Tuesday, 6 February 2007

wren

Right, I think I am pretty nearly back to my normal sanguine, sarcastic self.

I'm still chucking up at frequent intervals, but I feel much less drained - B is cooking me morsels of food and offering them to me like a gentleman wren trying to discover which of the ten nests he's built his wife prefers.

I am fighting a desire to become immersed in the whole 'baby marketing' industry. Bloody hell! You can spend some money if you want to, can't you? I had a look on eBay for baby clothes before I came to my senses and ran screaming from the computer. If you search for baby clothes and modify your search to exclue the words 'disney' and 'winnie' (The Pooh, not Churchill), the number of items is halved.

Eeek!

Yesterday I finally ploughed through all the outstanding bills and invoices for the business and today I am going to finish transferring all my data from the old laptop to the new one, do some filing and try to encourage B to commence his quarterly attack on his expenses in time for the VAT return at the end of the month.

And then I am going out to buy some spinach.

Not a startlingly entertaining post; but I'm functioning as a human person again. Yay!

24 comments:

  1. Yay! Spinach - loads of folic acid. Also in some sliced breads and very high levels in some fortified margarines, like the flora pro-activ.

    So, so far its going to be Holly, or Popeye, eh?

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  2. Yay! Spinach - loads of folic acid. Also in some sliced breads and very high levels in some fortified margarines, like the flora pro-activ.

    So, so far its going to be Holly, or Popeye, eh?

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  3. And I bet the number of non disney cloths available still ran into the millions having been halved!

    A child is a prime recycling project. The thing about kids is they grow out of things seconds after getting them. One aspect of our consumer society that astounds me is always putting kids in new cloths. I don't think we bought a shred of cloths for the first three years, nor most of the other necessary clobber. Nothing wrong with a good hand me down.

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  4. And I bet the number of non disney cloths available still ran into the millions having been halved!

    A child is a prime recycling project. The thing about kids is they grow out of things seconds after getting them. One aspect of our consumer society that astounds me is always putting kids in new cloths. I don't think we bought a shred of cloths for the first three years, nor most of the other necessary clobber. Nothing wrong with a good hand me down.

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  5. Yay! too.
    Don't believe what you read (especially in e.g. the mothercare catalogue!), they don't need half of it. And they certainly don't need half of it new.
    Lx mother to poor deprived girls

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  6. Yay! too.
    Don't believe what you read (especially in e.g. the mothercare catalogue!), they don't need half of it. And they certainly don't need half of it new.
    Lx mother to poor deprived girls

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  7. Hooray for feeling better!

    Mmmm, spinach . . . I have a great recipe for a savory Florentine cheesecake . . . mmmm.

    And the boy and lisa were right on about children's clothing and recycling and how much you really don't need. You would need an extremely messy child to ruin brand new clothes before they've been outgrown, especially with newborns, so there should be plenty of hand-me-downs out there. If the shipping between the States and the UK weren't likely to be prohibitive, I'd volunteer some of ours . . . although I think our smallest stuff has already been given away, and most of what Little Cat Z has is decidedly feminine, so you'd have to have a girl.

    And, really, evenutally morning sickness goes away!

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  8. Hooray for feeling better!

    Mmmm, spinach . . . I have a great recipe for a savory Florentine cheesecake . . . mmmm.

    And the boy and lisa were right on about children's clothing and recycling and how much you really don't need. You would need an extremely messy child to ruin brand new clothes before they've been outgrown, especially with newborns, so there should be plenty of hand-me-downs out there. If the shipping between the States and the UK weren't likely to be prohibitive, I'd volunteer some of ours . . . although I think our smallest stuff has already been given away, and most of what Little Cat Z has is decidedly feminine, so you'd have to have a girl.

    And, really, evenutally morning sickness goes away!

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  9. I have got a very good book called 'Birth and Beyond' which has a list on page 220 of the things one needs. It is very short and we found it very reasurring.

