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If I see another newspaper headline along the lines of : Jade Goody - last hours I am going to growl at someone. Will they ever leave the woman alone and stop afixing poignant, and touching to every single thing that she does? Ghouls.

Matei has some kind of rash and fever-inducing virus, which he has kindly passed along to me (babies are worse than rats when it comes to spreading disease) and I am feeling closer to death than usual today. I have retaliated by wearing my ultimate comfort outfit: black hoodie, jeans, Rocker Hello Kitty T-shirt and childish socks with unicorns on. I also have bitchin' new glasses.

I have taught Matei to say "bum" and "underpants" which are in our language fairly simple words beginning with a guh sound which he has been practising diligently over the last two days. He is totally in love with these words and has been chanting "underpants underpants" to himself the last 15 minutes.

He has taught himself to pick up bits of fluff and cat hair off the floor and turn them into the nearest adult in return for praise and applause. However, the last few days he has been going directly to the source and plucking handfuls of hair off the actual cats and then toddling over to us with the loot, radiant with his own cleverness.

The boy is an applause-junkie. He has learned how to clap and now claps every single time he is proud of something he has done and looks offended if you don't join him. On the other hand he is prepared to give as good as he gets, and offered me extravagant praise and applause when he watched me unload the dishwasher. This is exactly the same attitude I have been trying to instill in Z, but without success so far.

Today my mothering techniques have mainly involved lying in his playpen like roadkill while he bangs my head with some plush toys. I am tired, tired, tired. Have pity, send biscuits.

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smallblakflower
Mar. 16th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Nice glasses.

Absolutely adore the image of a massively enthusiastic baby applauding adults in their domestic pursuits. Glorious.
rainsinger
Mar. 17th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Absolutely adore the image of a massively enthusiastic baby applauding adults in their domestic pursuits

More proof that positive reinforcement works! It's done wonders for my domestic motivation.
chiller
Mar. 16th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh those glasses are HOTTT. Poor Matei! What is it, chicken pox or something?
rainsinger
Mar. 17th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oh those glasses are HOTTT.
Thank you. Z picked them, which means that if I weren't already married to him I'd hire him to be my toyboy/stylist.

Baby has Unnamed Virus, although it appears to be a Minorly Evil one.
jadedlibertine
Mar. 16th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Much pity and virtual biscuits. I love your stories of Matei and also your new glasses are very hot indeed.
rainsinger
Mar. 17th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)

Years of stupid spectacles choices redeemed at last! I was worried they'd make me look like a raccoon, and maybe they do, but at least I'm Sexy Raccoon or something.
spoofed
Mar. 17th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Josef learned long ago that anything along the lines of "good girl, Mummy!" or "well done that's brilliant" will get him a very positive response indeed. Recently, he's cottoned on to the fact that telling people he loves them gets him even more leeway. I like it when kids learn to manipulate!
rainsinger
Mar. 17th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, clever boy.
I love charming children.
Can't wait to hear stories of how he'll interact with Aleks.
dubaiyan
Mar. 19th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ooo! How much were those faaabulous glasses and does that frame style have a name [apart from "Gok"]
rainsinger
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
The glasses are Tommy Hilfiger from Specsavers, and they cost £125 but I paid less than that having taken advantage of the student discount (30%).

There is a really good selection of frames (cheapest are around £75) and they do quite a lot of 2 for 1 deals too.

I think I'm a convert
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