Snow

Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:57 am
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Unlike large parts of southern England we got only a small amount of snow. Really it's just at the annoying level - there isn't enough to even be properly pretty and there certainly isn't enough to help T build a snow man.

So here are a few photos of our garden today.

The front garden about 9am


The back garden this afternoon about 4pm


And the back footpath about 4pm

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Small Son: "Mummy, tree stars"

Small son being shown the lights on the Christmas Tree in an otherwise dark room.
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Watching small son pat the cat and watching her tolerate his exuberance!
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Yummy food and good conversation.

The exuberance of 15 Guides singing carols on a cold and drafty railway station.

The sheer delight of a toddler watching trains come and go.

Friends who love to help out with my toddler.

DH being able to spend some time with said toddler in between job hunting.
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Watching my small son play "this little pig went to market" on his dad's toes and when it comes to "this little pig went wee, wee, wee all the way home" trying to tickle himself!
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A week ago I went to turn my computer on and lights flash then... nothing. Not a squeak.

So now instead of a nearly 10 year old w98 box I have a shiny new laptop with winXP (not touching Vista with a barge pole until it settles down some more!). It's amazing how much faster everything is when the limiting factor is the broadband and not the computer. Local fix-it shop diagnosed motherboard failure and put some of the stuff from the hard drive onto disk for me but weren't exactly over helpful so R bought an external box for the old hard drive so we have been able to recover all the data we wanted not just what the computer shop interpreted my instructions to be.

I also have a shiny new portable multi-region DVD player so T can watch without taking up my screen (previously he would watch such things as Thomas the Tank Enging or Pingu or The Wombles (yes really, he's totally fascinated by the original 1970s Wombles) on my computer if I needed to do anything on the computer when he was around). I was surprised at just how difficult it was to get a multi-region player at a sensible price.

Car woes

Sep. 17th, 2008 07:20 pm
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What on earth possessed me to think that driving to London and back to deliver S's bits and bobs to his adoptive mother was a good idea? Especially having Theo with me!

It's just taken me over 6½ hours for the round trip and I only stopped for about 40 minutes at the delivery point. At least partly due to traffic but partly because I had to waste an hour waiting for the engine to cool down again after it over heated driving down the A10 through Enfield. The car has been tending to get hotter than it should and has been loosing water from some unfindable point for a while now but not this badly. Will have to phone the garage tomorrow and book it in to see if they can find what's wrong with it.
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I have, I think, only been to two car boot sales. One in mid-August and one this weekend just gone.

At the first one I got an Aulos tenor recorder at a reasonable price (£8). It's not a great instrument but then I'm not a great player either! I also got a toy London Routemaster bus for Theo for 50p. It has become one of the "must have" toys.

This weekend I got a toy for Theo that I was too tight to buy for him new. My nephew has one and T was very taken with it when we visited last Christmas but I wasn't spending £36 on this battery operated toy. Got it for £7 at the boot sale at a local garden centre which we only went to because they also had a "country show" with a local viking era re-enactment group present.
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In the end the power was out for several hours - at about the worst time of day since it went off about 3pm came back on for a short while (around 15-20 mins) and then went off again and came back about 7.

But I've decided that I so want a portable DVD player. Minor quibble is that it needs to be multi-region as my sister keeps sending things from Oz. My computer quite happily played the first three DVDs from Oz and then suddenly decided it was region locked to region 2. Although it will still play the three region 4 disks it has already played it won't play anything new. Very strange.

The demands for playschool were got round by playing a CD using my portable CD player for which I have a small pair of speakers as well as the earphones.
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Aaarghh. How to explain to a two year old that he can't watch Hairy Maclary, or Pingu, or Playschool or Thomas because there is a power failure?
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Oh and "coif".

For those who aren't Tudor/re-enactors that's the close fitting cap he has to wear.
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Last weeks words for the week - goat and peacock. What every well adjusted Tudor child needs to know about.
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Classic "wish I had a camera handy" moment this morning. T had got hold of two white flannels (IKEA's best!) and was jigging around, singing and waving the flannels up and down. For all the world like he was morris dancing.

Needless to say both the camera and the phone were downstairs and I'd have had to disturb T to get past!

Sa Sa

Apr. 9th, 2008 11:22 pm
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First thing Monday morning I thought I was going to be posting a "woe is me" type post but we seem to be coming through. This may get a little long!

On Sunday morning T came into bed for his usual feed and tried so hard but just couldn't manage to latch on. His mouth was clearly still sore and by then was also bruised and quite swollen particularly the top lip - made him look very "pouty"! During Sunday T didn't ask for a feed again at all.

