7 quick takes #22 - it's mostly about poo

Friday, 21 November 2014

1.

It's been aaaaaaaages since I've done a Seven Quick Takes (or so it seems). Sorry if I'm a little rusty. I have a lot to talk about, and my body and mind are on shutdown mode for the night, so we'll see how it goes.

2.

I keep referring to Jellybean as a 'toddler' on the blog but I still can't quite bring myself to do in real life. I still call her 'baby' just as much as I call her by her real name (which, in case you're new, isn't Jellybean). I had a conversation with a Mum recently in which we discussed the strange in-between stage of being a baby and a toddler. She coined that precious few months as the 'tot' stage which I think is quite cute. I have a tot.

3.

Although thinking about today I don't think it will be long until we enter full-on toddler mode. I actually said the phrase 'Mummy said NO and that's the end of the matter!' today. It was like a brief glimpse into my near future.

Seriously though, the levels of strop have been intense today. Here are some reasons why my daughter has been angry today:

  • She didn't want to stop digging out my blusher with her fingernails
  • She didn't want her cheese sandwiches
  • She DID want her cheese sandwiches
  • She wanted to hang around by the toilet seat and I wouldn't let her
  • She also wanted to rip apart a whole toilet roll and I wouldn't let her
  • She wanted to get out of the trolley at the supermarket
  • She wanted to get back into the trolley at the supermarket
Etc. To be fair the postman knocked on the door about forty minutes into her nap and woke her up, and it seems to have triggered in her a kind of primal baby rage.

4.

I've seen this blog post being posted on Facebook recently - did you know that you can take baby's vests off down over their body rather than up over their head? This doesn't sound that interesting but in a poo-up-the-back moment it can make the world of difference.

It's funny, because when I read that blog post the thought 'Hmm, we haven't had a poo explosion in ages.' popped into my head.

Guess what happened tonight?

No, go on. Guess.

When I heard Chris say (to Jellybean!) 'Oh, you've done a poo,' I didn't think much of it. When I heard him say 'Oh, it's not a nice poo,' I thought he was just being a bit of a wimp. When he said 'OH NO, IT'S EVERYWHERE, IT'S REALLY BAD' I realised that I could no longer pretend to be busy elsewhere and I had to go and help him.

Anyway, the poo-caked vest came off much easier than if I had lifted it over her head. Crisis averted, you say? No. Obviously. That would be too easy. Poo was firmly attached to our beautiful baby's back. And just as I went to get a flannel with the idea of standing her in the bath and washing her, Chris shouted 'OH NO SHE'S WEEING!' and my night was complete.

She did manage to aim her wee at the changing mat, which was helpful. But now I have a poo-soaked vest to boil wash, a wee-soaked changing mat to deal with, and a bath that has, you know, seen better days.

That was my Friday night in a nutshell!

5.

On a totally different non-bodily-fluid-related note, I am totally stuck into Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss. I mentioned months ago that I had bought it as a summer read, and well, you know, it's nearly Christmas and I'm still reading it. This is taking a shamefully long time to get through.

But not because of the book itself! Just my lack of discipline. Every time I pick it up I learn something fascinating and I call Chris over to read it out to him. The food industry is so interesting. I'm starting to get the sense of the incredible power held by these big companies (Kraft, Pepsi, Coca-Cola etc) and how the decisions of a marketing department can have a serious impact on the purchases, behaviour and health of all of society. It's more technical than I thought it would be, going into detail about food science, how tastebuds work, how our brain reacts to certain foods, and how companies have maximised that information to get us, essentially, hooked onto junk food.

It's really, really good. I recommend reading it. And I will finish it by the end of the year!

6.

Talking about books, I'm thinking of doing a roundup of good reads from this year. I love reading book-related blog posts on other people's blogs, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on a few great books I have read this year. I love getting book recommendations! If you have any, send them my way and I can get cracking on my 2015 book wishlist *sigh*

7.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been thinking about my blog and I've got plans for it for next year. So yay to that. I'm really loving blogging at the moment. And some exciting things have been happening for me recently. I've been learning about the blogging community in the UK, particularly parenting blogs, and I've been discovering some excellent writers, so that's good.

I've said blog way too much. Sorry.

My post about why I love blogging was featured on Mumsnet's Bloggers Network today, which was extremely exciting (I actually squealed when I saw it). I'm feeling really grateful for that.

Mostly though, I've been reflecting on why I started this in the first place (a creative outlet for connecting with God, worshipping, and asking questions about my faith), and I've got a whole load of things to write about on that front, so hopefully inbetween the mad Christmas rush that is coming up I'll be able to sit down with my Bible and the laptop.

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

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