There’s been a lot of shenanigans going on around here, by crikey. I thought Rose was having a lovely long sleep, and then heard a noise while I was on the phone to my sister-in-law. Checking it out I discovered a certain baby standing up in her cot, biggest smile you ever saw, making stepping movements as if she was trying to climb out.
Speaking of which, if you asked me when Rose was going to walk, I wouldn’t say it was going to happen any time soon. The girl won’t walk assisted in any way, apart from cruising around furniture. If you hold her arms up, she dances, rather than walks. She also refuses to walk assisted with a walking trolley that Granny Anne bought her for Christmas. But any prop will do to help her stand up, and she’s shuffling around furniture like a speed demon. She’s also started doing this weird crab walk where one leg is straight. If I was feeling uncharitable I would say she looked like a stroke victim with paralysis down one side. (Apparently this is another step closer to walking.) She’s also doing lots of the “downward dog” yoga pose – namaste!
Today we went on a mammoth hunt for her birthday present. One of her friends, Joe, has this big door that Rose loves to play with. The door opens and closes, you can crawl through it, and use it to stand up. It has a mail box that you can post letters through it. It even has a little radio with songs. Anyway, Fisher-Price, the maker of this “Learning Home” couldn’t tell me a local stockist. I called Kmart and they told me that it was being discontinued in their stores, but that they did have a few left in some stores, the nearest one being about 30 minutes drive away. I called the store and they wouldn’t put one aside, but the guy checked and they did have three in stock. (“Be quick,” he said, “they’re half off, and there’s only three left!”). Rose was having her morning nap, and we couldn’t leave until after she got up and had her lunch.
It’s funny how things start to slow down when you want to speed up. It took forever to give Rose her lunch, wash her up, change her nappy, grab our bags and go. And then there was horrendous traffic out to the mall. We finally got there, more driving around trying to find a parking space, eventually we get inside the mall, and up to Kmart. I couldn’t find the toy in the clearance area, but I really wanted to check. I talked to an assistant in a different area who mumbled something like, “Please come back later when it’s not my shift.” After I refused to leave her section she eventually paged someone to the toy area, who seems to have never heard of “Fisher-Price” before. He mooched aimlessly around and then proclaimed that they must’ve sold out. I was not convinced.
“Umm,” I said, wondering how to phrase the next bit. “I talked to a guy on the phone this morning, and he was really helpful and knew exactly where they were.”
“Oh, yeah, that guy. He’s at lunch.”
Then I busted out the worst of it. I’m utterly unashamedly that I said, “Look, would you mind going and asking him where they are? They may still be here and there’s a little girl here who really wants one for her first birthday.” I’m sure he’d heard worse, and to his credit, he went and checked with the other guy on lunch.
Hallelujah! The guy came back carrying one Fisher Price Learning Home! I couldn’t believe it. I could’ve kissed him, but by the looks of things, my gift to him was leaving as quickly as possible.
Oh, and the last bit of shenanigans for the day? Rose refused to eat anything by spoon again. Only finger food for this little fussy eater! Anyone got any nutritious finger food suggestions?
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