Before you all think something happened to me, or that I’ve run out of data for the month – BIG ramble time!28 January , 2014
Swimming: I’ve been teaching Nicola how to swim, myself (those who have seen me swim might find this particularly funny – since I’m actually more of a splasher myself).
Perhaps I should clarify how I’ve been doing this? I’ve been letting her teach herself, while I hang about in the pool really close to her where I can rescue her if she runs into trouble. So far it’s going amazingly well actually.
We started off by deflating the water wings a bit at a time for a couple of weeks, up to the point where they were almost more placebo water wings than actual floatation devices. Then we started slipping them off for a few minutes every time, just so she could get the feel of it good and proper.
The first time she attempted a doggy paddle, it lasted all of half a meter and she just barely kept her nose above water while the rest of her was furiously trying to move forward under the surface. It’s been amazing to see the progress though. She’s going to get this thing just fine, I’m not even a little bit worried about it. She now does laps! And it’s been probably all of two weeks since we started wing-less water-fun.
One of the things that I’ve found very interesting is to see what happens when we plonk some swim goggles on her. When Nicola swims head mostly above water, she does a little doggy paddle. When was the last time you tried swimming like that? It’s bloody hard work. Her arms gets tired, and feet only doesn’t get her anywhere very fast. However, the moment she swims underwater she automatically does something similar to a breast stroke (without anyone ever showing her how), and a pretty graceful one at that!
I am super impressed with how quickly she is learning how to swim. One of these fine days, she’s going to be a real pro.
Knock-knock, who’s there?: I’m sure everyone’s kids go through a phase where they start wondering how exactly babies make their appearance in this world?
Nicola is at that stage now. How it all came about was that my cousin’s wife had a little baby girl in this last week and Nicola wanted to go and visit them. I said we couldn’t go because they were still in hospital, so she wanted to know why – were they sick or did they have a sore back like I did when I stayed in hospital with my kidney stones. So I said no, the doctors usually keep new babies and their mommies in hospital a couple of days after they’re born to make sure everyone is okay, especially when they had to do a C-section on the mommy to get the baby out.
Obviously this led to, what’s a C-section questions – which I tried to explain best I could and I also told her that she was born in the same way. Fascinating stuff to her obviously.
After bath time she asked me if I could show her where the doctor cut me open to get her out, which I did. All fine, until she starts knocking on my belly and asking me if there are any more babies in there because she would really love a little brother or sister – hahaha! I’m taking this as a hint that I might want to take up some sort of ab-exercises in the near future?
Of frogs and princes: It has been hinted at me that I should consider dating again at some point, possibly even considering getting married again one day and so on.
Well…I am not completely opposed to this idea, but it doesn’t keep me up at night either if you get my drift? To be honest, I actually have no idea where I would fit the time and attention needs of another person into my packed with commitments day to day life at this stage, plus Nicola is so curious about the missing bio-dad person at this point that I’m half scared she’ll BOND in a big way with whomever I present to her as a father figure and if it turns out that this person is in fact then not “the one”, it would be really hard on her – which I don’t want at all. I mean really?! How many fathers can a girl NOT have before you start taking it personally?
So, on the off chance that I am thinking too hard about all of this, I created an online dating profile (a friend of mine has been using this company and she seems very happy with it all)…
Yip. I’m pretty sure I’m right on the money with this one. People out there are downright peculiar at times. The messages I have been sifting through range from the sort of sweet/creepy to the absolutely obscene!
I’m pretty sure I’m going to be deleting this profile after this first month subscription I’ve already paid for- as in 100% sure actually. (I think when I go hunting, I like to be able to observe my prey in its natural habitat, and to circle it a few times before I decide whether it’s worth pouncing or not). 😉
Secret place: Yeah, we’re right back to where we were late last year and maybe even worse than that in some areas. This will not end well – I can tell.
And that, my dears, concludes my ramble for today. Unleash upon me all your comments, and feel free to giggle if anything struck you as particularly funny. Really…I don’t mind at all.