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Natural childbirth – why oh why?

In case anyone missed it, I finally gave birth the other week. I can honestly say that despite all the books I read, the other mothers I’d spoken to and the antenatal classes I attended, I was completely unprepared for how horrible it was going to be. I’d like to say that my (awful) experience […]

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The waiting game

I started my maternity leave on Monday. So far I haven’t exactly been taking it easy – I’m trying to finish off a new feature for Three Rings in time for the January release, I’ve just finished wrapping all the Christmas presents, I’ve started making desserts for Christmas, and I still have Tiny’s room to […]

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Recipe – Chocolate Orange Christmas Cupcakes

I had the day off work today, so I’ve been catching up on my festive baking. I know the second week of December is a bit late to make Christmas cake, but I’m ahead on the Christmas shopping, so that cancels out, right? Anyway, these cakes started life as a neat idea for decorating Christmas […]

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Pregnancy = Stress

So I just scored 26 out of 32 on a stress test over on the Beeb. Nausea? Check. Sleeplessness? Check. Easily lose track of things… All the frickin’ checks. Maybe all stressed people are just pregnant and don’t realise? Compared with times when I really have been under high stress, though, I’d take life as […]

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Bumping Along

A couple of weeks ago, I finally told my coworkers I’m pregnant. I’m not sure why it took so long, but I got really self-conscious about saying anything. Partly, I guess, I didn’t want to have the conversations which always seem to follow the announcement with a bunch of people I hardly know. Partly I […]

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Tinette

So last Wednesday I got to spend quite a lot of time in the hospital. At the point at which I got the call to say that Dan was in A&E, I had in fact only just got back from the exact same hospital, where I’d been having my 20-week scan. JTA and I watched […]

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The Worst Exam

Today I sat the worst exam I’ve ever taken. I don’t mean it was hard. It was actually pretty straightforward – an hour to do 60 multiple choice questions. In the end it took me half an hour, and a large chunk of that was double-checking my answers. Simple as it was once I entered […]

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On The Move

The first time I remember moving house, I was about 6 or 7 years old, and the whole process appeared to be magic. I guess that my parents didn’t feel like they needed my help, since from my point of view, I simply left our house in Orchard Drive to go to school and then […]

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Tiny

Exciting news! After our previous failed attempt, JTA and I have successfully made another proto-baby. This one’s called Tiny, and has made it past the 12 week mark. Even better, it’s got arms and legs and a heartbeat and moves around all by itself. Progress! My due date is New Year’s Eve, which is a […]

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What makes a good test?

I’m currently putting the finishing touches to a seminar on building simple automated tests for webpages with Selenium. As part of the session, I’ve got a section which talks about the elements of a good test. I’d actually finished writing it and was pretty pleased with the result when I suddenly realised that I’d pulled […]