Above, that's Baby Alexa - born in Bangkok just before Christmas 2013. She is with her proud mother - Miss Denise. Since then Baby Alexa has travelled thousands of miles. For much of the past year her home has been Taipei, Taiwan which is where her father - Mr Jonathan secured an attractive post in an international school.
That school is now enjoying its summer holidays so Baby Alexa's parents are back in England for a while and today I was honoured with a royal visit. Below, see how Baby Alexa has grown! In fact she is not Baby Alexa any more - she is Toddler Alexa. And what a charming young lady! A ready smile and a placid disposition. She is a picture of toddler health.
Judging from this afternoon's experience I would say she is going to become an explorer or a mountaineer. While Mr Jonathan looked at Sheffield Wednesday fan sites on his school-funded tablet - lounging on our sofa - like Jim Royle in "The Royle Family" I was breathlessly pursuing Toddler Alexa up our staircase. She ascended those stairs a dozen times - checking out the bathroom and the bedrooms, squeezing my Hull City rubber duck and discovering Frances's panda bear collection. Phew! You forget what little livewires toddlers can be.
Exhausted after these numerous unexpected excursions upstairs, I collapsed in a heap in our sitting room. Mr Jonathan yawned and asked if everything was okay while Toddler Alexa continued to giggle with glee. I guess that when one is a surrogate uncle one has to be prepared to put in a shift.
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