You know my name

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I’ve written a couple of times about Megan’s ever improving speech and ever growing vocabulary, and how amazing it is to watch.

So it seems strange to now be writing about how the same thing has made me a little bit sad, but hopefully you’ll see why.

One of Heather’s first words was her own name. In fact, it might have even been her very first word. And it was one of Megan’s first words too, probably because she heard us shout it so much. Or maybe it was a defence mechanism – Heather has always been fond of her sister, often to the point of literally smothering her with love!

But try as we might, we could never get Megan to say her own name. For a long time, “Me” was what she insisted she was called, which is actually very hard to argue with.

That changed a few weeks ago, when she decided that her name was, in fact, Meggy. I say decided because I’m convinced that whole “Me” business was just to wind us up. Which sounds silly to say of a 2 year old, but she’s got previous, so I wouldn’t put it past her.

The Meggy phase was, as it turned out, to be very short-lived. As of last week she’s started referring to herself as Megan. And, while I’m obviously proud of her, and pleased that she’s continuing to learn and develop, I’m also a bit sad.

It’s another reminder of how quickly they change, and how fleeting these early years. And, of course, of how important it is to record those moments, so that in years to come things like the transition from Me to Meggy to Megan won’t be forgotten, which is exactly the reason I started blogging in the first place.

The potential for embarrassing the girls in their teenage years is just an added bonus! :)

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365 pictures: 101 – 110

You’d think that this far into the year, taking and posting a picture a day would have become second nature. Not so, in fact, there have been quite a few missed days of late. I’ve kept going though, thanks to some pics borrowed from Gem.

I blame the time we had off at the start of April. That and a brief spell of illness: both were breaks from routine which threatened to derail this project, but I think I’ve got things going again. Fingers crossed, anyway…

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101. Cake!
In our house, Gem is far and away the top dog in the kitchen. I’m not completely useless, and, dare I say it, there are even a couple of things I can do better than Gem, but when it comes to baking I’m a complete novice. It wouldn’t be right for Gem to bake her own birthday cake though, so with a little guidance I managed to produce this bad boy. And it tasted as good as it looks :)

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102. Feeding time
And here are the girls tucking into Mummy’s birthday cake! I think I might have been a little generous with the slices, because neither was able to finish. And believe me, these girls rarely leave cake behind.

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103. Lego
Aunty Ruth and Uncle Andrew came to visit, partly for Gem’s birthday and partly for a Scottish Cup semifinal. They brought the girls some Disney Princess Lego, which went down a storm as you can see here.

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104. Bag
Sometimes you just have to walk around with a bag on your head, right?

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105. Cheeeeese!
This is currently my favourite pic of the girls, and the wallpaper on my phone. Love it!

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106. Toast
I mentioned Gem’s baking skills earlier, and this photo is testament to that. What could be better than hot toast made from homemade 6 seed malted wheat bread? Amazing!

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107. Camel ride
This one is all Heather, from arranging the toys to pressing the shutter button to take the picture. What a fun picture.

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108. YouTube in bed
Heather loves few things more than YouTube, as demonstrated by this picture, where she’s watching Psy’s follow up to Gangnam Style.

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109. Funhouse
When CITV did their Old Skool weekend, we recorded a few things for nostalgic reasons. Little did we know that the girls would be such big fans of Funhouse – so big that they’re still asking for, and watching it several months later. Only problem is we only have one episode. If only they’d rerun a whole series…

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110. Phone collection
We had a massive spring clean recently and passed on some old mobile phones to the girls, to add to their existing collection of toy ones. Aside from not being pink, they fit right in!

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Silent Sunday: 2013-04-28

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This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!

You can’t always get what you want

Daddy and Megan

Me and Megan. She looks thrilled to be in my company!

Ever since Heather was a baby, I’ve been her favourite. When she hurt herself, it was me she looked to first for comfort. And when it came to bedtime, she always preferred being tucked in and read a story by Daddy.

That’s still the case today, but I think it’s eased off and she’s more balanced in her affections. Which is a good thing, because I know it was something that always upset Gem a little.

And I know how she feels, because Megan is the complete opposite – she’s very much Mummy’s girl, and it’s my turn to play second fiddle.

This has proven a little problematic in the last couple of weeks, particularly when it comes to bedtime. Megan refuses to go to sleep unless Mummy is the last one to give her a “cuggle”, and often one isn’t enough. A few nights Gem’s had to go back up to her three or four times before she’d settle.

We do tell her this isn’t acceptable, of course, and that it has to stop, but we also know that she’s in pain from her last four teeth coming through, so it’s a bit of a balancing act between compassion and tough love.

Tuesday night was the worst. She wailed for a good hour, and it was only after a dose of Calpol that we couldn’t have given her any sooner that she finally settled. To her credit, Heather somehow managed to drop off in the next room, despite the racket her sister was making.

What’s interesting, though, is that she’s only like this when she knows (or thinks) Gem is in the house. If Megan thinks Mummy’s out, she’s quite content for Daddy (or my folks when the girls go for a sleepover) to put her to bed. And that was the case last night, which I was quite relieved about – after the trauma of Tuesday, I must admit I was approaching bedtime on Gem’s Slimming World night with some trepidation.

But it passed off without a hitch. There was a slight wobble, when Megan asked about Mummy, but I made her a deal – if she tried to go to sleep, Mummy would give her a kiss and a cuddle when she got in. And I’m relieved to say that did the trick – and Mummy upheld her end of the bargain too, although she waited until after we’d eaten before going up.

I remember Heather going through a similar phase at round about the same age. That resulted in her bedtime becoming a long drawn out affair, involving multiple stories and songs, and we’re keen to avoid getting drawn into that with Megan. Hopefully it’s just a phase, and it will pass once those troublesome molars are fully in.

Hopefully.

This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!

You gotta roll with it

Megan’s got a new skill which, as you can see in the above video, she loves showing off: she can now do forward rolls.

Now, I don’t want to seem overproud, but I think this is quite the skill for someone who’s not long turned two – I’ve known 10 year olds who struggled to do this, although I appreciate that’s an exception rather than a rule.

But if she can do this now, what will she be able to do in a few years? Maybe we’ve got a future Olympic gymnast on our hands???

Of course there is the small matter of her “warm up” to take into account. No-one has any idea why she has to jump up and down on the spot, many many times, before she can do a roll. But do it she must – it’s like they’re both part of the same exercise.

I’m not sure they allow coffee tables to lean on in Olympic gymnastic halls, but we’ve got plenty of time to work on that. By my reckoning, Megan’s first Olympic appearance won’t be until 2028, and they’ve not even sorted out where it’s going to be held yet. Which, makes booking flights and hotels a bit problematic, but I’m sure we’ll manage.

I’m not getting ahead of myself, am I?

This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!