Friday, 12 November 2010

That's One Small Step...

Well, news hot off the press - Evelyn can walk!

Fred and Evelyn go to a "sing and sign" class on Wednesdays. She loves it and this week, sufficiently distracted by Jessy Cat or perhaps "Don't wipe your nose on the sofa", she stood up and walked off unaided for the very first time. I heard about this by text while I was at work and spent the next half hour trying very hard not to get teary at my desk as I'd missed it (damn these soppy Mummy hormones!). Evelyn made it up to me when I got home though and after a bit of encouragement, wobbled over to me for a big hug!

Life doesn't get much sweeter than that.

A few minutes later we were able to get a video of her - there are a few false starts but she gets there in the end and is so very pleased with herself! Oh and (if you a have the sound on) please try to ignore our very over excited encouragement and also my rather dreadful attire! I'd just run home from work - I don't really do running so I'm never likely to arrive home looking good!


Monday, 8 November 2010

The Times they are a Changing

Sorry I left with a bit of a rant and then disappeared, it's all been rather busy here at Slummy Terrace.

We now have a fully functional kitchen, non-rotten windows and are slowly peeling back the 1970's from our living room. I think it's beginning to feel like home and this has been helped along by the changing seasons.

Apart from our early viewings, way back in January, I have only ever seen this house, and the surrounding area in the summer, and now that we are well into Autumn there are a new round of discoveries to be made. The trees in the park got and are now rapidly shedding their autumn colours, the central heating is on, and miraculously seems to work and the tricky question of how to entertain an almost toddler on a cold wet day is rearing it's head.

This morning we trudged to the library - me in wellies and a hiking jacket, Evelyn protesting under the buggy raincover. This afternoon I think I might just put on "Happy Feet" and hope for the best.

But as well as the house and the seasons, big changes are afoot with the little one too. Her vocabulary is expanding by the day and she's even learnt a few useful things, like how to ask for more food (ahh my genes are definitely in there!). We're also hovering just on the brink of those first steps. She can now stand up by herself, so long as she's distracted by something and doesn't realise she's doing it!

With this bad weather settling in I'm hoping it won't be long before she's up and about and have kitted her out with wet-weather gear ready to let her loose upon the puddles of South London, I figure that she's going to end up in them one way or the other and walking is probably preferable to crawling!

Evelyn tests out her new wellies
And the all in one winter proof suit
which is just what you need, for sitting on wet grass