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I live in Kent with my husband, toddler Tilly (henceforth known as Monkey) and another baby due in November. We have two cats, Duncan and Lady Macbeth, and four chickens who kindly lay us eggs daily. We live in the picturesque seaside town of Broadstairs. I enjoy reading, knitting and cooking. I'm trying to be a bit 'greener' (not sure how successfully), and to be a gentle parent. Extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping don't freak me out, we use cloth nappies and try to follow some of the ideals of Attachment Parenting. If that sounds as if I know what I'm doing, I don't! I am also a psychotherapist with an interest in Focusing-oriented therapy, and I have a small private practice in the area.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Can't think of a title, will "Bum" do?

The Monkey trying to claw her Mama with those paws:
Two hairy creatures, the one on the right is my daughter, who seems to have decided that Lady is now her favourite cat. I'm waiting for a book on baby signing to come from Amazon, but for now I've been teaching Tilly the sign for 'cat' as it's the only one I know and there are plenty of opportunities to use it.
We've not ventured very far in the last week or so. We stayed at Nanna and Grandad's at the weekend, and Nanna came back with us on Sunday evening to help out. Babe has been projectile vomiting on a regular basis and it's been horrible. I'm pretty sure it's nothing more sinister than her cough causing her to gag, but I can't tell you how much I hate being vomited on. Not that I imagine anyone particularly likes it, but still. As a result of teething and being sick quite a lot, Monkey has lost a  bit of weight and is now well off the chart (i.e. below the 0.4 centile). We saw a lovely GP this morning who used to work in the neo-natal unit and remembered the babe from when she was just days old and having antibiotics for her chest infection. He gave her a thorough check-over and faxed the hospital to have our paediatric outpatient appointment brought forward, so hopefully on Thursday we'll see the consultant. Regular readers and forum friends will now that this is an issue that I get particularly anxious and stressed about, and I have unquestionably found it hard to accept that we just have a petite daughter, but I still have this lingering fear that something isn't right and at least at the hospital they can do some blood tests and check her vitamin levels. I know that in photos she looks fine, she has little rosy cheeks, but...  she still wears 0-3 month clothes and carrying her feels no different from when she was a few weeks old. She's 9 months old next week!
Enough of that, I'll update when we've had our appointment.
What else? I've just cast-on stitches for an olive green tunic top for the babe, and I'm looking forward to finishing it off with some fancy new buttons I bought online.  I'm looking forward to meeting up with Ali and Joxy on Friday, and meeting another GP mama who lives down that way. We plan to do a bit of a knitting and crocheting tutorial, and I'm hoping Ali will show me how to make a felt figure. Tomorrow I'm going to the recycling centre/ local tip. Glamorous, moi?


Earthmummy xx said...

hope she feels better soon. Having someone be sick on you is awful; you have my sympathy

Izzi x

Joxy said...

Hope the hosptial appointment reassures you too honey.

I'm so looking forward to Friday too.


arwen_tiw said...

Aw lovey, people still think Morgan is about ten months old lol (keep being told I'm "brave" when strangers spot the bump).

Big hugs and lots of positive-thinking vibes for the appointment!

Liz said...

Aww hope she's better soon. That picture with the cat is just adorable!

Mon said...

Awww, our LO is a petite little girl too. I go by how she behaves and looks. Rosy cheeks, happy, etc.

But if you have a feeling that's based in intuition and not fear, then you gotta follow it. A check-up can't hurt. Fingers crossed and hugs.