On Monday when he woke up T came into bed but wouldn't even try to feed, which had me very upset. The guilt trip about the fact I'd left the pusher where he could climb it to tip it over and the fact that I'd really wanted to get to 2 years and we were so close but so far was pretty overwhelming. On top of the PND it was almost too much - I really just wanted to sit in a corner and cry.

Mid morning I was sitting in the kitchen and T was playing around when he suddenly came up and pointed vigorously saying "sa, sa" which is his way of asking for a feed. I figured there was nothing to loose by trying. It took a bit of perseverance but he did manage to latch on - standing up facing me with me sitting on an upright kitchen chair. He also had a short feed mid afternoon.

This morning he came into bed and asked for his feed. He did manage to get latched on and fed pretty well. For the last few months he's done a lot of swapping back and forth during his morning feed but this morning I had to stop him after a while as I was getting quite sore. Unfortunately the angle the upper tooth is now on means it was digging in to the base of my nipple. I suspect that I'm going to have to be a lot more precise about feeding positions than we have been recently!

Monday morning I rang our dentist to ask what, if anything, we should do about the tooth. The advice from the dentist is that since the tooth feels firm and T can still close his teeth together we should leave it. Obviously if it changes then we'll have to re-assess. The dentist says that in that case T would have to go to the dental hospital as probably the only thing that could be done would be to remove the tooth and that would almost certainly have to be done under general anaesthetic so we hope that doesn't have to happen.

My aim on the b/feeding front is to get to two years, which is coming up far too rapidly! I'm going away for a child-and-DH-free weekend (otherwise known as a Guide region arts advisers training weekend) mid-May which I rather think will be the end point of our breastfeeding journey. It will be interesting to see how DH copes with T for a weekend without me.
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I'm rather scared that today is going to have been a sudden traumatic end to T's b/feeding journey (at 23½ months).

While we were out today (clearing out the storage area at the hall where the Guides meet) T managed to fall and bang his face on the floor. He'd climbed into the pusher and managed to tip it over backwards. R picked him up and after a short time when T was still crying I went through to see what the problem was and saw that T was bleeding copiously. R hadn't noticed when he picked T up and, of course, couldn't see his face due to cuddling him. T wasn't keen for us to try and look in his mouth to see what was bleeding and I ended up taking him to A&E. Quite apart from the bleeding he was very subdued and we were all a bit worried about concussion. It seems the only damage is that he's managed to knock one of his top front teeth back so it's on a funny angle. Of course as its the weekend there isn't a dentist available to check with. Hopefully as its a milk tooth it won't cause any long-term problems.

Needless to say his mouth is sore. He had a sausage roll for a very late lunch and normally he just munches through but today we had to cut it up into tiny bite-size pieces so he didn't have to use his front teeth.

We're at a stage where T always b/feeds first thing on waking up (comes into bed with me for a really lovely snuggly cuddle feed) and then may or may not b/feed during the rest of the day depending on his mood and how busy he is.

This evening he asked for a b/feed and then just couldn't seem to get latched on right and it definitely seemed to be hurting him. The closest he got to latching on also made me wonder whether with the angle of his tooth it's going to hurt me! After trying to suck and crying a couple of times he just gave up.

We'll have to see how things go in the morning but I'm just scared it won't work. At least being Sunday R is home tomorrow.
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Following on from yesterday's camp crisis this morning we pitched tents on our lawn. Having brought home three tents from the store labelled "icelandic" "galloway" and "12' patrol" I was really expecting them to be all the same size. Turns out that we have one 4 person, one 6 person and one 8 person tent. And the 6 person tent is a much heavier canvas. Ah well, at least they all were complete, the canvas hadn't shrunk so it didn't fit the poles, the only damage we could find was the newest of the tents has a plastic sod cloth which was ripped in one place - easily fixed with duct tape, and we have enough pegs, ropes and poles.



T ended up having a rather scrappy tea today. The plan was to give him fish fingers and vegetables. During the summer (what summer I hear you ask, well what passes for one anyway) we don't have the range on all the time but use the microwave or the grill function of the microwave. I was grilling T's fish fingers and managed to hit the wrong button so they microwaved instead. The fish fingers ended up as small lumps of charcoal! I don't appear to have destroyed the microwave although it does need a very thorough clean and the house smells slightly of burning! So instead T had vegemite toast and a yoghurt.
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Today has been a varied day.

Once all three of us were up and going we headed out to do the weekend shop. Got home and tried to put T down for a nap with negligible success.

That was a not good bit.

