Stupendously glad tidings to one and all. I am desperately resisting the urge to annihilate our chocolate, biscuit and chocolate biscuit supplies so I am taking to the keyboard instead.
On Monday I discovered I had put on 2lbs, then I took G to the
dentist who was very welcoming, asked if he knew me already and then
asked me if I was pregnant. I said 'No' I had
just had a baby which was in fact, in my arms right in front of him. He (who was quite portly
himself) then apologised and said it was because he thought I had been
to him before, however it was quite clear he was mistaking me for someone who was
pregnant. To make it worse he then continued by saying that it took his wife a year to
lose her baby weight. Which just confirmed the fact that he thought I was fat. I don't mind or take it to heart because I am fat and am acutely
aware of it. However,
imagine if I was 25 stone post pregnancy and had in fact lost a SHED
load of weight and was now the thinnest I've ever been - it could have been incredibly upsetting. He shouldn't assume just because I am fat now that I
wasn't fatter before - although admittedly it isn't easy to phrase that
either. I think all in all unless a woman makes a point of saying she is
pregnant NEVER ask her. It doesn't usually end well.
On Thursday morning as we cuddled in bed chatting Ted said "I hate that bitch". I asked him to say it again.
He said it slower, but perfectly, I hate that bitch. We were in the
middle of talking about his nursery and how he was having the day off but would go back tomorrow and see his beloved Marianna (his key worker) and more
importantly Be Good. The day before I had been to his nursery for his parent
teachers and yet again, was told that Ted's behaviour was erratic. It seems he has teamed up with a like minded party-starter
and they feed off each others mischief and get themselves in to
terrible trouble. So, as you can imagine this wasn't the ideal start to
his 'new leaf' of good behaviour and I was worried that he was angry at his key worker for telling me about the bad behaviour and getting him in to trouble. I also mentally berated myself for allowing him to watch '12' Certificate DVDs - which in my considerable defence is because it seems
all the superhero films seem to be a '12' - all four Spiderman
ones, Captain America, Fantastic Four etc (and yet Coraline, where the
protagonist is asked to gouge out her eyes and sew buttons in their
place is a PG????). I decided to talk around the subject to discover his
use of this new word. I asked what he was talking about and why he felt that about her. To my great
relief it would appear that he has developed an interesting lisp and
what he actually meant was 'I hate that bit' which referred to the day
before when Marianna had insisted he tidied up for tidy up time. The
relief I felt was, as you can imagine, momentous. There is a vast
difference between the odd 'shit' and 'bloody' absorbed from his mother
but at the age of three to refer to his nursery key worker as a bitch
really would have concerned me greatly.
So, back to last week (my timeline is all out for this one but I can't be bothered, so just try and keep up). I survived, Cybs survived and even K survived the Actual Night Out. It was a stunning success. I will admit I had a wobbly moment about leaving as I was putting her down in the cot but once I was in the car and off I felt quite excitable. It was all jolly lovely and the pizza was deeeeelish. And huge. Just how I like them. Cybs stayed beautifully asleep for my entire venture over the river and back and I got to catch up with all my old school friends - it was a fabulous turn out. I even made it home in time to catch the local mothers at a birthday booze in the tapas bar round the corner. They hadn't eaten so were well away by the time I arrived at 11 and it hit me instantly how much more fun 'drunk' is when you are the one who is actually enjoying its effects. So, on my first Actual Night Out I got to two events, Cybs didn't suffer and I was in bed and ready for sleep by midnight. I shan't be doing it again any time soon but just to know that I have done it is quite enough for now. Especially as that was one of the last times she did sleep well - ever since my night out we (I say we but actually I mean I - K takes over in extreme circumstances but it is me who does it 99% of the time) have been suffering from nightly screaming of around an hour and a half which is making me slightly crazy.
I hate to admit it but I am not
particularly good at coping with non sleeping babies. She is usually ok
in the evening but once you reach 10 o'clock it enters 'the danger zone'
and she could wake at any point and then cry on and off for around an hour and
a half. But on Thursday night it didn't stop. I tried everything, in the
bed with me, in her cot, feeding, dummy, ignoring, cuddling etc etc. In
the end I gave up and put the pillow over my head and ignored her cries
which left K to take over. Mercifully so, as by that point Bea and G had also
been woken up and the cries were reaching epic levels. He took her downstairs and away from me. Bea was
sobbing by this point. It was a horrid night. My thoughts towards my
youngest were uncharitable at best and potentially fatal at their worst. It seems
totally 'other wordly' in the cold light of day, that I could ever have
felt such horrid things. I know I am going to be eternally damned for
just 'thinking' these things but I also said some pretty mean things
to her and I wasn't exactly gentle and loving. I felt hideously bad about it
all of Friday morning - particularly when I read a blog from a woman who had lost her son
at a year old and then listened to a woman on the radio, quite by
chance, speaking about the loss of her son who was nearly two. I took
both of these things as signs that I should be nicer to poor C and have been so ever since. Luckily, she has also slept better.
