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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Original Greenback

Yes it’s true, the proverbial eagle - or should I say blackbird - has landed. I’m legal baby, greencard granted. 2 plus years of legal process have finally come to resolution. Thank goodness. No more dealing with (I have to say) incompetent lawyers - hooray!

Say what you will about the complex history of Anglo-American relations - “liberated our faithful pilgrims from the mad monarch”, “saved our ass in the war”,”gave us the gift of Elvis” blah blah blah - suffice to say I’ve decided to let bygones be bygones and join your gracious ranks. I was granted a greencard from your most wondrous US government (now there’s two words you don’t often hear in the same sentence) and am free to come and go (and most importantly work - or not) as I wish.

Yesterday morning at 9.30am Steven and I made our trek to Grosvenor Sq. The wait was short - surpisingly so from what I’ve heard - and thankfully so, given the biting cold. The two interviews that were relatively perfunctory and within an hour or so we were all good to go. They will keep my passport and send it back to me via courier as soon as the medical results arrive and that’s it. Should be 7 days, so they say, but we pleaded for expediency, so fingers crossed.

US Embassy So there we have it. My passport will be sent to me, together with an envelope that I “must not open at all costs” which I hand over to Mr Immigration upon my return. He then stamps my passport and within a couple of months the actual green card will arrive. Citizenship, you will my friends, be relieved to hear, is still some years away. So the Democrats are going to have to wait a bit longer for my vote - let’s hope they get their act together by then.

Sleep update - for those following our entrepid adventures. Last night was the best yet. Some rocking in the stroller yes I admit it - let’s just say sleep training as we know it, is on hold for now. The night then alternated between stroller rocking and surreptiously sneaking him into the crib. Today I feel half-decently rested. Nice one!

In spite of it all I am so very glad we came. It has not rained once since we got here - shocker. The days are misty and twilight never seems far away. Mom now lives in a very pretty village and we’re enjoying spending time with everyone. Oliver is blossoming once more - every trip is worth it. Challenging, but worth it a hundred fold. For anyone fearing travelling with infants I would say - yes, it is very hard work, exhausting and horrid - but on another level its more satisfying than any other time I can remember. It’s time spent as a family - and as I’ve said before, this is the stuff memories are made of.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Back to Blighty

OK - well although now I am sorely tempted to say we are never travelling anywhere ever again, I know that is over-dramatising. Suffice it to say baby O has found the transition to a new place and a new timezone somewhat taxing - most specifically between the hours of 11 and 3am.

To begin at the beginning.

Mama & O The flight was a dream! My worst fears were not realised, or rather were misplaced. We had a spare seat between us and out little angel slept the entire way. Steven and I got some sleep too, altho that shallow kind where you’re half-aware of everything - but hell, I’ll take it.

Arrived in the UK and altho it’s cold, it’s not bone-chillingly so. We are well prepared with scarves and mittens and all keeping warm. Was great to see Mom and her darling little cottage. It’s totally gorgeous, will have to get a photo - but very kid-unfriendly, lots of creakings, steep stairs and no sound insulation to speak of - so from the bedroom you hear everything downstairs. These sound like pitiful whinings I have to say - so sue me - these things become crushingly important when trying to get your infant child to sleep and persuade him that it is time to sleep - even though on the inside he knows its 10am!

Needless to say the first night was rough. He’s just not sleeping - so there was lots of pacing with the stroller - oh and projectile vomit at 2am - musn’t forget to mention that. Night two, last night, was easier. He is adjusting and this time we kept the stroller in the bedroom so we could rock him from the bed without getting up.

Jackie & AlexCaught up with the family yesterday - Alex is a complete dervish - whirling around - a bundle of energy.

Becky is 7 going on 12! So grown up - she has changed so much since our wedding - I asked her who her favorite bands were and she said - Greenday, McFly and Girls Out Loud - well I know one of them at least!
Abbie is wee and teething - a gorgoous smile and as good natured as her big sister. Becky is a total joy - wonderful little girl - her school seems to be doing her wonders - she is so much more outgoing and really blossoming - but maybe that is just growing up.
Becky & Abbie
Today we’re at the Y! London UK offices - learning a lot about Yahoo! ops here - similar opportunities and challenges. Great loaction right in the middle of Leicester Sq. That’s all for now. although I moan about O’s sleep habits he’s a total trooper - he was up all day yesterday enjoying his cousins - smiling and laughing heaps with not one meltdown - he was so well-behaved - bless him.

