Thursday … Feels Like Friday!

Slept in 'til 7:15 this morning; felt wonderful to roll over at 6 a.m. and drop off again! Out the door at 8:30 to pick Riku up for nursery school. He was pretty quiet on the way over and I thought me might drop off to sleep, even though Bryn told me he was still sleeping when he left the house at 7:30.

Riku walked willingly to the door of the school with me and then wanted up in my arms. The main teacher greeted him, took him from me and held him; we both pointed out the bags of coloured paper for each child and paper birds hanging from the rafters. Riku was distracted and I put his bag in his cubby, saying goodbye as I walked by. He started to cry with his hands over his eyes, but when I picked him up at 1 p.m. I was told that he had cried for just a few minutes.

It was a special Japanese holiday so Riku came home with the bag of coloured papers, and two large fronds from a plant of some kind. I sat in the back seat with him, fed him a large bowl of porridge with blueberries and strawberries, he drank lots of water, and wanted a cookie as well. Luckily, I had a couple of digestives and a ginger snap with me, so that worked out just fine.

My goal was to get him home for his nap, but despite lots of "sing farm chicken" singing, those eyes were drooping almost immediately. Riku slept from 1:20 until 2:50 in a shady spot on 17th Street. When he awoke I started to drive home, just a few minutes away, and within one minute he was sound asleep again! This time I parked over in my neighbourhood where it was a little quieter and shady as well, and he was in a deep sleep until 3:40.

Riku was still a little dozey and teary when I took him out of his car seat, so had to go upstairs with him in my arms, plus his lion, the last of his snack, and the dog and blanket I had with me for his head and the breeze... and of course his lunch/kit bag, and the paper bag, and the two large fronds! I am woman, hear me roar!

Akane was at the door and she was ready to decorate using the paper he had brought home. I came right home, had some lunch, and got busy with the paper work covering my kitchen table, and back to ordering hundreds of prints online! Ah yes, I must get busy getting them into albums. I also called the doula co-ordinator as I am determined to get working on that as soon as I can.

Quiet evening at home; I chatted with Susan and Amelia after Amelia left a lovely message on my answering machine. She had a twelve hour sleep last night! and a three hour nap today! after which she said "Nana?" so Susan had her call me. The message from Amelia? "Hi Nana!" and "I love you"... very clear to me as I have heard her say it before, and then "goodbye". We had a little chat too.

Skyped with Gail for a few minutes, exchanged two very sweet emails with Uncle Frank, and then went off to pick up Doug from his 8:45 flight from LA. The bombing in London today did not affect airport security at all; Doug thinks the line was shorter than it has been in the recent past.

There was a message on the machine from Bryn, left at 8:50, saying Riku had been calling to say goodnight... and I missed it. Darn! I look forward to my goodnight calls.

Have completed my online photo order, thank goodness, after some help from Susan with two problems...

Off to bed at 11:15 p.m.


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