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SO HERE'S THE SECRET TO THE... DO YOU WANT TO KNOW IF IT'S A BOY OR A GIRL THING

Chris Evans | 15:36 UK time, Wednesday, 22 October 2008

My wife and I figured it out last night...

...after being seduced by the magical spell of a new baby yesterday we were discussing whether or not we should discover the sex of our little human-to-be.

Up to now we have been convinced we are going to have a boy but still wanted to leave it as a surprise. Last night though we discussed that if we continued to go down the it's- definitely-a-boy route and it turned out to be a girl, it might not be so fair on the little lady. Not a single logical reason as to why we suspect maledom, it's just been a feeling.

We seriously considered finding out next time we visit Doctor Stirrups. Would this be a cop out though ? Were we bottling it ?

It was at this point we realised that all the couples we'd talked to who were also going to leave it as a surprise somehow seemed to find out "accidentally."

We concluded that these "accidents" were manufactured because they just couldn't wait but didn't want to admit it.

If you are reading this Dr. Stirrup and you "accidentally" see anything bobbing around or not bobbing around on the next scan and you "accidentally" mention it to us, we won't hold it, whatever "it" may be against you.

CLP.

2008.

X.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Thats really funny clp - my final decision is Maybe? hehe

    Beesmum xxx

  • Comment number 2.

    NNNNoooooooooo - please don't do it. Let the excitement continue and be really excited and surprised come the big day. I don't think it's going to make a scrap of difference to 'the little lady' if she's thought of as a boy until she arrives (maybe).

    Go on - keep it a surprise, you know you want to...

    jx

  • Comment number 3.

    When I was pregnant with my Son - when I talked about castrating my husband, my womb would tense up and hurt like mad.

    When I was pregnant with my daughter, when I did the same... nothing, when I talked about labour I had that feeling.

    The Blob inside knows. Give it different examples of physical torture......it'll tell you that way.

    One thing is for sure tho, It'll be a boy or a girl. .....

    dwnb

  • Comment number 4.

    The technology to tell has only be around for not long. For thousands of years it has been the ultimate in surprises - and so it should remain!!!

    Apparently the hospitals up here won't tell you and even have posters up asking you not to ask coz they won't say - something to do with being sued in the past for getting it wrong - I ask you!!!!

    Whatever it is - it will be loved just the same.

    Quack

  • Comment number 5.

    dwnb - not necessarily!!!! Neither gender nor sex are either/or's but continuums - sorry to be pedantic...

    jx

  • Comment number 6.

    Brilliant! CLP you seem as decisive as me and Mr KJR... Or do you....!

    RE Last blog, Dookegg, I am blushing now! I really truly did mean the shed door, I am worried now about the state of my subconsious!!!

    KJR (very concerned about the lack of testostorone in her house...!) x x

  • Comment number 7.

    Don't worry katie! I think it may be our minds at fault more than yours.

    Jen - me no understand - are you saying that male is just a continum of female? If so then everyone is female at somepoint (or vice versa)

    *scratching head - and giggling with katie*

    Quack

  • Comment number 8.

    Chris,

    Unless there's an over-riding reason for knowing (for example you need to buy stuff in readiness thats either blue or pink) then i don't think you ask or even know. I'm old fashioned though so maybe i'm not the right person to seek advice from. I only had one kid and i wished she was a boy but alas it was not to be but i was very VERY happy that she was healthy and have NEVER held the fact that she's a girl against her (now it turns out it was a good thing for her to be a girl as girls are daddies girls)

    Anyway . . . . . DON'T find out until it's time you'll regret it if you do :-D

    Steve :-D

  • Comment number 9.

    PurpleDragon22, from the last blog, My experience with DC and snow is that they do not handle it very well at all. A couple of inches of snow tends to shut down the city.....

  • Comment number 10.

    Remember like you being convinced first born was a boy for no logical reason........and he was. But no we did not find out beforehand.........maybe accidentally finding out cant be done on the NHS!!!!!!!!

    Nev

  • Comment number 11.

    I think you should wait and see when the time is ready for the little bundle of joy to be born.

    M.xx

  • Comment number 12.

    CLP ...... please don't make me larf too hard: it starts off my coughing, y'see. But Dr Stirrups!! Classico - muchos gracias!

    My daddy desperately wanted me to be a boy. That's why I have this in-built love of The Beautiful Game. While mummy was pushing me into the world, daddy was on the old North Bank at HIghbury watching The Gunners beat West Ham in the opening game of the season (August baby, y'see). I still think, that had I been a wee baby boy, he'd have had me signed up for the Junior Gunners Academy before I could walk.

