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Senior editor, amateur cellist, foodie, haphazard gardener & mum to one little boy.
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Elliot took his first steps about a month ago, and since then all he has wanted to do is walk walk walk. Now he spends every morning doing laps of the living room with the dog's toy held high, giggling. It's an amazing change - all of a sudden he's not really a baby, but a wee little boy. Elliot is happier too, just before he started crawling he went through a frustrated and grumpy phase when he couldn't get going how he wanted to. He's thrilled to be able to chase Gusdog around, and sneak up on him too.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Mummy & Monkey
They are a great organisation, definitely check them out if you find yourself living here again!
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2010 on East London Late Starters Orchestra at Fugue State
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Welcome Sherri! Wow, twins. Thats a handful for sure. Nah, youre not crazy, theres lots of us who decided to go for it. Okay, maybe were all crazy!
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2010 on Prelude to urrrrgh at Fugue State
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They are so much better! Thanks for mentioning them, I never would have known about them otherwise.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2010 on Finally, a decent nursing bra at Mummy & Monkey
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Yes, I know I move before my fingers are ready so thats a good point. Were doing well - trying to get in a bit of practicing with an impatient baby wandering around is a challenge. Hope the singing is still going strong.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2010 on Prelude to urrrrgh at Fugue State
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I've now gotten to the halfway mark in the Prelude (end of the first page in my Barenreiter edition). It feels insane that I've made it this far. I still get a minor panic attack when I sit down to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at Fugue State
I have been constantly mystified that nursing bras seem to be flimsy, flappy things. Considering you're often hauling around big bags of milk in there, why would they not give you some decent support? And the SEAMS. Why on earth do they put a seam across your nipples when they are being tugged and if you're really lucky, bitten, many times a day? I had despaired ever finding anything decent, when I spied this post over on Not So Yummy Mummy about the M2B T-shirt Nursing Bra from Mothercare. Finally. A normal bra that happens to have nursing clips. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at Mummy & Monkey
I am obsessed with containers. My old work colleagues would roll their eyes when a yet another Lakeland box would arrive in the post room with a new selection of salad boxes, banana guards and citrus savers. It's no surprise I am constantly searching for the best Elliot snack container, then. One of my mum friends pulled out one of these Tommy Tippee Food Pots the other day, and I was transfixed. It's a perfect cucumber stick size, and exactly the circumference of a baby rice cake. The lids stay on well without also being impossible to remove. Plus, they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2010 at Mummy & Monkey
I know, smells just hit you between the eyes with no warning, its incredible. Thanks for stopping by.
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Sometimes I think having enjoyed my childhood makes me a bit manic to make Elliot's early years perfect. Yes, I know that's impossible. But still, you know what I mean. I remember the big old farmhouse between a slow moving river and a little cemetery in rural Canada. I caught fish in the river with my Dad, I wandered through the cemetery talking to the names on the headstones, I pulled carrots straight from the ground and ate them with the dirt on. We stood on our back porch to watch the ice break up on the river in spring.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2010 at Mummy & Monkey
And I just got a voucher for my birthday so I can go a bit crazy!
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Yes, I suspect theres a fair amount of accidental parenting going on in my house too. I need to write about the sleep situation again, but were nearly there with him in his own cot... Id say he sleeps there 80% of the night. I do love cuddling with him and I miss the times when we could just lie down and nap. Its funny how we all end up with the same things considering how much is out there! We pick the good stuff!
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2010 on Hey wait a minute, I'm the mum at Mummy & Monkey
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What a change from making freezer batches of bolognese and pulling bits of banana off the dog. It's my birthday this week, and I took advantage of the dinner Niamh had organised for the London Food and Drink Bloggers at Bob Bob Ricard to celebrate. And what a perfectly lovely evening it was. With single person booths, a big table in its own curtained corner, and turquoise splendour everywhere, BBR is the right place to treat yourself. An everyday treat or something more spectacular, that's your decision to make... Rhubarb gin & tonic Russian salad with black truffles in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Aubergine & Eggplant
In my last year at ELLSO, a lovely film student by the name of Ed Houghton made a short documentary about this great adult teaching orchestra. You can see me in the cello section - front row, outside chair. Remember,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Fugue State
Haha, true enough, I did kind of cover it all didnt I?
