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|Friday, December 6th, 2013|
|Herons - photo a day
Today we popped to Addenbrookes for a visit to the nursery there, which we're considering for Matthew (though admittedly they don't think they'll have a place available immediately). When we came out again and looked up the bus times it turns out we had 17 minutes to wait, so I took the opportunity to take the buggy for a little walk down to the busway under Long Road to take a snap of this lovely bit of graffiti. It's the most elaborate so far of a series of black herons which I've now spotted four or five of around the place. I'm keeping my eye out for more!
|Thursday, December 5th, 2013|
|Dawn - photo a day
Over the last 8.5 months I've seen the dawn a lot more than I ever used to. Even in winter any time before 8am was pushing it, so I'd normally have missed it by the time I got up. This last week or so we've had all too many mornings when we've been up long before the sun. Still, at least every cloud has a silver lining. Last night was a bad night with a bit of a temperature, so Matthew and I shared the spare bed in the nursery from about 1:30am - and although it wasn't terribly comfy for me he did sleep in until 7:30! Which meant I could snap this from the bedroom window when I went to get dressed, just before the pink light completely faded from the sky. This view, and variations on it, appears on Instagram so often I've lost count, so much so I've given this tree it's very own tag #theoldashtree, though technically it's actually two ash trees one behind the other (but don't tell my Instagram followers ;). I'm rather fond of it.
|Wednesday, December 4th, 2013|
|Instagram tag soup - photo a day
One of the things I love on Instagram are the tags, especially the ones linked with particular days. My favourites are #fencepostfriday #fanlightfriday and this one - #windowshotwednesday. Here's tonight's sunset, taken from the bus on the way home from a UCU meeting and a bit of Christmas shopping in town. Needs must, but I quite like the effect from the typically filthy bus windows.
|Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013|
|Flowers - photo a day
Today's post was snapped in the garden while I nipped out to top up the bird feeders while Matthew naps - once I've posted it I should probably have a bit of a lie-down on the sofa myself. A rather confused polyanthus in our back garden. I gather there's a lot of it around at the moment, though the adjacent primrose is so far at least still believing in autumn. Not the best focus, but it will do.
|Monday, December 2nd, 2013|
|Architecture - photo a day
I like to photograph buildings which I find architecturally interesting. Spotted this today en route to visit a potential childminder for Matthew, and thought it was rather fun - though I think my iPad lens must have been a bit steamed up (and yes, I'm aware of how ridiculous it looks using a big tablet as a camera:). I'm guessing 1930s, or maybe 20s? I love the curves and all the windows. And the immaculate lawn certainly helps.
|Sunday, December 1st, 2013|
|Tuesday, November 19th, 2013|
So last night marks 8 years since I first met Mike, today is my 38th birthday and tomorrow Matthew will be 8 months old.
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Life may revolve around having a baby now, but it's pretty good for the most part, and I'm really happy with my husband and baby and life :)
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|Sunday, October 13th, 2013|
|Grannies and Grandads, Cots and Highchairs
Since my last post we have:
- Taken part in the Macmillan World's Largest Coffee Morning and raised £25
- Had Granny Gina and Grandad Evan round to visit - with some lovely walks
- Had Granny Ann and Grandad Ivan round to visit too - delivering Matthew's cot and highchair, and visiting Oxburgh Hall
- Had a quiet weekend with just the two of us!
The high chair is reasonably successful, and Matthew can now sit and play with some food and spoons and a bowl for pretty much the whole time it takes us to eat our dinner, though very little of his own actually gets eaten - he seems to have fun which is the main thing. And he's had several sleeps in his own cot, in his own room, leading up to his first full night in it last night - though he still woke several times it's huge progress and I got loads more sleep. Hopefully this will continue and he'll gradually wake less. We'll see. All in all he's a pretty happy little chap, and doing well.
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|Thursday, September 26th, 2013|
Yesterday when he got home from work Mike encouraged me to come out in the back garden and see a baby grass snake:( Read more...Collapse )
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And then today we wandered into the garden and found this lizard basking on the shed! His friends ran away but there were three at least:
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This was a little later and may have been a different one:
If we had a pond I'd have gone to double check for newts!
|Wednesday, September 25th, 2013|
|6 months old!
It's amazing how time flies! Baby Matthew is now 6 months old and starting to try solid foods. Mind you despite his early interest in stealing our food he so far mostly prefers to just rub his hands in anything squishy and chew the bowl or spoon, but it's all fun (but messy).
Weird to think I'm now more than halfway through my maternity leave. I'm enjoying it for the most part, though it's exhausting and it would be nice to have a bit ore time to myself - hopefully at some point he'll get better at going to bed and staying asleep and I'll get a bit more of an evening, which will make a difference. Still enjoying the baby playgroups in Shelford, and just started a Sing and Sign class which seems fun (but a few more people at it might be nice), it's also lovely to meet up with Lucy and Ed and the other members of my NCT group.
