Tuesday, 20 January 2009

over it


It's been a fun-filled fortnight - in an ironic way, I hasten to add.

We are both exhausted and are taking some time to continue to fall apart and then gather ourselves back together, with the support of the Health Visitor and GPs and all their crew. It's working, I think.

And (sorry, Earthenwitch) ... Eleanor has started sleeping through the night. Sweet relief. She goes to bed with Leo at about 6 or 6.30 - they get a bottle and then bed. Then we feed her before we go to bed, some time between 9.30 and 11.30. She then sleeps until 7-ish. Or, this morning, 8-ish. Please don't hate me, EW. During the day she is wanting a seven ounce bottle every three or so hours ... so I am starting to give her a little bit of baby rice. At three and a half months that is quite early; but she is sooooo hungry, bless her. On the downside, she is drooling in that 'I am about to start teething' kind of way.

In the meantime, the chooks are laying well - I am keen to start a hatch, once I can afford to run the incubator. I did think that Blackbeak The Wonder Mother was about to go broody ... but she seems to not quite be there, yet. The incubator costs about a quid a day to run, which is all very well; but it focuses the mind when you see it ticking down on the pay-as-you-go electricity meter. I am going to do a fertility check and then start auctioning the eggs on eBay as I did last year.

We have had some serious talks with each other and Ma and Sister Natalie about us moving to Somerset, in some sort of independent accommodation on the smallholding. We are going to apply for outline planning permission and see where we get to. Our lease here is now up for renewal and we can roll on to a month-by-month contract, so that is what we have decided to do. We are finding out about eco-building design and Ma is talking to the local councillors about planning permission. Ideally we would like to do some kind of strawbale build; but it depends on what might be allowed.

If anything.

B is watching the Obama Election Carnival and I am going to go and make marmalade.


6 comments:

  1. I started giving each of my children solid food at a different age and each of them grew up robust and healthy. I think being led by the child is all right and getting a night's sleep is bliss.

    Good luck with the planning permission.

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  2. I started giving each of my children solid food at a different age and each of them grew up robust and healthy. I think being led by the child is all right and getting a night's sleep is bliss.

    Good luck with the planning permission.

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  3. Good news about Eleanor - you needed a break of some sort!

    Good Luck for any/all future plans.

    GoodTwin

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  4. Good news about Eleanor - you needed a break of some sort!

    Good Luck for any/all future plans.

    GoodTwin

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  5. HI chez,
    I started all my babies on solids at 3 months..back in the dark ages (!) that was the accepted time to try!! They loved it, continued to have milk as well, and thrived. I'm afraid I cant understand this "dont give them solids until they are 6 months " stuff...mine would have starved!! Mine loathed baby rice mind...and to be honest, it does taste like wallpaper paste, so I mashed up very ripe banana and fed them that...:)

    You are doing brilliantly..

    Love Meg x

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  6. HI chez,
    I started all my babies on solids at 3 months..back in the dark ages (!) that was the accepted time to try!! They loved it, continued to have milk as well, and thrived. I'm afraid I cant understand this "dont give them solids until they are 6 months " stuff...mine would have starved!! Mine loathed baby rice mind...and to be honest, it does taste like wallpaper paste, so I mashed up very ripe banana and fed them that...:)

    You are doing brilliantly..

    Love Meg x

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