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4 December 2009
This week we were confessing the ridiculous lengths we will go to for sleep, after shoppingbagsundereyes' chum made her son a prosthetic limb out of old socks. Wallace's son used to go to sleep holding onto her ear, so she pondered buying a fake ear to slip into his little hand once he was asleep: "Then I thought he would probably be disturbed for life if he woke up clutching an ear without me attached to it." Jollyma agreed: "A friend's daughter used to fiddle with her mum's hair to get to sleep. My friend put a wig in her cot one evening to get a break. Unfortunately, baby woke up and was hysterical." MadameDuBain discovered the sound of a running tap soothed her baby to sleep: "We undid about 20 years of carefully turning the taps off while brushing our teeth."
I was secretly hoping one would die, and now one has, announced kreecherlivesupstairs ominously. The deceased was one of her daughter's gerbils: "It is lying at the back of their little house in an unmoving way. The other is running around like a loony. I don't know whether to fish stiffy out or leave him there until DD notices." BitOfFun advised her to "let him lie in state for a while", but rodent-expert BoysAreLikeDogs warned: "Remove stiffie or else Om nom nom, IYSWIM." "It could be hibernating," warned ShinyAndNew, recalling the time she almost buried her father's lizard: "I put it in a box on the mantle (above the fire) and it suddenly came to back to life." Hassled voted for a Viking cremation and had considered the practicalities in worrying detail: "Don't use a tissue box. It will get soggy and sink into the lake before the body has burnt nicely to a crisp. Then you'll just have a dead gerbil bobbing around in the lake, and one of you will have to go in and retrieve it." SeeYouAtDartsDarling was just relieved we were talking about gerbils: "I thought this was going to be another in-law thread."
Much sympathy this week for heavily pregnant Mrs Badger, who has been invited to a Victorian or horsey-themed fancy dress party. "They didn't call it confinement for nothing," winced AitchTwoToTangOh. SoupDragon advised her to ignore the theme and go as a pregnant Demi Moore from her infamous magazine shoot: "No costume required!" "Can you cross-dress for the night and go as a pot-bellied master of hounds?" suggested PerArduaAdSolInvictus, while nevergoogledragonbutter suggested Queen Victoria: "She was always bloody pregnant and miserable about it too." Tethersend felt a pregnant lady had free rei(g)n to go as whatever she damn well pleased: "When I was 34 weeks I went everywhere as an angry ball of hate. I recommend it wholeheartedly."
Things were hotting up on Mumsnet this week after our webchat with the very charming Ed Miliband, secretary of state for energy and climate change, who was pressed with questions about renewable energy and other important matters such as whether he was jealous of Hillary's crush on his brother (WouldYouCouldYouWithAGoat) and whether his brother was a tad embarrassed about last year's banana incident (Maiakins). Mr Miliband admitted he was "careful not to carry fruit in public" and impartially informed us: "You're cool and fab, and I am going to recommend other members of Cabinet do this." I can feel that global warming from here.
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