Yeah, you saw it right: Baby A has finally mastered sitting up. She can now stay sat up, barring strong headwinds, for…well, we haven’t timed her yet, actually. Shall we just say ‘Quite a while?’
It happened fairly suddenly yesterday, after we got home from the swimming baths. Baby A was playing on her mat, grabbing at the toys that hang down from it, when I decided to help by sitting her up. I soon realised she wasn’t leaning against me, but that’s not unusual – she’s been able to briefly sit up for a few weeks now. However, when I moved my arm away she stayed sitting up.
And then she stayed sitting up some more.
And some more.
So I ran to get the camera (after putting some cushions behind her in case she fell) and came back to find Millie shrugging her shoulders on the sofa while Baby A, once more flat on her back, cried.
Still, we tried once more and again she remained sitting up. Took some pictures: still sitting up. Put her on the sofa: still sitting up. Took her upstairs and put her on our bed: still sitting up! Millie bounced on the bed (doing some of her increasingly impressive dancing): Baby A still sitting up!
What’s noticeable is that Baby A now puts her hands out to steady herself if she thinks she might fall over; previously she just fell over, as though falling over were an act of god that you couldn’t defend against.
The Lovely Melanie also swears that Baby A has started ‘dancing’. By all accounts, when she heard the Beach Boys (you can’t go too far wrong with the Beach Boys, I always say) a few days ago she started shaking her head in a relatively rhythmic fashion and has apparently done it a couple more times since. She only does it when there’s music playing nearby and when I’m not there to verify it. If I see her do it, I’ll let you know.
Millie has just been to the eye doctor’s, where it’s been confirmed that she does have a squint. Fortunately, it’s the ‘good’ type, a divergent squint. Otherwise her eyesight is excellent and she almost certainly won’t need glasses or even a temporary patch over one eye. The doctor also said that it’s obvious Millie is aware of it, which is also good, and means we can help her to correct it by gently pointing it out on occasion. She’s going to jhave a proper hospital appointment to decide on treatment, which will be sometime around Christmas, they think.
Speaking of Christmas, I’ve just booked the Lovely Melanie and myself some tickets to see Lessons And Carols For Godless People, a kind of atheist variety show at UCL Bloomsbury in December. I’ve been an atheist since before I even knew there was a word for ‘someone who thinks religion is silly’, and after reading Richard Dawkins’ excellent The God Delusion I’ve been a bit less inclined to make allowances for other people’s silliness.
Lessons And Carols For Godless People isn’t an opportunity to make a fuss about atheism, just a fun night out seeing some of my favourite comedians and speakers. That said, I am minded to make a fuss about it on this blog sometime soon, because there’s been too damn little controversy here of late.
But not today. 😉
My goodness, I nearly forgot to mention that I took the all-new, all-petrol-powered, all-macho lawnmower out for a spin on Saturday! Despite some minor nerves with regards to a combination of:-
- engine oil
- an eager-to-help Millie
everything went very smoothly. Our front and back lawns are very definitely MOWED! In fact, we got so excited about garden machinery that we’ve even gone and ordered a leaf-blower.
‘Seems a bit lazy, Stu,‘ I hear some of you saying, ‘Probably not very good for the environment, either – do you really need a-‘
When your rear garden backs onto a wood; when your front garden has three large deciduous trees within ten metres of it; when you’ve spent hours and hours of the previous autumn wielding a rake only to wake up the next morning to a garden yet again invisible under a blizzard of leaves, then – and only then – can you get self-righteous about those glorious near-magical devices that the uninitiated so calmly dismiss as mere ‘leaf-blowers.’
Do I make myself clear????