E. wakes up around 6.30, eats a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and heads off to daycare in time to receive a bowl of cereal as her second breakfast. I pick her up again at 1pm and after she has put on her shoes, we dawdle home past fountains and ginger flowers on our way to the next snack: fruit. In this case oranges, but possibilities are endless, including bananas ("NANA!"), grapes, rambutan, dragon fruit and mango. Papaya however has been firmly rejected following an epic fit of vomiting on the ferry back from Bintan.
This is when the real busyness kicks in. E. has a myriad of things to do, errands to run and household tasks to make sure all is well in the Tamtam world: ride the shopping carts, cut figures out of play-doh, reposition cuddly toys throughout the house and cover them with muslim sheets and pet them to death, phone some friends, reno the kitchen, play the piano and inspect the content of the tissue box. The day is concluded with a well deserved hot bath and the consummation of a proper bottle of milk, because E. knows her position in the family: "Baby!"
Next week part II: E.'s leisure pursuits. Follow her while she hangs with friends, sunbathes at the pool and explores the treasure trove that is Royce's kids gym.