Saturday, 31 October 2009
1 hour in the bathroom with two very incompetent toddler "helpers" later, I was quite impressed with my creation! Okay, so the eyes and nose were as a result of a printed out template but the mouth was all ad-libbed!
Heather suggested the picture might work better with the lights off. Fair point, really.
Harriet has since started to name them. They appear to get rebranded quite often, but their initial names were:
- Golden White How
- Bhaji bhaji
Toby did not join in this explosion of creativity, but then he only says about 10 words and one of them is "papple" (apple).
Sunday, 25 October 2009
But our happy family hides a dark secret. Dark because its about the night - Toby is an insomniac.
In 65 weeks of nightly sleeping opporunties Toby has managed to sleep through on about two occasions, which given we weren't expecting it didn't help us. We have in the meantime tried just about everything, including but certainly not limited to:
- Co-sleeping (baby in bed)
- Banning co-sleeping (baby ushered back to cot for excessive crawling)
- Feeding to sleep (works in the short term)
- Banning feeding at night (since he started waking for the milk)
- Controlled crying
- Constant attention
- Back rubbing (his, not ours - he likes it but its hard without Mr Tickle hands)
- Ear plugs (us, not him)
- Cuddle blankets (him, not us)
The main problem appears to be that he is teething more or less constantly. But basically, he appears to have raging insomnia. Maybe he has worries we're not aware of - where his next teddy is coming from perhaps.
Of course, every cloud has a silver lining and in the case of the parent with a insomniac baby its complaining. Its great to list last night's waking times to non-parents and watch their look of horror at what they might have to endure in the future. It can even get competitive with other insomniac baby parents, seeing who had the worst night last night ("Awake from 4am? That's nothing, I went to sleep at 3am and was up getting breakfast 10 minutes later!").
If we've said it once we must have said it a thousand times since last July. Its a good job he is cute...
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
- The Thing
- Silent Running
- The Hunt For Red October (damn, forgot Jack Ryan's wife...)
- Saving Private Ryan (apart from a little girl saved from the ruins. Oh, and his whole family in the present day at the cemetary. Damn again)
That's about it. There must be more...
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
- Tick tock
- Hiya (as in hello, not a karate chop - though he does seem to like hitting, being a boy)
I'm not sure where conversations can go with just those words. We think he is trying to say "ball" and "book" as well, but they just sound a bit like "baaaa". Give him time.
Friday, 17 July 2009
So the "third way" which we've settled on is some tipping, some ebaying and quite a lot of Freecycling. Freecycle is a site where people offer things they don't want anymore and other people ask for it for nothing. No postage, no feedback, no... okay, no money. Its like ebay where everything is collection only and goes for nothing. Anyway, the junk has gone down a lot, I can actually see the cellar now, and I don't feel like I'm wasting things. Freecycle is great and everyone should do it.
We did find that a few people on the site are, well not very clever and just after some good things without either paying for them or being arrested. We offered an old TV table and even went to the trouble of putting up a picture and someone immediately said yes. And then he contacted later and pulled out of this FREE transaction because he had previously only seen it on his damn phone and thought it was solid pine. Actually it was just some cheap MFI thing so he felt he was above it. I think he was missing the point of the site. Anyway, when a few people all ask for something we offered we choose which one to give it to based almost entirely on how good their grammar and spelling. Its eliteist, but it works...
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
I think that in the future that everyone is going to want one of these, they're a great accessory.
* Please don't try this at home
** No children were harmed in the production of this blog posting
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Anyway, since we only seem to only produce intrepid children he was happy for a good 48 hours and is now trying to walk. And climb the stairs.
But they were a happy 48 hours...
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
My New Years Resolution not to moan on my blog is going badly. But my other one not to just use the blog to mention which child has which tooth is going better (Toby has two, and he can give a right nip with them...)
Monday, 2 February 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
In that time he's proved to be a bad sleeper (slept through twice so far - the last time about three months ago) and a clingy baby, but on the upside he has a lovely smile and very bendy legs, as seen in this photo. I'm not sure what career this is going to lead him towards!
Saturday, 10 January 2009
She enjoyed this greatly overall but ran straight past 90% of the cars. The highlight for her was not Thrust 2, vintage tractors, the De Loreon or old Formula One cars. It was a broken old Peugeot 106 with no front doors that she was allowed to climb in. She was in it for ages, giving Heather and I a rare chance to actually read the information on some nearby cars, including Princess Diana's actual red Metro!