I cannot get over how much easier life is with newborn number 2, in comparison to life with newborn number 1. There are added complexities and demands to be juggled, but somehow we seem to be managing things OK.
It helps that my darling husband has taken over kitchen duties while he is on leave. He's doing a fantastic job at it too, along with the laundry and keeping the toddler entertained (Christmas Lego is helping with that). It leaves me free to deal with nappy changing, baby feeding and settling, plus napping myself.
Things are going so well that I'm having moments of lunacy.
Like when we went to the market last week and I bought 1.5kgs of cheap apricots thinking I could make some jam. After getting home and going what was I thinking I managed to muster up the energy during one of little A's naps and produced a delicious batch of apricot jam, albeit on the runny side- perhaps I should have used the thermometer like last year. (Recipe from Stephanie Alexander's "Cooks Companion")
And then I bought my birthday present.
A new kitchen helper (not that my other kitchen helpers aren't fantastic). So far it's made it out of the box and onto the bench. It may take me a little while for me to get around to making anything with it, but in the meantime I can daydream. Especially about buying the ice cream attachment to go with it.