    Then I was almost christened Samantha. But that's another story.

    Leave it to the day and a big surprise, is what I say. For what it's worth ....

    Mind you ... if you did know, it would make the baby shower easier for us ..... !!

    ;-)

    Cheryl The Diva x x x x

  • Comment number 13.

    James that will be the whole of the UK as well with the snow - well - bar Scotland of course!

    Katie - Dook I'm not telling you again - behave!!!
    Achhhually can't wait to get on home puter to find out about that shop Katie - do they do internet as well or has Mr B got to drive round and round for an hour or three before picking me up!!!

    Beesmum xxx

    and thanks blog police for sending me an email pm today - knew that was reason - quite understand.

  • Comment number 14.



    Well one and all

    Surprises are nice and I think whatever a baby you think you are having will turn out to be the opposite... sex that is.

    Must say having a baby though, what a long haul.
    Takes me back to my first trip to hospital where I nearly did a runner.
    From being a World Traveller Champagne Clubber I ended up with a nurse calling me Mum and how to bath a baby and later discovered I could not drive a pram.
    Nightmare.

    PP

    PS Nev still waiting for the spilt beans.






  • Comment number 15.

    Chris,

    The moment I found out I was pregnant, I was certain I was having a boy. Absolutely certain. The only thing is - I really wanted a girl - I kept this completely secret from everyone.

    When MsS made her appearance I was utterly over the moon, but I really mean this, if the baby had been a boy, there would have been no disappointment.

    MrS and I didn't want to know in advance, but everyone must do it their own way.

    For the record, I think you and Natasha are having a girl!!

    C xx

  • Comment number 16.

    Katie/Dookiegg you are both cracking (getit) me up and I'm in an open office at work!!!

    Beesmum that was nice of the Blog police to send you a missive explaining all. Those of us lurking and seeing the original blog from Chris all knew what was going on.

    To Chris and Natasha please don't peak - let it be a lovely surprise to be loved no matter boy or girl.

    Anyone heard from meanjumpinbean whether little bean has been born yet?

  • Comment number 17.

    PP - no beans to spill not even haricot or borlotti. Marple just happens to be somewhere I know vaguely as I work not too far away.

    Nev

  • Comment number 18.

    Beesmum, I have just done a search and YES the have a web site! Bliss! But I spelt it wrong earlier its with a 'c' not a 'k' - you will see what I mean after!

    Well thats lunch times sorted for the foreseeable future! More shopping, oh how the credit card weeps....

    But there is also some lovely Cafes etc in Aber including one that does fab cakes next door to Fab shop - it may be worth parking him (or the car even!) in the big car park round back, and plonking down with a newspaper and a muffin!

    KJR x

  • Comment number 19.

    Stockport ?

  • Comment number 20.

    something like that

  • Comment number 21.

    Yo CLP, Yo ALL Bloggers, Yo Everyone,

    Bingo Star ere....

    Yo CLP - Wooooo so yersen and Tash think your littlen iz gonna be a boy too - WHATTA COINCIDENCE!!!!!!!!

    Is it 'cos yuv been reading me predictions and seen them coming true.... AND also me prediction of you both aving a boy... or ave I goot nowt at all ter do with it, aka I am living in a totally demented cloud cooookoo land and it iz a coincidence.
    Or are you and Tash also tuned inter... inter.... inter.... inter.... inter.... THE OTHERSIDE..... with The.. The.... The MIND!!!!!!!

    Spooky... damn spooky!!!!!

    PS - forgotten it!!!

  • Comment number 22.




    Well could have a guessing game all night with Hyde , Glossop, Hayfield, New Mills but I give in.

  • Comment number 23.

    I bet it's a baby!

    Nev

  • Comment number 24.

    Katie - now am really excited!!! probably about to put the economy to rights on my own with the old spending thing!

    BM xxx

    skip skip skippity skip

    PP drive a pram lol!!!

  • Comment number 25.

    Phoenix, at least I can be of service to someone today, there has been a noticeable lack of work from my desk today! Feeling distinctly naughty and worth every penny I earned today.....! He he!

    KJR x x

  • Comment number 26.

    Keep it a secret. All you need are a couple of name options at the ready and a couple of white babygrows - the rest you can do afterwards

  • Comment number 27.

