October - Early December 2001
We wish all our friends and family a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful time in 2002!
This will of course be a very special time for us as it will be our darling Lydia's very first Christmas! She will be a little over nine months old by then, and her crawling, (which she is just starting to get the hang of now) should be proficient enough for her to get a good hold of all the interesting and shiny things around the bottom of the Christmas tree and put them in her mouth!
|We are looking forward to celebrating
Christmas with our family and friends, before going out
on the boat for several days with Glyn and Noleine at
Great Barrier Island. I am looking forward to enjoying a
spot of fishing, and Brent will hopefully get to fit in a
dive or two. Meanwhile Lydia is relishing the thought of
being spoilt with the attention of her Nana and Grandad!
|The Backyard Challenge!
Brent has spent the last month of weekends embarking on the challenging project of building a boardwalk pathway through our steep and bushy backyard, which will eventually connect to the council pathway that runs along the lower end of our section. This path leads to the tennis courts opposite Smith and Davies (Brent's parent's work), and Brent is building the boardwalk wide enough so that I can wheel Lydias stroller along it! The pathway will zigzag a few times down the slope, and once this project is done we can move on to deciding what we will do with the gardens etc that are down there - will be a few years work, but we both enjoy doing it, and we look forward to completing each stage.
The loation for the start of the boardwalk (before)
|Brent has taken to this project with
great gusto, so far he has completed over 12 metres of
the boardwalk, and he is now focusing on completing the
front connecting area which will include an extended deck
from the garage (where I can come through with the
stroller) and stairs leading down from the upper side
deck of the house. My contribution has been to transplant
any small native trees that are in the way, which I have
planted in a temporary "nursery" where they
will stay until the pathway is completed.
Our biggest challenge has been the weather, which lately tends to be fine all week then rain most of the weekend!!!
On the down side, Lydia has unfortunately been experiencing a mystery problem (for several weeks now) of vomiting (a lot) at most once or twice a day. There is no time pattern, and it not related to particular foods. Her blood and urine tests have not revealed a cause, so she has been referred to a paediatrician for assessment, who she will see later in December. The good news is that Lydia seems her normal happy self the rest of the time, and she is still gaining weight quite well, so it doesn't seem to be affecting her too badly. Fingers crossed that we'll get to the bottom of it fairly soon!
Lydia is still a very chatty baby - loves her voice! She really enjoys being read her books at night before bed and loves to touch the books and help turn the pages / lift the flaps! She already has a favourite book which she makes us read to her again at the end! She has a great sleeping routine which makes planning appointments etc much easier for her mum! She still sleeps for 10 hours at night and up to four hours during the day (2 hours from 10am and another 2 hours from 3pm).
She's a great baby who is fitting in well with us and giving us much delight with her laughs and smiles and her funny antics!
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