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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Yesterday marked Georgina’s first month. Yes, I know. Frightening.

A design blog I follow, Making It Lovely, decided to record her first child’s first year by taking a photo of her each month in the same outfit on the same background. Here’s Eleanor’s year.

I love this idea. It recreates digitally the photographic updates that used to be sent to distant relatives in my family. So I’m doing the same for Georgina, just for the first year. That means I had to decide on an outfit and a background.

The outfit is easy: red/white striped top and dungarees. It’s a combination I love and will be a wardrobe stable. My sister has sent me a photo of my niece in the same outfit, aged 1, way back in the late ’70s. The background choice was harder. In the end I’m doing two.

‘Baby Human’ is her on an American quilt custom made by Kelly Hale. I was gobsmacked by the work and love that’s gone into the quilt and daren’t use it as a day to day item. I was also delighted that Kelly had picked colours that suit the nursery kit.

Baby Human - 1 month

‘Tartan’ is Georgina on a tartan travel rug/blanket. I found the rug about two years ago in Otto Retro and bought it instantly, despite the cost of a pristine 1960s wool blanket. It’s the exact same pattern as my own. The earliest photos of me are on my blanket, and I’ve carried it with me through bedsits, shared student houses and rented flats. Mine is worn totally through, as you might expect after nearly forty years of use, with a hole repaired with embroidery silk. I hope Georgina carries hers until it wears out too.

tartan - 1 month

I’m going to dig out a photo of me on my blanket, but it’s behind a lot of boxes in the attic at the moment.

ETA: here’s my blankie.

Tour Baby

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

It’s a month since I was in a delivery room at the local hospital. I’d spent the previous three weeks watching the Tour de France on Eurosport, even getting namechecked for a tweet about cake. And I’d bought the bedside TV package when I was admitted to the RD&E. I have vague memories of the yellow jersey being surprisingly closely run on the Saturday, but there’d been a lot of gas/air and other confusions that day. On the Sunday I was very distracted what with the whole giving birth thing. But the TV was on in the background and the pelaton was looping around the Champs Elyssees. I’ve just checked and Mark Cavendish must have won whilst Georgina was snuggling on my chest. This will in no way be a formative experience for her.
Mark Cavendish

practising for winning a #tdf etape


busy…back soon

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Georgina Joan arrived just over two weeks ago.
GJ - day 1
So we’ve been a bit quiet due to being a bit busy. Not sure when normal blogging will resume.

Here’s a flickr set of the photos.

Eep 2.0

Sunday, 17 January 2010

So, the reason I’ve been reading a lot more and avoiding the PC in the evenings is out. It’s not the fault of my precious iPhone.

No, it’s that I’m expecting a baby and it turns out the first trimester is quite tiring and headache-inducing. And reading on paper is so much softer on the eyes (see my theory on e-readers).

I’ve also just stared in amazement at the very same model of pram we were all wheeled around in as kiddies in the 60s and 70s. I learnt most of my childcare skills in the late 70s, and keep discovering there are things you don’t do any more. Like putting you baby in a giant pram and leaving it in the garden for the afternoon. Damnit.

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