    Ah bless CLP and Natasha, it must be tempting. But you know what. You're in for a lifetime of surprises no matter what.

    When the Genius daughter crashed into my world and changed it forever, I'd been convinced she was a boy. Being from a family of girlies, and as the rugger-bugger DDF Eric used to announce that he was fetlock-deep in women; and even the dog's a bitch... actually that doesn't seem so funny now I've put it in print; I should've given him a thick ear...anyway, there I was, certain that she was going to incarnate male. When she was finally placed in my arms after a bit of a struggle that ended in her bein' sucked out with the Dyson and a pair of salad-servers, boy did she look cross and who could blame her. For my part I was thunderstruck. I hadn't thought of myself with a daughter. But she was so utterly gorgeous and delicious (yes, yes I know, what she actually looked like was a pound of mussels), that this feeling subsided in approximately 3 seconds.

    And now, 28 and a bit years later, I cannot imagine anything different.

    And I'm with Sall. Baby's bottoms are ripe for biting. Yummy yum yum delicious. In fact I only bit her bottom a couple of nights ago.

    Mind you that was only because we were sharin' a bed when she decided to perform her hilarious trick of trappin' me beneath the duvet and breakin' wind. So all's fair and all that.

    Ok I said she was female and a Genius. I never said she was ladylike. Bless her.

    Clodagh.xx

  • Comment number 28.

    Chris I too was convinced I was having a boy, again not really based on too much - hubby wouldn't let me find out as he likes surprises ( I hate them!!!) but we had a baby girl and it was the BEST surprise ever - and people are right it is great to have a surprise at the end of all that effort!!!!
    Be Patient!!

  • Comment number 29.



    Just to add to you Clodagh

    Responsible Mothers.

    My daughter came home from school one day and announced that the following day was a party and they were to wear fancy dress.

    Well infact they had known for weeks but she just forgot to mention it before.

    I had little to hand so I decided to use a black bin bag and cut out numbers and adds and minus signs...

    She said what's this as I placed it over her head.... It's Black Adder you know .....all the others went dressed as fairies and she threatened to report me to child line....





  • Comment number 30.

    I say wait and see on the big birth day...when will you ever get a surprise like this again? Keep this one a surprise and then when you go on to have babies 2, 3 etc you can choose to find out then :)

  • Comment number 31.

    Genius, PP, genius!!!

    jx

  • Comment number 32.


    Worst of all Jen it's true.

    and I never passed me pram driving course B's Mum.


  • Comment number 33.

    I was absolutely certain teen2 was a boy - everything about the pregnancy was totally different. So I was so surprised to meet her! And delighted.

    Whatever you decided, CLP, do us a favour and keep it to yourself! It's one of the best bits about other people having babies -waiting to see. When my brother-in-law and his lovely wife were having there's we already knew what she was, what her name was and what time she was going to born! Where's the fun in that? She's gorgeous though, and full of surprises herself which kind of makes up for it!

    I love babies. Love 'em. Catching up with a mate and her 6 month-old next week (half-term - yey hey!), can't wait. Love the hands, feet, chubby thighs, laugh, expressions etc. Not everything though, especially having to wear beige for a year to hide the sick and poo (yes, I know that's an old Victoria Wood joke but it's so true!

    Anyway, gotta go and taxi.

    To all the lovely bloggers and lurkers - hello, get-well, cheer-up, whatever you need to do! Well done for all the skipping BM - have to confess I didn't do it today with my ropey throat - more of a round shouldered trudge! 5 hours of singing with a bad throat - not a good move. Might go back over and check the name of that whizzy cough bottle recommended for CtD by Chrissie, sounds fun.


    A x

  • Comment number 34.

    Plum - would never cope with these manic things these days then where the wheels spin round!!! Nightmare!

    Beesmum xxx

    sound like my sis - all fairies except for one tyke dressed in a green carrier bag with green balloons pinned to the front - yup a pea pod!!! Doesn't seem to have done too much damage!!

  • Comment number 35.

    Oh dear boleyn - it starts with a bad throat - just in time for half term - bad timing!!!

    BM xxx

  • Comment number 36.


    Sorry last post of the day

    Now I am a huge Oasis fan but this is rather funny.


    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ddcOipk7giE&feature=related

  • Comment number 37.

    Bees, this bug has been coming, going and mutating for 3 weeks now, can't wait to see what it turns into next! A nice dose of toothache maybe, a broken limb or perhaps thrush.

