My Darling Hunter,
The last couple of weeks here we have seen almost unbearable heat! The temperature hasn’t dropped under 25 degrees at night, your room in particular is about 28 degrees on average these days, so you can imagine that Dad and I were looking forward to some water fun this weekend.
Initially we thought we would just fill up your shell and play with you but it seems that you have graduated from the shell and preferred to spend the entire day playing with the hose pipe.
Once again it was so entertaining to watch you walk around the garden chatting to yourself, watering the garden, filling up tubs and spraying Dad.
Its a subtle reminder that we don’t need to do something elaborate to make you happy.
My Darling Hunter,
Over the last couple of weeks you have been pulling out all the stops! It seems like every minute you are learning something new, its such a beautiful time for a parent to watch their “baby” become a little person.
Here is a list of a few things that you have been up to of late that had us all astonished:
1. Listening to voice notes on my phone, recognising your Uncles voice and laughing when he does and answering his questions in your baby babble – too cute!
2. Playing golf – Grandpa got you a set of plastic golf clubs and you immediately took to the sport, in fact you got it so quickly that you moved onto the smaller balls on day one.
3. Babbling in sentences
4. Waking up from a nap and the first thing you do is give me a big sloppy kiss
5. Chasing butterflies in the park
6. Having a full conversation with Granny D on skype and not throwing a tantrum about wanting to touch the computer
7. Chatting on the phone while strolling over to the step sitting down and leaning against the wall to be comfortable during this marathon telephone conversation with your imagination.
Now while all of this may seem silly to a “seasoned” parent to us these little milestones are fascinating ..UNTIL, you come home from work and Gogo tell me that not only have you walked up to the slide in the park (which you were terrified of a week ago) but you got onto the slide walked up, AND SLID DOWN ON YOUR TUMMY!!!!!
She said her heart was beating so fast by the time you got to the bottom she could barely stand up! I actually feel weak just thinking about it!
Well done my little Lion cub, keep surprising us!
– A dedication from Granny D
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!
Love Granny D