news - 2004

Monday 11th October 2004

Finally after waiting for almost 2 weeks past her due date, Grace Ruth made her first appearance on the 7th October 2004, at 9.47am. The labour started in earnest the previous evening at about 10pm, which meant no sleep for either of us. We went into the Rosie at about 3.30am, and Caroline got her wish of a water birth, going into the pool at around 5am, once they'd taken enough samples and measurements to know that everything was going okay. At around 8am Caroline was getting really tired, with contractions getting lighter and not much happening. She got out at about 8.30am, and was examined - most of the way there. After a break on the bed, she got back into the pool and (after much encouragement) Grace Ruth was born an hour or so later. She fed well straight away, and after Caroline had a bath we all went to the ward downstairs. Lots of visits from various people over the course of the day, and the next afternoon, after visits from various doctors and midwifes, we came home.

She didn't feed to well to start with, and slept most of the time. She's got a little jaundice, so needed to be woken up quite a bit to feed enough. A few days on and it's a bit better, but still has periods where she's not too interested. Last night was on a 3-hour feeding cycle though, and quite a few filled nappies indicates that something is working in there.

Isabelle has been quite good, although we've taken care to keep her involved. A few times she's required extra cuddles and attention, but seems to be proud of her little sister. She was kept awake last night whilst Grace had her first bath - that came as a bit of a shock I think. Even this early on they are very different, both in looks and demeanour, I guess we'll continue to notice lots of both similarities and differences.

Monday 5th July 2004

No news updated for a while, so there's a lot to say - and that goes for Isbelle as well. Now talking a lot, she's learning new words all the time. On her birthday we did a word list:
motsch (milk)
marmite
daughter (water)
eyeor (cereal)
rice
beans
--- (fish finger)
oast (toast)
apple
chips
toklat (chocholate)
tractor
car
van
orry (lorry)
wheels
train
boat
rowrow (rowing)
bus
chair
ight (light)
ball
igsaw (jigsaw)
slide
swing
garden
tairs (stairs)
door
wower (flower)
tree
photo
phone
rain
snow
bubbles
spoon
fork
keys
star
star (guitar, different from star)
clock
ower (tower)
presents
sandpit
money
nee-nah (fire engine)
please
more
yes
no
stop
stuck
bye-bye
ordin' (walking)
tiptoe
sleep
-- (upsidedown)
zoom (moving fast)
bang
gab (grab)
spots
roar
ups (lift me up)
down
open
close
ready
steady
go
gone
oreies (stories)
wet
too-wet
hot
blow
atissue (for sneeze)
ere (here)
orwing (drawing)
all
dirty
-- (big)
-- (small)
nice
wow
eavy (heavy)
great
daddy
doe (herself)
baby
abbie
dawn (sean)
laena (elena)
lora (elora)
thee (xanthe)
tine (christine)
daddy (teddy)
bear
horse
cat
cow (also moo)
tortis (tortoise)
fish
-- (elephant)
duck
-- (giraffe)
green
white
orange
yellow
red
blue
one
two
ree (three)
ore (four)
five 
ix (six)
seven
eight
ine (nine)
ten
(actually counts
3,4,7,10,7,10,...)
shoes
socks
at (hat)
-- (trousers)
appy (nappy)
boots
eyebrows
eyeballs
air (hair)
eyes
dose (nose)
mouth
elbows
toes
knees
ands (hands)
arms
heart
tumdy (tummy)
deeth (teeth)
I think we got most words, but even then after a couple of days there were some new ones. The latest word was probably this morning 'bumble bee', since we saw some one the way to nursery. After I got back from work this evening she still remembered and was able to tell Caroline what she had seen this morning.

Since we did this her counting has improved a lot, although she still jumps from 4 to 7 sometimes, she can otherwise do one to ten fine. Colours as well have got a lot better, and she can hear sirens from a long way off, prouncing that they are ambulences, police cars or fire engines with great confidence. She can sing quite a few nursery rhymes - twinkle twinkle little star, baa baa black sheep (baa baa back bits), and many many verses of the wheels on the bus.

She's very active, running around all the time, up and down stairs by herself, and climing up things at the park. Her favourite latest game is jumping - she can now jump and get both feet off the floor, and loves jumping off her small chair onto the floor, so long as you are holding her hands. She'll stand up on the mattress and fall backwards on the mattress, although she's quite carefull not to land on anything.

She's really getting into peddling her tricycle now she can reach the pedals. She can go the length of the house, steering as well to go through the door and get through the gap between the table and the piano. She's not too good pedalling outside yet, but that will come.

Isabelle's very good at pretend play - she'll fetch you (and her, and her baby, and her teddy...) endless marmite sandwiches and chocolate ice-creams and really enjoy eating them. Then again, she loves actual ice-cream more, and will quite happily demand ownership of most of your pudding even after eating hers. The rest of her eating still isn't that great, not having anything to do with vegetables (apart from when we're really cunning about hiding them in things), but eats meat and potatos without too much problem.

She's still into tractors, especially since there's a building site outside the back of the house. She knows the dumper truck, and how one of the tractors has wheels and the other has tracks. She also loves her Brio (compatable with other wooden railway systems...) train set, complete with Thomas electric train, tunnel and much track.

Stories are still great, although she does get scared at a large dragon in 'Room on a broom' that is going to eat the witch. She's good at reading stories to her teddy, and has this great way of talking to her teddy in a high pitched whispering voice with her face right next to teddy's face.

A few times she's helped out with the gardening, picking up the trimmings and putting them into the recycling bag. She gets a little over enthusiastic with the watering, making sure that all the dead leaves and apples on the ground get more than their share of water. We've got some sunflowers growing in pots in the living room that we don't let her water too much, they're doing really well, much to our dismay since they need re-tying every day or so.

She's getting used to the idea of a new baby, she's knows where it is and wants it to come out, although we have said that it will just cry and sleep.

Finally she's starting to get used to sitting on her potty, although most of the time she stands up again, and proclaims 'no out'. Her record over the last few days is two wees and one poo, although quite a bit of that did escape onto the carpet.