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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
3 years and another baby later, I've finally got round to thinking about dusting off the keyboard and blogging again! Life is just so busy it's hard to find the time, but with days filled with 2 rapidly changing kids I need somewhere to record all those things I don't want to forget.

Proper post to follow - this one is me just checking that everything still works!

posted at 10:52 AM
Friday, July 30, 2004
I really do mean to blog at least once a week, but finding time is so tricky. David is now 2 months, or 9 weeks depending on how you like to count it, and he's changing so fast. We have more fun every day, and everything is such a huge adventure. Just going to the supermarket is a totally different experience when you have a curious baby to entertain. Who knew that red and green peppers could be so fascinating?

David had his first set of jabs this week. This was an experience I'm not looking forward to repeating in a month. The actual injections were fine - he screamed a little but was smiling a couple of minutes later. It was the following 48 hours that were hell as all of a sudden we had a little screaming baby who was not happy at all. On the plus side, following 2 days of chaos, David has suddenly decided that sleeping for 6 whole hours in one stretch at night is a good idea. I'm waking up groggy from too much sleep each morning :o)

I'm slowly managing to drift back into catching up with all the other bloggers out there. This week I was very moved by
this post from Jon. And snowcat has posted some nice piccies of the baby. I've got some to get posted too, including some we took today, but I'll bore you with those another time.

Enough for now, I should catch some sleep while I can. I'll leave you with news of clever sheep who have learnt that not being able to walk over cattle grids does not prevent you from rolling over them.

posted at 10:04 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Time flies when you're having fun, but it flies even faster when you have a baby.  David is now 7 weeks old, and has changed so much in the last 6 weeks since  I posted.  We are very lucky as he is a good little chap most of the time, and seems to be taking life in his stride.  With a new baby I find that people are always asking about how much sleep we're all getting.  Baby sleeps quite well now, although it took a while to get the difference between day and night sorted.  He sleeps from about 10pm to around 6.30am, although he does wake up briefly to be fed at around 1 & 4. 
 
I can't believe how rapidly he's changing. This week alone he's learnt how to make a variety of new sounds, laughed for the first time, and started trying to grab at things instead of just waving his fists at objects hanging in front of him.
 
If general baby care wasn't enough to fill the time, we've also been to the 
London Aquarium, down to Dorset for a BBQ and overnight stay and attended Grandma's wedding.  We've even been to the cinema twice for "watch with baby" screenings of Shrek 2 and Spiderman 2.    David has been to the pub twice - to wet his head with some friends, and whilst out shopping when he got hungry and his parents fancied a drink.
 
To go full circle on the "time flies" theme, since I started this post well over an hour ago, I've changed two nappies, fed the baby once (having already fed him before starting), and done some tidying up.  Time to do some chores before my gorgeous little boy wakes up and the whole process starts again.  I really do intend to get back here and post again soon, but if several weeks pass again you'll know what I've been up to ...


posted at 6:10 AM
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
I have a good excuse for not posting earlier - baby David entered the world last Thursday, and life has changed completely.

For those interested in the details, the birth did not go according to plan and ended with a caesarian 36 hours after the first attempt to induce a natural delivery. Gory details are available on request if you're really interested. Due to the op we couldn't come home as quickly as planned and had to stay in hospital until Sunday.

I'm enjoying motherhood so far, and at times I find myself amazed that he's not even a week old yet. It seems like we've all been together as a family for ever. Admittedly I wasn't so happy at 6am this morning after baby had been awake all night!

A photo has been posted at
Daddy's blog. More will come later.

Time to dash - the little bundle of joy is stirring and will be wanting his lunch.

posted at 10:49 AM
Sunday, May 23, 2004
Just a quick update for now. I am currently 41 weeks pregnant, which equates to a week overdue. The baby seems perfectly happy just hanging around getting bigger and is in no apparent rush to enter the outside world. It's very hard to get comfortable with all the squirming going on inside me, hence me being wide awake at 7am on a Sunday!

Think I'll get a few chores out of the way and then go back to bed for a nap...

posted at 6:06 AM
Saturday, May 01, 2004
Where does the time go? I last blogged back in September, and what with one thing leading to another it's taken me 8 months to get round to thinking about coming back! I have mainly been using this time to grow a baby, which is due in a couple of weeks.

The main thing is that I'm back, and intending to pick up where I left off, except with more stuff about babies and less about DIY :o)

posted at 2:56 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2003
I have been addicted to books since I learnt how to read, and have taken the BBC Big Read as an opportunity to catch up on some of those books I've always meant to read but never got round to. It's a pretty good reading list - I've read about two thirds of the books on the list at some point, and it's a pretty varied selection. A fair amount of "proper" literature like you read at school, but a lot of lighter stuff too and a good smattering of children's books.

I tactically decided to use my time off work to tackle one of the weightier tomes too big to carry around for train journeys, and opted for the 1000-odd pages of Gone With The Wind. I haven't seen the film for a good 20 years or so, when we only had one TV in the house and Mum's choice always ruled. So the story was sort of new for me (except for the ending, which is one of those quotes everybody can do). I was completely hooked from start to finish - this book fully deserves to be in the top 100.

Having just looked back through the Big Read list to pick my next target I noticed that Vanity Fair is missing. There are quite a few there that I don't think should be, and it's sad that this one isn't. I don't think many people have read it, partly because it's one of those huge books that looks like it will be hard work. It's one of my favourites - I've read it 3 or 4 times now and always enjoy it. Come to think of it, Vanity Fair is the same book as Gone With the Wind only set in the Napoleonic war and with some comic relief thrown in. I'd recommend them both, but wouldn't suggest reading them back to back :o).

My favourite book of all time is on the BBC list, and I wouldn't be surprised if it makes the top ten. I was given a copy for Christmas about 15 years ago and I've read it pretty much annually since then. It's Pride and Prejudice.

posted at 9:56 PM



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