Saturday, 30 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
How much easier life would be if we had a baby like Frank Muir's loveable but eternally mucky Afghan hound, What-a-mess:
Instead, we've got his demanding Labradoodle distant cousin, What-a-fuss.
But we wouldn't change Maddy for anything in the world.
(We so would, but you can't sell babies on eBay).
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
No, no. Not that sort of STD.Kate has taken to calling me Soft Touch Dad, which happens to share the same rather unfortunate acronym.
What's worse is that it's entirely unjustified. Why shouldn't a doting father pick up his daughter at the first squeak of discomfort - what harm could it do?
Sunday, 10 April 2011
We've just returned from a magical weekend down at Little Clench, where Maddy was introduced to a number of rural beasties.
The local dairy herd (which were very popular):
A couple of local pigs that Jane & Dave are fattening up for sausage meat (less popular, although that could have been due to their aforementioned imminent slaughter):
And the most rural of all beasties, perennial favourite, Great Uncle Dave himself (again, not really convinced - much to Dave's continued bewilderment):
Friday, 8 April 2011
We've always known that Maddy had something of the dramatic about her.But even we were surprised at her early interpretation of Dennis Hopper's hell-raising Billy in Easy Rider:
In fact, these guys aren't even drinking while driving.
And their bikes are no match for the plastic fantasticness of the Mothercare Smart Trike.Lame.
Monday, 4 April 2011
So, we finally managed to get Grannie & Grandpa Roskill up and running on Skype for Video.
One very expensive fixed-line phone call later (no, the irony isn't lost on me) and Gramps was able to take some lovely shots of technology in action:
Now all I need to do is show him where the 'Print Screen' button is.
Sunday, 3 April 2011
I'm not sure whether we've mentioned this before, But Maddy has spent the last 12 months living a rather sedentary existence. Long after her other friends started bombing around on their hands and knees, Maddy still had a limited travelling radius which didn't extend beyond where she could reach or fall.
So it's come as something of a surprise to us that she's not only started walking, but has also acquired additional skills to aid her to get from A to B. Crawling has recently been mastered. And yesterday we discovered her climbing the stairs. Completely on her own, wobbling precariously about 9 steps up.
Yes. We did panic...