    I'm sorry to bring up thrush.

    Am after a 3D pumpkin costume for next Friday, adult size! Not even going to attempt slinky witch, look alarmingly like a zombie already at the moment, so I thought a festive, rotund pumpkin look might be nice. Any ideas how I might knock one up?

    Laters, my phone's ringing, mum where ARE you?????

    A x

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi Chris

    Never blogged before but felt us must.
    Dont find out because its the most wonderful surpirse in the world.
    My husband and I, and all the family where convinced I was having a baby boy, even bought boy type clothes, and of course guess what we had a little girl what a surprise..

  • Comment number 39.

    BoleynG,

    I couldn't agree more about Chris keeping it to himself, but alas i fear that some nosey media personage will print it anyway and spoil it for everyone :(

    Steve :-D

  • Comment number 40.

    Not knowing the gender of your baby may add to magic of parenthood but it can be useful to know one way or the other, especially if you are so convinced that you have bought the clothes, chosen the name a put the child down for the right school.

    Funnily enough I was dicussing this with Samantha, my eldest son, the last time he was home from Rodean.

  • Comment number 41.

    LOL Kyle .... brilliant! Thank you!

  • Comment number 42.

    Kyle, very funny! You caught me by surprise there! More of the same please!

    A x

  • Comment number 43.



    Is there a sweep?

    Maybe I should set one up.

    Anyone interested, I'll be behind the bike shed between 7-8pm Mon-Fri.

    From next Monday as I've already been committed this week.

    PP, I went to a Christmas Party as a Candle. As you said, everyone else was a fairy etc (odd, my school, but the lads did look sweet) but the thing that broke my heart was that my poor mother, who worked her fingers to the bone making the dee-amn thing, didn't even get an honourable mention in the prize giving...and it was some bimbo in some shop-bought LADYBIRD (for Gawd's sake not even blimmin' FESTIVE!!!) who won first prize.

    Anyhoo, Christophe, a word of advice...whoever the babe turns out to be, please ensure an entire cupboardful of alternative fancy dress outfits.

    As well as the obligatory unisex Oshkosh dungers of course.

    So, as long as 'it' has ten of everything it needs ten of, two of everything it needs two of, and three of everything it needs three of...and the pair of you for parents, you ain't gonna go far wrong...

    no sirree
    love
    hazel
    x

  • Comment number 44.

    Well. not exactly the same of course as that would quickly get tedious. Like my mother, who has only ever told one joke but still thinks it's funnier than any other she's ever heard...

    Anyway Kyle, you know what I mean!

    A x

  • Comment number 45.

    RAW WROCKIN'....... WROCKIN' RAW....... WROCKIN' WROCK......

    CLP playin' some AC/DC....... RAW!!!!!!!

    PS Clodagh - I 'eard yer get a Morrisey thingy mention!!!!!

    RAW..... WROCKIN'!!!!!!

  • Comment number 46.

    Dear Chris & Natasha,

    Keep the baby question a suprise!!!! it really is like all your christmas mornings have come together I had 5 children and all were suprises until the 5th one and I found out early that it was a boy but I really regretted finding out! but I still love him just the same and if you need to decorate then it helps, but if I were you I'd wait and see!! love the show

  • Comment number 47.



    Kyle, Roedean is oop t'road from me, and I have to say many a true word spoken in jest. The term 'blue-stocking' takes on a whole new meaning in Brighton...most of them have Adam's Apples...

    Have to go, the cat is waiting for a lap, and the Badger is doing his Sudoku.

    that'll be a 9 in there then
    love
    hazel
    x

  • Comment number 48.

    I won first prize in the office halloween party one year as I went at Austin Powers, sorry that's Austin "Danger" Powers..... The funny thing was that my son had use the same costume while trick-n-treating and some old dear thought his was George Washington.....we still laugh about that..... My other successful costume was when I went at Thing from the Adams family......

  • Comment number 49.

    Oh CLP definately leave it as a surprise. That's half the fun!

    How's everyone been today? Hope you have all been playing nicely.

    And I hope that all poorly bloggers are feeling better today.

    Will catch up on posts if I can later.

    LM has his Harvest Festival concert tomorrow morning and I'm really looking forward to it. Off now to find some tins, packets etc.

    Back later

    x x x

  • Comment number 50.

    Oh it's so exciting!! Babies babies everywhere!!!

