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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Poor GJ. Her fifth month day coincided with Christmas Day. She was bewildered by the sudden arrival of many many new toys and books, and endured the comedy hats.

baby human - 5 months

tartan - 5 months

The red and white stripey top came with a set of handmedowns. In the 1 month photo the sleeves are rolled up a long way. Now, at five months, they aren’t rolled up at all. She’s 15lb something, and over 2′ long.

New skills include sitting at table, in a red IKEA high chair. As that chair isn’t available for delivery, getting it involved a trip to the Bristol branch. That was the furthest away from her I’ve gone to date but it went well. Exeter-based readers might like to know it took me a five and a half hour round trip by public transport (including the 90 minutes to get around IKEA itself) and cost under £25.

a belated monthly update

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

The monthly update from 25 November got delayed. Not the photos themselves, just posting them here.

Baby Human - 4 months

Tartan - 4 months
Skills learnt include push-ups, sitting propped up (not at a bar) and teething. There are occassional flips.

You can see the full slideshow on flickr.

Monthly update

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

3 months old! It feels like a lifetime to us. It is a lifetime to her.

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I’m taking a photo of GJ each month until she’s one. I got the framing on the tartan rug a bit wrong this time.

Developments also include chattering away and thumb sucking.

Monthly update

Saturday, 25 September 2010

I’m taking a photo of GJ once a month so her progress, so infinitesimal to us on an everyday basis, is made visible.
Baby Human - 2 months
tartan - 2 months
There’s been a lot of changes already. Sleeping through is the best one.

You’ll notice she’s in a denim pinafore and red tights now, instead of dungarees. This is because we’ve swapped to cloth nappies in the day (with thanks to Exeter Babies).

An extra thing to think about if you want to use cloth nappies rather than disposables is that modern baby clothes aren’t designed for big bottoms. So she’s in pinafores or trousers a size up from her actual size to allow room. You’ll also need some vest extenders (I got a set from Babykind but want some with different popper sizes to fit non-standard tops).

We do not, obviously, sing Sir Mix-a-lot to her.

Monthly updates

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.


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