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User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 21, 2018 7:04 AM (UTC)

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I watched that baby tooth grow in, and yesterday I watched him pull it out and put it in an envelope under his pillow. TOOTH INSIDE ➡️, he wrote, helpfully, then told me he was going to keep his fingers crossed under his duvet “all night, just in case”.
Did you know the best thing about motherhood is that the teething baby and the toothless six-year-old will always be part of me, just a little? Both versions of him, all versions of him — I keep traces of them in my hands even when he leaves them behind. It’s a gift, and it’s one of the best ones.
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 20, 2018 8:49 AM (UTC)

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He’s a different kind of brother to her than he is to his brother. I think he sees himself and Teddy as equals, essentially, so T gets no leeway for being younger. But he’s lovely to her, and she adores him. Though he gets cross when she chews up his books.
Happy Saturday! Tim leaves today for a week, so I’m girding my loins, screwing my courage to the sticking place, eating four dozen eggs for breakfast—no wait, that’s too much Gaston. Hope you’ve got a good one planned. ❤️
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 18, 2018 10:05 AM (UTC)

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• ten months •
The older she gets, the less these photos capture her as she really is (times when she’s sat still in an immaculate outfit, playing with an age-appropriate toy: approx. never). So I chose one with her looking away this month, because the cheeks are everything, because she’s finally cottoned on that crawling = a way to get wherever you want, because her hair is in that wispy comb-over mullet stage I never want to lose.
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 16, 2018 1:33 PM (UTC)

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Somehow or other, without us noticing, @mrjeffcoat now has a job where he travels twice a month. (He’s gone now, and gone again all next week.) So a lot of my 2018 ponderings have been about how to adapt to this, make the most of it, make it something that works for us positively instead of making me feel like a lonely drudge.
Thus far I’ve made determinations to be better at babysitters, so I never miss anything I don’t want to, and to use my solo evenings in ways that make my life richer and happier, instead of just cleaning countertops. And we decided that he’ll always take two days off in every school holiday, so we can go away or just spend proper time together. I’m quite excited about it.
If your partner’s away a lot, how do you make it work? (He loves his job so it’s not a matter of finding another - since, dear self, this life you built is about him as well as you, can you imagine, yes.)
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 15, 2018 2:45 PM (UTC)

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Faceful of little bruises. Orange-stained cardigans. Under the leggings, bright red knees. Welcome to Crawlville, population: 1.
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 13, 2018 11:07 AM (UTC)

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I’ve spent ten days staring at an empty 2018 Goals page in my diary. There are plenty of things I *should* focus on, but nothing that feels exactly right. I’ve decided after reading something yesterday (I’ve put it on my Stories) that it’s alright to inhabit myself for a while, without looking forward, without putting my flaws under a microscope and deciding which to chop away. I am sitting in my own lovely vulnerable complexity for now, swinging my legs with my spiky edges, trying to embrace it all with compassion. That’ll do for January, I reckon. That’ll do.
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 12, 2018 10:15 AM (UTC)

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I know people say ‘dreaming of beach light!! Take me back lol!’ when they just want to post an old photo, but honestly, I am dreaming of beach light. It’s so DARK in our house this month. Where’s all the daylight gone, and how can we get it back?
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 11, 2018 3:59 PM (UTC)

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Just on my way to my hair redo in a state of full-body cringe, and trying to channel Sally Albright. Who would have no problem marching back to the hairdresser if they didn’t do it right. ‘I just want it how I want it’. RIGHT? Yes. (Argh.)
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 6, 2018 3:39 PM (UTC)

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Queen of Sheba helping me pick out the perfect pair of curtains embroidered with the words ‘Don’t Ever Solo-Parent In IKEA On The First Saturday In January, You Moron’.
They’re going to look great in the living room.
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 6, 2018 10:34 AM (UTC)

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• Brave new day •
Usually I feel quite excited about January, but this year - I dunno, the stomach bug and long journey home? The return to school (during which I forgot about ten things they needed)? Whatever, I haven’t been feeling it, until this morning. When I played a song I love and cracked open my 2018 bullet journal and took delivery of the illustrated Azkaban, and just now everything feels possible. Even our months-delayed flooring project.
Do you love the new year, or hibernate?
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Jan 3, 2018 8:53 PM (UTC)

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He kept saying ‘Mummy, I can’t believe it, it’s like we’re in a picture!’
We’re back now, jetlagged to death, boiling the kettle and washing school uniform. Not picturesque, but home.
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Dec 31, 2017 6:46 PM (UTC)

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Our people at home are almost there, so I thought I’d send this now. It’s been a tricky old year for many, but I’m grateful for tiny victories - whether that’s actually remembering to brush my teeth before the school run, or catching the sick in cupped hands *before* it hits the long-suffering mattress - and huge joys. I hope you’re able to see yours too, and hold them to you.
You have meant the world to me this year. Here’s to safe harbours and open seas in 2018 ❤️
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Dec 30, 2017 8:38 PM (UTC)
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There are mountains outside the windows and we’re so rarely sat round the same table, eating sandwiches and talking rubbish, that it feels deliriously lovely.
(I’ve no idea what day it is, here or at home.)
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Dec 27, 2017 1:46 PM (UTC)

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It’s our last day with my mum before we travel on, and I’m so happy they’ve had time with her even while I wish it were ten times longer. How do you keep relationships going with family abroad? Our answer is mostly FaceTime, and these trips.
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Dec 26, 2017 11:00 PM (UTC)

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They keep me grounded (🥁🥁-tish).
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Dec 26, 2017 12:46 AM (UTC)

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That baby in the middle there has a hellish cold/jetlag combo that also comes with occasional catastro-vomits? Cool. So we’ve had a quieter day today. I’ve read two Agatha Christies. We opened some presents and ate some good food and watched Arnold Schwarzenegger punch a fake reindeer, surely the high point of his career. I’ve tried not to feel guilty about not aggressively pursuing Fun all day. It’s been nice. So cheers to you, whether you feel like you’ve smashed it or hung on by your fingernails. Cheers to you.
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Dec 24, 2017 8:23 PM (UTC)

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I could not stop myself from doing this for one million pounds.
Enjoy your Christmas Eve, dear ones - we’re on a straight shot towards marshmallows on sticks and Home Alone, and I could not be happier about it 🎄☃️🎁
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Dec 24, 2017 2:01 AM (UTC)

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We went for Chinese (as is tradition) but wore Santa hats instead of pyjamas (not tradition: laziness), and we thanked our lucky stars that this snotty, angry love stayed asleep while Hen read us our cookie fortunes and Ted tried to juggle with jelly squares. Happy Christmas Eve Eve ❤️
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Dec 23, 2017 12:21 PM (UTC)

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Tfw you’ve got six hosannas still to go but you’re over it and ready for bed 👆🏻
We did the lights at Bellingrath Gardens tonight, wandering through this kaleidoscope with a kind of hallucinatory tiredness, Bing Crosby piping dreamily through the trees. Like being on Christmas drugs; can recommend.
User Image makealongstoryshort Posted: Dec 21, 2017 11:25 PM (UTC)

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We’re not sure (*cough* third child *cough*) but we think it might’ve been her first swing.