Thursday, December 23, 2004
Monday, November 22, 2004
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Hannah had her first day at Nursery today. She's going to the Lighthouse Nursery that's based at our local church / community centre, and she loves it!
We've tried to wrangle out of her exactly what she did while she was there, but she was in one of her "Just answer yes to all the questions and perhaps they'll stop asking me" moods, so it seems like she did painting, playing in sand, reading, drawing, playing in water, playing in the toy house, cycling and singing! Sounds like a busy afternoon!
Updated: I've finally got a copy of the obligatory photo of Hannah's first day, complete with nursery uniform and school bag...
Saturday, September 18, 2004
We've just spent a week in Center Parcs at Elveden Forest with Ruth's Mum & Dad, and Ruth's brother and sister-in-law and their two children.
I'm not completely sure that 'holiday' is the best word for it, as we got home more shattered than when we left! Four children under three in one villa / chalet / hut does not make for a quiet, peaceful time. We did have lots of fun, though!
Hannah and Chloe loved the swimming pool, and riding around on the back of bikes, while Thomas and Anya also enjoyed the swimming pool and all the attention that they were getting from everyone else. Thomas had his first ever swim, but found the water a bit cold for his liking! Hannah had her first ever go at a water slide - it took her a little while to get the hang of it, as most of the time she just ended up stuck in the middle of the slide and having to wriggle down, but once she started lying on her belly and sliding, nothing could stop her!
The photos below are of Hannah and Chloe sharing a chair, and Thomas with the shocked expression that a holiday with all the family can cause!
Friday, August 06, 2004
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Monday, July 19, 2004
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Sunday, July 04, 2004
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Monday, June 28, 2004
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
One of the biggest things we've noticed since Thomas arrived on the scene is how grown up Hannah is when compared to him. It's amazing how quickly children can change in just 2 years. Thomas is almost the splitting image of Hannah when she was his age (apart from some very obvious differences!), and yet it's hard to believe that Hannah used to be like that just 26 months ago!.
One thing that they both still have in common, though, is that they both have very ticklish feet!
Sunday, June 06, 2004
Friday, June 04, 2004
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
The important stuff: male, 6lb 8oz, born at 6:45am. The crazy stuff:
- Ruthie started getting painful contractions at about 4:00am, which is an obscene time of the day to be woken up. Maybe about 7 minutes apart.
- We made a phone call to the hospital, and they said exactly what we were expecting them to say - "Go and have a warm bath, and phone us back if they get more regular".
- Ruth made an executive decision and decided that this time the baby wasn't kidding, so we had the fun of waking Ruth's parents by telephoning them to ask them to come around and babysit Hannah while we went to the hospital. Unfortunately, we phoned their old telephone number first, and it rang three times before we realised, so our apologies to whoever it was in Witney who got woken up at 4:30 this morning!
- At about 6 o'clock, Ruth's parents were at our house, looking bleary eyed. We were heading for the car, also looking bleary eyed (but with a wild glint!). Contractions were about every 2-3 minutes.
- We got to the hospital at 6:23. The baby arrived at 6:45. This baby was not going to hang around for anyone. We're so glad that it wasn't rush hour, or we may have needed to have the car valeted tomorrow...
- There was a problem with the afterbirth not wanting to go anywhere, which meant that the doctors had to do a bit of extra work on Ruth, but it all went smoothly and mother and baby are doing really well, and hoping to come out of hospital tomorrow. Our huge thanks go to the staff and midwives at UWCM for their great work - we can't fault them!
- The baby still doesn't have a name, so any suggestions gratefully received! We know it's definitely a boy, because the first nappy change that he had also involved a mini fountain all over Ruth's hospital bed.