This weekend started off with an early collection of the girls from nursery, as E had a fever of 39.9°C and had been given Calpol. She was streaming with a cold, and seemed distant and clingy. I really did not, at that point, anticipate a fun weekend! She was hot on and off all night, though ate a little dinner and had plenty of milk so I didn’t worry about her. Saturday morning she seemed better, but we planned for a quiet day just in case. Sure enough by the afternoon she was back to being tired, grumpy, sore-eyed and hot. I think her throat was hurting, plus teeth, plus possibly tonsilitis by the way she was swallowing with difficulty. Poor baby!
Saturday night though she slept really well – better than she has for weeks! And woke up bright and early and full of energy! Both girls seemed on good form, though Tom was now complaining of feeling full of cold and grotty. He had a lay-in while I took the girls to church. We hadn’t been for ages and since we were all snot-free (relatively – when is a toddler ever completed snot-free?) we thought it would be good to go.
E was on top form – that kind of good mood you get when you finally feel better following a stretch of feeling not-quite-100%. M was good as usual, excited by the prospect of seeing one of her best friends at church.
Church has recently had a re-jig of things, and has started using the rear of the church for a kids area, with a big floor playmat and lots of toys, pens, paper, books, etc. It has always been a ‘child friendly’ church, but from a parent’s point of view there’s a world of difference between ‘we don’t mind your kid running up and down the isle’ to ‘we provide a safe area with lots of toys to keep your kid occupied during service’. I very much appreciate the latter!
So we had a nice time at church, the girls occupied with tractors and plastic mermaids and pens, which allowed me to enjoy the music (‘I vow to thee my country’ – bliss!). Coffee in the church hall after service has turned into a long social affair – more space for kids means more playing, while the grown-ups enjoy coffee, biscuits, and a chat.
We came home and E almost straight away fell asleep on Tom. The rest of us has lunch while E slept, then M and I went off to the park for a play. It was fantastic to be able to spend some one-to-one time with my oldest girl, and I took my camera to get some nice pictures of her in the Autumn sunshine. We had some nice talks, too – I remember chatting to her about music. M is very keen on singing, and seems to have a habit of making up songs on the spot. They rhyme and have a good tune! I asked her what sort of music she might like to learn as she gets older – does she like singing or would she like to learn to play an instrument? She decided she would like to sing, and play the drums and trumpet. We’re going to have a noisy house!
After the park M wanted to watch a film, so she settled down with My Neighbour Totoro. I knocked a bottle of my favourite organic cider off the shelf (sob!) so had to throughly clean the kitchen. This had the benefit of making the floor clean and habitable once more, so I got some messy play out for E who had woken up. I spread out an old shower curtain, and got out tubs of rainbow rice I’d made months ago. E had great fun playing with the rice, and when Totoro had finished M came to join in. Both girls wanted to make shakers, but were too impatient to fill the jars and tended to pour the rice out before it was half full! E got bored after a while, but M carried on playing. The rice by the point was a mixed-up rainbow mess, but to M it was “the jewels under Cinderella’s dress”. She also found some bits of dry pasta mixed in which became “magic sweeties”. When you ate one it turned you into a fairy! We spent the rest of the day being fairies; even when I had forgotten the game, M had not. When it was bedtime she turned off the lights and said “Mummy, look; our wings are glowing with magic!”.
Damn, but my kids have been great fun today!