Thoughts I had about Alexis today.
Christina ate marmalade for the first time today, she picked it off my toast when Billy and I were sitting at breakfast. This reminded us how crazy the girls went for slices of orange, especially Alexis! They used to suck the living daylights out of it 'til it disintegrated while eating the rest of the orange with their eyes. Alexis was always very good with her food, we used to call her Tubs because she was bigger than Christina and her other nickname was Pudding, while Christina was Pie, or The Bean (because she was so small). My son chose Alexis Rose as her real name; he was very close to both the girls.
In the week before Alexis died, when she and Christina were ill with the sickness/diarrohea virus, she didn't eat or drink very much at all, we think her teeth were hurting too. We had to syringe water into her mouth to get her to drink on the advice of the doctor we saw. She lost all her energy and mainly wanted to snuggle into me or Alan, which really wasn't like her. I was off work and wearing a red dressing gown most of the time to keep warm, which was really soft like the girls' favourite blanket, Snuggleblanks, and I can still feel her wee body cuddling in to it. It was only in the middle of the week when Alan and I were eating dinner in the living room, that she turned from her position on my knee and silently pointed at the food. Every time we gave her a mouthful she would eat it carefully and then point back for more very seriously.