It was wonderful having my mother-in-law here in my home helping me look after the baby. She raised three children of her own and has, down the years, looked after many more. I learned alot from her experience. I had been worrying about how to occupy Little Planet with endless rounds of entertainment and activities as she stays awake more during the day and my mother-in-law demonstrated daily that the best activity for Little Planet was to have her sit in the same room as us and simply watch us or engage with us - without books, without toys, without fancy activity mats. And I was amazed to see how long Little P could sit in her bouncy chair or on my lap or on the rug simply watching us go about our daily activities and interacting with us.
Having M's mother here also enabled me to take some time out and go into town alone and indulge in some me-time. During her stay I...
- Spent an afternoon getting my hair done at the Aveda Institute on High Holborn
- Strolled through Hyde Park
- Saw the Richard Prince exhibition at the Serpentine gallery
- Ate tempura, simmered vegetables and chicken, sashimi and miso soup at the basement Mitsukoshi restaurant on Lower Regent Street
- Watched the light and frothy Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day movie at the smelly cinema on Haymarket
- Saw the tender Indonesian movie The Photograph at the Renoir, about the platonic relationship between a prostitute and a terminally ill studio photographer
- Explored the supremely elegant and unaffected collection of Korean ceramics, metalwork and porcelain at the British Museum