Sunday, 19 February 2012

Today's recipe for a sleeping baby

Background, my husband is suffering from concussion, so I let him sleep as late as possible to let his brain rest for as long as possible. Also, Guinevere's cot is in our room, tucked hard up against my side of the bed.

Step the first, watch for your baby's tired signs, in this case, rubbing of the eyes.
Step the second, go to put her in her cot, wait, scratch that, baby noise as she falls asleep will disturb sleeping husband.
(I'll just list the steps from here on in, there are a few)
Sing 'Morningtown Ride' to Guinevere while holding her, resulting in snuggling baby.
Stop singing.
Baby lifts her head up and starts making noise again.
Sing 'Morningtown Ride' again., snuggling baby again.
Stop singing.
Baby lifts head up.
Realise I must have been thinking ahead in making up the spare bed last night, put baby in spare bed, with dummy and rabbit, walk out of room.
Listen to baby sleepily talk away to herself, smile at thought that she should soon be asleep.
Listen to baby babble get louder and of higher pitch, meaning baby getting upset.
Go into spare bedroom, hop into bed with Guinevere, snuggle her into my arms and fall asleep.
That's right, I fell asleep. Woke soon after to discover Guinevere was asleep with her little hand reached out and gripping a fist full of my t-shirt.
Carefully move myself out of the bed, while still holding baby, and transfer her to her cot.
Put nappies in the wash.
Crawl into bed beside sleeping husband.
Sleep for two hours before Guinevere wakes up.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Hard Drive Failure

A few weeks after my daughter was born my computer died. Turned out it was my hard drive. I still need to see if I can get the data recovered. It means the only photos I have of her first 3 weeks are the ones I had emailed people and had posted on Facebook. I kept meaning to get my external hard drive back off a friend and back everything up, but never quite got around to it. 4 days ago, my new hard drive died. Which means I've lost the next 4 months of photos of Guinevere, plus all my other information. I am so glad that some of my photos and information (like my goals for this year) are online, as it means I don't feel like I've lost everything. But it's still hard, as it could have been so easily avoided. I could have backed things up onto my husband's machine, as they are networked, or put things onto a DVD. I guess I just thought that because one had died, I wouldn't have to deal with another one dying. Other than the photos, the thing I am most upset at having lost is the alphabet I was working on for Guinevere, a medieval one. I was about half finished.

So, if you are reading this, and haven't backed up the irreplaceable information that is currently stored in your computer, please make it one of the things that you get done in the next few days. If something happens to your computer, you will be so glad that you did.