As you can see from this quick short video shot during the week, our little Jessica is becoming quite the smartypants when it comes to her wooden puzzles. This particular one is the farm, her favourite, but she’s pretty good when it comes to the numbers one as well. Oh, and she decided to surprise us this weekend by wanting to learn more about tumbling – though she still needs a bit of a helping hand with this one it would seem! :) Oh, and I don’t think I’ve yet mentioned the fact that she pretty much completely potty trained herself overnight, much to the amazement – and relief – of Mommy and Daddy!
We popped in to the Somerset West Stodels branch the other day to have a look as some of the specials that they were running (not really) and more importantly to let Jess play with the fish, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits, not to mention jump on the convenient jumping castle that they always have erected. Except that this time around the jumping castle wasn’t there, much to Chantelle’s disappointment (it was her idea to come here anyway!). Of course, the wooden play area is a bite more difficult to make disappear overnight, so the three of us headed in for play time, and whilst Jess enjoyed her swinging, it was her first proper unassisted slides on a decent sized slippery slide that turned out to be the highlight of her visit. As for Chantelle, it took more than just a few slides before her nerves finally calmed down! :) Fun and games, fun and games.
Jessica is rather fond of the wooden push cart which we somehow STILL haven’t returned to the physio, and something that she has learned somewhere along the line, much to the detriment of our toes and ankles, is that it is really, REALLY fun to chase people down with it! Still, how can you chastise such a cute little slobber monster? ;)
I found these ultra cute photos of Jessica after raiding Chantelle’s phone, taken towards the end of last year. Because I have the irresistible urge to share all our digital snaps online, I thought it best I post them right here, right now. There. All better.
We came upon and bought this pretty cool toy from a stall at the Blaauwberg Market in January, after it managed to successfully hold Jessica’s attention and entertain her for more than five continuous minutes! WallTrax as it is known is simply a set of flexible, colourful ‘gutters’, which can be pasted with prestick on a wall or any vertical surface really, thereby creating a track – complete with drops and loops if you want – perfect for the glow in the dark marbles that they provide to run through! Needless to say, much time is also spent hunting down the stray marbles when Jess gets throwing them in a little wrong! :)
Back in January when it was still nice and sunny outside after I got home back from work, then there was little better than heading straight outside again, massive bubble maker in hand and an excited Jessica right behind! (Needless to say, she was rather disappointed when we later dropped this on the tiles in the lounge and it broke.)
I enjoy getting Jessica to practice making different sounds with her mouth, and a game we particularly like to play is parrot, where basically I run down a list of random words and she tries to copy them. You really should hear her try to say “Orangutan”! ;) But not this time. So instead, here is Jess and I sharing a cupcake.
Not only does Jessica currently enjoy playing hide and go seek with us, she also loves hiding her toys – and heaven forbid any adults in the vicinity choose not to play with! :D This was taken around the breakfast table on our recent(-ish) weekend getaway to Jacobsbaai.
Although Ray Dylan’s Jessica and Joshua Kadison’s Jessie are Jessica’s official theme songs, there is simply no reason why she can’t pick up any others along the way. Like the always fun Rooi Rok Bokkie from Die Campbells! Needless to say, after this rather unexpected song rendition, Chantelle and I was just about rolling on the floor thanks to all the overwhelming cuteness! :) An Idol in the making perhaps?
One of Jessica’s favourite things to do at the moment is play hide and seek with us, which usually means me dashing around the house and finding some rather implausible hiding spots while she grabs Mommy’s hand and comes looking for me. She hasn’t quite got the hang of it just yet – it really is too cute to find her with her head stuck under the couch cover, secure in the knowledge that because she can’t see us, we can’t see her – but she does have it in her head that once she’s uncovered my hiding spot, she needs to run and find one of her own! :) Of course, all this running around is more often than not, quite a tiring business.
So the most awesome of things happened on Sunday – Jessica started walking! And as it just happened to be, the full set of Oupa, Ouma, mommy and daddy were all on hand to see the very first walk, which of course was then dutifully videotaped from all possible angles by a very excited, happy and proud of his little daughter, Daddy. Needless to say, this is the culmination of months’ worth of work by Stephanie and all of her exercises, and I have to admit – I’m really glad that Chantelle convinced me to take Jessica to a physio in the first place. Anyway, enough talk, more video! :) So, so exciting, I know! :)
Whilst I’m having fun teaching Jessica all the irrelevant stuff (she kicks out on my command of “karate kick”, she lifts her arms up at “hands up”, she tilts her head upwards and roars at the call of “roar”, and she dutifully takes your hand and shakes at the command of “shake hands”), it is without a doubt the awesome kiddie physiotherapist Stephanie Halford from Et Al that is doing all the important movement stuff with our little girl. The improvement in her abilities in terms of shifting weight, standing up and traversing from one object to another has been huge, and although her lower body is still not quite strong enough to just stand there on her own without any support, you just know that she’ll be walking in a month or two’s time (well, we’re kind of hoping anyway). Then of course there is that very big psychological fear of walking unaided that seems to also be holding her back, but that I assume is a story for yet another specialist to tackle. Meanwhile I’ll continue to amuse myself by teaching her “judo chop”, never mind improving her artistic drawing skills now that I’ve purchased for her her very first set of jumbo crayons! Anyway, here are a couple of snaps I managed to take during the last physio session with Stephanie, where as luck would have it, Chantelle was able to join Jessie and myself on account of her being booked off sick!
Craig Lotter is an established web developer and application programmer, with strong creative urges (which keep bursting out at the most inopportune moments) and a seemingly insatiable need to love all things animated. Living in the beautiful coastal town of Gordon's Bay in South Africa, he games, develops, takes in animated fare, trains under whichever martial arts dojo is closest at the time, and for the most part, simply enjoys life with his amazing wife and daughter.
Oh, and he draws ever now and then too.
This is a collection of things that he has managed to find the time to scribble down since 2007.
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