Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Emma turned four months old today. I don't know what she weighs at the moment as I haven't taken her to clinic for a couple of weeks, but she still fits her 0-3 month clothes comfortably. This has unfortunately put her out of sync with our stash of baby girl's clothes. Lily was a May baby and grew quicker, so all of our 0-3 months girl's clothes are for the summer. Oh well, that's why cardigans were invented I suppose! Also gives me a good excuse to buy a few extra little outfits...
Emma is a very vocal baby and has a very hilarious (and loud) line of baby talk. She will sometimes lie in her moses basket at bedtime, babbling loudly as she drifts off to sleep. It's all I can do not to laugh out loud when she does that. Sadly, she never went back to sleeping through the night when she got over her colds, but at least I only have one night feed. She wakes between 3.30am and 4.30am, feeds very quickly and goes straight back to sleep, so I can't complain.
She has now well and truly found her hands and likes to grasp at objects when they come into view. These objects include, but are not limited to, my clothes, my hair and, just recently, my lips (ouch!). She has a small wooden rattle that she delights in shaking, though I am in constant fear she is going to clock herself on the nose with it!
Emma remains a happy and contented baby and continues to delight us all with her smiles. She is growing up much too quickly, but other than that I can't fault her!
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Okay, so I spoke too soon about Tom not liking change. Tom saw the new pictures in Lily's room and decided he wanted something done to his room too. First of all, he requested that I put pictures of his "school family" (his friends) on his wall. Once I explained that I couldn't very well go around snapping photos of children I don't know, he settled on a Winnie the Pooh theme. Unfortunately, he prefers the soulless Disney version to the charming E.H Shepard illustrations, but that did at least make it easy to achieve. I was also fond of Winnie the Pooh as a girl and I still have all my stuffed toys from that time. He now has a charming Winnie the Pooh room and I have so far spent nothing. I will buy some frames so I can put some pictures on his walls and I may or may not treat him to cheap duvet cover, but for now I hope he likes the new look. Despite the change being at his urging, I fully expect him to come home from school and ask me to change everything back the way it was. I thought I would share some photos of how the room looks now, just in case it is business as usual again tonight!
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
We've finally made a start on sorting out the spare room in an attempt to turn it into Emma's bedroom by Christmas. As I will be acquiring bits and pieces to decorate Emma's room, I wanted to do a few things in Lily's room too so she doesn't feel left out (Tom resists change in all its forms and doesn't like me to change his bedroom). Lily told me recently that she wanted pictures of animals in her room, so I have decided to 'Potterise' her bedroom with some Beatrix Potter pictures and accessories. I love the works of Beatrix Potter and the colours she used in her illustrations match Lily's pastel pink room beautifully.
I bought these square pine frames from Hobbycraft a few weeks ago. To make the set of pictures, I simply browsed the Internet until I found some Beatrix Potter pictures of suitable resolution, printed them off and put them in the frames. If you get too close, you can see they were digital images, but they are good enough for our purposes. The advantage of doing it this way is that if Lily wants different pictures on her walls in six months time, I haven't wasted any money on prints. I'll simply print off something different and put them in the frames instead.
Friday, 13 November 2009
Tom loves apples. Given the choice between an apple and sweets, he will almost always choose the apple. His love of the fruit is fuelling his latest obsession...collecting apple pips. Every time he eats an apple, he now gathers the pips from the core and adds them to his 'pip jar'. He even came out of school one day this week with three pips in his hand that he had saved from his lunchtime apple. The pip jar, an old Avent baby bottle, currently resides next to his pillow, so all his pips are transported up to his bedroom immediately following their harvest. I think he plans to fill up the pip jar and then plant them all in the back garden. I'm pretty sure he doesn't realise how long it would take to grow an orchard, but he's having a lot of fun planning it! He's a very patient little boy!
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Baby sleeping bags are a fantastic invention. They can't be kicked off like blankets and prevent your baby from waking in the night from cold. As they get older, they also prevent your child from climbing out of their cot! I used sleeping bags for both Tom and Lily, both of whom slept in them until they were around three years old. I didn't put either of them in one until they were in a big cot though. Emma, on the other hand, is such a little fidget that I've had to put her in a sleeping bag at night even though she is still in the Moses basket. I'd put her to bed in the 'feet to foot' position and find her later in the night with her head touching the top of the basket and the blankets way down at the bottom. Thanks to her new pink sleeping bag, she now stays warm and cozy all night long, no matter how much she fidgets. Not to mention that she looks absolutely adorable in it!
Monday, 9 November 2009
Meanwhile, poor Cinders got to stay home and cook! Emma is obviously much too young to enjoy the fireworks, so I put her to bed at seven as usual and then prepared soup, crackers, hot dogs and chocolate covered apples to greet the rest of the family when they got home. The Podlings weren't as chilled as they might have been had they watched the display outdoors, but we all still enjoyed the warming food. Tom and Lily went to bed around nine o'clock having had a lovely evening, though not quite the one Mark and I had originally planned for them!