Also excited that Matthew will have a new baby cousin in December, as Pete and Val are about to become parents too! Lovely to seeing them a couple of weeks back and looking forward to seeing Mike's parents this weekend and mine the one after!
I'll finish with a few photos:
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|Macmillan Coffee Morning
If anyone is free on Friday and would like to pop round for a cuppa I'd love to see you - donations to Macmillan completely optional. Any time between 10 and 2, at 52 Macaulay Avenue. There will be biscuits, and obviously a baby :)
|Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013|
|Saturday, July 20th, 2013|
|4 months, and new experiences
Matthew is 4 months old today! Keen on sitting up now as well as standing, and still not really getting the hang of rolling over. He's improving at sleeping on his own, and now goes down for at least one stretch in the crib most evenings - though he usually ends up sleeping next to me in bed later on. He's getting quite a few naps in his pushchair while it's stationary now too - rather than waking as soon as we stop moving - we've used the chair on its own more lately as I think the carrycot is a bit too hot in this weather.
Last weekend we spent a day at the Ely folk festival with mum, dad, Steph, Dave, Oliver and Isobel - with presents, cake and a picnic to celebrate Izzy's second birthday. We didn't admittedly see a lot of the bands, but enjoyed Karine Polwart, watching some of the ceilidh dancing, seeing the assorted Morris sides, and just pottering around. A lovely day despite the heat.
Then this week once Steph and the Readers had departed for the seaside we joined mum and dad in their cottage in Little Downham for a few days, along with (great) grandad and later Emily, We had a nice day out in Ely and discovered that the Lady Chapel in the Cathedral has lovely acoustics (with a verse of Amazing Grace), and another day out in Bury St Edmunds which turns out to be a gorgeous little town. Other bits of excitement included a hedgehog staying the night - chased out of grandad's bedroom in the middle if the night and gently evicted from the hall the next day - watching a nearly tame squirrel eat cherry tomatoes during our picnic in Bury, and letting Matthew have a splash in a container of water in the garden. Sadly I didn't get pictures of any of these, or of Ely, but here are a few from the rest of the week.
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|Sunday, July 7th, 2013|
|Long time no update
Matthew is now 15 weeks old - weighing in at 3.65kg (edit: ahem 6.65kg) as of Wednesday, which is tracking the 50th percentile still. We're getting the hang of eating much more than we were - though sleeping is still more often in our bed than in his crib it is at least often now next to me instead of on top of me :) he's starting to learn how to sit up and to roll over - though is a long way off mastering either - and his giggles are a joy.
Spending our weekdays enjoying a postnatal group on Mondays, a baby play group on Wednesdays in the village and meeting up with Lucy or my NCT group for coffee in assorted places (The Orchard in Grantchester probably being the star venue so far). It's great to spend time with other people with young babies - but was also nice to catch up with some others in a pub with nou a couple of weeks back, and to have ceb round for a picnic this week.
We had a lovely weekend away last week to visit his granny and grandad Snape in the Forest of Dean - with some lovely walks and lots of cuddles for granny in particular.
This weekend Mike took over for a couple of hours to let me go out for my first bike ride since he was born - about 17 miles in a loop out to Chapel Hill. It was a bit weird being away from him for so long for the first time but a lovely ride in the sunshine. We've been enjoying watching the tennis and the Tour de France too.
Map here: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2207159
Next weekend we have tickets for Ely folk festival on Saturday, along with most of the Blair side of the family and then we'll be seeing them for a few more days after the weekend too - hopefully the weather will be nice still, but not quite *this* hot.
Life is busy and hard work but fun!
|Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013|
|Over 2 months!
Doesn't time fly! Quick post this time. Been a quiet fortnight mostly, but we've had visits from Lindsey and Uncle Pete, have been out for lunch with he NCT group and cake with Ed and Lucy, and we had another nice walk up to the Gogs and Wandlebury. Today was Matthew's first jabs - and he was very brave - but has been alternating sleeping and crying this afternoon poor lamb. Hopefully he'll feel better soon. And we did get a nice cuppa and cake in the deli this morning too.
For the future I'm hoping to pop into the beer festival for lunch tomorrow, and am looking forward to Steph, Dave and the kids visiting at the bank holiday weekend. I also have an appointment to have a coil fitted next Friday morning (the 31st) and if anyone would like to come and visit and keep baby company for 20 minutes for me in exchange for lunch in Shelford I'd be very grateful!
Here's a few more pics.
|Tuesday, May 14th, 2013|
|Leather sofa free to a good home - gone to charity
Have ordered a new sofa bed - anyone want our old sofa? It's a big comfy 3 seater in pale green leather. Fits through doorways if you take the feet off but probably needs a van to move it. Available in about 3 weeks time.