    Fancy dress tho - argh! I used to dread it every time my daughter got invited to a fancy dress party or had to 'be' something in a school play - I am rubbish at sewing!! So we have a collection of very funny (or sad, depending on your point of view!!) photos of my attempts at bunnies, reindeers and easter bonnets!! She reckons she's been scarred for life!!!

    Anyway, hope all the ill people are feeling a bit better and that all the well people stay that way!!

    T xxxx

  • Comment number 51.

    PP Hahaha excellent, Good Girrdl!!

    Ah the fancy dress. I have in my archive that the daughter calls the Torture Chamber a lovely photo of her second birthday, in the centre of fairies, elves, an astronaut, two clowns, a scarecrow, a bumble bee and a rather good pantomime horse, and there she is. Polly Puke the punk rocker.

    Blonde curls spiked up and dyed pink with cake colouring, little vest ripped and adorned with safety pins and graffiti, little black bondage pants and black wellies; Siouxie Sioux eat your heart out.

    Ere. Maybe that's it... I wonder if Nancy Spungen ever held Sid Vicious' head under the bedclothes...?

    And naturally for a girl given a name normally reserved for budgies, she had to go to the school fancy dress as a parrot, where she sorted out a badly-behaved Superman with one whack of her beak. I don't think he ever recovered, when last heard of he was carted off from Chester Zoo's bird house with a panic attack.

    Clodagh.xx

  • Comment number 52.

    Oh yes. FYI.

    I am reminded of the DDF Eric's near tragedy when he went to the fancy dress as Man In A Suitcase, and somebody nicked the key to 'is padlock.

    Ergo, when designing a fancy dress, especially if your intention is to imbibe copious amounts of beer, take heed as to how you're going to have a wee.

    Clodagh.xx

  • Comment number 53.

    I've had a boy and a girl and both pregnancies were different, when I was pregnant with my girl I had a huge craving for chocolate and sweet things (I rarely do otherwise), other Mums I know who were pregnant with girls had this too. Also - a bit biological (hope no one gets offended with the language) here but a woman's secretions in the downstairs department can be the same as when she's ovulating - this indicates high oestrogen which when pregnant can indicate a girl, hence the cravings for sweet things.

    Don't find out the sex though, you've not got long to wait now. It's worth the excitement of finding out when it's born. It really doesn't matter if you think it's one sex or the other, just make sure everything you've bought for it is generic.

  • Comment number 54.

    A pumpkin boleyn - now - going to have to think about that one - don't suppose you have a puff ball skirt to start off with?

    It's a wonder anyone grew up sane with all these brilliant fancy dress costumes!!

    Beesmum xxx

    CLP apart from my initial comment of final decision is maybe - haven't actually given my opinion - no - don't find out what you're having - but I'm with Bingo - it's a boy or we could be wrong and it's a girl!

  • Comment number 55.

    BM, hahaha, me in a puffball skirt! Am thinking papier mache with a gym ball (not that I own one, will need to acquire) or some sort of wire contraption like one of those paper lampshades. I would like it to go over my head and down to my knees, with eyespaces so I can look out for teens doing unmentionables.

    Is this, in the modern parlance, a bit too big an ask?

    Got few minutes respite as half the family watching Hero's (what on the lord's earth is that all about) while teen 2 is doing her own tap tap tapping on downstairs computer. Ah, families!

    Can't swallow without exquisite pain.

    Debs, am "harvest-festivalled-out" , as a music teacher, but of course it's different when the little person is yours! Oats and beans and barley grow... enjoy! And make sure your tins and packets are in date or people will talk.

    A x

  • Comment number 56.

    Boleyngirl, sorry you're sick. Eat lots of ice cream......

  • Comment number 57.

    AAAh Boleyn - if we're talking that big then I'm thinking chicken wire - praps need a word with dook. Crepe paper here we go! or something from milletts? - puffa jacket perhaps?

    BM xxx

  • Comment number 58.

    James? you still in work or about to whiz off?

    BM xx

  • Comment number 59.

    Just backtracking posts. DWNB - do you and your husband often chat about having him castrated?! Or is it just pregancy hormnones that spark that kind of chat? Mr Boleyn would not find that a comfortable conversation!

    A x

  • Comment number 60.

    BM, still at work...at least for another 25 minutes or so.

    Snow's all gone, but still a grey, wet, yukky day.....


  • Comment number 61.

    Bondman. can't imagine fancying ice cream at the moment, but thanks for trying.

