Charity Shop finds

Fig has reached the point where he needs toys that stretch him, toys that do things and challenge him. However, toys are an expensive business, so Saul and I decided to try some charity shops to see what we could find. And we were genuinely astonished at [a] what we found and [b] how much we saved.

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Suction bowl

Says it all, really. It’s silicone, pretty sticky, and Fig can only get it off his high chair tray if he really pulls at it, but otherwise, it stays put and means he is far more in control of what he eats and how fast.

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On a train

One of the simpler things on my maternity bucket list was to take Fig on a train. ( Continue reading… )

A little me-time

I love a museum shop, and in the case of Manchester Museum, I loved a specific museum shop table. It was just one of those displays that hit me; the right thing at the right time. I guess I just needed a little reminding that life doesn’t have to be all stress and strife, and this table just stopped my wandering eye in its tracks with a message I needed to hear: take a little time to enjoy the good stuff, lady!

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True Faith

True to my maternity bucket list, also. Fig loves big pictures – he has to have a good daily squizz at the Eroica posters we have framed on the kitchen wall, and he gets really excited when we point things out. So I wanted to take him to an Art Gallery, and I love Manchester for its collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings. Thrown in as a bonus was an exhibition of art inspired by Joy Division, which included a lot of memorabilia, and as a HUGE Joy Div fan, this was a great opportunity to introduce Fig to a bit of my modern culture.

So he slept through it.

He did however, love the Shirley Baker exhibit (brilliantly titled Woman and Children; and Loitering Men), as did Saul and I. There was a lot of kicking, wiggling fingers and shouting. And Fig did some of that, too…

Maternity bucket list

A month ago, with the impending horror of the end of my maternity leave, I wrote a list of a few things I felt Fig would really enjoy and that I would like to do with him before I go back to work. I hung the list in the kitchen so that every time Saul goes, “What do you want to do today?”, I can direct him to it. I kept it simple (Bali just isn’t going to happen). And gradually, I’m ticking things off.  ( Continue reading… )

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