Matilda: It's a dog!

Me: And what animal likes to gallop and lives in a stable?
Matilda: It's a horse!

Me: And what animal is very small, has a long tail, and likes to eat cheese?
Matilda: (thinks for a while) It's Matilda!


Matilda dancing with Daddy:






Incidentally, if you watch closely towards the end of the video (when Peter picks Philip up) you'll see Matilda doing her angry face. I call it "the constipated hamster face" and she insists on doing it although it is completely counterproductive, because it makes me laugh rather than feel intimidated.

At some point last week, Philip woke up in the middle of the night for a feed, and Matilda woke up at the same time too, and wanted to cuddle with me. I asked her to just lie next to me and cuddle with my leg while I was feeding Philip, and she snuggled next to my thigh and was quiet. I thought she might have fallen back to sleep. After Philip finished breastfeeding I asked Peter to take him back to his bed, and Matilda said "Thank you mummy, giving baby Philip to daddy."



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Today Matilda was eating her breakfast and she sneezed, and some of it came flying out of her mouth... She thought it was really funny and said "My nose make my food spill out!"



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We were out the other day and Peter had to go to the toilet, and had to take Matilda with him (I was feeding Philip and couldn't run after her.) He came back to report that while they were in the toilet together, Matilda excitedly yelled "OH, HELLO DADDY'S WILLY!"

My weird baby:

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Relaxing in the ball-pit at Atticus' birthday party:

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And sneaking a bite, just in case:

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Atticus with Philip:

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And with Matilda:

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Babies Don't Keep

Mother, oh Mother,
come shake out your cloth,
empty the dustpan,
poison the moth,
hang out the washing
and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.

Where is the mother
whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery,
blissfully rocking.
Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
and out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep'

~Author Unknown ~ (pinched from Kris' blog)

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