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First day at nursery, first day back at work, Viennese shop windows [20130506|20:45]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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First day at nursery

[Image of Humuhumu in khaki trousers and a stripey jumper, being held by a pretty blonde nursery staff member in a red t-shirt.]

On her first day at nursery, Humuhumu had a fabulous time. She’s quite sociable, plays on her own for long stretches of time and will happily eat most things. The big culinary discovery this week was custard. I think she’s wondering why we’d never given it to her previously. She’s even managed to pick up a new trick over the course of her first three days. She now knows how to throw a toy out of her reach and then wait for us to pick it up. It is even more tedious than I had previously imagined.

On Humuhumu’s first day at nursery, her mummy went to the campus cafe to hide behind dark glasses and a large cappucino and pretend not to be crying. She did manage to do a bit of work and to have a long walk, but she went to pick up Humuhumu fifteen minutes early because she couldn’t stand it any longer.

First day at work

[Image of me with shiny salon hair and dark sunglasses in front of the Floozie in the Jacuzzi, central Birmingham.]

My first day back at work was last Friday. On Thursday, I got my first non-self-inflicted haircut in 18 months, pictured above. On Friday, I got up at 5:30 am to breastfeed Humuhumu and was out the door by 6. I ended up missing the 18:15 on the way back and had to take a later, slower train, so I didn’t get home until 10 pm. However, I had good briefings with colleagues and a tasty pub lunch and I moved my desk to a new office.

Additionally, I took part in the following exchange.

Me, re an ex-colleague: He’s gone to work on software interfaces for a Russian moon lander.
Labmate: In Soviet Russia, moon lands on you!

This is why I missed my work.

Viennese shop windows

I've been going through the photos I took in Vienna and these made a little series.

Image of a little stone angel with her tilted head resting on her hands.

Image of a delicately painted mallard on an egg, hanging amongst pussy willow branches.

Image of a little white bunny with small red polka dots, nestled in a big blue scarf.

Image of two seated and suited dolls behind a barred window with peeling brown sills.

And in conclusion, BABY.

[Image of a shirtless Humuhumu laughing at her daddy, reflected in the mirror of the wardrobe behind her.]

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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2013-05-07 01:13 (UTC)
She's got the cutest, rosy red cheeks!

And her mum looks like a movie star behind the glasses!

I'm also glad that she likes the nursery and is thriving there. You never really know until you get there what's going to happen...!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-05-07 15:48 (UTC)
The red rosy cheeks are courtesy of teething. She doesn't seem to mind too much, fortunately.

Heh, I won't have that movie star look all the time, as my hair is normally wavy. I can't be bothered to flatiron it or blow-dry it like that every day.

So far so good with nursery. I hope it continues. She seems to be gaining a lot from it already.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2013-05-07 09:53 (UTC)
Ooh, topless photos! Be careful you don't get complaints... (-;

Fingers crossed for a good time at nursery. It's great from them to interact with other kids, as long as they also get good support at home.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-05-07 15:47 (UTC)
Whoops, next time I'll put it behind a cut. ;)

I think nursery is already making a difference to her development. She seems to be picking things up incredibly quickly.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2013-05-07 13:51 (UTC)
I love the look on the Nursery teacher's face. That there looks like a person who really enjoys working with kids.

Also I love Hummuhummu's sweater!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-05-07 15:46 (UTC)
Yes! They're all really lovely. The bloke says Humuhumu seems to like the morning handoff very much.

The jumper is a hand-me-down from her cousin (Little Niece) - so cute!
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2013-05-07 21:57 (UTC)
Your coworkers sound lovely. Should make the transition easier.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-05-10 12:53 (UTC)
Yes, that one is particularly lovely. And extremely competent, which is also very helpful.
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