Thursday, 13 July 2017

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Thursdays are all about baby minding these days.

I woke up this morning to this little lady giving me a big toothy grin. Sometimes I give her my phone to play with and she knows exactly which button to press to turn it on, then I make it so she can see herself and by default she takes a few 'selfies'. 
We always have a walk around the garden looking at the 'pretties'. The most beautiful rose has bloomed over the past few days.
A packet of these gives me 10 minutes much needed R&R. You can do a lot in 10 minutes but gone are the days where I'd run around trying to fit in a few jobs. Instead I sit quite happily in the chaos of baby minding and enjoy a brew instead.
Curry. Thursdays call for a quick and easy tea. So it's sauce out of a jar and rice out of a microwavable packet. Still delicious though and if I really needed an excuse I wouldn't be able to think of one apart from it's quick.
Stories and nursery rhymes at the library never did work out with her sleep pattern, so we tend to just go out wherever we feel like going to pass an hour. Today was just to Middleton. I'm desperately trying to spend my gift voucher and bonus points in The Works but they have a problem with their tills and can only take cash at the moment. Amy very kindly treated me to this book with her wages. In return I bought the coffees and peach iced tea in Costa. 
And that about sums up today. Just waiting for Mark to return home from dropping her off and then we'll try and catch an hour of something on TV. 

xxx




  




22 comments:

  1. I have 4 grandchildren the eldest being 12 last month. Although I get more time now when I look after them they still want entertaining, oh and feeding constantly!

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    1. Yes, children are always hungry that's for sure. I used to love going to my Nanna's house. If I was the only one there I got undivided attention which I lapped up but if my cousins were also there that was a real treat as well. We used to get up to all sorts! Great fun. Grandma's houses are the best. xx

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  2. I feel your exhaustion from here!

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    1. What I don't understand is she's no trouble at all, but I'm knackered when she goes home. I think it's being on call for whatever she might need next, food, drink, a cuddle, playing etc. that I find exhausting. I much prefer just sitting here in a trance and daydreaming and not being accountable lol. xx

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  3. I remember those baby minding days well! Fortunately the youngest grandchild is 13 so doesn't need any minding!lol It won't be too many years before it all starts over again with great grand kids. Oh God, that makes me feel old!!!

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    1. Little grandchildren can be really funny but I think older grandchildren are really good company. My Nanna was in her late 50's when her first great-grandchild came along! There are lots of babies in our family born to young parents. I bucked the trend having Amy at 33 and Thomas at 38 :) xx

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  4. I've had my youngest granddaughter today (2). Her nursery wouldn't let her stay as she has thrush in her mouth and they said it's contagious. She's been on the go all day - dropped to sleep at 2.20pm for an hour - so I thought I'd do the same!! It was a lovely nap. Her older sister (3) went to her school nursery as usual and she wasn't pleased that she'd missed out on a day at nanny's.

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    1. Nurseries are really strict about things like that aren't they, yet she probably caught it from there. 2 is a lovely age but yes, they are on the go all day; I don't know where they get their energy from. At the moment Sienna sleeps for 1.5 hours in the morning and maybe 45 minutes in the afternoon which gives us a breather. It's when they start going all day without needing to stop that it's hard. I bet her sister wasn't pleased - there's nothing quite like going to nanny's for a day and being spoiled rotten :) xx

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  5. Sienna has the lovliest skin Suzanne and I love her serious face when she's taking a selfie. Not long now til you have Thomas to help you and then your holidays-yipee. Glad you enjoyed the school show-my daughter would have needed to come home for the toilet rather than food. I admire the calm way you embrace Thomas' food needs-it looks as if he eats well when he is secure with his family. The caravan was collected today so we set to and cleared up where it used to sit. The blocks need power washed but of course, that's a man task!! Hope you had a restful evening. Catriona

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    1. Thank you Catriona. She does have a serious expression, you should see how she looks at Mark sometimes as if to say 'what on earth are you doing'.

      I loved the school show, it really was good. School toilets are a problem for a lot of children aren't they. In fact we were in Costa today and Amy went to go to the loo but it's a unisex one so she wouldn't use it. I don't like those either. I'd rather cross my legs!

      It's taken me a while to go with the flow with Thomas and his food, I used to worry a lot when he was little but he seems fine off what he eats and is starting to try a few different things here and there, not that he seems to like any of it!

