Sleep is a bit of a controversial subject in the Branchett house at the moment. Neither Ben nor Molly is particularly enamoured with the idea of going to bed in the evening, but for some strange reason I am struggling to get much sleep. The children, however, have no such problem! They have had a busy few days.
Yesterday, Ben marched with his Beaver colony in the Remembrance day parade in the village just up from where we live. Me and Molly went too, whilst Dunc worked hard at DIY at home.
It's one of the first times Molly has walked any distance and we are so thankful that she can, as one of the very real considerations we had to face when she was born was that she may not have ben able to walk at all.
We just didn't know until she started sitting and standing and eventually, walking. In the end, she walked just before her second birthday, when she was 18 months corrected age. Her consultant put it almost perfectly at her two year check: 'she has clearly escaped her extreme prematurity without any major neurodevelopmental problems'. His use of the word 'escaped' feels extremely apt...she has had an extremely lucky escape.
She loves being active and wants to do everything that Ben does, so we are encouraging her interest in dancing and gymnastics, thinking they may help any difficulties she may experience with co-ordination. Molly spends Mondays with Nanny and goes to Jo Jingles and gymnastics with her...amongst lots of other things...Nanny seems to fit more into one day than the rest of us do in a week!
So it's apt that when I looked back through the photos of this day three years ago, I found one of Molly tucked up...fast asleep. Because I was so late back from work tonight, I didn't really have time to take a photo of Molly before she went to bed...so I decided to take one whilst she was sleeping.
Night night all... :)