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2011

Life

Our Christmas

December 30, 2011
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I seem to have spent some time away from the Internet over the Christmas period; completely unintentionally I have not checked my emails since the week before the 25th, nor have I made a dent in the 1,000+ blog posts I have waiting in my Google Reader. It’s been a busy time from last-minute work through to last-minute present buying and as always trying to keep on top of the mountain of housework.   Christmas was lovely and quiet. The…

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Me

Before She Was A Mum

December 20, 2011
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I am really enjoying one of Mother’s Meeting‘s current features: ‘Before She Was a Mum’. It’s so easy to completely forget who you were before baby and fun to look back on your pre-motherhood life. Mine seemed to involve a lot of going out! Here I am: Halloween 2009 – pregnant and I didn’t even know it Nova Dando’s Fashion Week party with La Roux, 2009 With Naomi in Sven Vath’s DJ booth at Cocoon, matter, Summer 2009 With my…

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Food

MTT: Mushroom, Pea and Tarragon Pot Pies

December 13, 2011
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We get together with some very lovely friends of ours every month or so to eat, drink and laugh. We became friends about the same time Will and I became a couple (so I guess about 8 years ago) and love them to pieces. There’s nothing better than our raucous night full of wine, food, conversation and Guitar Hero (apart from that time we drank the 1982 bottle of red that was older than me. That did not feel good…

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Pregnancy

16 Weeks Pregnant

December 7, 2011
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  Week sixteen has again been about a million times brighter than the preceeding weeks. I’d even go as far to say that, aside from a little extra tiredness, I feel normal again. NORMAL. I can cook again, I can clean, I can take Elfie swimming, go shopping and am generally happy. It’s a Christmas miracle! It’s only now looking back on the last three months that I’ve realized what a complete period of insanity it’s been. That’s a quarter…

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Food

MTT: Kale and Bacon Hash

November 29, 2011
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Warning: this recipe will change your life. Ok, it probably won’t, but it might make dinner time more fun a couple of times a month. A version of this appeared in Olive magazine about four years ago and I have never looked back; it’s one of Will’s favourite winter suppers and I love it because it means we get to eat a meal covered in ketchup. Plus, a fried egg for dinner? YES PLEASE. The Kale season runs from September…

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Pregnancy

The C-Section Debate: Should We Choose?

November 24, 2011
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Before I got pregnant I had thought a lot about giving birth. It’s difficult not to; if you want kids like I always knew I did they have to make their way from your belly and into the outside world somehow. And as scared as I am of pain (I weep at threading appointments, actually weep) a Caesarian section never entered my thoughts. It’s major abdominal surgery and involves slicing through skin, muscle, and uterus, and I have never understood…

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Elfie

A Hellish 24 Hours

November 21, 2011
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When Elfie is growing up I never, ever want her to consider herself different. Despite the medication and the doctor’s appointments she will always be normal. One hugely comforting thing I took from my last post about her is that it’s not just us in a difficult situation; every family has their quirks, their intricacies, their differences. People have problems and issues but they just don’t get discussed, and that’s why it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. So thank you…

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Pregnancy

14 Weeks Pregnant

November 18, 2011
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  We’re heading into week 15 now, or as I like to call it, ‘The End Of Agonizing First Trimester Hell’. Because that it what it has been, and if I ever so much as mention that I’d like to have a third child I would like someone to take my first trimester and slap me round the face with it. Or alternatively promise to send me to a spa from week 5 to 16. Like I said at 12…

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Food

MTT: Sausage Rolls with Apple

November 17, 2011
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When I found myself with 250g of leftover pork mince and a pack of puff pastry in my fridge, I was not lost for ideas on what to cook. Gregg’s sausage rolls were a staple morning snack when I lived up north in Nottingham and I was also fairly partial to a sausage, bean and cheese melt until I noticed their effect on my thighs. Even now I don’t think there is much better than a crumbly, flaky savoury pastry. Preferably…

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Elfie Pregnancy

Genetics and Pregnancy: What Would You Do?

November 13, 2011
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A background on Elfie’s condition can be found here and a post I wrote when she was diagnosed is here.  We had some really good news from our genetic counsellor last week. The scientists in Frankfurt who have been analysing Elfie’s blood have managed to isolate and identify the changes in Elfie’s genes which leads to her condition, and rather than her having one gene abnormaity, she has two. Which means that they are now going to be testing mine and Will’s blood…

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