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two easters with one child

Matei insists on accurate reporting

Matei has spent two weeks gallivanting with my mum around Belgrade and providing us with regular updates of his progress, like so:

"Mummy, my swimming teacher told me I could dive without thinking. I told him he was wrong, because I can dive AND think."

Z and I moped for a day or so ("Were you and daddy sad when I left?" "Yes." "Did you cry?" "Yes." "With real tears?" "Yes." "I was sad too, and I cried for you at the airport but then I stopped on the plane.") and then became giddy with the possibilities of looking after only one child (She goes to sleep by herself! Without cryin! The free time, it practically creates itself!) and then we became actually giddy from paint and solvent fumes as we threw ourselves into a frenzy of gardening and housework.

Clean all the things!

Z bought me a steam cleaner* and I feel about it the way Rambo feels about his AK47 and it imbues me with levels of ease and satisfaction I have never hitherto associated with cleaning. Shower mold and grimy tile grout have been greeted with cries of "Take that Motherfuckers!" My floors are shiny, a duet of steaming and hoovering has turned the rug from light grey back to white and tiles no longer frighten me.

Learning things the hard way

On the other hand 20 month olds terrify me, especially ones whose soal goal in life is to CLIMB ALL THE THINGS and then flamenco dance on top of them to celebrate this achievement. It's a terror that comes fresh on the heels of Helena managing to fall down the stairs while reaching for the cat (cue tears and bloody snot and head lump the size of an egg and 5 hours of observation in A&E while our overtired and overexcited child ran riot and Z and I tried to distract her with inflated surgical gloves). After the initial half an hour of pain and fright she appeared to suffer no ill effects whatsoever, though it took Z and me significantly longer to get over the horror of having broken the baby.

And now everyone has a healthy respect for things withe edges.

*I asked for it and awaited its arrival with childish glee. I don't think the 17 year old Nina would recognise me.


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Apr. 16th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
Steam cleaners are amazing. I borrowed a colleagues's recently and was so pleased and proud of what it did to my oven that I did not allow any meals to be cooked in it for three days.

Matei is going to take over the world one day, isn't he?
Apr. 16th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
I can understand that bit about the oven, because I'm so proud of the floors I don't want anyone spilling their crums and juice on them.

Matei's love of accurate reporting never fails to delight me. Even that time when I attended the Mother's Day concert at his school and when being asked who was his special person he said "I love my daddy. (pause) I love my Mummy too, although not as much as my Daddy."
Apr. 16th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
I bought a mini steam cleaner. That was a mistake because it cleans about 10sqcm before running out of water and then inflicts 2nd degree burns on anyone foolish enough to try and refill it without waiting the proscribed 30 mins!

So, my house is still dirty.

We must meet up again soon. x
Apr. 16th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
Yes, let's meet up soon!
Are you planning any more trips to Garden Centres? Z and I are on the hunt for ferns and magnolias and will need to take it further afield than Homebase.

You're also welcome to borrow my steam cleaner whenever you like. It is very light and compact. I'd suggest a steam cleaning party but that thing needs to be operated while absolutely sober.

Apr. 16th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
Definitely up for garden centre trip in the near future. I've been clearing pots ready for Spring and now I need new plants!

Am off to Norwich tonight for a couple of days. Am free beginning of next week if you fancy a Vietnamese meal or similar?
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Er, joining you in the 'omg my teenage self would be amazed!' feeling.

Out of interest, what kind of steam cleaner did you get? Would you recommend it?
Apr. 17th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
I got this one: Karcher Steam Cleaner.

It is not the cheapest, but it's worked very well for me. (Much better than a variety of other mops I tried out. I saw some cheaper ones but they had mixed reviews.
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
My older son went off to Scout camp over Easter.
Looking after only one child was ridiculously relaxing.
Apr. 17th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
It's so true. It's the parenting equivalent of A Squash and a Squeeze.
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
I am desperate for a steam cleaner - I'm trying to fight the urge and channel my inner teenager but it is futile! Which one did you get?
Apr. 16th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
After reading this and spoofed talking about using them I want one too...reeeeally want one. I'm just imagining the possibilities in the bathroom which the previous owner did not clean as regularly or thoroughly as perhaps she should have.
Apr. 17th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Oh the tiles. I cry when I think about tiles and the hours of my time (pre-steamer) that I spent trying to scrub tile and grout.
Apr. 17th, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
I got Karcher Steam Cleaner. It was a bit pricey but it's worked brilliantly.
Apr. 18th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
So sorry about Helena. Our one lost a tooth the other day after bouncing off the sofa. Huge guild trip afterwards. 10 minutes after we had cleared all the blood and had called several doctors and dentists (only to find out that there was nothing that could be done) Ion was up on the sofa trying to bounce again.
On a different note- do you think the steam cleaner helps with all the car hair?

Apr. 19th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Ouch! thank goodness he will get a second chance at teeth when he is older.

As for steamer vs. cat hair I think they do help. In any case there always seems to be lots of hair in the steam cleaner brushes afterwards. I think they are especially good at pulling the hair off furniture and are less annoying than lint rollers.

On the other hand, if that doesn't work perhaps you ought to consider Crafting With Cat Hair
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