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No internet - again

Grrrr at BT! We've had no internet since Thu until late last night. Very annoying!

And things have been happening so I've wanted to get online!

Tom is now a staggering 17lb 10oz (about 8k) - at the same age Jack was 15lb 14oz and I thought he was big. But, like Jack, he's not fat. He's just really long and really solid. He no longer fits in the crib in our room. He kept bashing his head on the top so we've had to move him into the big cot-bed in the nursery room. Typically, he got ill almost straight after so we've had a few nights of fetching him in and out of our room and our bed trying to settle him (frankly, me and Mark are both shattered and are really looking forward to a good nights sleep!)

Jack's progressing with his talking too! He spoke to his Pape on the phone the other night, including "I love Pape" which almost brought my poor old dad to tears. I think he appreciated it as an early birthday present from his eldest grandson.

I've been having a bash at baking, after the success of Mark's birthday cake. I've been thinking about cake and/or cookies (bought a cookie book, rather than biscuits) as presents for people this Christmas and needed some - ahem - practice ;op SO I've bought some Christmas Cookie Cutters and some edible glitter and writing icing and so on. I didn't get chance to photograph the first couple of attempts. They got eaten! I made cashew and poppy seed crunchies - which were soggy as it happens but tasty. Then some plain cookies cut into stars (with white icing and glitter), holly leaves (green icing, glitter and detailed with writing icing) and christmas bells (red or green with 100s & 1000s). Jack LOVES these! Today I had a bash at orange swirls which again taste ok, but lack the aesthetics. I think I didn't chill my dough for long enough. Next lot - I'll chill over night and slice'n'bake in the morning! And make sure I get some photos because I should have it sussed by then!
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