Today

Tuesday, 8th Aug 2017

Today I discovered Ibuprofen for children. Harriet didn't seem to hate them as much as she does Calpol. In the afternoon I had an online chat with my sister.

Monday, 7th Aug 2017

Today I had a breakthrough as I discovered/remembered that Ibuprofen works much better for my sore throat than Paracetamol and I finally found reprieve from the pain.

Sunday, 6th Aug 2017

Today I was still ill and so much pain. Might be flu or tonsillitis. And now migraine as well. Harriet was miserable too. We watched the finale of Top of the Lake Series 1, and the baby in the show was so cute, reminding me of Harriet.

Saturday, 5th Aug 2017

Today Harriet and I were still poorly and suffering, Peter had to do most of the child care.

Friday, 4th Aug 2017

Today I was ill with fever, chills, and sore throat. It seems Harriet too, as she's been waking up all night.

Thursday, 3rd Aug 2017

Today Harriet was still bad about naps and I listened to/read David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet on Audible/Kindle during the long hours of breastfeeding.

Wednesday, 2nd Aug 2017

Today I had a bit of a breather at home when Owen went to nursery, though baby Harriet was being fussy and would only nap in my arms.

Tuesday, 1st Aug 2017

Today it felt like we've had the longest weekend ever (what with the summer holidays) and I could not wait for Owen to go back to nursery so we could have a break. Again I wondered how other parents do it. But probably their 5 months old baby doesn't wake up every 2 hourly in the night and their preschooler doesn't need constant attention.

Monday, 31st Jul 2017

Today we took the children to the playground and visited the newly opened village cafe for lunch. 

Sunday, 30th Jul 2017

Today I was impressed by the quality of David Mitchell's writing in The Bone Clocks, and felt a stir to write myself. We stayed home all day as it was rainy and cold and we were exhausted from childcare.

Saturday, 29th Jul 2017

Today the night wakings and children tantrums were so bad, I lost my will to live for the day. We decided not to go to Charlbury's Riverside Festival (also it was rainy) and went to Witney to get grocery instead. 

Friday, 28th Jul 2017

Today we were exhausted again as both children had been waking us (and each other) up multiple times in the night and I only got out of bed after midday.

Thursday, 27th Jul 2017

Today we left grandparents' house for our own. Travel was hell as baby Harriet cried and Owen shouted at her to stop, and me shouting at him to stop shouting. Poor Peter. In the evening, we comforted ourselves by watching the new season of Game of Thrones.

Tuesday, 25th Jul 2017

Today grandparents took Owen to Godstone Farm and even let him ride in the convertible with the top off.

Monday, 24th Jul 2017

Today it was rainy so we stayed home at grandparents' all day and Owen had loads of grandparents attention all day and was very happy.

Sunday, 23rd Jul 2017

Today we packed and left quite late for grandparents' and arrived in time for dinner. Owen was very happy with the surprise (we didn't tell him beforehand so to avoid him bugging us with 'are we there yet').

Friday, 21st Jul 2017

Today we put the children to sleep early and watched 4 episodes of Veronica Mars while eating cherries, grapes and chocolate.

Thursday, 20th Jul 2017

Today we went to Witney so Peter could see an optician and order new glasses. We went to the library to borrow many books for Owen, and he hopped around with happiness when he found them upon returning home from nursery. I washed Harriet's hair today, and sadly it's no longer stand-uppy when dry! They grow up so quickly.