Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Loneliness and Responsibility

I am alone. I lie here, listening to the whistling of the wind, hardly daring to move. Listening for the sound of the approaching storm I know is coming. I am alone and no one is here to save me when the inevitable maelstrom surrounds me and threatens to engulf me. I shove a forkful of last night's pasta in my mouth, mindful that my night could well be about to get much worse. Its bitter taste does nothing to sooth my concern. I shiver - is it the cold or the thought of my impending trauma? It could be either. Such responsibility on my young shoulders. It is the sternest test of my skills. I have thought long and hard about the gear I would need for tonight's examination and settled on the mainstream - no risks to be taken - lightweight is, tonight, not an option. I am all-in for belt-and-braces.


Tommee Tippee Sterilser - about a kilo
Tommee Tippee bottles and slow-release teats - 55g each - I have four, just enough to see me through the night
Tommee Tippee bottle warmer - essential kit - warm food in 5mins - better than any canister stove
Tommee Tippee Orthodotic pacifer - a last resort - 22g
Several muslins - breathable mouth cleaning, there can be no other choice
Moses Basket - Mamas and Papas - good down to -10C if it's in a warm room
Several babygrows by TU (Sainsbury's) and Mothercare - cotton, not Gore-Tex
Merino Wool (just kidding, normal wool) blanket - by ... Mrs M's knitting needles


Yes, the storm is coming and I am alone. For the first time I have no one next to me, and a small tornado lies currently dormant upstairs, ready to awaken at any moment. I know not, right now, if the kit I have chosen is up to the task...


8 comments:

  1. The best of luck to you both during this examination! :) The next time will be easier - not that much of shivering!

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  2. Relax, you know you can do it, when the time for action arrives reactions will be instinctive, savor the moment it'll pass but the memories will remain.

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  3. fortune favours the prepared, as steven seagal once said. But wait, surely there's a niche market for a UL non water steriliser?

    glad to see the wee one in the hands of a solid and dependable guide - the first of many exciting adventures, I'm sure.

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  4. I know the feeling, I've got a 3 1/2 month little girl myself. I don't have to do much night fortunately as her mother is breastfeeding her.

    I am wondering though, now that you have a little boy, have your thoughts started turning to all the treks you're going to take him on? What gear will he need? Are there lightweight carry-backpacks? How big a tent will you need?

    These are the questions I'm struggling with at the moment as I'm starting to plan a section hike of the Pieterpad in Netherlands starting in May. If you've made some thoughts on these things I'd love to read some blog posts about them. :)

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  5. The storm abated before it reached me and he slept well until his usual first feed at midnight. He's a really chilled little fellow. As for adventures - as David and Tor suggest - I have in mind a few things already and will certainly be including the Little Man in a post or two in future. There's quite a lot to consider, so time will tell...

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  6. I enjoyed that, Maz - brought it all back! (all mine are grown up and living their own lives now)

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  7. I know the feeling, I've got a 3 1/2 month little girl myself. I don't have to do much night fortunately as her mother is breastfeeding her.

    I am wondering though, now that you have a little boy, have your thoughts started turning to all the treks you're going to take him on? What gear will he need? Are there lightweight carry-backpacks? How big a tent will you need?

    These are the questions I'm struggling with at the moment as I'm starting to plan a section hike of the Pieterpad in Netherlands starting in May. If you've made some thoughts on these things I'd love to read some blog posts about them. :)

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