Wednesday, 1 August 2007

satisfaction

We have had a very nice couple of days - we were fed high-in-iron lasagne and VERY nice red wine by Kate and Vic on Monday night. Then yesterday we saw a few friends, collected some rhubarb and onions, distributed some jam and then visited Turquoise Lisa to collect the birthing pool and birthing ball.

We both agreed that it was 'a bit weird' the first time one meets people one has met via the internet. However, we had a very nice couple of hours drinking tea in the Turquoise Garden, playing with the children and putting the world to rights. I don't think B and I frightened Lisa too much and she showed no signs of being manic at all :). We really don't live very far apart at all and I am hoping she will return the visit soon!

Then we dropped in at Cheshire Oaks and went in to 'Mamas and Papas' in a deliberate attempt price up things like cots. Without wishing to sound like a stingy arse that isn't prepared to do the best for my baby ... OH MY GOD! THE PRICES! We were so traumatised that the only solution seemed to be to go and have a pizza and a huge dessert each.

That calmed us down sufficiently so that we were able to decide that we'd try to freecycle as much stuff as possible. And when we visit Ma and Pa in Somerset again, B is going to Ascend To The Attic Of Despair and see if the cot that was both ours and Ma's when we were babies is in recoverable condition.

I hold out some hope. But I am slightly frightened by the offer of the Harrington nappies - "Well dear, they're up there. If the mice haven't eaten them".

Kate and Vic have offered to buy us a new cot mattress and Ma is going to make some of those drapey things that go round the Moses Basket we have been given - the ones with it are Winnie The Pooh; the NICE, old fashioned, ORIGINAL, PROPER Winnie The Pooh, not the Disney version, but I have taken a stand and I cannot put my first foot on the slippery slope (*waves to Sara and Sean in slightly bashful fashion*). B did become temporarily entranced with a set of cot bedding in Mamas and Papas featuring two cartoon characters called 'Zeddie and Parsnip', who appear to be a Zebra and a Rabbit, respectively, and who have formed some kind of unholy alliance centred around bedroom linen.

However, we quickly changed our minds when we realised that one of those grobag thingies you pop the baby in to sleep was twenty eight quid. We soon moved on to an un-named alliance of a Hedgehog and a Snail, that we christened 'Spikey and Slimey' and which were half the price. However; I think I might have a crack at making one, instead. I also think I might have a crack at knitting this. In fact, I don't see why the child shouldn't have a whole collection of knitted Cthulhu-mythos characters - except, how would one do the Hounds Of Tindalos?

Today's tasks:

  • Checking the bees have enough stores to eat
  • Picking up a bale of straw
  • Cleaning out the chickens and putting down said new bale of straw in their pen
  • Making rhubarb jam
  • Pay some cheques out and send some statements out, just to keep in touch with The Real World (tm)
And did I mention that I have started taking Floradix iron tonic? I am starting to feel a hell of a lot better - so Z, I think you may have been right.

20 comments:

  1. Knithulhu! One of these days I am going to make that. Really.

    You sound like you're feeling better. Good.

    It is amazing some of the things that people believe they have to buy for their babies, even though they are completely unneccesary, and extremely expensive. Did you know you can spend hundreds of dollars on a diaper bag? A diaper bag! At that price it better change the baby and wash the dirty ones for you!

    Honestly, an older baby will appreciate sheets with animals on them, but newborns are just as happy with plain, white, inexpensive sheets. Most of the things they sell to decorate nurseries are for the parents, not the baby.

    You're in the home stretch!

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  2. Knithulhu! One of these days I am going to make that. Really.

    You sound like you're feeling better. Good.

    It is amazing some of the things that people believe they have to buy for their babies, even though they are completely unneccesary, and extremely expensive. Did you know you can spend hundreds of dollars on a diaper bag? A diaper bag! At that price it better change the baby and wash the dirty ones for you!

    Honestly, an older baby will appreciate sheets with animals on them, but newborns are just as happy with plain, white, inexpensive sheets. Most of the things they sell to decorate nurseries are for the parents, not the baby.

    You're in the home stretch!

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  3. Right? Me? Gosh. Glad you're feeling better.

    Ooh, those prices are shocking though. Fortunately, Dilly has several friends with slightly older children and a lot of borrowing has happened (which is quite good, as you can return stuff when you don't need it and it doesn't clutter up your attic). But babies are still awfully expensive. They are worth it though (says I sentimentally, but it's true).

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  4. Right? Me? Gosh. Glad you're feeling better.

    Ooh, those prices are shocking though. Fortunately, Dilly has several friends with slightly older children and a lot of borrowing has happened (which is quite good, as you can return stuff when you don't need it and it doesn't clutter up your attic). But babies are still awfully expensive. They are worth it though (says I sentimentally, but it's true).

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  5. Don't. Cthulhu is almost certainly larger than you imagine, so you won't have bought enough yarn. I had to take the pyjamas I bought him last Yule back to M&S.

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  6. Don't. Cthulhu is almost certainly larger than you imagine, so you won't have bought enough yarn. I had to take the pyjamas I bought him last Yule back to M&S.

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  7. I *said* you should go to Mothercare - which is still obscenely expensive but marginally more practical-things-in-friendly-colours than M&P which makes me laugh. It is so clearly designed to fleece first-time parents who dream of their beautiful baby sleeping in a beautiful nursery.
    Babies don't like beige.
    Have I mentioned NCT sales to you? I picked up a pile of sleeping bags for T and my nephew at the past one, from £2.50-£6 each. Also *loads* of clothes (and they only allow the sale of stuff in really good condition. And it's dirt cheap. And 25% goes to the nct.)

