Like Mother, like daughters… 

Lately, as their personalities have developed, I’ve noticed some pretty vast differences between my two daughters. My eldest, Rose, is three and a half and ridiculously intelligent – with a big dollop of ’emotional’ firmly in the mix. She loves to learn new things but worries far too much. Her little sister, Willow, is almost…

Mumxiety 

This week alone, I have read online about: hand, foot and mouth disease (a vile infection involving painful ulcers forming on tiny faces, inside mouths, on hands and feet and fingernails subsequently falling off), Meningitis killing a baby girl of only 15 months (in a disturbingly cruel twist she was also the 17th baby her…

Two and Done. 

In my (limited) experience, there is something about your child’s first birthday which makes your womb yelp “Helloooooo!! I’m still here!! And I’m empty!!” We only ever wanted two children. We have two children. We are incredibly lucky to have two children. (I like to remind myself of this quite frequently).  Bar any potential mishaps…

Working Parent Warriors

Being a ‘Stay at home Mum’ is hard. There’s no doubt about it, the challenges are greater than any I have personally experienced during gainful employment. It might have felt a bit like it at times, (People Management. Urgh.) but I never ACTUALLY had to wipe anyone’s arse, for starters. Poo aside, some days are…

Chalk & Cheese

“Oh she’s your second! You’ll be ok then, you’re an expert…” HAHAHAHA!!!! How hilarious is that term!? No offence, Jo Frost, but personally I think Parenting Experts are right up there with unicorns, rocking horse poo and long, hot British Summers.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand a person can take parenting very seriously, because…

I’ll remember (for us both) ❤️

The times we sneak off, just you and me When you plunged chunky thighs bravely into the sea Because you’re too busy having buckets of fun To think of tomorrow, or things yet to come  The days you just want to be held close and tight From morning through noon and into the night  Because…

Growing pains

At the end of this month our youngest daughter, Willow, turns one. I’m pretty sure she’s also only a handful of weeks away from walking, based on her current love of being up on her feet and her frequent cruising along the furniture. And just a hop, skip and four short days after her first…

Pre-conceived Parenting

We all have pre-conceived ideas of what parenting will be like. What sort of parent we would like to be, the morals we will be taking into parenthood should we be lucky enough to pro-create and the list of things We. Absolutely. Would. Never. Ever. Do.  For me, pre-children, that list included: using dummies, bed…

Social Media Salt

About a year ago, I ‘unfriended’ an old school acquaintance on Facebook. My reason for this cull from the life inside my phone? She was just so damn happy. She lives abroad, has a rich husband and two beautiful children who she gets to raise herself (thanks to the rich husband, I’m assuming) and spends…

A woman’s smile

A bottle-feeding mother sees a breastfeeding mother and smiles. She thinks ‘I wish I had stuck at breastfeeding, she looks so serene and Earth-Motherly, knowing she is doing the best for her child, but it was just too hard’.  The breastfeeding mother smiles back at the bottle-feeding mother and thinks ‘If only I’d introduced a…

Pride & Parenting: My first month as a ‘Stay at home Mum’ 

According to my good friend Cath Kidston, who felt the need to email me with an announcement this morning, it is pay day today. Except there is no ‘pay day’ for me anymore. It’s been just over a month since I became a ‘stay at home Mum’ and as that reality has started to sink…

The Rose Rules: Edition 1

#1 Always look your best There are no such things as ‘fancy clothes’ or ‘party dresses’. Always wear the most sparkly, most beautiful, most glittery clothes you can find. If you can’t “spin in it” it’s no good.     #2 If you aren’t sure, ask a question Ask questions about everything you see. Repeatedly, even…