Antisocial Media

Despite my atheism, Lent is always a tempting prospect. The idea of giving something up: something which is bad for me, something which is potentially making life more difficult, something which my life would benefit from the removal of, is a refreshing one. I can’t give up cake as my birthday falls during the forty…

Less is More (2018)

As we come to the end of yet another crazy, fun, busy, loud and special year, I’ve been pondering my New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve come to the conclusion that (after a mass declutter this December) 2018 is the start of a life of ‘less is more’ for me and my loves. This month we took…

3 short months

Sad eyes look up at me, pleading: “Please don’t leave me, Mum” 3 months ago, she was still 3 A soft bottom lip starts to quiver: “I’m scared, Mum” 3 months ago, she was still 3  Tiny hands desperately grab: “I’m not ready to leave you, Mum” 3 months ago, she was still 3 Strong…

So this is Four

Four is tender, kind and sweet. Four cups her sister’s face and asks “What’s wrong, darling?” Four holds a grudge and never forgets. Four is not keen on her Great Grandma, ten weeks after a pretty minor telling off.  Four is loud, boisterous and adventurous. Four likes to clamber and climb and leap. Four is…

Dentists, denial & the Dummy Fairy

On Tuesday this week our (rather dashing) dentist showed me how Rose’s pearly whites have been affected by her having a dummy when she sleeps. When he asked her to bite her teeth together at our routine check-up I could immediately see that her beautiful little top and bottom teggies don’t meet at the front….

Gainful Employment

Here are 10 things I miss about my old job now I’ve been a bonafide Stay at Home Mum for a whole year:  1. Getting paid. Working for free sucks. Especially when the hours are antisocial and your co-workers expect you to literally wipe their arses. 2. Stealing stationery. Oh come on, anyone who works…

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…

Another Year, Another New Year’s Resolution… 

My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions centred around spending less time online and more time doing the things I love, including reading one book each month. Well, I’m about 150 pages shy of meeting that target – and I racked up a fair amount of online hours last year but, despite breaking my own rules, I…

You, to me, are everything 

Last week we completed a daft Facebook questionnaire where I had to ask Tom, my fiancé and partner of nine years, to answer a series of questions about me as honestly as possible. One of them was “Could you live without me?” which he answered with a cheeky but confident “Yes”. I joked that he…

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…

KABOOM! (Our first lovebombing experience…❤️)

According to Oliver James, PhD, ‘Lovebombing’ is a way to “reset your child’s emotional thermostat” by showering them with your undivided love, affection and time. It’s the complete opposite to a timeout and can take place wherever you like, for as long as you like.  Lately, I have been increasingly aware our little Rose was…

Adorable 

A year ago today, I posted on Facebook wishing I could bottle the scent of a newborn. I had one at the time and was absolutely besotted. She’s now thirteen months old and I still am. Last night she was sick as a dog and while I was changing her bed and running her a…