Someone commented that they thought it was sad that I referred to my nieces children as the Things, so if you're not familiar, read on and find out why.
I used to work in Child Protection in the early days (2008-2010) of Social Media and one of my roles was to guide sports clubs on how to deal with using images and names online. Around 2011-12 our youngest said no more photos, followed by requests for 'if you blog about me, can I read it first?' Nowadays the kids aren't bothered and will often tag themselves in my photos. The eldest child is in care, but we still post photos of her, she is part of our family.
But I decided I should give them blog names and they became numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. Their girlfriends/wives get a letter added to the number. We currently have 1, 2 and 2a, 3, 4 and 4a and 5. Last week 2 and 2a had a baby girl, she is now 2b or as I now refer to them now as the 2's.
My niece has 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. I ask permission every time before I post online and they are collectively known as the Things. Thing 1, 2, 3 and 4. I'm a big Dr Seuss fan, as is the eldest so with permission from my niece and her husband I gave them the names after the Thing 1 and 2 from Cat in the Hat. I address cards, presents to Thing (insert no) they love it, they knew straight away who their easter eggs and presents are from.
I have another niece who occasionally appears on my blog or social media who is 8 and more recently another Great Nephew on my ex husbands side, who is now 3 months old. I initially asked permission to post online, I now tell mum where I'm posting. These don't have nicknames, I must think of something, but with the number of additional family members I'm starting to confuse myself.
Child 4 and 4a got married on Saturday and keeping with the social media theme, we're waiting till they post the pictures online before we share.
265 Sunday Pottered around the flat, visited Thing 1, 2, 3 and 4, then up to mums to see sister, niece and nephew, then off for a visit to the 2's. I was early so stopped at a coffee shop to discover my friend stood in the middle of a field, fencing it out ready to move her horses into, so I helped out for a bit.
266 Monday Nail bar (wedding prep) a visit to the 2's and off to see the Things, finished packing, bath and bed. Cuddled 3 babies in one day.
267 Tuesday A visit to the 2's, packing, general flaffing around and cleaning, dinner, bath and an early night.
268 Wednesday Dropped car hire, flew to Belfast, collected by 4 and 4a. Stayed at their new house for the night. Went into Belfast to collect the suit hire and some last minute shopping.
269 Thursday Peter flew direct to Dublin, collected car hire and drove to Belfast to meet me, on my return from visiting the Manor House to drop the additional table decorations. out for dinner with the in-laws.
270 Friday Collected Peter's mother from the airport and made our way over to Enniskillen where the wedding is being held. We transported the wedding and bridesmaid dresses to the hotel and kept them in our room for the night. We had dinner and a few drinks.
271 Saturday A leisurely morning and out to meet my mum. sister and family who were staying nearby, from 1pm we started moving dresses, collecting suits and button holes before getting dressed and ready for a 3pm start. It was a beautiful wedding. I'll share photos next week.
On the blog this week:
My advice for the expectant grandparents and social media.