He’s growing up, if not growing big. Still 9th percentile, but at least he’s steady, and he’s doing well. Our main news with him at the moment is that we are trying to introduce a bedtime routine, with mixed results. We do get him to sleep before us every night, but it can take about two hours from when I give him his bath at seven to when he finally settles, and we are yet to do it without topping him up with the bottle after breastfeeding, which then of course means that I somehow have to find some milk to express during the day, which then makes me feel like I’m catching up all day. But I shouldn’t complain too much, he is very very good really, and has started taking more regular naps in his crib during the day, and he’s getting to the point where he can entertain himself with his baby gym as well.
I’ve also got quite a lot of German kiddies songs memorised now, so he’s getting some culture too. Some of them are so depressing though. There’s one about a fox being shot for stealing geese, one about a sister not recognising her brother, and my absolute favourite, ‘Oh Du lieber Augustin’ which, in it’s entirety goes: “Oh dear Augustin, everything’s destroyed, you’ve got no money, you lost your bag and you’re lying in the dirt.” (There’s some nice ones about sick bunnies being cured and birds getting married too!).
As you will probably all know by now, Google is shutting down Google Reader. I’m not quite sure yet what alternative I’ll go for, I’ve had a few people recommending Feedly, though I’m not sold on the magazine layout. There’s some recommendations in this article, and a full(ish) list here, so I guess I’ll have to play around. One good thing about all of this is that at least I’ll be able to get rid of some of the defunct blogs I have in my reader from when I was on blogger, and can’t unsubscribe to.
Anyway, most blogs I read seem to be recommending bloglovin, so I guess I will too. You can follow using the button on the left hand side, or here’s the link. I actually noticed that if you search for oranges and apples on the blogloving website, four versions of my blog appear, three with this URL and one with the old blogspot one. They do all show the same thing, so I guess it doesn’t matter, but maybe follow the one with the 100 followers, not the ones with 6.
Also a wee reminder that I’m giving away this handmade baby hat. I guess the baby size and it having pink in it (though I think it’s boy suitable personally!) make the market for this pretty small, so there’s only four entries so far. So you’re in with a good chance if you do like it!
Finally I wanted to say I got through to the assessment centre for that promotion board at work. It sounds incredibly gruelling, I had been hoping they would do it over two separate days, but it’s all in one day. Not ideal for a breastfeeding person to be honest, and I’m not sure I can concentrate for six hours. I don’t have a date for the assessment centre yet (they’re telling us tomorrow), but just to prewarn you in case I disappear off the face of the earth again, that’ll be why.