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More firsts for the baby

Five weeks, five days

From going up a nappy size to a visit to the first Foyles book store outside of London, this week has been full of firsts for the baby and more energy and sleep for mama.

Mersina’s first official smile has been written down, in her Junior Moleskine diary, as having taken place on March 14. Since then she has smiled once or twice a day in response to prompts until a day or so ago when she increased the instances to lots. We even had an unprompted smile when I held her hand and she looked up at me. Her smiles light her up like big energy glow worm and she has chortled and laughed a couple of times too.

On Thursday we quite serendipitously met up with dad going and leaving, respectively, from Foyles bookstore in Quakers Friars at Cabot Circus. After browsing for a bit, he was more excited than the baby, we went to lunch at Brasserie Blanc so Mersina had her first restaurant visit which she mostly slept through luckily.

As soon as she woke she was hungry so I rushed off, leaving dad with the bill, and visited the Family Room at Cabot Circus which is amazing. There is a comfortable chair in the corner for feeding, a changing bench, a sink and a toilet. The room locks as well so it’s wonderfully private. Well, kind of private as there were three or four attempts to get in and when I left there was a queue of mums with prams outside.

We also had our first trip to the Bristol Central Library, in the beautiful building designed by Charles Holden, at the College Green and right next to the Bristol Cathedral. We returned my housemate’s books and borrowed Asterix en Espana for the little one. Never too early to learn a second or third language and to find out more about the Gauls. A brave nation who have managed to withstand invasion by the Romans thanks to their magic potion which gives them great strength. Obelix, of course, doesn’t need to drink any because he fell into the cauldron as a child but that’s another story.

One of our most exciting adventures was to the wonderful Clifton Lido and baby’s first glance of the pool in sunlight and later on in softer lighting which turned the water a deeper blue green colour. I would have loved a dip in the pool and apparently baby had to be restrained from diving in herself although that’s quite surprising as she hates bath time.

She also met some lovely friends for the first time, Fritha, Nancy, Helen and some other knitting and non-knitting folk at our tweet up.

On our way back from the Lido we stopped in at Waitrose, her second trip there, and spotted some great reductions so it was baby’s first bargain hunt achievement. The best purchase of the evening was a bouquet of flowers reduced from £20 to 49p. Incredible and beautiful.

A successful week all around, I think, although I have yet to try out her new Baby Bjorn carrying pouch thing. Soon. Very soon.

Capers and city living

There are many advantages to living in central Bristol, the proximity to the harbourside and Park St, easy access to lovely locations such as Brandon Hill, and food establishments such as Flinty Red and Papadeli. One huge disadvantage, however, is the price of capers. There are eight Tesco supermarkets in Bristol and the biggest one in the city centre is at the Galleries off Union St and really it’s not big enough to push a trolley around. Over the last few years their prices on capers have varied to a ridiculous extent from 99p to the extortionate £3.12 last week.

Waitrose is currently selling them £1.46. The Waitrose branded capers are being sold part of Heston Blumenthal’s recipe of the week, Lamb with tapenade with runner bean and radish salad. A delicious five starred dish, apparently, as 39 voters, unthwarted by its 43.9g of fat per serving, have scored it (a result that can’t actually be used to infer anything statistically significant in real terms yet).

The Sainsburys on Queens Rd has capers at 99p and while all three shops sell different brands of the delicious berry, the Tesco one is not better than Waitrose. My suggestion is to avoid any capers that cost more than £2 for a small sized jar.