I’m not really a Christmas fan…

… the expectations of it never match reality. It gives me the same feeling of dread as when someone announces a team building exercise at a work meeting. But this year has been weird & for the first time in, well, as long as I can remember frankly I’m quite looking forward to having most of Christmas with just me, Laura & the girls. It should be quite chilled.

I don’t do Christmas cards, so you haven’t got one from me. Sorry, I don’t see the point. What I can give you this year is a playlist of my Top 5* festive tunes. It may seem weird for an atheist to include religious music, what can I say? I just like the music.

That’s my top 5, what’s yours?

If you don’t have Spotify, I’ve linked to the tunes on YouTube for you to enjoy.

The Sussex Carol (YouTube won’t let me embed this) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

* The eagle eyed amongst you will realise that I couldn’t stick to 5

This year…

I don’t tend to make New Year’s resolutions, I guess it’s because generally I’m happy with the status quo. That said, last year I promised myself that I would be happier and more fulfilled in my work and earn more money, I’d also lead a healthier lifestyle. I managed to achieve two out of the three aims.

This year (2008) is set to be a year of considerable change. If all goes to plan we should finally exchange contracts on our house move next week and move by the end of this month. Being in the new house will make life much easier as a good shops and the nursery will be within easy walking distance. It also means that Isla will (hopefully) get in to the school that we want her to attend when she starts in September.

Personally as well as spending time getting our new house up to scratch I’d like to try and get back to the gym. I also want to get back into my photography a bit more seriously. So for the next 52 weeks I am going to try and update my flickr account at least once a week with one or more good photos I’ve taken that week. We’ll see how I get on, I realise that this is not the most exciting challenge ever but I wanted to do something and felt that committing to one photo a day would frankly be unachievable.

I also plan to blog a bit more regularly and maybe even redesign this site, just don’t hold your breath.

A couple of videos

It’s been a while since I posted anything about the family – here are a couple of videos of the girls.

Erin is growing up fast, she thinks her big sister is hilarious, here you can see the little comedy double act in action.

Family update

Time has just flown by over the past few weeks; Erin is now over a month old and is doing really well. Generally she is only up for one feed during the night, however that can take anything up to two hours which has taken some getting used too. She still seems to be putting on plenty of weight and in the last week or two she has started to smile.

Isla really enjoyed Christmas, although she was a bit overwhelmed by all her presents and at one stage refused to open any more!

I’ve added some more photos of the girls to flickr for those that are interested.

Erin update; two weeks old

Erin seems to be doing really well; when she was weighed last Tuesday she was 8lb 9.5oz so she’d put on 8.5oz in just over a week. The health visitor has been out to see her Today and she’s pleased with her progress.

Erin is feeding well, but for some reason seems to find it difficult to get off to sleep. That said, for the last two nights she has only woken up once in the night for a feed which is pretty good.

Isla is still really enjoying being a big sister, she’s keen to help with little jobs like fetching clothes & nappies; she’s even tried feeding Erin a couple of times. Isla has recieved lots of “big sister” presents which has helped to keep the green eyed monster at bay.

We are all looking forward to Erin’s first Christmas, Laura and I can’t wait to see Isla face this Christmas morning as she is much more clued up about what’s going on this year.

Erin’s first full day

We took Erin back to hospital Today so that that the paediatrician could give her the once over and make sure that the faint heart murmur that they heard yesterday was nothing to worry about. She was checked over by two doctors; the junior doctor said she thought she could maybe hear something very feint, but on the other hand she could be imagining it. The registrar saaid he couldn’t hear anything, but said to get the GP to check at six weeks.

We where able to pop back to the delivery suite and introduce Erin to Dawn, one of the midwifes who helped Laura through most of her labour. So that was good.

Isla is loving being a big sister and is enjoying giving Erin kisses and cuddles, she was very proud to show her new baby sister off to all the helpers at nursery this evening.

Laura is just giving Erin a bath now (9.30pm) to try and wake her up a bit so that she has a bit of awake time before bed & will hopefully sleep.

Back home

Well we made it home. At about half three this afternoon the latest addition to the family arrived in the house.

Laura & Erin Very nearly had to stay an extra night in hospital, because Erin has a faint heart murmur. Fortunately we where able to talk the doctor into letting us go home, we’ve got to take her back tomorrow to be checked.

So here we all are, looking happy but tired at home:

I’ve added a few more pictures to flickr and I’ll continue to add them as I get time

Time for one more beer then it’s off to bed for me. I’ve had about 6 hours sleep since Thursday night (which is about 4 hours more than Laura’s managed).

She’s Arrived!

After a long hard slog Erin Mae Ford finally put in an appearance at 02.22 today. Weighing 8lb 1.

I meant to post lots of pictures, but I’ve bought the wrong lead for the camera with me. Here’s two I took with the phone. I’ll post more when I get home.

Booked in…

So, this morning was Laura’s 41 week check with the midwife.

She’s now booked in to be induced on Monday.  We’re still hoping baby will make an appearance before then.

Baby Update – 40 weeks 1 day.

Just back from the midwife’s, everything continues to be fine. So it’s just a waiting game still.

Laura’s cooked Chilli for dinner, I think the plan is to have a curry Tommorow (that’ll be the third in a week); she’s also got the reflexology appointment booked.

So here’s hoping something happens soon.