Friday, August 24, 2007

All about Me-Me

Oooh! I've been tagged! My first ever meme. After all this time feeling like an outsider, an undesirable, a wallflower of the blogging world, Christine has tagged me with a meme. Giving me an excuse to talk about one of my FAVOURITE subjects. Me! Me!


Eight Things About Me

So here are the rules:

1) Post these rules before you give your facts.

2) List 8 random facts about yourself

3) At the end of your post, choose (tag) 6 people and list their names, linking to them

4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they've been tagged.

My Facts:

1. When I was little I wanted to be a boy. I thought girls were boring and didn't get to do anything exciting. I had short hair so I looked like a boy anyway, and I developed the disturbing habit of telling strangers that my name was Petros (Peter!) Now I'm married to one. Also when I was little, I taught my brother to pretend he was a dog (my parents wouldn't let me have one, so I had to make do.) I had him walk on all fours, pant, bark and wag his bottom. Then I got bored of the game, but HE liked it, so he kept following me around pretending he was a dog for a few days. My father was NOT impressed!

2. Some years later, I told my brother that I was going to be abducted by aliens in a few weeks' time. According to my story, originally Earth was like an exile world, where alien races from other planets dumped their convicts. (Kind of like Australia, tee-hee.) All the alien convicts bred with each other and the human race was created. Now, billions of years later, one of the alien races that had used the Earth as a prison planet had experienced a destructive plague and was trying to repopulate its planet, so they were looking for earthlings with the strongest traces of their heritage. I was one of them. I would be leaving in about 2 weeks' time. My brother, if I recall correctly, was worried about "what he would tell mum" and "who was going to walk the dog."

3. When people stop me on the street and ask me for money to get the bus or make a phonecall or some similar story, I always give them some (if I have some on me.) I'd rather be taken advantage of for some small change and retain some faith in people.

4. I have never been drunk in my life.

5. I have had a strange feeling for some years now, that I am "meant to" have a child with Down Syndrome at some point. I don't know if this will come to pass or not.

6. I love playing Dungeons and Dragons. Spyros introduced me to the game and got me hooked, and now I'm a grown up, married, responsible mother of two (MWAHAHAHA!) I can't get anyone to play with me anymore...

7. I wish I lived in the '50s. I think the innocence of the times and the assumption that you were going to be happy with your life (Pleasantville style -I love that film) made for happier people overall. Or at least I like to imagine so. I hate the way being cynical, jaded and fashionably moody has become cool these days.

8. I have had the same thing for breakfast, every day of my life, since I was 10 or so. Toast (or bread) with butter and cheese, and greek coffee. I guess you could say I like routine.


I'm tagging:

Kris: http://mudandmischief.blogsome.com/

Jennifer: http://6weeks5children4hundredpounds.blogspot.com/

Sarah: http://www.goodenoughmummy.typepad.com/

Lindsey: http://a-mamas-world.blogspot.com/ -You've got time to fill, Lindz! (Our Lindsey is on bedrest, pregnant with babies #3 and #4. Identical twin girls!)

Happy Mommy: http://outofsmallandsimplethings.blogspot.com/

Sophie: http://sophieqc.blogspot.com/ (Or Mummy can answer the meme if she wants! *wink*)


Philip is eating solids now. Unlike Matilda, who took a while to get used to it (remember the grossed out by banana face?) Philip loved it straight away, and sportingly gulped down the entire contents of the bowl the first time I ever tried to feed him:

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Now he screams if I dare put the spoon down for a few moments, is chubbing up nicely, and generally proving that he *does* take after me in some ways.

I was tempted to label this picture "poo explosion" but I felt sorry for you. Despite appearances, it's food. Sweet potato and green beans. And yes, he liked it.

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Today it was lovely and sunny, so we went for a walk at the sea front. There was a market on, and we bought some crusty bread and a selection of french cheese and had a picnic on the grass.

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Philip is enjoying his time in the bucket:

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Philip and Matilda having a rare quiet moment:

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Sometimes Philip finds it hard to resist the ladies:

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Touchy Feely Sitty Uppy

Natalie had her baby! Baby Isambard Ely was born August 3rd, at home in the water, and he weighs a whopping 10 lbs 6 oz (4720 gr, for the Greeks.) To celebrate, here are some photographs of all of Natalie's brood, so you can put faces on the names once and for all.


Isambard, the amazing baby who can smile at 4 days old:


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Atticus:

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Ola:

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Reggie (the one covered in paint):


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Philip can sit up. On Monday the 30th of July he did it for the first time, and he's been doing it ever since. Admittedly, you have to position him the right way, but after that he props himself up with his little hands and just sits there and sways. This makes me a bit worried when I think how early he might reach other milestones, like crawling. I quite liked having Matilda, the baby who talked before she could move around -she was easy to reason with and we didn't need to chase after her very much at all.


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And Matilda is getting really good at talking about her feelings. Recently she's been telling us "I am happy!" or "I am feeling a bit sad" or what have you. The other day she was cross with me and she told me so: "I'm cross with mummy." She wouldn't tell me why, so eventually I apologised to her, and sat her down on my lap for a chat... After some probing she said I was saying sorry "for baby Philip." He was screaming, and Matilda was cross with me for not making him stop.


Happy Birthday to my amazing Babycakes, the most beautiful and clever girl in the world (if you ask mummy and daddy.)



Matilda one day old:

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Matilda one year old:

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Matilda two years old:

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And Philip, looking cute:

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