    BM, God's teeth, chicken wire reminds me of my days as a class teacher doing "Large" 3D work. Along with "modrock" (like the stuff they do fracture plasters with). Now you mention it, that might work, but hope I can find someone else to do the dirty work.

    A x

  • Comment number 62.

    Stop it, stop it, stop it NOW!! Mr Diva is trying to watch Heroes (why, I don't know!) and I'm stiffling the giggles here.

    Boleyngirl - I've had the swallow trub too. It will pass. With anti-biotics and ice cream!

    Off to bed in a mo with Lemsip and Jackie Collins.

    Sweet dreams

    Cheryl x x x

  • Comment number 63.

    awww James not long then - us - here - scoffed/watered (well wined actually - bad day) and watching silent witness Mr B asleep - in chair - doggy asleep on my foot - how exciting!!!

    Beesmum xxx

  • Comment number 64.

    CtD, Jackie Collins - there's a blast from the past! Does she still write about that ballbreaker Lucky Sansomething? Learned a lot from her in my teens!

    A x

    Aha, hear the sound of coughing, hero's must be up.

    Tomoz mates,

    A x

  • Comment number 65.

    Diva!!!lo chuck! haven't read a collins for yonks - just the ticket - a bit of the old light hearted rumpy stuff

    BMxxx

  • Comment number 66.

    Just went robbling through me collection of books and found 3 collins (signed) not yet read Krantz B TaylorB - bit of the light stuff for a few weeks methinks!

    BM xx

  • Comment number 67.

    BM, thanks for the sympathetic awwwwww. much appreciated. Sorry you've had a bad day. I like Silent Witness, haven't seen it for ages. Is it a repeat?

    Jackie Collins? Wasn't she on Steve Wright the other day talking about a new book?

  • Comment number 68.

    Bondy,

    She was indeed . . . i think she's great (much better than her sister)

    Yes the new book is about Lucky again :)

    Steve :-D

  • Comment number 69.

    Hi James - new series ex amanda burton she's been out for last couple of series - good with emelia fox (lawrences sis) in it though. Will prob reach you in about 3 years but avail on dvd no doubt!!!

    Missed sw all week - up to ears in all sorts - will put on fb wall - sorry missed Jackie Collins though - just love those sort of books for a bit of un-heavy reading!

    Beesmum xxx

  • Comment number 70.

    Missed that Steve - collect modern first editions and she's one of my "you never know" authors - specially if I can get them signed! Losing it lately!

    BM xxx

  • Comment number 71.

    PLEASE IGNORE THIS POST.... AM JUST TESTING ME THE POWER OF ME RAM........

  • Comment number 72.

    BM, Sounds interesting, I'll have to see if it appears on TV here. The last ones I saw where with A.Burton but that was quite some time ago. Are the new ones as good.


  • Comment number 73.

    YES... it worked.... nighty night groovesters!!!!

  • Comment number 74.

    James I would say with Ms Fox and co. much better!! get dvd's if you can.

    Bingo - wot you up to? Are you talking about my star sign again?

    BM xx

  • Comment number 75.

    Well that's me. I'm off home. Goodnight everyone. See you tomorrow.


  • Comment number 76.

    See you James - have a good evening and hope it doesn't snow tomorrow!

    BM xxx

  • Comment number 77.

    BM, I'll definitely look out for them. Thanks for the recommendation. I hope you have a good evening, what's left of it. Hope tomorrow is a better day for you.


  • Comment number 78.

    Boleyngirl

    I'm with your mum on this one.

    If you've got a good joke, tell it at every available opportunity.

    Of course your idea of what constitutes a good joke may not be the same as anyone else's, but the more times they hear it the more they have the chance to get to love it.

    Having said that my kids have threatened to have me reported to social services if I tell a couple of particular jokes once more.

  • Comment number 79.

    We had our little girl in Spetember. We found out her sex as soon as we could and I'm really glad we did. Everyone kept telling us that we were "spoiling the surprise" but honestly the overwhelming emotion you feel when you know what your child will be is amazing. My hubby went into shock! Then you have loads of time to absorb it and plan! Plus, it helped me to bond as I was able to start calling my bump Sophie and prepare myself to have a daughter. And seriously - how can you "spoil" the birth by knowing what you're having!!! It has nothing to do with loving your child less which I personally feel is a terrible thing to say.
    Plus - we got loads more free stuff as all our friends were able to pass on their children's pink clothes throughout our pregnancy!! Thanks guys xxx

  • Comment number 80.

