Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Moving right along...

So the poo post wasn't very popular in terms of comments was it? Sorry. We got to 10 days, just in case you were wondering.

I bumped into a friend at the shops the other day who I haven't seen since Erik was born, but she said "I've been reading your blog" and so she knew that E had arrived. She said "I found out about it through X" which was also a surprise, as i didn't know that she was reading either. Perhaps it's time I got a stat counter? What do people recommend? On that note, kind of, if you're lurking, please leave a comment now and then so that I know that you're out there!!

My mum's sister-in-law (who is known as 'Melbourne Jan' to distinguish her from my mum, or 'real Jan' as D'Arcy once called her) was visiting for the weekend. She brought a lovely quilt that she made for E. So far I only have a dodgy photo but it's better than nothing! It really is stunning, and I'm thrilled! She made me one when my marriage ended and I moved out of the house that I loved and away from my chickens, garden and cat, that I'll have to post a pic of some time. Anyway, here's Erik on his quilt, having some 'tummy time' to stop his head going flat on the back!

The other good acquisition news we have is that the box of Obama campaign merchandise we ordered a few weeks ago arrived today. They don't ship internationally, so we had to go through a dramatic rigmarole of getting it sent to a friend who sent it on to us. Here is someone displaying his son, dressed in his Obama-baby onesie. We got big people T-shirts too, but they'd run out of the kids sizes, so D gets a sticker instead. He's quite interested in the process of elections at the moment, since our federal last year. The household Americans have already voted, and sent their ballots off to be counted. Phew. I'm now quite optimistic about the results of this one. Shame I can't vote.

Off to put the small boy in the bath, and hope that Blogger's current spasm of inability to save fixes itself!

Sunday, 12 October 2008

It's been eight days now

Some of you may know that when a baby is fully breastfed they can go for some time between poos. In some ways this is good and convenient (fewer nappy changes in general and much easier to deal with). In others it's a real pain in the arse (so to speak). It seems that as the time period between grows longer, Erik gets progressively more cranky, and sleeps less. The overall effect of this on you is that I blog less. Sorry. Yes, it was all just an apology post. I fiinally managed to put some photos up on Flickr yesterday, and am today managing to write a post. Kind of. See, I don't get to sleep during the day when E is cranky, and he also sleeps less at night, keeping me awake more. It's not a very sensible strategy from an evolutionary point of view is it?

On the developmental side of things, Erik has started to reach for things and shove them in his mouth, which is very cute. His grandma Joyce is having a lovely time (he's her only grandchild) and this is her first time out here. We've been spending lots of time in cafes (as you'll see if you look at the flickr pics) which seems to work out fairly well for everyone.

I've just bought a new baby carrier for Erik. It's an Ergo, and it's more comfortable than the previous options I had. I expect I'll be using it later today when we go to meet our friends Trish and Andrew who are in town.

D'Arcy is still enjoying his brother most of the time, he's got school this week, after some holidays, and he's looking forward to his birthday, which is coming up soon!