Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The new routine

Now that mummy is back at work George is settling into a new routine. His highlight, or possibly low point, of the week is the day he spends with daddy.

I must admit it can be top fun but it can also be hard work. Last Friday he did three poos (big ones) in one morning and one of them was a split second after I'd changed his full-of-wee nappy – and he was less than pleased at having to sacrifice yet more valuable playtime in the name of comfort and a rash-free botty.

The hard work though, is finding things to fill the time. We went to feed the ducks – they ate from the footplate of his pushchair, deftly avoiding the swipes that would have given them serious headaches. Then we went to the farm shop for some fresh veg.

The week before, George and daddy went to a country park (for which mummy and daddy have an annual pass) where the goats, kids, sheep, lambs and donkeys all got treated fairly with a chummy bash on the nose – the guinea pig almost got one too, but I managed to swerve it away from George's flailing palm.

As it was a week day, it was nice and quiet and George got to play on the swings and in the sandpit without the crowds or the waiting. There were a few mums there with their babies and toddlers and even though I was expecting the occasional weird glance I didn't really get any.

These past couple of weeks George has learned to press the buttons that do the sound effects on his books – previously, parental control meant we didn't have to listen to the tractor noise at every turn of the page. Now, George pulls all the books off his shelf and crawls around pressing the buttons as if he's spinning plates – we go from the tractor's "brum, brum, brummmm" to "moo, moo, moo" to "woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof" to "the animals went in two by two, hurrah, hurrah" and round and round again.

George is one at the weekend – can't believe where the time has gone, surely mummy was pregnant much longer than that – and we're gearing up for a little afternoon party. It's like being a child again, we're really excited for George but he has no concept of time, years and birthdays yet. We can't wait to see what he makes of it all, but he'll probably just want to sit and press all the buttons on his books.

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