Love – Soppy Stuff

Life, Love and Dirty Dishes is mainly about parenting.  Living life with small people and the situations we find ourselves in.  Love refers to the soppy stuff.  Let’s face it, we sometimes moan when we can’t pee in peace, we sometimes wish leaving the house wasn’t a military operation.  But would we change things? Never.  Because at the end of the day we love the small people that have turned our worlds upside down, to the moon and back.  I hope you enjoy these posts of a more heart felt nature.

Beautiful Births

A Tale of Two Births – Part Two

I love hearing people’s birth stories.  Whether they were pushed out, pulled out, screamed out or hypno-birthed out, I think all birth stories are amazing.  So this is part two of my story, and the birth of the little one. I had two very different birth experiences.  The birth of the little one was a […] Read more…

Milestones

    It’s a well-known fact that babies don’t come out of the womb clutching onto a handy instruction manual.  You don’t have to do a course, or pass a test to become a parent.  There are no qualifications required.  They let you waddle out of the hospital with your newborn bundle, a glowing sense […] Read more…

Why I Don’t Have a 5 Year Plan

It’s one of those standard interview questions isn’t it, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?”  I used to have all the answers.   Not anymore. Before I became a parent I lived very much for the future.  Short term I lived for the weekend and the nights out.  Longer term I was […] Read more…

Bye Bye Baby Days

  11:03pm this evening marks 2 years since the little one made his entrance into the world.  My baby is 2 today.   Today will be filled with laughter and smiles, and a few tears when I won’t let him drive his cars into the TV, or insist that he has to wear socks.  Much like […] Read more…

A Tale of Two Births – Part One

I love a good birth story.  One Born Every Minute is one of my favourite TV programs.  True story; When I was pregnant with the big one they were filming the very first series at Princess Anne Hospital and I was asked if I wanted to take part.  I politely declined.  Mainly because I kept […] Read more…

The One With The Anniversary

My husband and I are celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary this week.  We will be doing so in the time honoured tradition of any parents spending a rare night away from their small people, by crashing out at about 9:00pm in our hotel room.     Although 10 years of our lives together have […] Read more…

We Are Not Rivals

To the mother who breastfed her baby until they needed it no more;  I know the amazing feeling that comes with knowing your little one is getting everything they need from you. Your body is an incredible thing.  I know too, the sheer exhaustion you have felt when it’s all down to you, your nipples […] Read more…

Definitions of Being a Mother

The definitions of what being a mother means…   Being a mother is love like you have never known.  It’s feeling someone else’s pain as your own.  It’s a primeval instinct to protect. Being a mother is knowing every park in a 5 mile radius of your home and which shops have toilet facilities. Being […] Read more…

And then he was one!

I know this is a complete cliché, but I don’t know what happened.  One minute I was inhaling gas and air as if my life depended on it, and growling at anyone who dared try to take it away, then I blinked, and my baby was one. If you are against soppiness and slush of […] Read more…

Valentine Schmalentine

Valentine’s day is nearly upon us.  How it’s changed for me over the years.  In my teens I would obsess over the perfect Valentine card to give the boy of the hour.  And when it wasn’t reciprocated I would spend hours crying into my pillow whilst listening to Roxette “It must have been Love”.  In […] Read more…

Dear friend with no children

We don’t seem to be able to find the time to see each other that much these days.  We used to spend Saturdays mooching round the shops, and evenings hitting the bars and getting drunk.  They were good times.  But things have changed.  I have these 2 little people that have sort of invaded and […] Read more…

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