Thursday, August 31, 2006

We went to Cosmeston on Tuesday with Bella, Aunty Aimee and Uncle Mark. Bella is getting cleverer by the day, and I really like playing with her now. Uncle Mark was very kind and carried me in my back-carrier all the way to the big adventure playground; and later Mum bought us some yummy Danish Pastries to eat:

(Special thanks to Aunty Aimee for the nice pictures!)

Wednesday was particularly exciting because I went to my Childminder. I've not been to stay with her for ages, and I was really pleased to see her again (although I did try to leave about half an hour after Mum left). She took me to Roath Park, where I went on the swings and we went on a long walk to feed the ducks. I always do something exciting when I go to my Childminder, and I'm really looking forward to seeing her next week.

And on Thursday we went swimming with my mate Ewan. Since we last went swimming together last week, my mate Ewan has learnt to swim all on his own! He's really very clever.

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Builders came back on Thursday and it was very exciting. I helped them by playing with their tools while they put a new window in, but it took a long time and I got a bit bored so I helped Mum with the washing instead. I've been very interested in the washing machine ever since I managed to get it to turn on by twisting the dials and pressing buttons. I've also figured out how to open the door and I like to hide toys and other things in there as a surprise for Mum.

On this occasion, Mum was a bit cross with me as she'd had to put the same load round twice as I'd played with some of the buttons and it had reset itself. Anyway, when it finally finished, Mum was very surprised to find the washing going "Cheep! Cheep! Cheep!" It was Little Chick! I put her in there earlier, and then forgot all about her. I don't think she liked going round in the washing machine: she wouldn't stop going "Cheep! Cheep! Cheep!" We put her out in the sun to dry, but she still carried on cheeping.

After all that excitment, we went out to meet my mate Ewan at the leisure centre. I was very impressed because he ran over to the car and said "William" when Mum opened the door: he's really clever. (When we got home, Little Chick had quite recovered).

The Builders came back on Friday to finish off, so we went to Barry Island with Aunty Angie, Uncle Phil and Baby Morgan. I had a lovely time playing in the sand with a bucket and spade (I got it everywhere, and I filled the pram with it for good measure). Later on, we had chips on the beach: it was a good day.

We went to Ikea (again) on Saturday, but they still didn't have Mum's sofa (she was very cross). But it wasn't so bad as we had some nice cake in the cafe and I played with all the toys. After that, we met Aunty Angie, Uncle Phil and Baby Morgan at a pub for lunch (I had chips again!), and later on we all went for a walk in the woods. We all had lovely time.

The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet. We met up Nate and his Dad on Sunday and went to the huge park near them (Nate's showed me how to stack cups up: he's obviously got some of his Dad's brains). And on Monday, Bella came round with her Dad when Mum and Aunty Aimee went swimming: we had fun playing in the garden and eating blackberries.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I discovered the Gingerbread Men this week. Dad says that they're a tribe of biscuity people who live in a box in the kitchen cupboard (I think he's pulling my leg). But it doesn't really matter because I think they're really yummy. When I get hungry, I go into the kitchen and point at the cupboard to give Mum a hint about what I'd like to eat, but it doesn't always work. Fortunately, Aunty Jenny seems to have a tribe of Gingerbread Men all of her own, and she seems more than happy to share them with me. Aunty Jenny is very kind!

It's ben a bit of a quiet week. I'm still a bit poorly, although I'm definitely getting better now. We went to soft play on Monday with all of my friends from Tots, and then we went to the park in the afternoon. Mum had a surprise in the park as there were some children from her School there. I had a lovely time showing them how to go down the slide head first.

On Tuesday, we went to Roath Park with Bella, my mate Ewan and his sister Ellie. I was very impressed to see Ewan go down the Big Slide all on his own (although I did think his Mum looked a bit worried). Ellie was very kind and pushed me for ages on the swing. Later on, we bumped into Aunty Angie, Uncle Phil and Baby Morgan as they were out for a walk in the park; they all seem to be doing well.

This morning, we went to the Tiny-Tots Gym with my mate Ewan which was great fun. We did playing on soft play, played with some balls, did lots of running about and learned how to balance on things (this was a bit tricky: I think I'm naturally wobbly). My favourite bit was going for a run round the hall: it was really big!