Can try take photos and measurements if you're interested.
Measurements: 205 cm long by 95 cm deep by 85 cm tall - approx max dimensions
(Just waiting for them o arrange collection)
|Thursday, May 9th, 2013|
|7 weeks :)
Not posting very often, but hope people will forgive the fact thry're al very baby-centric!
Had a lovely lunch with my NCT group on Friday, then mum and dad arrived on Friday evening - we had curry for dinner, spent Saturdat at Audley End and went to the garden centre and out to lunch on Sunday and had a lovely time. Granny and grandad were both chuffed to get to spend some time with their newest baby grandson.
On Monday Mike and I took Matthew for a walk to Hauxton in the sunshine. Mike booked a couple of extra days off, so we had a lazy day on Tuesday and then on Wednesday we got a train to Cheshunt and went on another nice (but colder) walk as far as Broxbourne through the Lee Valley regional park. We considered carrying on as far as Roydon but lost the route and it was getting a bit late. It was great to have the time together.
And today we had another nice day. We started with a trip to the GP for my post-natal check (all well) and Matthew's 6-8 week checks: all good too - and he now weighs 5.27kg - around 11 lb 9 oz. Need to ring up next week and make appointments for his first jabs and for me to have a mire a coil fitted - but they're putting a new computer system in so we couldn't book them yet! He's a big boy and starting to outgrow most of his newborn sized sleep suits, though the vests are still OK. It does mean he's growing in to some other nice outfits though!
Then this afternoon Lindsey brought her 8 month old daughter Florence to visit and we had a really nice chat - and she brought me a huge generous pile of presents from my friends at Trumpington Slimming World group - thankfully the newborn outfits from Matalan are very generously sized as it's a bit far to the nearest shop to exchange them. And Matthew even had a brief nap in the car seat for a while - it's rare he lets me put him down at al so this is great progress as far as I'm concerned. GP tells me that gets easier around 10 weeks if not before - we shall see :). And everyone reckons I look well, even though I feel a bit knackered, so it can't be too bad.
Basically it's nearly all good :)
|Wednesday, May 1st, 2013|
So if he latches better he'll get richer milk, be more full (so need feeding less often) have less runny poo, and my oversupply should reduce making it easier to feed him in the first place. I just have to get him latching better :/
Will keep trying for another week with the assorted tips from breast feeding sessions and the nice lactation consultant at the Shelford baby group today - if we're still struggling then I'll ask my GP at his 6-8 week check if they can refer to have his (minor) tongue tie snipped. Don't want to resort to even very inordinate surgery unless I have to though.
|Tuesday, April 30th, 2013|
|Nearly 6 weeks!
So tomorrow baby Matthew will be 6 weeks old. I've just booked our 6-8 week check ups for next Thursday - and 6-8 weeks is the point in time when we can hopefully begin to establish some routines - which means I should be starting to put him down in his crib or carrycot whenever he goes to sleep during the day - easier said than done when this always seems to wake him up! If we can manage it then it would certainly make life much much easier. At the moment he generally only sleeps on one of us, or in the pram if it's moving, which means i don't get much rest during t day. With that and the fact I'm still finding breast feeding to be a bit of a struggle at times I'm feeling rather worn out at the moment, but I'm sure it will all get easier with time. As it does I shall have to start getting out of the habit of relying on rather too much chocolate and cake to get me through the day :)
Looking forward to mum and dad coming down to visit at the weekend, and to some other visitors too: one of my oldest friends, Cathie, is coming by on Thursday with her two boys which will be fab, and I'm also trying to sort out times to meet Lindsey from my SW class, Stephen, Barbara and Paul from work (after a lovely visit to the office last Friday) and the others from my NCT antenatal group (we're trying to make a habit of it).
He's certainly a big strong boy anyway, starting to grow out of some of his sleep suits already, enjoying standing with his weight on his own two legs when held up, and beginning to hold his own head up too. Best of all he's beginning to smile - and when he does everything suddenly gets better :)
|Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013|
5 weeks tomorrow and we went to the baby clinic in Sawston today on the bus. Matthew now weighs in at 4.64 kg - or 10 lbs 4 oz, right on the 50th centile line, same as last time. Given how much he's fed in the last 24 hours though we're definitely having a bit of a growth spurt this week. need to remember to make us boh an apointment for our 6 week check ups for next week but at least that will be in Shelford.
We stayed in Sawston and both had some lunch in Sweet Teas cafe, and then it was such a nice day we walked home. We've had several other nice outings recently including coffee and cake with Lucy last week and our NCT group reunion at the Cambridge Blue on Sunday - lovely to meet 6 of the other 7 babies! Hopefully we'll get to met the last one soon too (his mum was poorly sadly so couldn't join us). Sunday was also Mike's birthday and Mathew (with a little help) sent him a card. There was also improvised birthday cake.
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