A new dress

21 11 2008

Ruth has been learning to sew clothes. Recently one of her friends came over and showed her how to shirr fabric. This little dress was the result.

Araminta has developed a few hand signals to let us know what she wants. When she wants something, or to be picked up she flicks her fingers in and out with her palms facing upwards.

She really loves being outside.

I don’t have to work this weekend, so I’m hoping to sneak in a litttle sewing time.





Playing Catch Up – 11 months one week

16 11 2008

Apologies for being so far behind with the blog for Araminta. Both of our trips to the USA (one after the other) kind of messed with routines a little.

In September we celebrated Jeff’s birthday. Because Ruth was working that night we didn’t go out to eat, but rather brought home take-away from a fabulous local Indian restaurant. We ate picnic style on the floor so that Araminta could join in.

Turns out curry was a bit of a hit!

Chewing on naan bread.

Here she is eyeing off Jeff’s plate to see what else she can get.

All finished. We wrapped a tea towel around her since she’s kind of a messy eater.

In 1995, Ruth’s friend Kerin was making and selling clowns to help pay her college fees. Ruth was lucky enough to receive one. It is now Araminta’s.

Ruth’s Aunty Linda knitted a beanie for Araminta. Here she is proudly wearing it:

We don’t watch TV, but she’s fascinated by the remote and is always pulling it off the TV stand. She’s scared herself a few times by accidentally turning the thing on. There is much crying until it’s safely turned off.

OK, more up to date news:

At 13 months, she is now walking very, very well. She has a graze on her nose this week from where she tried to run and encountered some industrial carpet in the foyer of a hall here at the college.

There is one tooth mostly through and a second one well on its way.

Araminta is now pulling cloth and clothes over her head in an attempt to dress herself, and is insisting that we read Animal Farmyard Friends and Teddy visits Farmer Green at least 10 times a day. She will also sit quite happily and read on her own for long periods of time.

There are now four distinct words: Daddy, gone, cat and car.