Poor Tess is sick in hospital. It started with a fever she got on Monday night. It’s now Sunday and she’s still got it! She’s been well taken care of in the hosptial and hopefully she’ll be out soon. She’s on an IV drip for antibiotics and fluids. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery. We’re all managing as best we can, but let’s just say that good sleep seems like a distant memory!
I just got back from an incredible awesome but sad 4-day trip to Auckland to see my Nana. I will always treasure the memories from that weekend. The special time we had talking about the trivial to the profound. The highlight was listening to her sing while we were driving back from Birkenhead wharf. I had a nice time with my Dad and cousins Amy and Vanessa, too. But I missed my girls terribly. So when I get my energy back and my head straight and my heart a little less wrung out I will update you on the huge stuff going on at the moment:
- Rose is pretty much toilet trained (Wow, that was easy!)
- Tess has four new teeth, including two molars
- Tess is cruising around (standing up and shuffling around furniture)
- Tess is either talking or possibly just mimicking quite a few words (such as “tickle” “bubba” “mama” and others)
- Rose watched her first movie (My Neighbor Totoro)
- The patching wars have started now that Tess knows how to take her patch off. Sometimes we have to use pediatric arm restraints (when I tell you about these things you’ll either want to call child protective services or nominate us for parents of the year. Maybe both.)
- We’ve been taking Tess in to the childcare centre for visits but we haven’t been leaving her yet. I think we start leaving her next week. She’s been enjoying it, although she hasn’t napped there yet. I take her in for a nap tomorrow!
- Rose has been making huge leaps in her emotional development, understanding complex things such as kindness and regret. While I was away she told Chris that she missed her mummy and she’s been saying some heartfelt “sorry”s completely unprompted.
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We had a wonderful day. In the morning we blew up the paddling pool and the girls frolicked around. Then, in the afternoon we met up with Petra and Paul, Percy and Talvin and spent the afternoon paddling up and down the river at Audley and running around like mad, happy things. Late in the afternoon we all stood and watched Percy and Rose chase each other around and around. The most delightful giggling rising up from the scene. “Are they pretending to be princesses?” said Petra. “Who knows, it’s just so beautiful.” No photos. The cameras were left behind. But the images are burned into my retinas.
Also, I’ve been meaning to add this for a while. Tess does this weird thing with her jaw. When she’s extremely happy and excited, she moves her jaw back and forth. It reminiscent of the way Marlon Brando holds his mouth in The Godfather. Honestly, I feel like saying, “Why come to me? What have I done to deserve such generosity?” I’m sure Tess would just give me a goofy grin back and do that clicky thing with her jaw.
Tess learned to do two new things this week. The first and most important one is that she learned to kiss. I first noticed it on Sunday when she was sitting with her 5 month old buddy Talvin (Percy’s brother). She leaned forward and put her lips on him. Definitely a kiss! And how wonderful that Talvin (another baby) was the recipient. And today, when I got home from work, Chris told me that Tess had kissed him deliberately. It was a bit wet and ill-defined, but a kiss it most certainly was.
It seems that our Tess is a freaking adorable human being. She’s feisty, independent, stubborn and oh, so happy.
The second thing she learned to do this week is cruise. Cruising is where babies learn to move around while standing up against objects (i.e. assisted walking). She’s still pretty wobbly and uncertain, but in the girls’ playhouse Tess can now quite happily shuffle around its perimeter. I know what’s going to happen next – walking. I know all that it’ll bring for our family – more chaos, more juggling, more busyness. But I’m so excited for our little girl who’s growing up so fast!