Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
How preposterous us pre-parents were! Actually I was fairly strict at the beginning and the TV was never put on before Daisy went to bed for her first 18 months. And then I needed to feed my new baby which Daisy took great exception to and suddenly Dora became my new best friend.
Now four years on, I still have some issues with TV - I only let them watch taped stuff so they don't get exposed to adverts. They get half an hour at lunchtime (although I have to confess in my pregnancy fog of late, that might have been extended to an hour when that sofa gets a bit too comfy for my weary self), and half an hour at bedtime.
So admittedly we all know TV is good for us parents - a little in-house babysitting so we can send an email or make the tea. But I also think it does have value for them too. At least, my girls' current addiciton is. Who'd have thought a little pink pig called Peppa would make parenting so much easier? She's fiesty (but polite), curious (and smart), sociable (and kind), loving (and funny). Her family are a little madcap but they also do lots of everyday things - Peppa goes to school, she loves her friends (and falls out with them), her family go on outings, they talk about stuff, they have lots and lots of fun.... and they teach my girls quite a lot! Now I'm able to say things like "well Peppa always eats her dinner", and Daisy says things like "Peppa goes to the museum, can we go?" We even dealt with riding a bicycle the other day because Peppa had finally managed it!
Now everything I need to explain I can use Peppa as our perfect example. Admittedly English hubby is less enamoured and I'm secretely delighted that Mummy Pig is rather fantastic and Daddy Pig is a bit of a bumbling idiot....... but, his payback is that my little Irish girls now talk with a perfect English accents! Ah, how I eat my pre-parenting words as I curl up on the sofa with the girls. TV is good. Now, where's the damn remote.
Monday, March 8, 2010
- The colour purple
- The way Poppy looks at me when she is naughty
- Lists - making them, colour coding them, crossing them off
- Planning and organising.... it's an affliction I know...
- The crackle of a fire and the heat from the blaze on a cold windy night
- A heartbeat at that first scan
- When a little hand reaches up into mine when I'm walking down the road
- My husband's laugh
- Daisy's goodnight kisses
- Stepping off a plane on holiday and feeling a foreign sun welcome me
- Green chicken curry
- Sunday's at home, pottering in a sunny garden with the girls running round throwing sand on the lawn.
- Disappearing into a book and feeling like I live there on the pages
- Every single thing about Christmas
- Driving in the car (alone) and listening to music (other than the Wheels on the Bus) very very loudly
- Colin Firth as Mr Darcy jumping into the lake
- Saturday morning cuddles in bed with the girls, all warm and entangled
- My family - and the fact that 40 years on I still want to spend time with my mum, dad and brother
- The knowledge that the first half was great, and the second half will be even better because I will get to watch the best show on earth - my girls growing up
- The thought that I'm going to spend the next 40 years of my life with him and them
So there we are. The celebrations are over, the presents unwrapped, the balloons burst. Back to getting on with this 40 year old life.... and just so I don't get carried away with all the love and affection I've received the last week, my girls know just how to keep me grounded. When I told Daisy I was forty last week, she was quiet for a moment and then looked at me forlornly - "That's old. Are you going to die?"