Just the two of them…

on the farm




So, now that I’ve got all these photos off the phone, I thought i’d post some of the older ones. But also, this is a bit of an admission, I’ve begun to admit to myself that I would like another. I can’t believe I would ever say that, but I’ve started to feel like I’m coping again, and it’s such a shock, so I feel the need to be thrown back into the terror and chaos that newborn babies bring me. There are so many cons to the decision, that it really shows up just how big the obvious “pro” would be. Still, I figure I’ve got a couple of years to think about it, and by then, well, I may have changed my mind again. I was talking to someone at a toddler group about wanting to leave a bit of a gap this time, and she said “nono! you wanna get them all close together – much easier in the long run!” I think she may have been made of stonger stuff than I!”

You may have noticed me posting a bit more (like, 3 posts in 1 day) well, I’m trying to get used to my mac. I have installed Ubuntu Studio on the Dell, so there’s no going back now. (though, actually, I could probably install all I need on there anyway, but I’m making an effort).
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I can’t believe in the 21st century, that it is SOOOOO hard to get photos off my phone onto the laptop. My first port of call is usually bluetooth. The two things are paired, and I can send files from laptop to phone, but if I try the other way around, i get “sending failed”. SO, next choice is the phone -> USB cable provided with my N73 which worked brilliantly with Ubuntu. Do you think I could find this cable anywhere in our house? Bearing in mind we have two of them? Of course not. So, I have to find the card reader, and its cable, and remove the mini SD card from the phone, and get them off that way. Do you think iphoto can get them all first time? No! I have to do it twice (second time I used Finder).

Anyway, after that little rant, I really meant just to post this picture of Ollie signing “raisins” which he now does only for chocolate raisins!
This photo was taken in June, when he was 14 months. Sorry it’s not very good quality.



Ollie just said “bus” so I thought i’d list his vocabulary, as a record, as he’ll be 18 months in just over a week:
car, down, three, four, Daddy, Mumm-ay., tree, ball. eeeyuare (here you are), ereyuare (there you are). Castle, cuddle, bubble and shoe. These are all clearly discernible, used often. He will attempt to say lots of other words, like “table” but it really doesn’t come out right! He will also say “woof, mieow, and meeeerowwwwwww” instead of dog, cat and aeroplane.

Thomas uses “but, mum, that’s not the point” when I tell him off, or try to explain why he can’t do something. If he gets really angry with me, he “calls the police” and tells me that he’s asked a policeman to come and tell me off. Or sometimes he puts me in prison. He’s very receptive to taking deep breaths to calm down, and sometimes i can distract him by making him “blow out candles” where he has to blow on my fingers, and I let each one fall as he blows it out. Just another deep breathing technique.

A funny discussion we had today when Thomas was playing in his room: “mum, there’s scary hands in my room” me: “really, whereabouts?” Thomas: “on the wall, i’m scared – scary hands.” I have to admit that at this point, having avoided “Amytiville Horror” and other horror films on the grounds that they were too scary, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up a bit. Me: “I think you are using your imagination – would mummy be able to see them if she came into your room?” Thomas: “yes, come and see!” So I followed him into his room, and sure enough, there were scary hands on the wall! But they were shadows cast from a toy that was hanging off a shelf. I showed him where the shadow came from and explained that it was just like in “The Gruffalo’s Child” with the Big Bad Mouse. Phew.