Festive Season

It’s halfway through January and I didn’t blog at all over Christmas and New Year. I can’t say I have any New Year’s resolutions to blog more – I only ever have one resolution: to not make any resolutions. I should blog some more, though, because, as Hannah pointed out, Ella is changing all the time, and this is the best journal we have of that.

Since the last entry, my project released the latest version of our product, the Medina High Community Choir had it’s Christmas concert, Hannah’s sister, Miriam, has got married, we’ve had Christmas, gone to Glasgow for New Year and then returned to work, and Ella has switched child minders.

Miriam got married towards the end of December, and both Ella and Hannah were bridesmaids. Ella did a sterling job of going up the aisle, initially running towards me (I was filming with our video camera), and then dancing to the music being played. She was moderately, but not completely quite through the service and had great fun running around afterwards. She survived the photos but after that was getting somewhat knackered and cranky. Fortunately my Mum and stepdad were down to look after her over the wedding weekend, and took her away home. So Ella had fun with Granny and Grandpa, rather than in a noisy place full of adults not paying her much attention. The wedding was good, with Miri and Mark both looking great. The speeches were extra long as Mark’s best man is an actor and stuck a quiz in the middle of his speech. I filmed the whole thing, and spent nearly a week of evenings and a couple of weekends editting it all together.

Ella really developed over Christmas. On Christmas Day in the morning it was kind of strange opening her presents. We’d wrapped them a couple of days before, and were at our house, just the three of us, in the morning. So we were in the living room opening presents, and at one point I was sat there opening a present I’d wrapped myself, knowing what was inside and Ella wasn’t paying any attention! By the time we’d returned from Glasgow in the New Year, Ella knew what a wrapped up thing was and even opened up one of her remaining presents while Hannah and I weren’t looking! So she does know what presents are now.

For Christmas she got a couple of dollies, a dolly pram, a dolly pushchair, a tea set, a toy car garage, a pink bus and lots more. She loves playing with the dollies (‘baby’) and pushing them around in their pushchair. She likes climbing on her garage, which is fairly sturdy but she does look rather precarious perched on top of it.

She’s talking a lot more. Of course, lots of it is still babble, but her real vocab grows all the time. This week she’s added ‘key’, and I got her to repeat ‘gate’ back to me today, and at lunch she seemed to get the hang of ‘tatoe’ for potato. She has plenty of other words, such as ‘poo’, ‘Ba-Pa’ for Grandpa, ‘car’, ‘cheese’, ‘shoes’ and others. Some of them are somewhat bewildering in her choice of them to pronounce so early on in her development, such as car and ‘nana’ for banana. Why not milk, which she hears a lot, or book or toys? ‘Mummy’ has developed to not just refer to Hannah, but also ‘I want that’, while she points at something.

We were up in Glasgow at New Year and Ella got a chance to meet many relatives: my cousin Ivar, Liz and their son Henry; Chris’s parents, Nan and Charlie; Chris’s sister, Trish and Gordon, her husband; and Uncle Hamish and Auntie Christine, who haven’t seen her for quite a while. We were there for a little longer than usual, so I took the opportunity to meet up with an uni friend, Carrie. We’ve been playing Scrabble (I usually lose) on Facebook for some time, so it was good to finally meet up and introduce our families to each other and catch up on life. Clare and Chris had Ella for quite a lot of time while we were in Glasgow because Hannah and I stayed the nights at Miriam’s flat in the West End; partly for some relaxing time and because of Hannah’s allergy to Mum’s cat. Ella really enjoyed her time with Granny and Grandpa, and chasing the cat around the house. She frequently points to random men and says ‘Ba-pa’.

I shan’t go into the tale of my big Christmas present from Hannah. It’s been up and down the country and still not arrived. I can watch it on ParcelForce’s website, but I don’t get to play with it. It’s a Wii and the place selling it put the wrong address on so it didn’t get delivered for Christmas, and we didn’t get the tracking info in time to stop ParcelForce returning to sender. Hannah is quite enjoying one of my presents to her – a Dolce Gusto coffee machine. Yesterday she had about four coffees of various types from it, and after counting them up said ‘oh, maybe that’s why I’ve got a headache’!

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