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2010 on Hot weather lamb tagine at Aubergine & Eggplant
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These are essentially glorified nappy covers, but they are cute, and very useful in this hot weather. I found this fabric that featured little sea creatures and yellow submarines, so I had to use it - one of Elliot's favourite songs is Yellow Submarine you see. This is from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers , a lovely book full of straightforward patterns for useful things. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Mummy & Monkey
A tongue-tickling dish that works for everyone - I give the full details of making it over on my food blog Aubergine & Eggplant, but this is how to adjust it for small people too. Leave out the final seasoning step and add the salt and pepper to the adult dishes after serving. For Elliot's dinner, I added banana spears as a base to help him get the couscous in his mouth, and only gave him a couple spoonfuls of couscous at that. Chunks of lamb from the main pot went on top of that. Pomegranate seeds are not very... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Mummy & Monkey
It's been hovering around 30º here in London. Which is great if you live somewhere built to maximise airflow, or have air conditioning. Of course, my flat features neither, so the last thing I felt like doing was turning on the oven for three hours. Of course, that's the beauty of pressure cookers - turning slow-cooker recipes into weeknight doable recipes. And not requiring the oven to be on. I have never quite managed the melt-in-the-mouth texture that you expect with these kinds of dishes except in my pressure cooker. I am much too prone to forgetting to check on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Aubergine & Eggplant
Over the past few days I've rescued a box of tampons before Elliot threw it into the flushing toilet, changed three (full) nappies in the span of 20 minutes, tried to discover why Elliot is having periodic yelling freak outs in his pushchair, fed Elliot his first spaghetti dinner (in only his nappy), been impressed with Elliot's ability to clap every time Makka Pakka does his intro dance and scraped the contents of a messy nappy into a sample jar while standing in the hallway of my GP's office whilst the waiting people tried not to watch, fascinated. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Mummy & Monkey
There are prettier shops than Kitchen Ideas, I'm the first to admit. Shops with beautiful dishes, in-store cafes, cookbook aisles, demos and lots of staff. This place doesn't have any of that. However, if I need a mini whisk, an ice lolly mould, Cake Release and a slightly smaller casserole dish, they have it and for a price I will be unlikely to beat anywhere else. The staff do know their stock, to be fair - I've heard many an in-depth conversation about the specifics of certain brands of stock pots or whatever. That there always seems to be someone... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at Aubergine & Eggplant
I don't notice the low-level panicking until it starts to evaporate, and my shoulders slowly come down from my ears and my jaw unclenches. Yesterday afternoon I spotted Elliot's top two teeth are finally cutting through his gums. It nicely explains the last week of cranky behaviour, short attention span, constant whinging, crap sleep, diarrhoea and biting while nursing. I don't know whether the pain is getting less or it's just the fact that I'm less apprehensive that's making things easier. Whatever it is, I'm thankful. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at Mummy & Monkey
I am the proud owner of a new iPad! My family kindly banded together to get this wonderful slab of joy for my birthday, which is not for another three weeks, but my husband wanted to play with it too and the pre-order arrived early so here we are. Patience, right. So far, Elliot hasn't been overly excited about it, unlike my iPhone, which is a cause for two minutes of square-mouth wailing when it gets taken away. I came across this great and thoroughly practical article about babyproofing tech by Alex Samuel, a lovely person I spent a bit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2010 at Mummy & Monkey
In many areas of my life these days I've had to adjust my goals. An unexpected half an hour of quiet time while the monkey sleeps outside the local Waitrose that coincides with having three-quarters of a latte left? Absolutely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at Fugue State
Did you make special score cards and everything?
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2010 on Letting him get on with things at Mummy & Monkey
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