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June 4th, 2013

10:11 pm: Hello people.
i just remembered my LJ password, and thought that maybe I would start writing stuff in it again. But I can't really think of much to say.  I will be back, though.

September 17th, 2010

04:12 pm: Great North Run
My friend Catherine will be running the Great North Run this weekend, and her two daughters and husband will be running the shorter distance events. If they raise £1,000 in sponsorship, her husband Jim will dress as a hairy fairy with wings and a tutu. The money they raise will go to the Children's Liver Disease Foundation www.childliverdisease.org/ who are my very favourite charity of all.The CLDF has done research that has led to huge improvements in the ways that babies with liver disease are treated, provide support to families when their children are diagnosed and provide amazing support to the children as they grow into adulthood.

Catherine has still not reached her sponsorship target, so if you happen to be feeling generous, I would be very grateful if you could you could sponsor  her here (you will also get to see a picture of my very fabulous godson who is the inspiration behind Catherine's fundraising): www.justgiving.com/teambamford

If you are can't or don't want to donate money, you could still help by publicizing Cath's fundraising page, or by joining the Organ Donor Register www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ukt/RegistrationForm.do or making an appointment to give blood www.blood.co.uk/.

Sorry for the spamming post, but I really want to see Jim dressed as a Hairy Fairy!

June 11th, 2010

01:57 pm: Meal Planning
I've been working on a rolling 5-week meal plan to save time. So  far it's been going pretty well. I've kept things vague on purpose so I can base most meals around what's fresh and available at the time. A vital part is a permanent supply of fishfinger, frozen veg and the makings of pasta with tomato sauce and cheese for days when I can't be bothered.

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November 6th, 2009

01:51 pm: Birth Story
Birth Story

Cut for detailed description of natural birth, so no scary medical stuff, but lots of unmentionable fluids.Collapse )

If you don't want to read behind the cut, I had a lovely baby boy five weeks ago today, at home in the birth pool. Around 2 and a half hours for first stage (but only the last 20 minutes hurt) 12 minutes of pushing and just over an hour for the 3rd stage. He has spiky dark hair and is as lovely as his big sister. He weighed 3.5 kg.

September 22nd, 2008

10:43 pm: A Typical Day

The Bad:
  • One broken glass
  • One tantrum at being removed from the kitchen while I swept up the shards of glass from the floor
  • One biro scribble on the kitchen table that I can't quite clean off
  • One tantrum because I couldn't make Little Red Tractor come back on the TV
  • One tumble down the stairs after tripping over her toy dinosaur
  • One tantrum over taking away a pencil before she drew on the wall
  • One broken toy teacup.

The Good
  • Watching her following the teacher in her music class around like a little duckling, copying everything she did and giving her big hugs - she's starting to show a real interest in people outside her family now.
  • Playing at yoga with her, and making shapes with our bodies ("mummy, look at me! I'm a triangle")
  • Dancing round the living room until we were both dizzy.
  • Having nice chats as she rode on my back while we did some shopping
  • Listening to her explaining that the green man goes back into his little house in the traffic lights once we've crossed the road
  • Watching her draw aeroplanes that actually looked a bit like aeroplanes
  • Having a lovely meal with her while she talked about her food and about her favourite things
  • Hearing her singing all the words of the thank you song after the meal, and starting off the singing herself
  • Persuading her to lie down for a nappy change using the devious technique of getting her to be a good example for a toy who wouldn't lie down for a nappy change and then watching her taking the toy to task and wiping his bum with brisk efficiency.
  • Smelling her warm snuggly head as she fell asleep next to me.

Toddlers are the Best Things Ever.

May 14th, 2008

10:43 pm: Kit is 18 months old now, and has started speaking lots. She's been taking part in the babbling babies studyat the local university and so I've been keeping track of the words she uses, and she can now say around 90 words. So I thought that I would list them as a record of what she's up to at this phase of her life.

October 30th, 2007

10:11 pm: Special Day
Kit had her first birthday on Sunday, and we combined her birthday with her Baby Naming. It was a wonderful day - absolutely everything I could have wished for. It was lovely to see so many friends who gave such thoughtful gifts and good wishes.  I'm really proud of the ceremony, which managed to be anarchic and witchy while looking  repectable enough on the surface, and also of the lovely decorations in the pub afterwards.  And Kit and her  21 month old cousin are utterly smitten with each other - it was fantastic to see them chasing after each other for hugs, and really enjoying each other's company.

Current Mood: happyhappy

June 13th, 2007

02:47 pm: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN is coming to York! I am hugely excited. He will be in Borders from 6.30 on 9th July which clashes with Kit's bedtime, but she'll just have to stay up late for once.

April 20th, 2007

08:47 am: Zzzzzzzzzzzzz
Dear Kit,

                   3.45am - 6am is a time for sleeping, not for being rocked and cuddled.

Love Mummy.

Dear smorgasbord,
                      Thank you for the night-time babywrangling. I'm not used to a baby who stays awake after being fed. It was nice not having to look after Kit alone. You rock

Love Clotilde.

March 19th, 2007

08:35 pm: Friends and children
In her poll this morning, sparklielizard asked if having children fundamentally changes who you are. On the Guardian talkboards, there was heated debate about whether you lose your friends as they have children. The parents in the poll mostly thought that they were still fundamentally the same, with the non-parents thinking that having children changed people's core identity. It got me thinking about people's perceptions of me, and how I relate to my friends.

I haven't seen as much of my friends as I used to, and that's one of the things that I miss most about life before Kit. But the main reason I have for not socialising much isn't that I have changed, but that the socialising pattern of a lot of people I know is one that I just can't fit into my life at the moment. The people who I used to meet at parties and in the pub are the people who I haven't seen for months. People who are happy to do daytime socialising with a baby tagging along are the ones I keep in closest contact with, and in some cases I've actually grown a lot closer to.

One of the side effects of finding it ard to go out and meet up with my pre-baby friends is that I've started hanging along alot more with other parents,and this is starting to change my idenity a little bit.  I used to spend a lot of time going out with goths, which meant that I ended up with a goth-friendly wardrobe, which I guess did affect the way that people saw me. Now that most of my social life involves meeting parents of small babies, I've started dressing like a mummy, and even bought a pastel pink cardigan. It's a gorgeous cashmere cardigan, which makes me feel a bit like Nigella Lawson, but it's definitely a mummy cardigan. It was available in black, and I still chose the pale pink.  So a lot of the time I look like a respectable mummy, and go to parent and baby groups where people know my views on baby-related issues, but would probably be fairly surprised by lots of non-parenting areas of my life, like the witchcraft.

I really enjoyed going to ayrton_nix's house last weekend, not only for the lovely food and fabulous company, but also because I'd had a fairly intensely baby-filled month, and it was lovely to be able to have conversations that weren't about babies but where I didn't feel that I had to not mention the baby, and where everyone spent a bit of time saying hello to Kit before getting on with adult stuff. It sometimes feels as though the world is divided into people who have children and people who don't want kids around, so it's wonderful to have a happy medium social event where I can be properly me, ie a person with a mind of my own who is very focused on looking after a baby.

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