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Reading Corner: Christmas Books

For Christmas, I made a polite request that, if friends and family wanted to buy presents for Elvis, that they buy him books and he got loads! We read together every night at bedtime and I keep buying cheap second hand books, too. I’m addicted! I just don’t really like paying such large prices for books. I don’t agree with buying myself full price books. The only ones I tend to buy for full price are the newest ASOIAF books, all others I try and wait to find them second hand. So, if I begrudge paying £7+ for a book that has 1000s of words and that I do re-read, how can I justify the same price for books with fewer than 100 words for him?

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Bad Days!

I’m not sure if it’s my constant headache, my full days to fill in for hubby being back at work, the constant streaming nose, the extra energy looking after Elvis alone all day or something completely irrelevant, but I’ve been having a bad few days.

It culminated the other day when everything in my local bank just kept going wrong. It would have been a comedy if it weren’t my life! And it resulted in me walking along, crying in the pouring rain pushing E along. I looked so desperate that some random man tried to stop me to help.

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One Step Closer

Ages ago I was faced with the opportunity to move home; it was to either find a new home and make it into our dream family home or find the perfect home for my mum and I have her/my childhood home.

Yesterday the purchase went through on the house I’ve bought her.

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Introducing Stinky and Smelly

Years and years and years ago, a random co-worker rescued me from heartbreak in a way that no other friend could at that point. In the space of 12 months, for different reasons I lost my dad, my best friend, my brother and my boyfriend. But I gained her.

Somehow we started calling each other Stinky and Smelly. Neither of us know who’s who. We both call each other either name. We also call each other Batman and Robin. Oh, and she calls me her bitch.

We quickly developed a little ritual.

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Left Out

I was at a baby group today where the worst thing ever happened.

It has me second guessing myself, worrying about what I did.

Maybe it’s just my hormones. It probably is, but today I got left out.

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Needing… Something

I’m having a bad few days. I’m sure it’s a combination of many little things. I know I should try and think on the positive, but it just doesn’t seem to be helping.

Hubby’s back at work. Elvis is on his second day of being a bit clingy, crying easier than usual. I feel like I’m losing or have lost most of my old friends and those that are still around don’t want to be. My nose is constantly running. I’m awake half the night coughing my lungs up. I have no idea what’s wrong with E, possibly he’s having separation anxiety from his Daddy? I tried to talk to friends about him being back at work, received comments implying I’m lucky to have had him. Only new mummy friends have really had any sympathy.

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The Little Details: Socks

As a new mum there are lots of things to think about all the time, let alone in the morning just to get out of the house. If I could offer one tip to a soon to be parent it would be a slightly odd one:

Buy new socks!

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The School Analogy

Before, during and after pregnancy I adopted the trenches analogy for trying and finally managing to conceive. In a recent post about cliques, I likened mummy/baby groups to school and trying to make new friends. And maybe it is.

If you all started school at different times of the year, then struggling to fit in with those already in the class. And of course the class is far harder than Triple Science or Organic Chemistry. Hell, it’s harder than Inorganic Chemistry. And some students find the school harder than others – either making friends or the subject (raising babies) or both.

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To Clique or Not to Clique

Firstly I hate it when clique gets mistaken for click. Hate. It.

Secondly, I think the word itself is often mis-used. I’m pretty sure I’ve mis-used it too.

There are some local facebook mummy groups that I sometimes find helpful, sometimes annoying and sometimes boring. Over the past few days mummy and baby groups with their clique-ness have been bitched about to high heaven.

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Climbing Mount Everest

Elvis can crawl. That was known.

For 6 weeks, Elvis has been crawling around our house.

Yesterday he found the stairs (no one ever said he was the brightest spark out there).

Elvis has climbed up two steps before. At Nanny’s.

Yesterday before I could get to him as he discovered the stairs, he had climbed three! And now he can climb all the way to the top.

Of course I’m right behind him all the time.

It’s amazing how bloody quickly they learn. And how fast they can move.

Our stairgate doesn’t fit the bottom of the stairs, but we do have one at the top so vigilance is still needed.

~ P

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