    I am still entranced by the ickle-wickle dungarees and the teensy-weensy hats and mittens though. I am putting it down to hormones and hoping it wears off; I am terrified that I am going to turn in to the kind of person who advertises their stuff of eBay with things like "My lovely little man was such a fast grower that he only got to wear this incredibly cute frog costume the once! Such a shame!". With apologies to anyone who DOES dress their baby as frog - but I think it verges on child abuse.

    ldbug - hello and welcome! Spinach is only exciting in as much as everything has been making me want to chuck up for the last fortnight, so being able to think about something edible without that happening is step forward :).

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  10. I have got a very good book called 'Birth and Beyond' which has a list on page 220 of the things one needs. It is very short and we found it very reasurring.

    I am still entranced by the ickle-wickle dungarees and the teensy-weensy hats and mittens though. I am putting it down to hormones and hoping it wears off; I am terrified that I am going to turn in to the kind of person who advertises their stuff of eBay with things like "My lovely little man was such a fast grower that he only got to wear this incredibly cute frog costume the once! Such a shame!". With apologies to anyone who DOES dress their baby as frog - but I think it verges on child abuse.

    ldbug - hello and welcome! Spinach is only exciting in as much as everything has been making me want to chuck up for the last fortnight, so being able to think about something edible without that happening is step forward :).

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  11. ditto all of the above and, did you start knitting yet?

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  12. Ally.

    As always, the boy is right! Freecycle is a great way to get baby clothes. The Brighton freecycle is massive but I don't know about the midwelsh groups....

    Matalan is also good for propper outfits, but everyone, and I mean everyone, buys you baby clothes after the birth.

    The costs on nursery furniture, prams, maternity clothes etc cost will be enough to bankrupt anyone!

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  13. Ally.

    As always, the boy is right! Freecycle is a great way to get baby clothes. The Brighton freecycle is massive but I don't know about the midwelsh groups....

    Matalan is also good for propper outfits, but everyone, and I mean everyone, buys you baby clothes after the birth.

    The costs on nursery furniture, prams, maternity clothes etc cost will be enough to bankrupt anyone!

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  14. Just thought of another idea, Ally. My daughter's baby is due in June. Now, every time she goes into a supermarket she buys Somthing - soap, breast pads, throw-away and bung up the earth nappies (for emergencies only, I might add). She already has a drawer full of stuff and won't need to worry when the time's here.

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  15. Just thought of another idea, Ally. My daughter's baby is due in June. Now, every time she goes into a supermarket she buys Somthing - soap, breast pads, throw-away and bung up the earth nappies (for emergencies only, I might add). She already has a drawer full of stuff and won't need to worry when the time's here.

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  16. I think spinach is exciting, in a boring sort of way, especially now when a lot of restaurants won't serve it at all. (There was some badly packaged spinach; some people got sick; and Americans have to be the most hysterical people on earth.)

    No, you don't need much for the first year, at least, and yes, everyone will buy you clothes, and certainly hand-me-downs are the way to go. (Sometimes they still have the price tags on them.) But you cannot help having the hormone that makes you ooh and aah over little bitty clothes and -- I confess -- baby towels that look like frogs. Cute frogs, of course.

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  17. I think spinach is exciting, in a boring sort of way, especially now when a lot of restaurants won't serve it at all. (There was some badly packaged spinach; some people got sick; and Americans have to be the most hysterical people on earth.)

    No, you don't need much for the first year, at least, and yes, everyone will buy you clothes, and certainly hand-me-downs are the way to go. (Sometimes they still have the price tags on them.) But you cannot help having the hormone that makes you ooh and aah over little bitty clothes and -- I confess -- baby towels that look like frogs. Cute frogs, of course.

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  18. For middle-class people with friends and parents, in industrialized nations, I think baby clothes just happen. We never bought a stitch but huge quantities continue to appear, as if they teleport into the house.

    I did not see the kid in the same outfit twice until we'd had him for a month.

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  19. For middle-class people with friends and parents, in industrialized nations, I think baby clothes just happen. We never bought a stitch but huge quantities continue to appear, as if they teleport into the house.

    I did not see the kid in the same outfit twice until we'd had him for a month.

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  20. Hand me downs are great! But, it does help when you have friends and family buying baby clothes left and right! I think we are good until he is two!

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  21. Hand me downs are great! But, it does help when you have friends and family buying baby clothes left and right! I think we are good until he is two!

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