I have to offer a special thanks to my colleagues, who surprised me yesterday with drinks at Bliss and some gifts for Cheeky. It was very generous! Among the gifts was something I had seen at Todd & Ilina's house in May, and we were warned about due to it's lack of an "off" button. It's called the Leap Frog Learning Drum, and it's designed to introduce the alphabet and counting. It also falls under that wonderfully broad category which I've targetted when buying gifts for my friends in the past -- toys that make lots of noise. We have, however, located what appears to be an "off" switch (maybe we got the newer model) but that probably won't stop Cheeky from becoming the next John "Stumpy" Pepys, Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs, or Peter "James" Bond.
Meanwhile those little drummer arms are still growing inside Mommy's belly. Claudia has taken to sitting in front of a typewriter endlessly repeating "all work and no play makes Claud a dull girl....all work and no play makes Claud a dull girl..." Yesterday's all day rain festival has given way to decent skies, so we hope to waddle out of the house for a much needed diversion later. Thanks for all the suggestions for inducing labor, by the way, and if you're lucky you may see us at the trapeze school this afternoon.