Shopping! Yes, we have spent more money that we don't have lol We now have stair gates, fire guard, bedding, clothes, toys, books, wardrobes, chests of drawers, beds, car seats and a new car aka THE BUS! This thing is huge! And it's got five more seats than my old car - at which I cried when it was driven away :( So Mungo is going to be in flat-pack heaven over the next few nights lol We also have the drawer and cupboard catches to fit and then I think we are pretty much done. It's getting very exciting. There is plenty more to buy when we are in introductions as we can't buy it all yet because we don't know what to buy, e.g. high chairs: we don't know if Tidge (middly) is in a high chair or a booster seat. We don't know what toys, clothes and personal belongings they will be bringing with them either - we are assuming nothing much. So one evening after we are part way through intros we will be off shopping again. The list really IS never ending!
Books! I don't think I have said much about books on this blog, which is silly really as I have been reading loads. There is one that I am currently reading and would recommend above all others is "The Science of Parenting" by Margot Sutherland, of whom some people on Adoption UK message boards think is a goddess lol It is a bit sciencey at the start, but not too much, bear with it and as soon as you get past that first bit the rest is so extremely readable that it even make sense to me lol There are lots of pictures and little case-studies to make it real and understandable. It gives practical advice, specific words to say and actions for everything you might come across: tale-telling, time-in, clinging, tantrums, sticker charts, sibling rivalry, family rules and so on. It's great to read from cover to cover and will be excellent as a reference book as the children get older.