I can safely say that Kit is the only Kit in his school and to date I have not come across any other children named Kit. Hubby and I had come up with a few names when I was pregnant but nothing either of us was sold on. Then I happened to be reading a crime novel and the central character was called Kit. I really liked it and mentioned it to hubby and (amazingly) he was also enthusiastic about it. When Kit was delivered by c-section I apparently told hubby point-blank we were calling him Kit (I don't remember this; must have been all the drugs!) I like it because it's quite unusual but not weird or outlandish, it can't be shortened and it's easy to spell. Got a bit worried when Sophie Ellis Bextor named her second child Kit but I guess she's not enough of a celebrity to spark a whole following of baby Kits! His middle name is Thomas so a more ordinary name - I guess if he ever decided he didn't like the name Kit he could use that instead.
Boo to the quad Caro - but don't panic. You still have a week before your half.
Happy birthday to Martha and Ellen - and lol CM at ASDA delivery guy!
Thanks for all the FB wishes for Kit yesterday - he had a lovely day. As well as presents he ended up with £60 of Toys R Us vouchers (to add to the £25 he has still from Christmas) so there will be a few shopping trips spread across the year! I usually let him spend a few vouchers each school holiday - that way, as his birthday is early in the year, it breaks up the time between his birthday and Christmas. Looking forward to The LEGO Movie tomorrow!
Eek, far too much to catch up on. Have read back but pretty much forgotten everything!
CC, sounds like a fab time away - am envious! I used to do loads of abseiling and absolutely loved it - even when I once got stuck under the overhang of a cliff because rope got tangled and wouldn't go through karabiner, and no-one could hear me shouting because they were above the overhang. Was left dangling for about half an hour before someone realised I'd never reached the ground!
CM, what a nightmare day. I had a boss once who was so interested in me and my role that he didn't even turn up to the meeting to conduct my appraisal. He lives close to work and had gone home for a nap instead. I felt very valued and appreciated indeed ... not. All the more reason to congratulate yourself for making the right decision to get the hell out of there!
Yes, Kinsey - Kit is 7 on Thursday. Cannot believe it. I'm leaving work early on Thursday to pick him up from school and he's requested meatballs and tagliatelle for his birthday tea Taking him and 4 friends to see The Lego Movie on Saturday; must admit can't wait to see it either! Then to McD's for tea (I know, but we only go there once in a blue moon as a treat).
Lol at the knickers/bikini line conversation - wow, the topics of discussion really are plumbing new depths! I wear M&S microfiber 'boy short' style knickers and find them absolutely fine to run in. Do not like running knickerless though, find it uncomfortable and means I'd have to wash running tights/shorts after every run which I'm afraid I don't currently do. In colder weather they get worn 2-3 times depending on run distance ... I have no shame. In terms of the other, I trim and shave round the edges. Occasionally use hair removal cream round the edges if I want it to last longer but takes ages to work and I never have the time/inclination. Nuff said.
Caro, think you'll be fine on your half - don't focus on a PB, just on doing as well as you can on the day and in the conditions that day presents. What is your current PB? I have never run a flat half so think I could go quicker but am pleased that I'm still setting PBs at nearly 45 and have no current signs of knackered knees/hips/arthritis!
Hi to Pip and welcome. Hope baby arrives soon! EF, glad the return to work went better than feared - knew it would. Sonya that really sucks about your job but I know how you feel - I got moved into a shared office whilst on maternity leave (!) and didn't find out until my first day back that I no longer had my own office. The excuse was that they couldn't justify allocating a solo office to someone working part-time hours, but I can tell you it's quite difficult sharing with the staff you are supposed to be managing.
Couldn't resist watching OBEM, felt so sorry for the guy who missed the birth. Always find it very moving but doesn't make me want to go through the experience again!
Blowing a hoolie here too. Ran 5 miles in it earlier - OMG. It was actually scary. Nearly got blown off my feet a couple of times in strong gusts. The rain managed to hold off for the majority of the time I was out though so that was a bonus. School pick-up in the rain - again. Nowhere for parents to shelter so I was standing in the pouring rain from 2:55 until 3:15. I have to go straight to school from the train on Fridays - train gets me to school just a bit too early, but not enough time to go back to the car then back to school. Had foresight to take a big carrier bag to put all Kit's stuff in so it didn't get soaked walking to the car. Car park at karate like a lake!
No flowers from hubby but a lovely card and he posted a very touching message on FB - had told him not to get flowers as we're supposed to be going to Wales on Sunday so not worth it. Just had an M&S meal but going to do something proper tomorrow when we have more time.
Cannot believe how expensive it is to have a baby in the US, TTid. Lol at interest-free credit!
Boo to the ongoing pain, CM. Can't believe the drugs don't work - hope the new ones give you some relief. Glad it's half term here, just looking forward to a break from the daily grind!
I think it will be the making of you, CM. So many of the problems and stresses you currently have are caused by your job in one way or another - a fresh start will be great for you and for the kids in the long term (even if they don't see it that way initially). And if you're lucky - like me - the university will be fairly flexible the longer you're there. I went from full-time, then to part-time 9-5 three days a week when Kit was a baby, then they were willing to accommodate odd hours for me so I could work around school pick-ups and drop-offs which hubby and I manage between us. So I now do Monday from home, Tuesday off, Wednesday 9-5 (hubby works from home or goes in after drop-off and returns to pick up), Thursday 10-6 (drop off then race to catch train into London, Mum does pick-up) and Friday 8-2 (hubby drops off, I pick up). It works well but some of my days are manic when there are also activities to factor in - Kit currently does karate twice a week, Beavers, piano and swimming, hubby rows 3x a week and I run 4x a week. Don't know how we fit it all in sometimes and remember all the other stuff - homework, the right gear on the right day etc - but somehow we (usually) keep those balls in the air!
Will post more in a bit but need to go out and get some lunch before 2pm meeting! Just wanted to say congrats on the job and aren't you glad now you decided to go to the interview? Not in the least surprised you got it either - the only person who doubts you is YOU!
CM, just remembered what you were saying about J getting stressed at school. Kit doesn't but his teacher is the sort who NEVER praises them but is quick to criticise. They have a weekly Big Maths sheet they do in class, 40 sums in 3 minutes which has now been reduced to 2.5 minutes. Kit is OK at maths but he isn't that quick and every week the sheet would come home with "Come on Kit, let's aim for 35". So last week he finally gets 35 (we have been doing loads of them at home) in less time than he was getting lower scores and she doesn't make a single comment or tell him how well he's done.