I’m not sure if you were all expecting a post this week or not after my reference to fortnightly blog entries but I thought posting today would fit in nicely with Rory being 12.5 months corrected… We’ll take it fortnightly from here with the odd random post thrown in of course!
We had a busy-ish weekend starting off with a fundraising BBQ Shona and Finn had organised in aid of prostate cancer. They raised about $2,000 and it was a fun afternoon. Rory and Granny & Grandad came along later in the afternoon after Rory’s nap so I don’t have any photos of them at it but I do have some cute photos of Rory messing around with Colman in his tonka truck!
Of course we also had to say goodbye to Granny & Grandad on Sunday night. We had a great time with them and we’ve already been skyping from both Abu Dhabi & Dublin. Here’s Rory going on a last evening walk with Granny & Grandad and then going to them for a cuddle just before bedtime (he had a big smile on his face as I clicked but I just missed it)! Rory will be looking forward to seeing all his Irish relatives in March.
So come Monday morning, Rory and I were back on our own during working hours! We ended up having quite a summery feeling to the week with lots of time outdoors. We started the week with a coffee at the beach. Rory now enjoys standing up against his pram and as you can see is getting confident holding on with just one hand.
Tuesday was a beautiful day so we headed to Clovelly beach for a play date with Sarah and Kai (the side benefit being we can also both have a swim while the other minds the boys). Kai led the way in the bravery stakes loving the feel of sand but Rory was still very suspicious of it preferring to hang out in the tent!
Later in the week I thought I’d try to gently introduce Rory to sand by putting crackers in a food processor and letting him play with them. Initially he wasn’t very keen on it but soon enough there was cracker dust all over the deck and if we have an ant infestation I’ll be entirely to blame!
Later in the week when it was too hot to go outside (38deg Celsius) we tried the same thing with ice. You can see I was better prepared with a towel this time! The ice didn’t stay on the towel but at least I had it to dry up as we went.
Rory also started week 1 of swimming lessons this week (we’re jumping in at the end of term so will only have four weeks). Here he is before the lesson…
And here he is afterwards…
A little shell shocked! It wasn’t that bad and in fact he was tolerating it quite well up until the instructor dunked his head! She suggested we come back midweek so he gets used to the whole environment so we went back the next day and he enjoyed playing in the toddler pool and then coming in the big pool with me. Here we are after drying off and the next day when a very hot wind was blowing Rory’s hair.
By this morning and without Granny & Grandad around I was getting in need of a helper so luckily Maggie came around for a few hours while Shona nipped into work. She definitely kept Rory entertained!
After Maggie left we visited another buddy of Rory’s and picked up an activity table we’d loaned them. Rory was happy to see it back and once home we had lunch on the deck.
All in all Rory was a very cool kid all week!