    Going back to fancy dress outfits, boleyngirl might be interested to know I went to a halloween bash as a pumpkin aged about 10. I seem to remember a large orange sheet and a couple of the hoops you try to keep swinging above your hips where the main basis of this costume. If I remember rightly my head stuck out the top and my shoulders and the hoops (I guess they must've been sewed in some how, but I forget) formed the pumpkin shape with my legs sticking out the bottom. It worked quite well til there was some game which involved running though arches made by other people. One, I didn't fit though the arches and two, I could barely reach to form an arch past my costume! I suspect I'd need a bigger orange sheet now, but the basic idea should still work if you're still short of ideas, boleyngirl and it shouldn't be quite as messy as paper mache!

  • Comment number 81.

    Boleyngirl, a friend of mine is (in)famous for having an inflatable pumpkin costume, I'm pretty sure you could get one at an online auction site, or a fancy dress shop. I think it even had a hat with a stalk on it......

    Dragonxx

  • Comment number 82.

    Right guys that's me. I'm off.

    But before I go, I've been thinking.

    Kyle, I fear you were right. I was a little patronising and for that I humbly apologise. It was not my intention nor ever would be; I do not rate my own intellectual capacity so highly above anyone else's that it would be necessary.

    I meant what I said of course, but all I was attempting was to lighten the mood; but isn't it interesting how the dynamic of the written word is different to the face-to-face. That's why texting can be dangerous. Particularly when, like me, your friends are all such eejits. You can never be certain of the intent without the accompanying body language. I've fallen foul of our Baz on several occasions this way and once left him stranded at Dublin Airport all night because I thought he was messing. So sorry, chuck.

    As regards the pumpkin, I would refer to my earlier missive re. accessibility when you want a wee. Achtung. But if you can get hold of some orange neoprene- you know, wetsuit fabric- you'll find it easier.

    Mind you I'd go as a bat. What is it they say about fancy ress costumes betraying the inner self.

    Righto. May lurk a bit if I have time but for now I've me rubber ring on and am doin' me hornpipe as I speak.

    Take care.

    Clodagh.xx

  • Comment number 83.

    morning all

    MrsW#1 didn't want to know what our first was going to be but MrsW#2 and me both knew what both of ours were before they arrived. Can't say it detracted from the magical moment of meeting them for that first time at all so go with the flow, find out if you want. We never told anyone we knew to keep it as 'our secret' Either way it's a trwasured moment when you meet a child for the first time

    Hope you're all well out there in blogland, sorry for the sporadic postings but just been ever so

    bonnet de douche

    KWx

  • Comment number 84.

    Morning all
    Can we please have some snow, I love it!
    My sis lived in VT for a good few years and they had snow Oct-Mar so she absolutely hates it but I went to visit her in 2000 and it was lovely. February, bitterly cold and snow everywhere, xmas lights still on houses as was too cold to bring 'em in but it was lovely. Didn't feel anywhere near as cold as it does here as it's dry!
    Oh well, we can dream!

    TTFN
    Tiggy xx

  • Comment number 85.

    Gracious me, what a lot of pumpkin advice - thank you! Ozgirl - your idea sounds fraught with danger on so many levels but ta anyway! Dragon - might try that.

    Have a good day one and all,

    A x

  • Comment number 86.

    Morning each!

    anyone on FB get yourself over and look at jumpy`s page...! not giving anything away but great news!
    mSc x

  • Comment number 87.

    Morning

    Many years ago my sister moved to South Carolina in the States about this time. Her first job was making trick or treat costumes for her very young children. She dressed her 4 year old boy in a ghost outfit.

    For many months after she was treated very wierdly by the local 'moms' until the photos from the night came back.

    Her ghost outfit was an exact replica of the klu klux klan outfits!

    They all got over it eventually!

    jx

  • Comment number 88.

    Well, the sheer cheek of it .....

    Thursday here in deepest rural Suffolk is local paper day. I LOVE our local paper - it absolutely makes The Framley Examiner** lok like the Telegraph. Anyhoo, I digress ...

    Admitedly I don't look my best this week, but really,was there any need for the spotty oik round the local shop to give me his very best "Hallowe'ens not for another weeke yet love" look!?!?!?

    So I've skulked home, locked the door and won't go out til I look semi-human again. Promise!

