It's time for a round-up of some the things I'm grateful for this month, in which the fast-approaching end of the school year is making itself felt and the rainy season seems to have set in.
1. It has been a month of holidays and long weekends, starting with a luxurious 5-day weekend from the 1st to the 5th of May (commemorating the Battle of Puebla), so that's first on my list.
2. Teachers' Day was on May 15th, a Friday and another school holiday - yay! I also got a couple of nice presents and some flowers.
3. Ice cream - on Mothers' Day (May 10th) I finally had the mint choc chip gelato I'd been craving for ages. It was also Emma's first ever taste of ice cream. She screwed up her face and spat it out at first, then wanted more and more! A few days later, I found a new ice cream place - better, cheaper and nearer - with a pretty good mint choc chip, too. I'll be going back there!
4. Happy bath time! May 15th - Emma was playing happily with her ducks in the bathtub under the shower, not seeming to mind the water falling on her face. Ever since then, she only cries a bit before her bath; once she's actually in the shower or bath she's perfectly content and fascinated by the water. So it looks as if the bath time trauma days are fading into a memory.
5. Being able to get a lift to and from work every day with two very kind colleagues who live near me.
6. Emma's kisses - she now does proper lip-smacking kisses and blows kisses with her hand. Apart from giving us kisses and blowing a kiss to her grandparents on Skype, she also kisses her toys, necklaces and my dangly earrings! It's the loveliest thing.
7. As well as noisy kisses, her latest favourite sound effect is blowing raspberries! She thinks this is really funny and it always makes me laugh, too.
8. Emma's most important development this month has been learning to walk by herself. She has gradually built up her confidence and her balance in the house, walking longer and longer distances without holding on to anything and she is now so much steadier on her feet. The other day she was walking around on a patch of grass and we could see her excitement at the realisation that she could do this on her own. That's when it really sank in for me that we now officially have a toddler!
9. This weekend we are finally moving into our new house! I am eternally grateful to my parents for making this possible. Now we have a lot of work to do and new challenges ahead of us and I'm hoping the actual move tomorrow will go reasonably smoothly!