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…

FEEL (f*ck everything else & Live)

During my run today I was thinking about how I felt. It’s been far too long since I made it out to pound the pavement (‘pound’! Get me! It’s probably more of a ‘tickle’…) and I subsequently had mixed feelings. Lead legs. Tight chest. Snivelling thanks to hayfever. Sluggish thanks to hayfever meds (‘one a…

A Toy Story

Toys. Toys absolutely everywhere. Big toys. Small toys. Plastic toys. Wooden toys. Noisy toys. Messy toys. Incomplete toys. Aaaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhhhh!!!!!  When I was faced with packing a few toys for our holiday I couldn’t really put my finger on what I’d seen our two daughters enjoying lately as they’d just been sorting of flitting from toy…

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…

‘Mum style’

Once upon a student loan, I was an enthusiastic follower of fashion. I spent a small fortune on glossy magazines, knew what was “in” and made damn sure I owned high-street copies of the absolute must-haves, regardless of my bank balance and body shape.  Now I’m a stay at home Mum I have neither the…

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…

Reach for the stars 

I got up at 6am today and ran 10k. “Does she want a medal or something?”, I hear you cry. Err, did you not hear me? I. Got. Up. At. 6am. And. Ran. 10k. In the rain. Plus, it was dark. Of course I want a bloody medal. Luckily, I have two very special rewards…

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…