…is Joel’s new word. He likes to point at them, say ‘door’, to which we reply, ‘yes it is a door!’ and then he’s happy.
I think he’s just enjoying the novelty of being understood. Of course, when he says, ‘Mama’, and then goes into a big lot of baby babble, he still looks at me as though I ought to understand everything he’d just said.
I think he’s got more teeth coming through. He’s been gnawing on his thumbs in the back of his mouth and a bit off his food recently. He would’t eat any tea last night (roast lamb and potato bake) although he did eat a few green beans. He wouldn’t have any lunch today (cheese sandwich, although he had a bit oc cucumber). He was however tempted by a white chocolate pudding thing and a fig roll. He certainly has a sweet tooth regardless of mouth pain.
Dinner however was a huge success. It was a slimming world recipe for Chicken Parpadelle, which I served with tagliatelle instead. I could only find a mixed bag of green and normal, and although he eyed the green pasta with suspicion, after a little lick, then a little nibble he realised it was the same as regular pasta then managed to clear his plate apart from a few bits of chicken, which although they went in, soon came out again into his bib, and the sauce was all made of up hidden veg so I shall be making it again. I added smoked paprika to the sauce to make it tastier, and then some chilli salt to mine once at the table. Delicious! Pasta meals are the one that I know Joel will eat up.
I’ve not been out much today with the little dude. I’m still deaf in my right ear. I saw the dr, and he said the infection hadn’t gone down, so I’m now on different antibiotics for another week! I just want my ear to clear. He said the ear drum was bulging and I had fluid behind it. Sometimes, when Joel starts sounding a bit whingy in a higher pitch, I hear it in a tinny, harmonic which wounds like mini robots in my head. I don’t fancy going to work tomorrow so may ring up for a holiday day in the morning if they’ll let me. Being deaf at work is no fun at all.
We had a good weekend though. Saturday was spent with the morning taking a walk up to the hospital field. Joel walked all the way there, had a good run around in the grass and was highly amused by a bike rack, some steps and a railing. He just climbed, and peeked and had as much fun as the previous weekend at Splash Landings, but for free!
Sunday we went to Church and Joel was really good. I wasn’t playing, (due to the afore mentioned ear) and he just sat with me, went to dance with the other toddlers, waved a flag and happily went out to creche so I could stay and enjoy the rest of the service. I then headed off for my choir practise and left Steve to it! I got back with both of them lying on the sofa with Steve watching the tv and Joel watching the laptop. So Daddy time wasn’t so much building dens and rail tracks as Steve looking one way and Joel the other. Tch.
I also found a really good children’s worship group which teaches bible verses in song. I think it would be good for all of us, and the music is rock and funky, not saccharine either! We can listen to the songs with Joel, and take them with us to the church weekend away.
Other news, I put 1lb on last week. This ear thing has made me miserable and want to eat sweets and chocolate. Not good. I’m trying to make a better effort this week but so far I’ve already polished off a big bar of Cadbury’s chocolate.
Right, it’s time to bath Joel. He’s just invented this game where he shouts ‘un’, ‘oo’, ‘ee’ (maybe 1,2,3!) then throws himself from the arm of the sofa onto me. We’ve had one clonked heads episode, which was before I understood the rules. I think rough and tumble is better with Daddy!