One of my friends is expecting a baby in October, and I was e-mailing her this morning about pregnancy stuff and realised that I had forgotten a whole bunch of things already! Because it was a year ago! This time last year I was in my final week of pregnancy (not that I knew that), and each day I was over-due I would think "Maybe today! Who knows?"
I'm really glad I blogged so much then, because it was good to have that to look back at; so I probably should update more regularly because I have baby stuff to record now. Eva is already doing so much stuff, and changing in little ways all the time.
One thing that has changed is that she used to find stairs hilarious. Every time we carried her up or down the stairs she would just giggle all the way, but now she's over them. We kind of miss the mad stair giggles, but it would have been weird if she were still doing that as a teenager I suppose. She does think it is really funny when I do a fake sneeze for her, and I have no idea why that was funny in the first place.
Eva loves books, and gets really obsessed with turning pages. She cannot be doing with parents trying to read the story to her, it is all about turning the page damn it! Faster! FASTER! If she's in a more chilled out mood then she will spend time looking at her favourite pictures, but she doesn't seem to care if they are upside down, so I suspect she doesn't actually know what the images are of.
A super cute thing that she does is when we are in her bedroom and you ask her "Eva - Where are your birds?" she'll look up and point to the swallow mobile over her bed. It is adorable. I sometimes sing "Close to You" as a lullaby, and last week when I sang "Why do birds suddenly appear..." she looked at me and wriggled around in my arms until she could point to the mobile. At which point the cuteness killed me, this is being written by a ghost. An alien ghost.
Eva's relationship with the cats is still developing. They are being incredibly patient, despite the handfuls of fur she pulls out or the number of times she trys to pull their paws, ears or tails. I will say that it's just Eva being over-enthusiastic with her love for the cats, she has no idea she's annoying them. It is very sweet to see her crawling around after them, because she wants to bury her face in their fur and squeal with delight at having done that. Nancy is still the most wary of the two cats, but she's less horrified by the baby's approaches. Edith is, well, a bit stupid in her affections and will hang out in Eva's room until she's really been harassed more than is reasonable; then she'll elegantly leap over the baby gate, only to return ten minutes later and be harassed again.
Eva's current favourite things are standing and arrowroot cookies (which we call bickies). Her very favourite thing is standing whilst eating an arrowroot cookie. She likes to have her feet a bit wider than shoulder width apart, and has slightly bent legs; so she sort of looks like she's been taking advice on stance from the actors in "Blackadder the Third". I half expect her to say "ROAR! Unaccustomed though I am..."
So yeah, she's ok, I suppose. I expect we'll keep her for another year.