Me: So, do you think Henry might enjoy riding this wooden rabbit?

Mum: I don’t know. Shall we see?

He did not.

Otherwise, though, Henry’s first exposure to Proper Culture at Basildon Park this afternoon went swimmingly. Pushchairs weren’t allowed in the mansion itself, but he slept quite happily in my arms during the tour, accepting all the old-lady cooing that came his way with becoming modesty. (After a couple of hours, my biceps put in a request for me to buy a baby sling, sharpish.)

And he got most excited about our cream tea (technically a cream hot chocolate). Or maybe that was just me.

Spot the Henry fingers cunningly hidden behind the world's largest scone.

The only tricky part was when we returned to the car park halfway through to change and feed him, and a nappy explosion of nuclear proportions occurred mid-operation on the back seat of the car. Which was parked on a slope. I tell you, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried to catch a river of foul-smelling mustard poop tumbling down a changing mat into an already full nappy. It just kept coming.

Good times. He’s only juuuuust managed to stop laughing long enough to fall asleep (it’s 3.46am, dudes).

PS: Thank you, thank you for all the advice and reassurance on baby sleeping. Next week, when my lovely mother goes home and we’re managing by ourselves, a Strict and Immovable Bedtime Routine will be implemented. Probably. We’ll see. (Did I mention it’s 3.50am? I’d like that to stop.)

Post Author: timothyjeffcoat

4 Replies to “Parent of the Year”

  1. How have you only just had a baby – you look amazing and not sleep deprived at all! This fills me with lots of hope for February/March next year – if I don’t think about the nappy explosions that seem to be so common!

  2. The secret is shedloads of makeup and a very forgiving camera – I look pretty horrendous close-up 🙂

    I did decide when Henry was born that I’d try my best to wear makeup every day, whether or not I was leaving the house. It tricks you into thinking you feel better than you do! But we’ll see how well I do with that resolution once there’s only me and Henry in the house next week…

  3. I approve of this make-up resolution – especially as it’s an easy trick to make yourself feel human. 🙂

    I hope the quest for a baby carrier goes well – though it may require a second test, I don’t think Henry was too keen on the model *we* tested him in the other weekend. Perhaps it was simply bad timing.

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