Archive for February, 2009

Potty Progression

February 17, 2009

I don’t think I’ve made much mention of Ella’s toilet training. I call it training, but at the moment we aren’t seriously trying anything. She has learnt the word ‘poo’, which refers to both poo and wee. She’ll say ‘poo’ when she wants her nappy changed. She might say it when she needs the toilet, but she does rarely appear to go after saying it; nine times out of ten she’s already done the act. She has linked ‘poo’ with the potty because she’ll say ‘poo’ and then go and sit on the potty, quite likely without waiting for any clothes to be taken off.

So she has made quite a few connections by herself. She still has to learn to understand the sensations of needing the toilet and then telling us ‘poo’, or maybe by then ‘wee’ as well. She still has to learn that if she does need the toilet and she tells us, then she can be put on the potty and that’s a good place to do ‘poo’. Certainly advances in the use of the potty wouldn’t be a bad thing because she is getting quite big for her changing table, and she is going through a phase of wriggling about while having her nappy changed.

How many times did I write poo?

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Trip to Sandown

February 15, 2009

If you live on a small island, and there are sandy beaches, then it is inevitable that you will go and visit a beach in winter. This is what we did today. We went to Sandown, which has a lovely, sandy beach in a large, fairly sheltered bay, which is now surrounded by everything that epitomises a British seaside resort. Everything.

The weather wasn’t too bad considering what has gone before recently. Fairly overcast but not freezing cold. We had a wee walk through the town before heading down to the beach just by the unattractive pier (complete with drunk chav family smoking outside it). Ella loved playing in the sand, fully clothed of course. She rolled in it; ran over it; dug it up; kicked piles of it; jumped on it, etc, etc. We’ve got quite a few photos of her enjoying the sand, and I’ll get them uploaded some time. It was not a pleasant sight when we decided the time had come to leave the beach and walk further along the front in search of a tea shop. We had screams and tears and quite a bit of kicking. Eventually (about 5 minutes later) she calmed down, distracted by some birds, and was sufficiently well behaved to be allowed some organic cheese puffs (aka crisps). We didn’t get to go to the tea shop, and Hannah’s suggestion of visiting the Dairyman’s Daughter in Shanklin was thwarted by the fact is was closed for a refurb.

New Video on YouTube

February 8, 2009

Last week when it snowed across the country, some did fall and lie (for a while) on the Island. That is quite unusual, it happens maybe every other year. I think other parts of the Island had slightly more snow than Cowes. Nevertheless, it was at most a couple of inches, but enough to stop the buses and the piddly little Island Line trains. It was a chance for Ella to experience snow for the first time and I recorded a little of her slosh around in the snow in our front garden. It can be found here on Youtube, and yes, I did pick her up after she fell!

Family Weekend

February 7, 2009

Last weekend we took a long weekend in a Hilton just outside London, in Cobham. I wouldn’t have naturally chosen the location, but it was one of the few still available in Hilton’s sale. The weekend was at the end of a week with Clare, my Mum, staying, so it did mean I got to spend some time with her before we set of mid-afternoon. It was a morning rather marred by an accident Mum had with Ella at the swing park, when Ella bashed her lip while on the slide. I think Mum was rather shook up and embarrassed by it, but these things happen. I remember when Hannah and I had an accident with Ella that had her crying for ages we both felt horrible.

Anyway the weekend was formed of swimming in the hotel pool, visiting Bluewater to meet up with my brother, Douglas, Joanna, Aliya and Lucy, and a visit to Chessington Zoo. Hannah and I whiled away the evenings by playing Scrabble in the hotel room toilet so we wouldn’t disturb Ella’s sleep (final score 1-1).

As expected Ella thoroughly enjoyed the swimming, both in and out of her inflatable ring. She had a good splash, and made good kicking movements with her legs. The trip to the Zoo was a rather mixed experience. There is a small Sealife Centre there, and Ella really enjoyed looking at all the fish. She did lots of pointing and saying ‘fish’. She would really have liked to poke the fish, but obviously that wasn’t allowed. She didn’t pay much attention in the underwater tunnel though, just walked straight through it. The lunch venue was rather poor, more like a village hall with tables and a bar, though Hannah reckoned the kids food was quite good and actually cooked rather than reheated. The main drawback of the visit was the freezing cold temperatures, which meant we all got cold, Ella was wrapped up in her buggy and all the animals were hiding away. Ella spent most of the time walking round the Zoo shrouded in her buggy, not showing too much interest. She did perk up late on at some monkeys. I think she’d have been better if she’d been walking around and it was warmer with more animals to see. She was also quite tired.

The meet up with Douglas was good. It was great to see them, and finally pass on their Christmas presents. Joanna is about 7 months pregnant, so the next visit will be when we meet our new neice. On the day, the three girls were individually tired at various points. They did have some good fun in the playpark, though it was again rather chilly. Ella took a nasty bump in the mall when walking hurriedly along, as she does, and looking the wrong way, she started to drift away from straight-on and clattered into the corner of a stall. She took no damage, but was very shocked, as we all were, and she had a loud scream for a couple of minutes. It was quite distressing for me as I saw her heading inexorably towards the stall and she tottered along, and tried to lunge for her to catch her, obviously not succeeding.

Hannah did take the opportunity for some retail therapy afterwards, and picked up an Aquadraw set for Ella. Ella has really enjoyed playing with it this week. You can see it here. She sits there and paints away with the brush or draws with the pens.

In general pens are one of her favourites at the moment. I am sat typing this on a desk which now has some interesting scribbles on it. So we’ve not reached the point where complete vigilence is required to protect the clean decoration of the house.