I was a bit bored this afternoon as we had to go to Ikea. Mum wanted to get a sofa for my playroom, but we couldn't find all the right bits and in the end we came home empty-handed. However, my mood was much improved by the gift of a Gingerbread man from Aunty Jenny. They're really good for making you feel better!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

We've all been a bit under the weather this week, particularly as Mum came down with the same nasty bug that I've got on Thursday, which meant that Dad had to take the day off to look after both of us. It's not a nice bug and I wish it would hurry up and go away. We're all very bored of being poorly.

However, I did manage to get out of the house on Friday to go see my Consultant at the Hospitial. I like going to clinic as they've got loads of really cool toys to play with in the waiting area. After they weighed and measured me (I'm 72.4 cm or 28.5 inches tall and I weigh 8.5 kg or 18 pounds 11 ounces), I had great fun playing with the doors on a wendy house and at putting a dolly in a pretend oven before we went in to see my Consultant. She's very nice and she spent a long time playing with me and chatting and she didn't try to stick anything sharp in me at all. In general, I think she was very pleased with my progess and there were no causes for concern. We asked about my teeth as I've only got two so far, but apparently it's not uncommon for early babies to develop teeth late. She said my body was too busy making bones to have much time spare for teeth.

Mum and Dad are still trying to finish off my new room, so on Saturday we trooped off to Taffs Well to see Bob the Carpet. I was expecting someone like Bob the Builder, but it turns out that carpets aren't quiet as interesting or fun. However, Bob did find me a book about Thomas the Tank Engine so it wasn't a complete washout. After that, we decided to go see Aunty Ros; she wasn't expecting us and she was extremely surprised to see us. I played with her washing machine while Mum and Dad caught up. Mum and Dad also did a lot of pointing at the house opposite where Aunty Ros lives, but I couldn't see anything special about it.

After that, we had to take the cat to the doctors for a checkup. We put her in a box (after some difficulty: she kept running away to hide under the bed) with a funny grill on the front, and then took off her in the car. The Mog wasn't very happy about being in the box, and she definitely wasn't happy about going in the car: I think the trees were rushed by too fast or something. The Mog was a bit scared when we got to the doctors, so I made sure she was OK by patting the top of her box and trying to reach her through the grill on the front. I was very interested to watch the Doctor look her over: she felt her tummy, and listened to her breathing just like the Doctor does to me! When it was over, The Mog ran back into the box with no fuss at all and we took her home. I think she was very relieved to back home.

Later on Saturday, I was playing with Mum's phone when it started talking to me! It turned out that I'd somehow managed to phone Aunty Ceri! Even better, I'd managed to put Aunty Ceri on hold, then send Aunty Aimee a text-message (with nothing in it), and then phone Aunty Aimee too! Mum wasn't very happy with me for some reason, but I thought I'd been very clever.

I was very tired by the end of Saturday: it'd been a very busy day! I had "Mog and the VET" for my bed time story, and I thought it was very interesting. Sunday was much quieter: after going to church I help Mum tidy things up by putting them on the floor where she could find them. And just before tea time, Aunty Libby and family dropped by to say hello, and I had a great time playing with Aunty Libby's two daughters.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I've not been very well this week. I've been generally feeling blugggh, but the worst bit has been a nasty cough which turns me bright red and leaves me with a horrible tendency to be sick everywhere.

I've gotten steadily better as the week's gone by, but I've not been well enough to go anywhere and I hate being stuck at home. Mum's very entertaining, but I do like to go out and about. I was so fed up of being cooped up in the house yesterday afternoon that I dragged Mum over to my pram and then tried to climb into it as a hint that I'd like to go out, but it didn't work (my pram's to tall). I then tried fetching Mum's shoes and taking her to the cupboard where the back-carrier lives, but by then it was too late to go anywhere as it was time for tea. Needless to say, I was very upset about all this.

We did manage to get out today though, and we arranged to meet up with my mate Ewan. In fact, we ended up gate-crashing a party, as my mate Ewan's sister was going to a party and Ewan was going along as well. The party was at "Jump", and I had a lovely time running about and playing with all the toys. I played with Ewan and Ellie a lot (Ellie showed me the disco room, which I thought was fab), and Mum had a lovely time relaxing, chatting, eating party food and drinking tea. All in all, it was a good day.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I made a very exciting discovery on Thursday. We went out to play in the garden when Dad got home from work, and I was wandering over to the Slide when I spotted something large and brightly coloured hidden behind the garage. I went to investigate. It took a little while to negotiate my way past an overgrown rose bush, but as I got closer I got more excited. It was one of those cars you can sit in and move around in!

