As a bra-burner, I try and live by Amy Poelher’s mantra of ‘fine for her, but not for me’. However, some things that women do really hack me off. To avoid stepping on my own Birkenstocked feminist toes, I would extend this list of dislikes to all parents.
Things that should stop happening:
Parents having images of their children as their profile pictures.
The abbreviation ‘EBF’*. Mine would be EFFPF**
Referring to each other as ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’. Most especially if the children are in bed / out of ear shot
Baby changing bags: makes you look like a novice- come back when you’ve got a backpack stuffed with Wotsits and too-small nappies
Talking to your child but really talking to the people around you: “Twinkle, don’t drop your quinoa cake: mummy spent ages making that in the Aga”
The phrase ‘Yummy Mummy’. I’m pretty sure everyone thinks this should be dead.
Such was my horrific state last week that Andrew-the-Legend arranged for his parents to have the kids this long weekend while I go to Cornwall to see my number one most favourite person in the world, Vicki.
I’ve been light as air with joy at the thought all week, but when it came to saying goodbye to the two of them (children, not in-laws) I felt sad.
I’m the woman who left her four month old in a crèche while she learnt to windsurf in Greece! I’m the woman, who not twenty sentences ago, referred to someone other than an offspring as my favourite person!
Both kids out of my face by 9.30. Pop to town and buy a necklace I love (but realise too late it may have unintended political messages), buy jeans that make my bottom look even more magnificent, scoot home for a workout, shave legs for first time since Christmas, chat to neighbour about equality in Indonesian government, clean car (rank), pack for weekend, mark 31 Macbeth essays. Still got an hour before sprogs return- might even have time for a poo ALONE.
Here is a list of the things Alex has eaten in the last two days- bear in mind these are typical and not exceptional:
-three Rolo yoghurts
-two creme brulees
-a panne cotta
-a bag of Wotsits
-1.5litres of gold top milk
We saw a dietician/nutritionist today after a referral from our health visitor. She gave his diet a thumbs up. She only advised trying to hide more butter in things. The kid is living my dream.
The (very) little blighter is wedged on the 9th percentile for weight and not doing a great job of growing so we will continue to bathe him in mascarpone and deep fat fry him ’til he completes Project Pudge Up.
With a bit of luck he won’t finish his next Choc Pot and I can polish it off.
Doesn’t this just look like the best day? I left Alex with my parents and took William with my sister and her boy to Margate for a day out. Fair play, I thought the Tate was a load of guff, too, but the big wet cloud of misery was carried along with us through pizza at the excellent GB Pizza and through the 2p machines (at which both W and his cousin showed an inate skill at) and on to an ice cream parlour at Herne Bay. I even put a quid on the ride on machine thing at the arcade and I NEVER submit to those.
William was resolutely miserable.
The pinnacle of the 24 hours was when Alex was awake and whinging from 2.30AM until 5. God love my mum who came and took him away from me at 4.30. I think she heard me sobbing and took pity. She’s ace.