      I bet it feels like you've got loads of room now the van has gone doesn't it. We had our first one on the drive for a few weeks and when it went into storage the front garden felt huge which is certainly isn't.

      Let Norris have his fun with the power washer, I'm sure you can find something much nicer to do :) xx

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  6. Hello Suzanne, now that we're back in Devon we shall be looking after our new grand-daughter from November when our daughter goes back to work. When we were in Wales we looked after our eldest grand-daughter (she's now six years old) for a full week at a time. Sometimes we'd go and pick her up to bring her back or sometmes our daughter would come up for the weekend and leave her with us. It was fine, but oh so exhausting, especially for my husband who did the lion's share of everything from playing with her and taking her swimming etc to running around after her.
    At least we saw her often and watched her grow up (as much as you are at six). She is truly a lovely little girl and so caring of me with my disabilities. I remember once when I was having problems with my balance and couldn't get downstairs without help, she showed me quite seriously how it was done. I couldn't help smiling. Enjoy Sienna, she looks gorgeous.

    Joan (Devon)

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    1. Hi Joan, hope you are keeping well. Children are very tiring that's for sure. I think if you mind them regularly they tend to fit into your routine, whereas if it's a holiday, you want to make sure they enjoy themselves and do lots of nice things. They can keep going all day though can't they if you let them.

      Will you be looking after your new grand-daughter every day? I don't think I could do that if I'm honest, although if needs must I obviously would.

      Your grand-daughter sounds a lovely little girl and very caring looking after you the way she does. xx

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    2. No, Suzanne, just four days out of five. It's enough.

      Joan (Devon)

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    3. Goodness Joan, that makes having Sienna one day a week look like a walk in the park although she is here for nearly 12 hours. Will you have your granddaughter for a full day or just a few hours. I think one of the reasons I find it exhausting is because I still have Amy and Thomas at home as well. I'm sure your daughter is extremely grateful to you. xx

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  7. I am usually found to be sat amongst chaos everyday! Enjoy the fact you can hand Sienna back at the end of the day and get your house back in order. Not that I would change a thing really.
    There are so many selfies on various phones in this house too. Try and take a regular photograph and Lily won't even look at the camera but selfies are fine. Enjoy this time. X

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    1. There is nothing wrong with a bit of chaos Jules. I think you have to embrace it to a certain extent with little ones not that I did, I used to run myself ragged trying to keep on top of everything and go to work as well.

      It amazes me what she does with the phone. She points her finger and just aims straight for the button. Same with the TV remote. She holds it to the TV. They are just so bright these days and seem to be able to mimic everything they see. I can see we're going to have to watch what we do and say :) xx

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  8. Your Granddaughter is so cute, sadly all of mine are grown now the youngest being 10 but I would love another baby to hold. ( not mine,lol)
    Just found your blog, will be adding it to my list.
    Briony
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    1. Welcome to Number 38 Briony :) Yes I know where you're coming from - babies are lovely as long as you can hand them back at the end of the day. Matthew is adamant there are going to be no more, Amy really isn't maternal at all and Thomas is only 11 so I'm hoping he won't have any for a few years lol so I really need to make the most of Sienna as I think she could well be the only grandchild for quite a while. xx

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  9. Sounds like you had a lovely day with Little Miss Gorgeous Girl.

    What a beautiful rose. Mine have gone over now so no more pretty roses until next year.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. She is lovely to look after Sheila. I really look forward to seeing her every week. She's is very easy going and no trouble at all and since she found out how to smile, never seems to stop.

      The rose is gorgeous isn't it. It's supposed to be heavily fragranced but I can't smell anything so I shall just enjoy how it looks. xx

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  10. Love little Sienna's selfie! What a beautiful rose and you know that curry for dinner has my vote of approval. :) I've been dropping some hints to my daughter that I would love a grandchild before I get too old to help take care of one, but daughter is not having any of it! She doesn't even have a boyfriend, yet, and she tells me she's in no hurry.

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    1. Amy isn't maternal at all Bless and I just know that's not going to change and Matthew says "no more children" so I'm going to have to make the most of Sienna until Thomas possibly gives us another grandchild, although I hope that's not for a few years lol.

      The curry was delicious. I am a jar opener where curry and pasta sauce is concerned - no point pretending I'm not :) xx

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