Now that the excitement of worrying about Hattie’s tummy has passed, I need to tell you about what she and Joe are up to. They seem to have suddenly started inching towards the day that they’ll both be mobile, and it’s so interesting to witness. One of the best things about having twins is the fascinating opportunity to see two little people learn and develop – you have a permanent basis for comparison.
When it comes to movement and mobility, Joe had led the way on the mat. He was the first one to roll over from his back to his tummy, and onto his back again. Hattie still rarely bothers. Since arriving in France (and because of the missing bag, which we’ve finally reclaimed today), the babies have been sleeping without their wedges, and Joe, in particular, has spent every moment possible lying on his front. And when he’s on the mat he spends a lot of time trying to get his little knees under him. To look at him and Hattie in action, you’d be certain that he will be up and crawling in no time, while poor Hattie languishes on the floor.
However, you would be reckoning without the magical standing-up skills of young Harriet! I don’t know whether it’s because of her dedication to the Jolly Jumper, but this girl is never happier now than when she’s vertical. It’s got to the point where she’ll only tolerate sitting on a lap for a very short time before her little legs start going crazy and she starts agitating to be upright.
She starts first thing in the morning:
And it’s made it very easy for me to get daily photos of her outfits:
As of yesterday afternoon, if she’s lying on the ground and you take her hands to pull her forward into a sitting position, most times she’ll try to push up with her legs into a standing position. At this rate, I’m half-expecting that my lovely Joe will proudly crawl across the room at some point soon, and Hattie will watch with amusement and then stand up and stroll over to join him.
Anyway, today was a quiet day at home for Hattie and Joe, and they fell out of sync early on and thus enjoyed some undivided attention whenever each of them was up. Joe had some one-on-one time with his Nanna, which was very cute to watch.
Tristan and I had a lovely treat today: we left the two grandmothers in charge, and went out for a baby-free lunch. In response to a couple of requests, I’ll now interrupt the stream of baby photos with yummy food photos. Today’s menu du jour involved this terrine:
Followed by this steak:
And rounded off with this gateau:
It was all jolly decent. When we got home, we spent some quiet time in front of the TV:
Mum, Pat and Richard have gone out for the evening, and lovely Jan and Roy started the long drive back to Scotland this morning, so Tristan and I are having a nice evening in together. He heads to Spain and Germany for work on Monday, and we won’t see each other again until we all get to England at the beginning of September, so I’m enjoying him while I can. And who knows? Hattie might be tap dancing by then!