Saturday, August 17, 2002

23 weeks old

Our trip to Sydney went very well, apart from a few hitches trying to find cabs with child seats. Even if you give the company 24 hrs notice their policy is to start looking for a cab with a seat just 10 minutes before the time you've booked it for. We missed taking Marcus to the wedding (had to leave him with Bill and Felicity) and nearly missed out flight home.
It was great to see B and F who drove up from Canberra for a chance to see their only grandson. They were prepared to be left in charge, and although it wasnt all plain sailing I think it was character building for them.
Andre and Sophies wedding went smoothly, they both looked great and very happy, and we met lots of nice people at the reception.
We spent Sunday with my sister Jacki and her kids. Her husband Tim should have been there too, but he was in casualty having his broken ribs looked at, after falling down the stairs the night before. When Tim turned up he was in good form considering, and cooked up a storm. Brin, Sam and Pip are all "growing like weeds" and they loved having Marcus around. Sam and Brin and I played soccer in the street - Brin beat me 3-1, then I beat him 5-3, then I think the Sam/Brin combo and I were level 1 all when we lost interest and went to talk to a Jack Russell terrier instead. Jacki is having a baby in January, and she's looking great and feeling pretty good.

Sunday, August 04, 2002

22 weeks old

We are quite enjoying parenting now - most of the time. We are just starting to feed Marcus some solids - mashed banana and baby food in little jars. He likes the tast of banana but he is much more comfortable with the bottle at this stage. One day we'll be totally onto solids and we can give away the whole bottle-boiling business, amen.
Marcus has had a few colds and he is quite snotty at present, but he's not too cranky. Cranky episodes now are usually teething related, and are usually easily dealt with just by putting some Bonjela on his gums. Mostly we are getting lots of smiles, some cheesy grins, a few smirks, and some Larry Emder style showbiz mugging.
He's quite chatty too - sometimes loud squeals and blatherings, sometimes little quiet cooing noises. He talks to our cat Gizmo a lot - one day it will dawn on him that Giz isnt going to talk back. Unfortunately our other young cat Claude died the other week, hit by a car on the busy road down in front of our house. Claude had just been getting braver about rubbing up against Marcus and letting him "pat" (hit) him.
we're off to Sydney for another wedding this coming weekend - best wishes to Andre and Sophie. Marcus will meet three of his four cousins for the first time, and his Auntie Jacki and Uncle Tim are really looking forward to seeing him too.
PS Marcus goes crazy now for Nigel the Zebra - its like Beatlemania.