Waltzing Matilda

Well, OK, she isn’t waltzing yet. But give her a little time and off she’ll go, spinning around the room.

I know this because I’ve seen it happen to her big brother, Lucas, who at the age of 19 months spins, runs, hops, and just goes nonstop.  With our grandchildren so close together, it’s easy to imagine this little pumpkin, Matilda, growing into a busy toddler who is into everything and can keep four adults busy – and perhaps, a bit crazed.

I’ve been in Surrey for over a month now. My extended visit was meant to help our daughter out with a new baby and an active toddler, surely a combo that would put most rational human beings over the top.  Scott joined us a couple days after Matilda was born, so the McKenzie grandparents are completely represented.

Our daughter and son-in-law have been incredibly gracious and welcoming.  It’s not easy to have guests, and parents bring their own set of issues to the household. And with Heathrow virtually shut down for four days now, trapping us in the UK for a week longer than we planned, graciousness is high on the list of desirable characteristics.

But enough about boring adults.  Let’s talk about children, and why you just want to fill your arms with them.  Oh heck, let’s just go right to the pictures…

Matilda, hours old, wearing zebra socks to show her uniqueness

Our lovely growing family

Emily Yoffe, who writes the Dear Prudence column at slate.com, talks about wanting to lick the heads of newborn babies as though they were ice cream cones. I totally, totally get it!

I’ll leave you with another version of Waltzing Matilda, this one a rather odd version by my favorite male vocalist, Tom Waits…

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