After lunch we went down to a friend's place. Her husband died a bit over a year ago and she's having a clear out. One of the things she wants rid of is a sailing dinghy. Several years ago we looked at buying one but decided that we just couldn't manage the purchase price. So our friend is giving us her husband's boat. It's a wooden Solo. Today Robin cleared out and managed to get the boat on its trailer moved. Our friend's son-in-law will tow it up here for us as currently the only vehicle we've got with a tow bar is the camper which is off the road.

So that was a good bit.

We then came back for me to have a telephone consult follow-up to my hernia surgery. And managed to miss the call by about 2 minutes.

So that was a not good bit.

T finally decided he needed a nap and I then crashed out for a nap.

So that was a mixed bit.

When we attempted to put T to bed he was in highly sleep resistant mode - probably due to having a nap too late in the afternoon.

So that was a not good bit.

Then I get a phone call from a Guider from the next town. She's spoken to the person who's tents we're supposed to be borrowing for next weekend and that person doesn't recall having said we could use them and isn't prepared to let us. I was sure she had said we could use the tents. 16 Guides going to camp in a week's time and no tents!

So that is a disaster.

Decide that since T is still awake we might as well get him up and go down to the hall where the Guides meet and get out what canvas we can find from the loft and then tomorrow we'll have to practice pitching tents as this stuff hasn't been used for at least 8 years and possibly longer. At least our lawn is large enough to put up a standard ridge tent.

AARGH.....
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Theo's surrogate grandmother collected him and took him to her place for the morning so I could rest while Robin did the weekly shop. Robin checked with me about which supermarket to go to. Because when he was in Sainsbury's last they didn't have the toilet paper we usually use, I said he should go to Sainsbury's in March and then also to Lidl. While that happened I went back to bed and slept for over two hours.

When Robin got home I checked the shopping list and asked him whether the fact that he hadn't crossed it off meant that he hadn't been able to get the toilet paper. He said that they hadn't had it and there hadn't even been a blank spot on the shelf where it should have been. Robin put away the chilled/frozen items and we then went out and collected Theo.

After we got back I started on putting away the dry goods. The things from Lidl were fine. In putting the other items away I discovered that the reason Robin had been unable to get the toilet paper was that instead of going to Sainsbury's in March he'd gone to Tesco! Not unreasonably Tesco don't stock Sainsbury's own brand recycled paper toilet paper!

MEN!

Survived

Jun. 20th, 2007 03:33 pm
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My tummy hurts!

According to the surgeon everything went well and what they found to repair was what they expected to find. Despite being slated for day surgery I ended up in overnight as, predictably, I reacted badly to the anaesthetic. Theo enjoyed spending yesterday with a friend of mine and her small children. Robin picked him up and brought him across to the hospital for a cuddle and breastfeed late evening and then took him home again. They both seem to have got at least some sleep despite Theo being used to feeding in the night. Robin then brought Theo back to the hospital at 9:30 this morning when I was discharged. We then had to take Theo to the children's ward for a blood test but that's a whole other story!

Theo seems to have coped well with my not being here and has been secure enough about my being here to walk away from me into another room several times this afternoon. He charmed the staff on the procedure unit this morning - chatting away and toddling everywhere. His walking is coming on in leaps and bounds - now he's started there's no stopping him!

Given that Theo managed last night with Robin not even getting out of bed when he woke, we're going to try again tonight with me sleeping in Theo's room and Robin and Theo in ours. If it's too much Robin will bring him through to me. This way we'll find whether it's habit or hunger/thirst waking him up in the night. If he can sleep through it will be so much better for me!
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Does anyone have a round tuit I can borrow? I keep thinking of things to post here and then when I next get near the computer I just can't be bothered. The can't be bothered feeling is still applying to lots of things.

Robin is basically out of work again. The final agreement hasn't been signed but he's getting a reasonable package. He's been at home since lunchtime on Thursday and is driving me up the wall! I wish he would give rather more help with Theo, although I'd have to admit it's basically what I expected. For the next few weeks he's going to have to give more help though as I have to have hernia surgery tomorrow afternoon which will mean I'm not allowed to lift for the next six weeks. With a one year old in the house!?!

A friend is looking after Theo for the day tomorrow. I've been trying to express so there's some milk for him but in the course of three days have only managed to get about 50ml which won't be enough. Partly this is the round tuit problem again and partly just that I don't get much at each time. Oh well, we've been trying to get him to drink water for a while. Thankfully I don't have to hold off feeding him after the anaesthetic so when Robin picks me up I'll be able to feed Theo.

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