I don't read parenting books or have a particular 'style' - I am most
definitely not an Earth Mother (see above), Yummy Mummy (too fat, lazy and poor), Working Mother or a Gina
Ford regimented type either. I have decided that my 'style' should be
summarised as The Haphazard Parent - this is for two reasons - the 'hap'
part stands for happy - on the whole I am quite happy to do it and my children are quite happy and due
to my laziness and laid back approach to almost every aspect of my life
they don't seem to have any major anxieties or tense, worrying behaviour and seem generally ok. However the downside to my haphazard
school of child rearing is the 'hazard' part. Not having a hard and fast method of getting babies to sleep through the night, believing my 3 year old might refer to his Nursery key worker as 'that bitch' due to the crap I let him watch on TV, putting off going to
the dentists for too long so that G has severe decay in two teeth and although the dentist assures me that some teeth are more
prone to decay than others and it is actually more to do with genetics
than a lack of oral hygiene, ultimately even if the decay was not
entirely my fault, I should have taken him to the dentist far more often
than I did. So there is the hazard part. There are many other hazards obviously but these are the most recent.
On the plus side of life is my new TV Heaven - Nashville - a better concept of a programme that doesn't take place in a hospital I cannot think of - country music, bitch fights, fit men, children, marriage, deceit - all bundled up in a fab one hour segment. Brothers and Sisters was good but I think this may just top it. Luckily there is only one programme a week or I might get stuck on the sofa again like I did with the Real Housewives. Now Cybs is bigger and requires far less feeding, my beloved sofa and I are spending huge expanses of time (relatively) away from one another. I have to snatch the odd ten minutes here and there in order to try and get through all my dramas. I have now downloaded the Nashville album and it is making kitchen time far more enjoyable and as luck would have it, Cybs finds my country mum dancing frickin hilarious. I am now desperate to talk 'country' on a full time basis and go round talking/singing about my feelings and my head and my heart and my heart and my head and refer to a group of people as y'all. I can use 'honey' as a term of endearment and refer to myself in the third person as Mama without attracting too much attention so I am going to start off with that.
I have also hit upon a genius idea to boost the morale of the country at the moment - well actually just the people with children but that is a vast number of them so I still stand by it - my idea is 'Parenting Certificates' - something to help give us a little lift after all the crappy weather, potential loss of child benefit, tax credits, shutting down of local hospital A and E departments etc etc etc. It would be relatively inexpensive but very effective so a real vote winner. I think it could work something like this; you would be able to nominate yourself or nominate others for a piece of parenting that you think is deserving of an award. It doesn't have to be groundbreaking or ambitious - I came up with the idea after my night out when a friend told me of her night fixing a tyre on the side of the road at three in the morning with her daughter in the back of the car, after spending the evening helping her very sick mother try and get the hospital care she needed and still made her important business meeting with Harvey Nichols the following day. The spectrum for brilliant parenting certificates (and I haven't worked it all out yet but I think there should also be a medal system for really outstanding feats) is wide and diverse, coping with chemotherapy and still making a child's school assembly; having a newborn and still throwing a fabulous birthday party for the older sibling; managing to feed the family when you have no money; making cakes for the school cake sale even though you have the flu - that kind of thing; getting a lovely shiny certificate through the post as a validation for your extra special effort or coping ability would be a real bonus. Especially if you weren't expecting it.Kids get certificates and rewards all the time - they love it and I am convinced adults want the same as well but are too grown up to admit it. To be honest, if they gave me a printer, some stamps and a website I'd probably offer to set up a Govt department from the comfort of my sofa. I could do with some more reasons to sit on it.
Righty ho I have to get going, sorry, this is all a bit bitty. Oh well, life is a bit bitty. Bit crap, bit good, bit happy, bit sad. Sometimes you want to go around hugging people, sometimes you want to go around punching them in the face and then kneeing them in the crotch. Such is life. That's it for now. Y'all go and enjoy yourselves. I'm off to bed to cope with a screaming Cybs.