Archive for August, 2009

New Episode: S2E028

August 8th, 2009

Just Relax S2E028 now available on iTunes and our website: http://justrelax.mevio.com . This week we have so much stuff to talk about that’s going on in our lives! We talk about what’s going on with Catherine and how we’re getting on with trying for a second baby as well as a bunch of other stuff. Music this week is by Ben Folds.

Just Relax S2E028 – No tea for you!

August 7th, 2009

This week we have so much stuff to talk about that’s going on in our lives! We talk about what’s going on with Catherine and how we’re getting on with trying for a second baby as well as a bunch of other stuff. Music this week is by Ben Folds.

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just relax, it’ll happen! : Just Relax S2E028 – No tea for you!

It’s the cutest thing in the world when she…

August 6th, 2009

Something I’ve learned since becoming a parent.. the cutest thing in the world is a moving target. I remember thinking it was the cutest thing in the world when Catherine first smiled. And then when she first started to crawl, when she was just figuring it out, that was the cutest thing in the world. And then when she started pulling up on things, or when she learned to wave to people, or when she started to say “daddy”. Right now it’s the cutest thing in the world when she tries to say long words by breaking them into bits. A few nights ago I pointed to an elephant and asked Catherine what it was called. She said, “ele”, which has so far been her word for it. So I tried to get her to say the whole word by breaking it in two, “ele” and “phant”. I asked her to say each one separately, which she did – she’s very good at reciting what you say to her. Then we put them together and she did it! There was a big gap in between the words but she said it, “ele … phant”. Proud daddy moment… And now she’s doing it all the time. Tonight I said to her after she grabbed a towel, “you stole my towel! You nicked it. You purloined it!”, and what do you know… “pur … loin”!

Can’t wait to see what’s the cutest thing in the world tomorrow!

Adventures in Solo Parenting

August 4th, 2009

Some friends of ours are getting married later this month, and this weekend both the Stag and Hen “do”s were arranged. John was invited to the Stag, and I was invited to the Hen. This gave us the inevitable logistical problem of arranging to both be out in the evening and making sure there was someone to look after Catherine.

We have some very good friends who live about 15 minutes away from the venue for the Hen do. They have two little boys, aged 6 and 3, and are one set of Catherine’s guideparents. They very kindly offered to allow Catherine and me to stay with them – I could settle Catherine to bed there, and then head out to the Hen do.

Things were complicated slightly by the fact our friends were in Portugal last week, and only due to land back home at midday yesterday. When I couldn’t get hold of them by 4pm I started to worry, and I thought everything was going to fall through. Thankfully they called me about 15 minutes later – their plane had been delayed and they’d only just landed. They were insistent that it was still fine for Catherine and me to stay, so we both set out. We stopped in at our local supermarket to pick up a few things for our hosts (having just got back from Portugal I thought it was only polite to turn up with some milk, bread and other necessities for them).

I’m pleased to report that everything ran smoothly. We arrived, and Catherine sat quietly with the boys watching television whilst tea was cooked. I managed to assemble the travel cot on my own, and got everything ready. The three kids all had tea together, and then it was bedtime. By this time it was a little later than Catherine’s usual bedtime, and she was very tired. She went to bed and to sleep without a murmur. This enabled me to get out and have a fun time at the Hen do without worrying about anything.

What a long way we’ve come from the first few months of her life, when I didn’t want to be left alone with her at all!