Thursday 6 April 2006

this n' that

I have made two fantastic discoveries this week: ionic hairdryers and decent straighteners. Like all mums, I don't have a lot of time in the morning, particularly to devote any effort to my personal appearance. This was made evident by my fondness for ponytails and no makeup until I returned to work. So now that I have returned to the working world, I try to slap on a bit of war paint and do something to make my hair look presentable each day. I have a lot of hair that takes a long time to dry - behold, I have discovered the ionic hairdryer. It dries my hair in 5 minutes instead of 15; I kid you not. They are roughly £30, which isn't much more than a regular hairdryer, and widely available. Go get one if you want to save yourself a few minutes in the morning. Many thanks to mum-in-law for purchasing said item for my birthday! In a similar vein, I have swapped my cheapo Braun hair straightener for a paid-way-too-much-for-a-hair-appliance GHD straightener, and goodness was it worth it. Silky smooth hair in scant minutes, I tell you. Now if only my dream of a shower pump comes true, then I could wash and rinse my hair in seconds. Those are my top yummy mummy tips for the day. Thank you.

In the world of Jack, a few new things to report. The "just say no" phase has moved on and he now nods yes when I ask him stuff. He also sometimes says "yeah!" if I say it to him first, which is so cute it makes my heart burst. He is definitely saying "mama" and "dada" to each of us specifically, and I'm certain that he refers to Jasper as "da" ("dog" maybe?). He's also very into pointing and making an "uh uh uh uh uh" noise at things he wants. So that shows me for complaining about his lack of communication. Silly mummy.

Jack's now off the bottle - all of his milk (and water) is delivered in Tommy Tippee sippy cups. We always gave him his water in a cup after meals and started giving him his afternoon milk in a cup a while ago, but still gave him milk in a bottle in the morning and at bedtime. It's now been about a month and it's made life so much easier. No more bottle and teat washing! No more sterilising! No more leaky stupid crappy Avent bottles! We figured that it was better to get him off the bottle habit sooner rather than later (like when the dummy got put in a drawer when Jack was around 9 months old), before he gets old enough to raise a stink about it. It's worked out really well.

Oh yes, and he knows where his toes are and can give toys to Jasper when asked. My brilliant boy.

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