Posts made in November, 2009

Searching for a nursery – Part I

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 | 4 comments

Last week, Mom and I visited the first of several nurseries on the short-list for May. The long-list was over a hundred of nurseries all within Lambeth and driving distance from us. We have to stay in Lambeth so the council will fund anything May needs – from extra equipment to a one-on-one teacher for her. Lambeth requested we choose a nursery rated “outstanding” by the government. Out of the hundred-plus near us, a whopping two were rated “outstanding”. Of these, one has a 200+ waiting list and one has a 70+ one. Each have space for 12 babies. But, Lambeth...

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Photo of painted crib!

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 | 0 comments

Photo of painted crib!

It’s not all doom and gloom in our household. Isn’t this wonderful? My mom is awesome. And, I love the motto. Love. Bounce. Laugh. Words May lives by!

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Thanksgiving and beyond…

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 | 1 comment

This week, with my mother in town, has been brilliant. She bought May a beautiful crib (cot – for the British folk) and while I type this, is painting a cartoon elephant, monkey and horse on it in bright, primary colors. All match a mobile she bought May earlier in the year, which remains one of the few toys May is genuinely interested in. Having Mom visit makes me feel less alone and and less totally responsible for every single one of May’s needs. That is a huge relief for me. Not too surprising then that today I’m feeling slightly bereft already at the thought of...

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Happy Turkey Day!

Posted on Nov 26, 2009 | 1 comment

Nothing makes me feel better, especially this year, than being with my family. Nothing makes me feel more like the world is open to May, rather than closed; that she will be included, loved and adored as much as I include, love and adore her, as when we are with my family. I’m taking advantage of my year-long maternity leave to share May with my family. We are thrilled this week because my mother is in town, currently asleep on the sofa. Besides the exhausting gift of non-stop bouncing, May also gave her grandma her cold. Mom came in for Thanksgiving. Tomorrow, we are cooking up a...

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Small Steps School for Parents (update – Part II)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 | 5 comments

From my previous post about the Small Steps School for Parents, I received several comments about my reaction to May not being given a place, that made me feel I should clarify that post. Firstly, I love Small Steps School. The fact that May isn’t starting there right now is only devastating to me because I know how rare and wonderful a place it is. Secondly, in my post I explained how discouraged I was that May wasn’t offered a place. The email they sent was vague about what the next step for May would be. Their next step included offering us another session late in January, but...

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