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  8. I *said* you should go to Mothercare - which is still obscenely expensive but marginally more practical-things-in-friendly-colours than M&P which makes me laugh. It is so clearly designed to fleece first-time parents who dream of their beautiful baby sleeping in a beautiful nursery.
    Babies don't like beige.
    Have I mentioned NCT sales to you? I picked up a pile of sleeping bags for T and my nephew at the past one, from £2.50-£6 each. Also *loads* of clothes (and they only allow the sale of stuff in really good condition. And it's dirt cheap. And 25% goes to the nct.)

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  9. Just in case you haven't got enought to do, I'm afraid I have tagged you over on my blog.

    Hello, by the way! *waves*

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  10. Just in case you haven't got enought to do, I'm afraid I have tagged you over on my blog.

    Hello, by the way! *waves*

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  11. From personal experience, if rather hazy memory, when "kitting out" for baby you'll be offered/tempted by lots of stuff that you don't really need. Although you can never have too many Babygros.

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  12. From personal experience, if rather hazy memory, when "kitting out" for baby you'll be offered/tempted by lots of stuff that you don't really need. Although you can never have too many Babygros.

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  13. I've got a sewing pattern for those growbag thingies. It's dead easy and we found it invaluable - stops wriggly babies from pushing all their blankets off then crying when they get too cold, or wriggling underneath all the blankets and getting smothered (I don't think any babies actually die that way but if it's the sort of thing you're worried about the growbag can put your mind at rest). When the baby gets too long to fit in the growbag anymore, you can unpick the hem at the bottom and turn it into a dressing gown. Do you want the pattern? I can easily pop it in the post.

    I agree with Steg - you don't need one tenth of the stuff they tell you. Cavepeople managed very well, and the Romans, and medieval Brits and even the Victorians got by before Mothercare was ever invented. It's just a huge marketing ploy to take money away from people who already have none. Makes me sick. I don't know how Mothercare marketing execs can sleep at night.

    Remember the baby doesn't have a bloody clue what's new, what's old, what's home made, what's freecycled, what's this season's latest thing. If baby is warm and dry and fed, baby is happy (except when they cry for no good reason, but even then it won't be because you didn't get the room thermometer in Shrek 3 print). How much equipment does it take to keep a baby warm dry and fed? Next to nothing at all.

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  14. I've got a sewing pattern for those growbag thingies. It's dead easy and we found it invaluable - stops wriggly babies from pushing all their blankets off then crying when they get too cold, or wriggling underneath all the blankets and getting smothered (I don't think any babies actually die that way but if it's the sort of thing you're worried about the growbag can put your mind at rest). When the baby gets too long to fit in the growbag anymore, you can unpick the hem at the bottom and turn it into a dressing gown. Do you want the pattern? I can easily pop it in the post.

    I agree with Steg - you don't need one tenth of the stuff they tell you. Cavepeople managed very well, and the Romans, and medieval Brits and even the Victorians got by before Mothercare was ever invented. It's just a huge marketing ploy to take money away from people who already have none. Makes me sick. I don't know how Mothercare marketing execs can sleep at night.

    Remember the baby doesn't have a bloody clue what's new, what's old, what's home made, what's freecycled, what's this season's latest thing. If baby is warm and dry and fed, baby is happy (except when they cry for no good reason, but even then it won't be because you didn't get the room thermometer in Shrek 3 print). How much equipment does it take to keep a baby warm dry and fed? Next to nothing at all.

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  15. Yup, the sleeping bag thingies are invaluable. All three of ours were kept in ones until almost two. Works a treat.

    NCT sales are a godsend, but so are other parents. We bought not very much at all in the first couple years, though LL couldn't resist the odd cute bit of clothing.

    Be choosy about the cot matress if you're using an old cot. We went for a coir (coconut husk) one to start, but it matted down quick, and in the end we went very un-ecological and got a simple foam one that I drilled some holes in and LL sewed a removable cotton cover for.

    I'd send some things your way, but we've foisted all our baby stuff on other parents now!

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  16. Yup, the sleeping bag thingies are invaluable. All three of ours were kept in ones until almost two. Works a treat.

    NCT sales are a godsend, but so are other parents. We bought not very much at all in the first couple years, though LL couldn't resist the odd cute bit of clothing.

    Be choosy about the cot matress if you're using an old cot. We went for a coir (coconut husk) one to start, but it matted down quick, and in the end we went very un-ecological and got a simple foam one that I drilled some holes in and LL sewed a removable cotton cover for.

    I'd send some things your way, but we've foisted all our baby stuff on other parents now!

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  17. I am *so* with you on the Winnie the Pooh comment. When the girls were little, I quickly returned any of the "new" pooh books/crap they received and got something else instead.

    We had our compendium of AA Milne stories, with the beautiful watercolor and pencil drawings, and that was more than good enough.

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  18. I am *so* with you on the Winnie the Pooh comment. When the girls were little, I quickly returned any of the "new" pooh books/crap they received and got something else instead.

    We had our compendium of AA Milne stories, with the beautiful watercolor and pencil drawings, and that was more than good enough.

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  19. What an interesting blog you have. And such a list of chores...

    Yes, babies are expensive. But, as others have said, well worth it.

    Great site.

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  20. What an interesting blog you have. And such a list of chores...

    Yes, babies are expensive. But, as others have said, well worth it.

    Great site.

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