27 June 2014

Alexa

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.
Who's the daddy?

23 comments:

  1. Did you hide her pants in the dryer? I remember when you talked about her birth, Mr. Pudding. What a cute love bug. I just want to pinch me some of those sweet cheeks!!! No child can ever have too much love from too many people. So, surrogate uncle, love away!

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    1. She had a brand new disposable nappy on under her fashionable Little Kitty top. The previous nappy (diaper) contained a fistful of what appeared to be horse dung. Whatever it was, it was not aroma-free.

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    2. May I unreservedly apologise to all "Hello Kitty" devotees. My cardinal error was to refer to this semi-religious design phenomenon as "Little Kitty". Actually I am surprised the owners of the brand don't re-label it "Fill Our Kitty".

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  2. She is absolutely beautiful. :)

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  3. Hull City rubber duck??? What????

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    1. Jenny - I am sure that they sell Wrexham FC rubber ducks too. Your bathtime would be complete with such a companion sharing the bubbles! (Oh heavens - I must get that image from my mind! Dirty Pudding!)

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  4. Who thought you had it in you YP?

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    1. Yes. It was had work Carol. Wouldn't want to do that every day!

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  5. What a little cutie-pie! Are you lying in a heap on the sofa now?

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    1. Right now? I am donned in my sexy sable dressing gown chomping on a banana. It's morning. And please don't refer to me as a "little cutie pie"!

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  6. It is Hello Kitty, not Little Kitty. Believe me - I have several Hello Kitty items myself (although I must admit I am eons older than Toddler Alexa and my dress size is quite different from hers).
    One day in the not too distant future, Toddler Alexa will be Beauty Alexa. Her Dad will have to fight off her admirers by the dozen.

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    1. I am so proud to have a "Hello Kitty" expert visiting this blog and shall amend my terrible error shortly.

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    2. I've just been away and visiting friends with their daughter and here young family. I never think of myself as a 'very small person' person but it's difficult not to have one's heart stolen by them.

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  7. What a gorgeous little girl and it's nice to see Jonathan looking so relaxed and well too.

    YP, we already know from your past posts that you were and are a very lovely dad to Frances and Ian and any little ones that they happen to have along the way are going to have a wonderful granddad doting on them.

    A lovely, uplifting post.

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    1. Don't hold your breath Elizabeth. Though both Shirley and I would love to be doting grandparents, it ain't gonna happen any time soon. I am pleased that you thought of this post like a Wonderbra - lovely and uplifting.

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  8. What a lovely post. It brings a lump to my throat to see how much she's changed. She's genuinely a joy to be around every day. We're honoured to have you as her surrogate uncle. She's exhausting though, isn't she?

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    1. Aunty Den? I thought you were Mummy Den...or maybe Dragon's Den? Yes she is exhausting. Who needs to visit a gym when you have a toddler to pursue!

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    2. I've been an Aunty Den for 23 years! I'm only a dragon on weekends and alternate Tuesdays!

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  9. How lovely. I bet the exercise up and down the stairs was good for your hamstrings!

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    1. Not just the hamstrings Kate - the lungs too!

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