We just spent a wonderful week in the company of my parents. It was very sad to say goodbye to them on Friday afternoon but I’m so glad they made it over, especially to see Bea and Sam. Yet we didn’t just say goodbye to Dandad on Friday, we actually waved him farewell much earlier. It seems that Dandad is no more. It’s a little sad, but Sam can say Grandad clearly now. So long Dandad, thanks for all the good times.
Sam loves his Grandad very much indeed. They had a lot of fun together this past week. I think if Sam had had his way he would have spent the entire seven days playing train tracks and towers with his Grandad.
A lot of serious construction went on in the front room this week. Grandad named the Brio black engine “William” and Alfie remained a menace. We also remembered that Uncle Simon and Aunty Mel had given Sam a special 60th Anniversary metallic Thomas the Tank Engine for being a good big brother and pulled that one out to give him (we’d put it aside for when Sam might need extra attention but he’s doing great with Bea). “Shiny Thomas” was a big hit and apparently has quite the personality. I watched with pride and amazement as Sam really opened up this week and started playing out real scenarios and creating conversations between his trains.
Bea has really blossomed this week too. When Nanna and Grandad first arrived the poor girl was suffering from a bad case of baby acne and looking quite spotty. I didn’t go quite so far but Nanna called her pizza face, in the nicest way possible of course. By the time they left though her face had really cleared up and she was back to looking very pretty, feminine and girly again. She also really woke up and became much more alert this week. She loved having Nanna and Grandad tickle her knees and started giving them the most beautiful smiles and giggles. She likes to be cuddled and in the thick of things. She also likes to stand up and goes as stiff as a board when you hold her up. She’s also started to track objects and can turn to see who is talking to her and track objects. She really liked the sound of Grandad’s voice and turned on the charm with him. He must have really fallen for his grandaughter too, he even changed her nappy for her. It was a nice dirty one too.