Praying for sleep tonight.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Xmas Lists

So I’ve been asking around for cool sites and places to look for fun and unusual gifts for the wee ones this holiday. This is what I have so far…

Time Magazine’s webshopping guide for kids
Blogging Babys Guide to Thanksgiving Books
Daddytypes list’s retro toys on Ebay
That’s about it for lists of stuff - let me know anymore out there…

Some fun stores I’ve found over the last few weeks.
- Egiggle gear, toys, clothes
- Pacifier clothes, furniture
- Kid onyc educational toys, furniture
- Baby Cz for clothes
- Modern Child furniture, books
- Dwell baby bedding
- Ipod baby shirts
- Babylegs legwarmers for babies - so cute
- Phil & Teds Beyond Bugaboo
- Sparkability cool kids gear, toys

So that’s it - most is fairly pricey - but often great places to go for ideas - then check to see if they have the product’s on Amazon ;) Speaking of which, check out - Oliver’s Wishlist

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Connection

Papa & OI couldn’t figure out which of these pics to blog - I love them both so much - so what the hell - two updates in one day. This was Oliver in his fave spot - on the big bed with his Papa. I think he likes it so much as we can lay down with him and coo and cuddle - max affection/attention time. What’s not to love?

So what’s new in the land of O?
Well… wait for it… rolling over! From his back to his tummy - Oliver accomplishes the roll with aplomb. First attempt saw the hands trapped to his side as he kinda rolled on to them, but it wasn’t long before he sussed that out. Now he rolls over and then props himself up on his elbows. Yeah I know - and he’s *only* 5 and a half months old. Genius.
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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Yaaaaa!

Got me!There’s been a lot of this in our house recently. O having a wail of a time screeching with all his might. We haven’t quite worked out what he’s trying to say. On Sunday it seemed to be hungry/overtired - a big bowl of rice cereal seemed to do the trick to calm him down. But this morning? I have no idea… He was well-rested, he was well-fed - I can only surmise that it was a simple case of over-exuberance - and who can begrudge him that??
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The fun continues…

I'm making a messOliver on his 5 month birthday.
On this particular feeding occasion - I admit this is a learning curve for the both of us and a steep one at that - we decided to bathe him *first*! Whoever came up with that gem - genius. Needless to say the rice cereal went all over his sleeves his face, his hands - oh the fun we had!
He was so hungry (depsite having had some milk first) that he lent forward the whole time - positively diving for the spoon. Took a fair while for him to relax and realise that there was another spoonful coming after the last.
Oh baby O - how we will treasure these memories, you really are a treat for your Mama and Papa.
In other news - bought a new book on Sunday called The Little Gorilla - it’s adorable - although I’m not sure how much of it he gets - the main involvement he gets in books right now seems to be batting away at them with his hand. more photos…

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

After…

After...Little man hits the big chair. I can see mealtimes are going to be a world of crazy messy fun. At the moment we’re just giving him little bit in the morning and early evening - we’ll stick with that for a few weeks let him get used to it. First signs are good though - he seems to quite enjoy it for right now! See the before pic to see his face before the messiness ensued - and believe me - it got a whole lot worse than this!
10th November, 2005
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Tuesday, November 8, 2005

First supper

First supperOliver takes to his first meal like a pro! Tonight was a big night! We tried to limit it to one spoonful but he was really getting into it! Amazingly took to the whole spoon thing like a duck to water. We are very very proud! Time is flying past - he’ll be walking and talking before we know it. Must cherish every moment. Excuse the booty shot but modesty wasn’t top of mind amidst all the excitement!
9th November, 2005
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Monday, November 7, 2005

Oliver 4.5 months

Oliver 4.5 monthsBaby O has had an eventful week. He’s learned two important things.
1. How to fall asleep on his own - huge props for that.
2. How loud he can really be. Not such huge props.
O has discovered his true vocal range and chose to explore it to the max - with great gusto I might add - and not a small amount of glee this Sunday afternoon. Ah… the joys of parenthood…
6th November, 2005
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Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Hooray!

Well it only took, what 5 days for the new reality to sink in for baby O.
The night before last he cried - I kid you not - for a grand total of 5 minutes! That’s right people - 5 minutes and we were down for the count. Of course it was Halloween, so it was a shame he missed the trick or treaters - but I don’t think he would have got as much out of it as we did. Tired wee lad that he was.

The new regime continues! Last night and tonight - down without a peep! It’s fantastic! We are cooking again, eating at leisure - wohoah! Let the good times roll!

In other news - good news. My appointment for a consular interview has come through. Tricky part is, it’s in London. So we need to contemplate either a family vacation - to England in November - never my first choice - or I go solo for a whistle stop tour. Can’t work out what will be least disruptive for all concerned… The choice may be taken out of our hands if Oliver’s passport doesn’t come through in time. Green card here I come - definitely calls for much rambunctious partying.

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