Thursday, 29 September 2011

Baby Update

If all goes to according to plan, five weeks from today will be Baby X's birthday eve.  At my appointment last week she weighed 4 lbs 13 oz.  She was consistently slightly below average in weight and well above average in femur length - just like her dad.  But in the last three weeks she jumped above average in weight.  I was a little concerned since I was not well for a few days.  But she kept kicking and growing!  

For me physically things are going remarkable well.  I feel better than I recall at this point with the other babies.  I hope it lasts.  I constantly receive comments about being so small.  Maybe it is just to be nice?  But it is certainly better than wow you are huge.  

I am not superstitious but I am  guarded.  I've procrastinated on preparations but find myself drawn to the tasks.  I picked up diapers last week.  Her car seat is coming soon.  The milk will come in ready or not. An industrial pump arrived today.  I am determined for her not to have severe jaundice like Caroline and George.  She is getting a top-up after every feed.  Brent has the travel ban in his calendar.  Her bows are in transit from my American bow source. 

Now just to hope and wait....hmmm...

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Monday, 26 September 2011

The Sandwich

Thanks to Leslie,  this sandwich is my latest food obsession.  She shared one with me when she was here last week.  I must eat one everyday.  Over the weekend, I made them for the family for lunch.  I even made the pesto.  I would eat one now but we do not have bread or tomatoes.  I know what I am having for lunch tomorrow...

 Tomato, Mozzarella, and Arugula (Rocket) Sandwich with Basil Pesto 

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Moving House Update

The house move has not been easy.  I think the biggest obstacle is the timing, or lack thereof, on several issues.  We originally planned to move in July before visiting the US.  We'd have a couple of weeks to start settling in before the trip and a week when we returned before school started.  However, the prior tenants pushed back moving out which changed our plans.  

We returned from the US.  Then the next morning bright and early, I had to drive across town to the check in at the new property and go to the uniform store.  The next two mornings, again bright and early, the movers were packing and loading the truck.  This is one way to skip jet lag.  The removals company did not send enough men so they did not finish at the new house until midnight.  It was a long day and I only watched!

Over the weekend, there was the usual digging through boxes to find things as needed, figuring out the oven controls, how to work the locks, etc.  Monday morning was back to Hampstead for the old house checkout and a tearful goodbye.  I loved our house there.  Traffic was terrible coming back to the countryside. 

On Tuesday morning, Brent texted wishing me a better day.  I was sure it would be.  It was anything but better.  The internet guys arrived.  I was so hopeful I would be the exception to the notorious reputation of delays and false starts.  It was not to be.  Their company's cables are not on our road.  And are not scheduled to be in the near or distant future.  It was ugly or rather I was ugly.  Nothing could be done.  I had to accept this and go to plan B.  

I arrange installation with another provider.  But it takes 7-10 days and I have a deadline for work on the 7th day (it took 10 days of course).  I am not sure how to manage but in the end I found a workaround.  Later that day after another uniform store run - the backordered item was still not in, so again another plan B - I feel something is not right.  When we returned home I was hit violently with a stomach bug.  Brent hurried home to take over the children.  

I missed taking the girls for their first day of school.  I missed the Dolly Parton concert I anticipated for months.  Poor, poor me.  

The next night Brent is out of town and we are talking on the phone.  Caroline enters the room to let me know she is not well.  I will spare the details but she is indeed not well.  As luck would have it, her bed was remade without the waterproof pad.  Soon Mary Kate is awake joining in on the fun.  At one point, I walk into the bathroom and both girls hugging the toilet.  It was so sad.

The drive to school is no fun.  There are a couple of road closures causing huge delays.  Hopefully, they will be completed by the beginning of November.  On the positive side, the girls are enjoying school and are adjusting quickly.  

I do not like feeling disorganized.  But things are coming together.  We have internet again.  I am caught up on the laundry - if it is possible the "new" washing machine is smaller than the last one.  Grocery delivery is back to normal.  We are falling into a good school routine.  Temporary blood, sweat and (lots) of tears. 

I am still fussy when I look around at the chaos and think I left a perfectly tidy and organized house just three weeks ago.  But as I have already heard crazy ramblings about the North London senior school entry process - I am pleased to avoid the headache (senior school begins in year 7, Mary Kate is in year 5).  Moving will be the best for all of us in the end.  

George is not bothered by any of it...

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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Do Over

If I had things to do over, I would have purchased one of these as soon we arrived in London - nearly three years ago...

I do not know how I have lived without it!

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Saturday, 10 September 2011

1st Day of School

School is back in session!  Both girls had nice first days and wanted to go back.  But sadly a harsh stomach bug hit them and they missed the second day.  They have recovered and are ready for Monday.  Our tiny washing machine is still working overtime to catch up.

Caroline - Year 3

Mary Kate - Year 5

If only they still wore hats!

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