A purely personal update this time.
Yesterday, a certain little boy turned two years old. Quite where those two years have gone is beyond me! The changes that have occurred even in the last year are quite phenomenal - when we arrived in the parish, Nathan wasn't walking, there were burbles but no words, and he was only recently onto solids.
Now, he is walking, running and climbing everywhere, his vocabulary is increasing almost daily, and he has started at nursery for three mornings a week. We took the decision to do that, partly because it will be a huge help to his development, but also because it will ease the transition to when he goes five mornings a week from next year. It is still very early days, but, once he gets over the trauma of the initial departing, he settles down and has a lot of fun! The nursery staff have told us that he is "very polite" - he will always say please, and he is the only child in his class to put his hand over his mouth when he coughs!
Anyway, back to his birthday. Unlike last year, Nathan was very aware of what was happening. Every time he opened a birthday card, he sang his version of "Happy Birthday"! We had a little party for him in the church hall, with about a dozen other children (some from church, some from Toddler Groups, and, of course, cousins Emily & Charlotte). They all really enjoyed themselves, and for some of them, it was their first ever birthday party invitation!
All-in-all, it was a fantastic (if exhausting) day. Pictures will be posted in the next day or so, for those who would like to see them!