When Alice has a sleepover, it’s always great fun. She arrived with her mum this afternoon, and Fee declared packing for a sleepover was as draining as packing for a trip away. I’m sure the parents reading agree.
We’re always excited for an Alice sleepover. We try to plan around it, working out what to cook for dinner so that it fits around her, cleaning up all the stuff that’s Dangerous For Little Girls. I knew she’d arrived because Sean was outside and I heard him saying ‘Hi Alice’ and her now less babyish voice replying ‘Hi!’
At the moment, there’s only one thing that’s a certainty when she visits. We play with the Russian Dolls, or Matryoshka dolls. She’s now big enough, grown up enough, to see them on a shelf and reach for them all by herself. That’s a new thing and it blows me away. She turns and smiles when she’s found them, reaches for them and is just so pleased with herself!
Then we spend ages putting them together and pulling them apart. Really, you can see why I have to make a dress for her out of Russian doll fabric. Right now, they are her thing.
We call it the ‘inside’ game because as we put each piece together, we say ‘inside’ ‘inside’. So when she finds the dolls she says (in as much as she says very much at all) ‘inside!’. She has very little specific language at this stage, just a few small phrases like ‘Oh no!’ and ‘All gone!’ and ‘Hi!’. I’m sure more words will follow.
So we sat in the kitchen while Sean cooked lamb shanks and we played and we laughed.
It was great. And then it was time for steamed carrots for dinner, and a shower and then ‘nigh nigh’ – her other key phrase. And we poured a glass of wine and congratulated ourselves on being totally fabulous as far as aunties and uncles go. Let’s just hope she sleeps through (mostly she does. She’s good like that and has been for a long time!)
Don’t you love the dress? My Mum made it with leftover fabric from the overalls she made for Alice from the same fabric.
Tights, buckle up shoes, a floral top and a teddy bear dress – the best dressed girl in town, I tell you.