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10:56am Monday, 21st May 2007

Forgot to say – G had his first bacon butty yesterday, and his first taste of beer – Archie did it, mmmmmm…… may have to keep on eye on that one….I think g preferred the beer!

12:13am Monday, 21st May 2007

evenin’ all – here is a quick vid of Gethin blowing on some balls. Not that kind….. We’re not really sure quite what he is trying to do, but it made us all laugh anyway!!! apart from doing weird things like this G is great – he’s been in fine fettle the last week or so, he’s been having fun at Elaine’s with all his buddies at the beginning of the week, he came along to a Bookstart extravaganza Rhymetime at the National Museum of Scotland on Thursday with Daddy, and took a trip to the Borders with Mummy in the afternoon to view a lovely cottage in the hope that Uma and Oompa might want to buy it….. G and mummy spent the day together on Friday at home, Saturday G went with Daddy into town to open up his very own bank account and deposit his first cheque (thanks great granddad Ken and great grandma Blanche!), and then on to Ryan and Shelley’s to watch the (boring) FA cup final, bedecked in his wee Man United top, but no amount of cuteness could compensate for such a poor outcome (apparently – I don’t care!!!). Today we just mooched around the house, again!, went for a walk up to the pub where G made his way from the beer garden back up to carpark all on his little ownsome – well he was expertly herded by Daddy! and then on to Tesco’s to shop for yummy food. Hurruh!

Cole and I have our “date” day tomorrow – this will be the first day we’ve been able to spend alone, without anyone else (no offence to you all!!!) including G since he was born!!! It’s going to be really weird, we’re going into Edinburgh (for a mystery tour – I don’t know what we’re doing). I think we’ll hold hands, as there will be no buggy to push, baby to carry or baby to walk; we won’t have to worry about where we’re going to change the baby or go for lunch at a certain time to feed said baby. I think we’ll spend most of the day constantly feeling like we’ve left something in the last place we visited………hurray for dates sans bairn! I only hope we can remember how to have adult conversations……“look a sheep – BAAAAA!”

bye for now – enjoy the video, and if you want any more vids of little G (believe me there are hundreds!!!) then all you need to do is leave us a comment……xxxxxxxx

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12:10pm Tuesday, 8th May 2007

happy quadcentenary g-man. you are a credit to the youth of today!!

12:08pm Tuesday, 8th May 2007

Just in case anyone was thinking that the radio silence was due to some kind of boating incident on sunday all are well, although gethin is battling through his first prolonged bout of boy-flu, complete with snot coming out of his eyes. poor fella.

due to adverse weather (it is scotland after all – a warm april had lulled us into a false sense of climatic security) we didn’t make it out to inchcolm on sunday so no (life) jacket required. instead we ventured into edinburgh to meet denise and her friend bridget for some lunch in leith. can’t believe having lived in and near Edinburgh for 4 years we had never made it to Leith before but glad we did as it is a beautiful dockland area full of character with striking new developments and scultpture at every turn. there was definitely a european character to the place – i suppose the usual result of a place that had for so long acted as a hub for people from all corners of the globe – reminiscent of the dock developments of our beloved Cardiff (some day we will take you back to the motherland Gethin).

Sadly, a snotty tired boy brought our venture to a premature end but we gorged on some fine fayre from international starters, a whirl-wind tour of global cuisine with a wide range of filling courses (from Asian to American to Scottish) faintly disguised as starters (hence the name).

Peta had Monday off – as did the child minder – so she spent the day bairn-sitting before dosing Gethin up with the appropriate boy-flu-stemming medication and a lovely meal and blether at our new(ish) neighbours archie and chris.

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11:43pm Saturday, 5th May 2007

Hello all – it’s about time I added some thoughts, so here goes.

Well life with little baby G is pretty darn cool at the moment. It seemed G was perpertually in a grump during the entirety of March and half of April (with a quick let up for his birthday), leaving me to wonder where on earth my happy, smiley little boy had gone. It’s really weird when he does that – it seems like he’ll never be the same again and that we’re going to be stuck with a gurny grump child forever. It’s quite weird for me too as I tend to feel whatever he’s feeling and end up in a grump too -although I’m sure Cole will just say that’s my natural state. Master Henley has, however, been amazing the last couple of weeks – and has been utterly magic! I’ve had to spend a few days looking after him by myself whilst cole tries to finish some heinous web work, so although at times it seems like I’m a single parent family (god forbid!) Gethin has made me smile, laugh and feel downright happy with life. He’s got such a funny little personality – he’s a great copier – at the Engine Shed (where we often go for lunch with cole and his work mates) I was feeding him and playing aeroplanes with the spoon when he took it off me and started doing the same thing!!! I laughed so loud that an elderly couple came over to say “hello” and chat to Gethin – who completely lapped it up and showed off by looking through his book, pointed and said “cat” at the cat (which was blue!) and “baa” at the sheep! It’s funny cos lots of people have been asking whether Gethin is talking yet – he kinda does but I’m not sure if anyone else can understand him apart from me and cole – although cole still gets confused between “cat” and “dad”! Anyhoo… I’m still talking and singing to him, so soon one day we’ll get some intelligible words from him that everyone will understand!

We bought G his first pair of fitted shoes yesterday – thanks to A. Leiske, U. Will and godmum Meli and Steve as they were the ones with the birthday money! And tomorrow he’ll get to road test them as we’re off on a family day out with Denise and friend over to Inchcolm Island! hurruh! G’s first boat trip – don’t worry I’ll make sure he has on 9 life jackets, water wings, is strapped inside an inflatable ring and is wearing an industrial wetsuit for all you G fans out there – so we’re really looking forward to that.

We had a taste of life with a toddler and baby today as Casper came round for a wee visit. Man – I do not know how Ben and Ruthie (or our parents for that matter) cope with a baby and toddler – it’s like you have to have eyes in the back of your head – you’re taking care of G while Casper is running up and down trying to hunt down a cat, which is hiding in a field near the road……ensue lots of head swivelling and shouts of “Casper come back!” Phew! And that was only for an hour or so – so are Cole and I thinking of having number two??? Pah – not on your nelly………..yet.

Well it’s getting very near to my bed time and with our busy day ahead tomorrow I really need to get to bed! plus I must pack all of G’s seafaring equipment…….

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