Mrs Negative

Mrs Negative embraces her tardy Positive. Life after IVF and loving the son I never thought I'd have.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Not to everyone's taste.

When we visit my MIL at the nursing home, Cooper brings her great joy. Her 2 strokes have left her blind & mostly immobile. It's almost spiritual the way Cooper lays in her arms, completely still & unfussy for long stretches of time. She caresses his toes & kisses his head while murmuring baby talk. It's very therapeutic for her & brings great comfort to my husband. Cooper also proves very popular with the staff & other residents. Pushing him through the corridors little old men & women peer out of doorways & echo "Oh! A Baby! A wee baby! Hello!" We often stop to chat. Nursing homes can be so bloody depressing so it's nice to be able to brighten their day somewhat.
Tonight in his pram we passed a crooked old woman on her way back from dinner. She stopped her walking trolley & asked "Is that a boy or a girl?" I told her that his name was Cooper and that he was a boy.
"What's his name?" she asked.
"Cooper" I said, a little louder.
"What's his name?" she repeated.
"COOPER.." I said again, louder.
"Cooper?!' she scoffed. "Aww no..what did you call him that for??"
She shuffled on shaking her head. I heard her add "...he could do with some hair".

Ha! Ha! It was insanely funny. How could I be offended by such a crotchety old biddy? I may well have been her only conversation for the day! Bless her scattered cotton socks.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I'll just keep posting's easier than trying to think of any words!

Friday, February 15, 2008


Cooper tries to sit up at every given opportunity. He brings his head forward, bends at the waist & struggles into some hilarious positions.
Here he is perched in the corner of the lounge. Not content to admire his beloved "Frog-Frog"...he puts a plan into action.

"If I bend a little this way.." he thought

"I'll REALLY be sitting up.....whoa, hang on..!

His plan went to hell. He ended up face down, tears of frustration.
I had tears too....from laughter!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Hot stuff

With the mild, rainy weather of late I went a little crazy over-dressing Cooper.

You see, he has the most adorable range of hats that as soon as a grey cloud appears I am rummaging through the headwear mostly for my own guilty off we went to the shops in full hat regalia, cute yes but not practical and now he has a heat rash.
So it's hats off for Cooper.
And a lesson learnt for Mother.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Do's and Don'ts with Baby

My cousin recently emailed me some very practical & helpful tips on baby rearing.