    ** Framley Examiner - if you've not heard of it, goog it. It's brillig! (BM - don't have tea in mouth when reading tho, screen splat guaranteed)

    So, Jackie Collins. Yes ...... when all my 13 year old classmates were still reading Jackie and Blue Jeans, I'd moved on to Lovers and Gamblers, The Stud, Rock Star, Hollywood Wives ...... blissful no-brainer reading. I had a break away from her as I thought she was getting too samey, but then saw one I'd not read as part of a 3 for a tenner deal so took a chance. This one's about Lucky thingyjig too but it's actually quite enjoyable! (Drop Dead Beautiful).

    All this talk of pumpkim costumes is getting me quite 'cited for Hallowe'en. May invest in some spoky H@rib0 sweets!

    Laters.

    CtD xxx

  • Comment number 89.

    Cheers for that Jen - now coughing and laughing all in one messy heap!!

    xxx

  • Comment number 90.

    Greetings Radio Groovesters(aka CLP And ALL Who Operate Outta BC 'ouse) And Blog Groovesters (aka ALL Who Operate Outta Their 'ouse),

    Bingo Star ere.......

    Seen the latest advert for a well known 'igh street bank that starts with an aych? The bank name that is, noot the advert. Although the name of the bank iz mentioned in the ad - know what am sayin'!!!!!
    It starts with a fat bloke, talkin in russian, ter.... a skinny bloke. Then it goes ter another country. errrr India I think. Then the voice over babe with the alledged sexy voice but who sounds more like either a 'eavy smoker or she's recovering from umonian, soory pneumonia, sorry errr sorry with two 'r's'..... She says if yer wanter do business internationally yer should be with a bank that knows about international business.... oh I yeah!
    Err tell me about it.... wot like yer mean blowing all yer money on sub prime markets... errrr internationally!@!
    Then she says your business success is out there... Is your bank?
    Judging by what the banks 'ave done i'd say the answer love is definately.... NYET aka a big NO in russian!!!!!

    Das veedanya!!!!

    PS B's Mum #74... nyyyyaa candy store (bingo calling for 74) - That must mean yer an Aries then if so same as CLP... Whatta coincidence!!!

    PPS ALL - Am getting very, VERY close ter revealing ter the blog me latest song.
    It's a sad love song all, but it needn't be sad. Na, err just educational and informative.
    I'll probally bang it on the later blog.... unless another baby is born this afternoon or some other exceptionally guten news!!!!!

  • Comment number 91.

    MsC,
    Can't go on FB at work, spill!
    Tiggsxxx

  • Comment number 92.

    PS Remember Chezza - Cold/ Flu - Lucozade, bananas and a 5 mile run - worked for me!!!!!!

  • Comment number 93.

    Sorry Tiggy!

    I dont know if i should say cos Jen(jumpy) may come on here later but baby boy at 1.15 this morning...all well it seems although bit of a rough time...

    ..some great news to start a Thirsty Thursday!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 94.

    Bless her!
    Thanks for that Scoobs!!!
    Tiggyxx

  • Comment number 95.

    morning all - yes please Scooby, please tell us about Jumpy!!

    Am LOVING all those pumpkin costume ideas - and 2 massive hula hoops would definitely keep the bad people away!!

    T xxx

  • Comment number 96.

    Thanks scooby - congrats Jumpin no longer jumpin but mom.

    Can't access fb at work.

    fingers a bit stiff today from volleyball practice last night - seriously considering doing another training session on a sunday with a different team just for practice.

    I have Fri and Mon off and will be doing my bit for the wildlife on Sat - on that lovely big island in the middle of the harbour near me which will be featured on BBC Autumn....... shhh you'll wake them up they've been hibernating since Spring.....

  • Comment number 97.

    Phoenix - I think it's best we leave Bill Oddie in hibernation. But that's just my personal view, of course!

    Hurrah for Jumpy, Mr Jumpy and New Baby Jumpy!! Sweet.

    Bingo - I have Lucozade but no bananas. And as for 5 mile run ....... naaaaaaaaaaaah!

  • Comment number 98.

    Has anyone read the latest TopGear magazine? It has alot about Chris and how he bought a £5.5million black Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder at a car auction and he's ranked 27th in their car-related rich list with a fortune of £45m! I'd need a job like a radio DJ to leep me entertained enough actually to still be working with that!

  • Comment number 99.

    *keep not leep....

  • Comment number 100.

    Congratulations Jumpy, Mr Jumpy and welcome to the world baby Jumpy!!!

    There's a car-related rich list?????

    So, the Restaurant ... I actually think divvy boys might win now!!

    T xxx

 

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