Sunday, December 29, 2013

Three boy, on the phone and rolling over.

Dinosaurs go ROAR
1. Today is Alec's third birthday. There are calls and messages and callers all day to let him (and us) know he is loved and valued.

2. While Alec is out trying his new scooter enhancements Cat calls. Bettany coos and laughs for her godmother and we have a satisfying and informative parenting chat. Later I find a sung message from all of them for Alec, complete with piano accompaniment.

2b. One of Alec's small friends comes by with her mother in time for early afternoon tea. Alec is still out, but when he returns we all run to the door and he greets her with a warmth and a charm that pleases me very much. She is a day younger than him, and we were all in hospital together. I'm glad someone else finds it hard to understand where the time has gone.

2c. We watch Howl's Moving Castle, which Alec has been very interested in for some time. I've noticed recently that when something he wants comes to pass he gets scared. As the opening titles faded he said "I'm just going to get my drink" and disappeared. He watched the first 15 minutes from the doorway, only joining us on the sofa when he felt safe.

3. When Alec indicates he has finished his evening bub. Sometimes he rolls over, sighs and is gone. Tonight he said: "Put the bubby away" and then he was away himself.

Picture by Polly Coupee


  1. Three years? Are you kidding me? Can't be more than one, surely.

  2. When I watched Howl's Moving Castle the other day I realised it was actually the first time I'd watched it all the way through and not just random scenes. I think I'm a bit in love with it now. Truly breathtaking, but I can see why Alec might be a bit scared by it.

  3. Wise boy to realize that he might need a little space.

  4. Happy Birthday, I thought of Alec today as I remembered it was his birthday. We
    were out walking with our three sons, now 29, 26. and 19 with Toby's wife Claire and Harry's girlfriend Claire - many many delights still to come! Happy New Year to you all.

  5. ☼♡ HaPpY BirThDaY and many more, each happier than the one before! ♡☼
    It doesn't seem possible that it has been THREE years! Alec is so handsome, with a bit of mischief.
    Howl's Castle is intense, and it's wonderful that he knows how to moderate the intensity. I'm remembering a young niece watching Wizard of Oz, moving from me, to Grandma, and finally to Mom as things got scarier.


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