Once again! I am writing this whilst also cooking a roast dinner! This time in aid of my sister’s birthday, the age of which I shan’t divulge as I’m pretty sure there’s an etiquette when it comes to mentioning other people’s age. Isn’t there? In any case, it’s her birthday and we are celebrating with a roast. That I’m cooking.
My mind has been very full this week. Can you tell?! Ha! There are a lot of things in the fire, so to speak. My maternity leave finishes next month and I have been busy setting up what I am going to be doing in terms of work. I will write all about it once my plans are all laid out, but so far things are looking good and exciting. But busy. My mind is spinning lots of plates… And so is my body this morning. A roast is relatively easy but there are lots of components aren’t there? Am also making a pear and chocolate pudding. One day I shall get around to writing up all my recipes!
This week, along with work related prep, I have also been mostly trying to stave off nappy rash for poor George. I’m not sure if he has a bug or is teething… possibly both. But the little guy has been producing some pretty impressive nappies and mid week he was sporting a bum that could rival a rabid baboon. I’ve been changing him hourly, throwing every lotion and potion I could find at it and even running the gauntlet of leaving his nappy off for short stretches of time to keep his bum dry. It’s healing… slowly but surely.
My head being as full and preoccupied as it is has had some pretty funny consequences this week though. One example would be when we went to the garden centre for our weekly jaunt with my friend Justine and her baby Harry. We parked up and loaded the boys into their carriers and buggy seats. We went for a lovely stroll around the centre, looking at the Pet’s Corner and all of the Christmas Decorations. And then we went into the cafe for some lunch. Just as we had ordered and sat down, a member of staff came up to us looking concerned.
‘Ummm… do either of you own a blue car with three car seats in the back?’ The girl asked.
‘Yes, that’s my car, is something wrong??’ I asked back, looking at my friend who looked equally confused as to what could be wrong.
‘ Erm… Well, we’ve just been told by a customer that the car doors are wide open? You may want to go and check?’
I felt myself blush a shade of puce and had to run back through the store to check on the car. Luckily the customer who spotted it must have shut all the doors as they weren’t open when I got there. And nothing was missing. Not that there is much to take unless any thieves out there have a thing for empty crisp packets and a very scratched Beatles Greatest Hits CD.
I made my way back to my friend and the boys once I’d locked and relocked the car 100 times to be sure. And we had a giggle about my silly brain over our over priced paninis.
What a complete twonk though? How can one leave a car without closing the doors?
Just as I didn’t think I could get anymore behind on my ‘mothering game’, we went into the aquarium part of the garden centre. Cue toddler Teddy trying to insert a bottle top he had been carrying into the fish tanks as well as tampering with the exposed water filters that keep the tropical tanks functioning.
I am an airhead by nature, my head has always been happy to wander about in the clouds. Which is why I find it quite a challenge to be on the ball with things sometimes. Counteract my dreamer self with sleep deprivation, an inquisitive toddler, lots to do and… Well. It’s a miracle we function as a family at all.
All’s well that ends well though right? Here’s this week’s additional information and findings. Better write them quickly before I have to put the potatoes in the oven!
Additional Information and Findings from this week:
As you can imagine, Teddy is into everything! He is more like an octopus than ever! He grabs pens and draws on his hands. He has been opening our fish tank at home and I’ve found him up to his elbows in the water a few times this week. Much to mine and our fish’s horror. Poor things, I do hope they have short memories. It would be better for them in the long run.
George is incessant on his quest to be attached to me as much as possible in the day. And the night. He clings to my legs. He claws at me whilst I sit on the sofa. He sleeps next to me and I’ve even had to bring him to the loo with me at times. It’s all teething and sore bum related. But my word I miss my personal space!
- I have been cooking lots of good dinners and puddings this week. I’m trying to rely less on ready made foods, especially when it comes to the boys snacks. I made cheese straws and a couple of batches of cookies and biscuits. They were all well received and, combined with the meal planning, I saved about £40 off of our food shop. Not to shabby at all!
- I’ve been trying to keep on top of all the housework and washing this week too. I usually do the bare minimum during the week and leave the major clean to be done on Sunday. But tackling things bit by bit, day by day, has actually been a better approach. I say that in the midst of a kitchen without any clear surfaces and whilst looking at a trail of toy devastation in the living room though. Cat chasing it’s tail springs to mind.
Sleep has been hard to find this week. Mostly due to Baby George being so unsettled with his teeth and tush. I hope it all improves by the time I start working again. Sleepy hairdresser is not a good combination!
*Update: Roast dinner was a success! Much more than my time keeping as this update is a little bit later than usual but that seems quite fitting with my full brain this week!