By the time I got within touching distance, I was so excited my hands were shaking. Mum explained that it had come from the nice family over the road: they didn't want it any more (I've no idea why), and they wondered if I'd like to play with it instead. It was a bit dirty (Mum and Dad had been hoping to clean it before they let me play with it), but I decided it was still very exciting and tried to climb into it.

After helping Mum and Dad clean it (I made sure the horn worked while they polished the outside), I spent a good half hour sitting in the car while Mum and Dad pushed me around. We currently can only go backwards, as if we go forward my feet get stuck underneath and I end up dissapearing through the hole in the bottom, but going backwards is still pretty fun. I also like playing with the door (it goes open and shut, open and shut, open and shut...) I love my new car!

My social calendar this week has been packed. We went swimming with my mate Ewan on Thursday, and then we went off to see Ollie (his Mum shares a class with mine, apparently). Then on Friday we met Rowan at Roath park (we had snacks and lunch in the cafe). And on Saturday we ended up going to Ikea with my mate Ewan and his sister Ellie. It would have been really boring, but Ellie kept us all entertained by making funny faces the whole time. She's great fun.

I've been a bit poorly this weekend. There's nothing specific, I've just got a nasty cough and a sore throat and I'm generally feeling a bit sorry for myself. Mum said she could tell I was poorly because I sat and watched TV while cuddling with her for a whole hour this afternoon. I don't like being poorly.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

We were all a bit quiet on Sunday; I think we were all a bit tired from all the travelling the day before, and we were all a bit sad from not being in Finland anymore. However, we did manage to get out to Roath Park between doing washing and going to the shop for food. I had a lovely time playing "running away from Mum and Dad" and going on the swings (Finland doesn't seem to have any baby swings; very poor if you ask me).

Finnish people are very keen on the Moomins, and I was given some really cool Moomin things from Ma's kind friends while I was there:

Everything is now back to normal after our trip to Finland. However, because it's the Holliberries there are no playgroups to go to, so me and Mum have been visiting people instead. We saw all my friends from Tots on Monday, and on Tuesday we went swimming but there was no lesson to go to, so I played in the shallow end with Mum instead, which was fab. Today we saw Aunty Jemma and Aunty Clair at Aunty Jan's house (they seemed to have a lot to catch up on), and we finished the day by going to Mabli's house (she has the best ginger biscuits).

On a different note, I think it's high time that I had a different main photo for my blog. If you've got any suggestions as to which one I should use, please let me know...

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Firstly, I'm sorry for the long break in posts. I've got a good reason though: I've been on holiday to Finland!

It all started a couple of weeks ago on Saturday the 22nd of July. We met Aunty Angela, Uncle Phil and their new baby Morgan in the morning, but Mum and Dad spent a lot of time doing jobs after that which was a little bit boring. However, I was sure something was up as Mum put a lot of things into suitcases and Dad made big piles of things in the hall (I did my bit by moving things when they weren't looking). I found out what was going on after tea, when they put me in the car instead of in my bed and we all set off up the motorway. It was all very exciting: Dad said I was still wriggling and chattering when we got to Newport.

It turned out we were going to Ma and Pa's house. I was very tired when we got there, but I was pleased to see them. In the morning, I went to Church with Mum and Ma and then we all went round to Nana and Grandpa's house for a barbeque. Granny was there, and I had a lovely time splashing around in some water with Aunty Ceri and playing on Dad's old toddle truck:

On Monday, we went to Aunty Ceri's museum to have a good look round. I had a great time playing in the Den Exhibition, particularly because I love playing with doors and there were a lot of things to open and close (however, I must apologise for breaking the cat-flap in one of the Dens: it just came off in my hand and I swear it was loose when I found it). After lunch, we went to Aunty Ceri's house for another barbeque (I had a lot of barbeque food this holiday; it's yummy).

