So I think maybe I didn’t mention that Frances ended up with a few little treats from my trip. Well, maybe more than a few. She got a little Dora the Explorer doll that does not make any noise at all (not an easy find). She got another Elmo to add to her Beloved Elmo collection:
A waterproof Elmo with bath crayons!
I also saw some toys, when I went out with my friend Wednesday night, that I’d seen in Mastermind Toys a long time ago and thought to get for Frances when she was old enough. I couldn’t resist these, though, since they are choking-hazard free:
And you know how she loves the bunnyrabbits.
This morning she woke up at a regular time, which felt way too early because of the time difference, and we spent thirty minutes letting her kick us in the belly so we could avoid getting up. I didn’t get any profusive displays of affection, but when I picked her up she said, “Mummy!” And that was enough.
And she’s said it about a million times since then, so maybe she did miss me.
She liked the Dora, when we finally got up. She really liked the Elmo. But what she loves is the bunny rabbits. She has carried them everywhere with her since I gave them to her about two hours ago, not putting them down for more than a few seconds at a time.
It is good to be home.
I don’t have to be at work today, or Monday; I’m sure I’ll be back to my regular schedule by later today, but for now I’m going to go and play with my little girl, and wonder over all the things she’s learned to do in the four days I was away.