Jasmine Aurora
Jasmine Aurora
Monday, March 29, 2004
Fourteen steps!! I just walked fourteen steps across the loungeroom!! Mum was in the kitchen, Dad was in the laundry and Oskar was watching TV, so I walked across the room all by myself! Woohoo!!! Here I come!

Wednesday, March 24, 2004
My teacher at Gymbaroo has told me I can go up a class next term - I've graduated! She was watching me while I was standing by myself and clapping hands; in fact lots of people were watching me so I stayed there for ages and grinned happily. Thanks to that display, I can now go in the penguins group for new walkers. I'm very solid when standing, but still a bit hesitant to take too many steps. Three is my best so far, although I prefer to stand and rock my weight between each foot and then do a big lunge towards the next hand hold. I'm getting really quick around the coffee table though, especially when I see some food. At least next term is three or four weeks away, so I have time to practise walking with no hands.

I had beetroot risotto for dinner tonight; it was so yummy! I also had a lamb cutlet. I first ate one a few days ago when I scored Oskar's leftovers. I held it by the bone and munched my way through the whole thing. I was pretty happy with myself and Mum and Dad were impressed too. I like being able to eat my food by myself.

Monday, March 22, 2004
I have a new noise: 'Eeeerrraaaaagh! Aaaaaaaagh! Eeeeeyaaaaagh! Aaaiiaaaiaaagh!' I'm practising a lot.

I took my first steps without holding onto anything a few days ago! Pretty pleased I was too, as was Dad who I walked towards. I was a bit wobbly, but that's okay. I showed Mum how I walked later in the day, and also took a step towards Oskar yesterday. I didn't want to get too ambitious, because I didn't trust Oskar to catch me if I fell, but he seemed impressed.

I'm trying to keep up with my friend Jack, who took some steps the day before me. I spent a wonderful day at his house on Saturday with Mum and Oskar and Jack's family. I've never seen so many toys, so I spent all my time exploring all the wonderful things to play with. I had a couple of naps in the portacot, then resumed my pottering around. We spent a bit of time outside where there were swings, grass, trees and chooks. Mum sat me on the grass but it was a bit spiky, so I sat there with one foot off the ground, and then the other while I looked around at the trees.

Once again, Mum nearly forgot to give me my lunchtime breastfeed. I had it at about 2.30pm this time.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Today I ate a toasted avocado, ham and cheese sandwich on rye sourdough with pieces of tomato on the side followed by three pieces of canteloupe for lunch. Not bad for only having two teeth!

I think I'm about to have three, though. I know I've been saying that for a while, but Mum assures me that she can see the white through my top gum now, so the next one can't be far away. I'm still shoving anything I can get my hands onto into my mouth. But, unfortunately, pieces of paper and wool don't do much for my gum pain. I am getting better at scooping stuff out of my mouth once I've rolled it around for a while and established that I don't really want to swallow it. It's certainly better than having Mum poke her finger all around my mouth.

I love being able to stand with no hands and examine a toy, or hold my drink. I can also walk pretty well if someone holds my hands. Oskar has been helping me walk, which is fun. He helps me stand by holding my hands and walks backwards down the hall so I can walk forwards. I'm getting better at staying on my feet. When he first did it I kept stumbling while he kept walking, so I ended up on my knees and then on my tummy. But yesterday we made it down to his bedroom before I fell forwards, so that was good! We both giggle as we walk - it's fun.

Friday, March 12, 2004
I forgot to write that there was a day last week when Mum and Dad completely forgot to feed me breakfast. I grisled away when Mum put me in bed for my morning nap, but she didn't twig until 11am when I finally got a bowl of food. Well, today Mum forgot to give me my lunchtime breastfeed. I didn't get it until after we'd picked up Oskar from Kinder, so I got my lunchtime drink at 3.30pm. I was very tolerant I thought. But please don't do it again, Mum.

Thursday, March 11, 2004
I've worked out that the best time to explore the toilet is when Mum is in the shower. She usually gives me some toys before she jumps in, so I feign interest in them until Mum is thoroughly wet, then I crawl straight to the toilet and stand up. I lift up the seat and peer in for a while, then bang the seat up and down a bit - it makes a great noise. Then I reach in and try to touch the water - I just can't quite get there yet, but I'll keep trying.

I managed to get one hand stuck under the seat this morning; I had one hand under the seat holding the bowl and the other one on top pressing down, but thankfully I was able to extricate it before it got too squashed.

After exploring the toilet I like to stand at the shower door and watch Mummy under the water. It's kind of funny because she can't open the door while I'm there leaning on it, so I can keep her in there for quite a while!

I went to the gym this morning. I really don't like the gym. The ladies are all very nice, but they're not my Mum. I start crying as soon as Mum puts me down, but she still leaves me there. Oskar used to stay close to me, but now he just takes off and plays by himself. It's really no fun at all, but I love getting home afterwards.

Sunday, March 07, 2004
Board books are all very well, but they're not as much fun as pulling at and ripping apart magazines and newspapers.

Today I walked the length of the loungeroom while holding on to my little trolley. I have actually done it before, but this was the first time that Mum has seen me do it. She was so ecstatic that I walked up and down another three times. I was pretty pleased with myself!

I can now stand hands free for quite a long time. Yesterday I even bent down to pat Mummy and then stood up again. It won't be long before I'll be able to run away from Oskar when he's being mean to me. That'll be good.

Mum, Dad and I went for a walk this afternoon (Oskar is at Nan and Grandad's). We went to a little park nearby where I climbed up some stairs and peered at another little boy playing there. I had great fun in the swing - Daddy pushed me really high and Mummy kept trying to stop him from pushing so hard. It was lots of fun and I giggled away in the seat. I don't get to go for walks very often, but I really like it when we do.