Tuesday was a very long day, but quite exciting as I went on two areoplanes! Grandpa took us to the airport (we couldn't find a taxi with a car-seat) and then we had to wait for a long time. After a while, we went to a place with lots of shops and we waited for a bit longer. Then we went to another place with lots of seats where we waited a bit more. I spent a lot of time running around looking for things to play with (trolleys make passable toddle-trucks, by the way). Being on the aeroplane was quite fun to start with (there are lots of trays and cup-holders to play with), but when I wanted to go for a run about, I discovered that Mum had somehow strapped me to her. Then it all got a bit noisy and it felt like someone was turning me upside down: I thought it was funny. The flight itself was pretty uneventful, although I didn't like coming down too much as it made me feel a bit poorly.

When we got off the plane, we were in Copenhagen. We had some lunch, and then we had to do the same thing all over again to get to Helsinki (and there was lots more waiting about), but this was a much easier flight as I fell asleep and didn't wake up until after we'd landed. We were in Finland! A big yellow taxi took us to our apartment, a lovely open-plan studio a mere five minutes walk from the centre of town. It was very grand (although it didn't have a bath; this was a bit of a problem as I'm terrified of showers).

On Wednesday we wandered into Helsinki and met one of Ma's Finnish friends (Ritva) for coffee. Aunty Ceri introduced me to "pula", a Finnish bready/cake thing which tastes of cinnamon and which is absolutely yummy (we ate a lot of these over the course of the holiday; Aunty Ceri appears to be addicted to them). In the afternoon, we met another of Ma's Finnish friends (Jonna) for lunch at the Modern Art Museum (I had a great time running up and down the galleries while shouting "Bah!").

On Thursday, we went for an open top bus tour (I slept through most of it, but I'm told it was excellent), and we had yummy crepes at the market (food was very important on this holiday: I ate lots of new and interesting things).

On Friday, we took the bus to Seurasaari, which is an open-air museum a bit like St. Fagans but much prettier and with a beach. After looking at the houses for a bit, we settled down on the sand for a bit and Dad and Aunty Ceri went swimming (it was bitterly cold: I think they were both mad and complained loudly when they tried to make me swim too).

The second stage of our holiday started on Saturday the 29th of July, when we left Helsinki for the lakelands up by Iitti. Pa had found us a great car, just like Postman Pat's. We got a bit lost leaving Helsinki (Dad blamed it on the one-way system), and we were a bit late leaving but we did manage to call in at Hvitträsk on the way. Aunty Ceri did a work placement here a while back, and she wanted to revisit it before leaving. It's a beautiful building complex that used to be owned by some artists. I did some drawing while I was there:

After leaving Hvitträsk, we set off to our cottage. It took a while to get there, but mostly because it was in the middle of nowhere. The cottage was beautiful however: pictures are far better than words to describe it and the surroundings:

We didn't do many trips while we were staying by the lake, as there was loads to do just there. The cottage came with it's own barbeque, sauna, jetty, rowing boat, and ducks (I made friends with them by feeding them my leftovers), and there was even a private island with barbeque in the middle of the lake. We made good use of the sauna and barbeque (Finnish sausages are yummy), and we spent a lot of time on the lake (Aunty Ceri and Dad did a lot of swimming). I thought the sauna was kinda interesting: it's a big room with benches and a fire in it that gets very hot. I'm not sure what it's for, but its pretty soundproof and it's really good for playing in early in the morning with Dad before everyone else is awake.

We met some more of Ma's Finnish friends at the cottage. Elli and Kari came and stayed overnight on Wednesday, and took us all out for a meal, and Cilla (one of Jonna's daughters) came to see us on Thursday

Everything came to an end yesterday, when packed everything up into the Postman pat van, drove it to the airport and flew back to Manchester via Copenhagen. Once we landed, we said a tearful farewell to Aunty Ceri and we went back to Ma and Pa's house for some tea (I was starving: travelling makes me hungry and I had to steal some of Mum's chips to fill me up). After that, Mum and Dad bundled me into to the car and we drove all the way back to Cardiff. It was a very long day...

We all had a lovely holiday, and we were all a bit sad to be back today. Cardiff seems very noisy and busy in comparison to Finland, yet my house seems empty without Ma, Pa and funny Aunty Ceri to play with when Mum and Dad are busy. I miss them all.

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