December 2001 - February 2002
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|Christmas and the New Year
We had a wonderful time at Christmas - we had two Christmas Days this year, Brent's extended family celebrated the event on the Sunday before Christmas Day (so everyone could take off earlier on holiday). We stayed on in Auckland and celebrated Christmas Day with just the Bowmaker family - which made for a very relaxing day!
Lydia was still a bit young to appreciate the meaning of Christmas, and showed no interest in all her wrapped presents... once they were unwrapped of course, the wrapping paper became her favourite toy!!!
|Lydia did decide to make the day one to
remember in another way, by taking her very first
unsupported steps - yes, she started walking at just 9.5
We decided to hang around in Auckland the following day to take advantage of all the Boxing Day sales that were on - stocking up on some new Pumpkin Patch clothes and toys for Lydia, etc.
|On the 27th December we took the ferry
over to Great Barrier Island, where we met up with Glyn
and Noleine and got aboard their boat Auric for
a wonderful 5-day boating holiday.
Lydia was great on
the boat this time, happily sleeping in her special bunk
and practising her new walking skills (she could only do
about 5 or 6 steps at this stage) as best she could on
the rocking boat! We had a great time relaxing and
fishing and Brent managed to have a few dives with his
cousin John who was also boating nearby with his family
on their boat Aozora.
Out in the dingy with Nana and Grandad!
|A week up at the Batch
On 3 February 2002 we drove up to the family's batch on Whangaumu beach for a lovely week-long holiday. We met up with our friends Ken and Lissa, and their kids, who stayed with us for the first few days. Lydia found it a little disconcerting being "played with" by the older children, but she soon got used to it and seemed to enjoy their company!
While Lydia has been to a beach before, she hadn't played in (or eaten!) sand before. As you can see from this photo she really enjoyed playing in the sand!
Lydia also enjoyed chasing the seagulls and being taken into the surf by her daddy for a few little swims!
Unfortunately, now that she's walking, she can also get herself into danger a lot quicker! She sustained her first injury while we were up at the batch - burning the palm and fingertips of her right hand on the glass of the oven door (which had recently been on). It gave us all a great fright, but fortunately they turned out to be "superficial burns", which means that there will be no scars or other permanent damage. Thank goodness!
Lydia's mysterious vomiting problem that she was experiencing towards the end of last year was investigated by a paediatrician back in December. He explained that is was to do with an immature valve at the top of her stomach - a problem that would correct itself in the next several months. We made a few small alterations to her diet and this, together with her rapidly increasing mobility, saw the vomiting episodes reduce progressively in frequency and quantity. Her valve appears to be maturing all the time so that the problem has now already virtually disappeared. We are very glad to have this episode behind us!
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