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.

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…

The first time I say goodbye on your first day at school

We’re approaching a ‘big’ day in our house.  Like many parents up and down the country and across the world we are preparing for a first. The big one’s first day at school.   I am suddenly in a different stage of parenthood.  A mum with a child at school.  Am I old enough?  I […] Read more…

You’ve had a bad day

  “Being a parent is the best job in the world”   But it’s also the most pressurised job, and can be the most tiring and the most difficult.  Of course there are the kind of rewards that money can’t buy, but there are also bad days. There I said it.  I have the best […] 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…

The 7 Stages of Separation Anxiety

I’m not talking babies breaking their hearts and becoming a wet mess of tears and snot if heaven forbid you need to leave the room for a wee.  I’m talking the gut wrenching separation anxiety that happens to mum’s when they leave their small people overnight. I know that as a parent there are times […] Read more…

50 Things That Make Me Happy

Because I’m happy Clap along if you know what happiness is to you Because I’m happy Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do I was nominated by the very talented Kate at Yellowbelly Mummy to make a list of 50 things that make me happy. Well for starters lists make me […] 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…

Delusions of a Perfect Mothers Day

Mothers Day.  A chance to lay in.  Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and croissants for breakfast.  An expensive and indulgent gift.  No household chores to do.  A lovely family lunch in a nice restaurant, where your children are beautifully behaved and you eat hot food.  OK, I can dream.  You almost believed me.  Did I […] Read more…

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Are You Living With a Chatterbox?

There is a small person in my house that is commonly referred to as ‘the chatterbox’.  From the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to sleep, he is talking.  His mouth never stops moving.  Even if he has no one to talk to, he talks to his toys.  He even does their […] 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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Where’s Supermum when you need her?

We all know the equation for a poorly baby, right? Poorly baby = Baby not wanting to be out down Baby not wanting to be put down = Mummy’s hands full Mummy’s hands full = Shit not getting done Need some superpowers right about now please. When you have a newborn you become quite an […] Read more…

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Lessons from my children

  A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about the things that I sometimes miss from my life before children.  Despite never having the time to use my GHD’s anymore and being insanely jealous whenever I see anyone with silky straight hair, I wouldn’t change things for the world.  So to balance the equation […] Read more…

Inside the mind of a 5 year old

I am often highly amused, sometimes shocked, and always in awe of what goes on inside the mind of a 5 year old. Today for example, my 5 year old is off for a sleepover at Nana and Grampy’s house.  He announced (at a very ungodly hour) this morning, that he was packing his suitcase. […] Read more…

Mummy Badge

There are many, many things about becoming a Mum that you will be completely unprepared for.  Leaky boobs, dark circles under your eyes and spending no longer than a minute in the shower to name a few.  One of the biggest things for me was the first time I had to leave my baby.  I […] Read more…

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First Love

I didn’t think as a parent I would be dealing with first loves quite so soon. I thought I had a few years of being the only woman in his life. This is not the case. H was only 2 when he got his first crush. We were on holiday and would take him to the […] Read more…

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The Privileges of Being Your Mummy

  To Big, It’s slightly post apocalyptic in our house today.  The morning after the night before you were hit with a stomach bug.  There are sheets and PJ’s and bears being washed, surfaces being anti-bacted and schools being phoned.  Without the chaos surrounding you, you would assume you were fine.  You are your normal loud and hungry […] Read more…

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The fine lines of love and protection

Part of being a parent seems to be constantly asking yourself if you are doing the right thing.  Are you doing or not doing something for your child that they will one day require hours and hours of psycho therapy to overcome. Ok so it’s not likely.  We’re all doing the best we can and […] Read more…

Bad Day At The Office

We need some routine back in our lives.  The last week of the school holidays has dragged a bit.  We have run out of money / inspiration / energy to do things.  I’m exhausted.  Whilst I am feeling very emotional about H’s first day at school I am looking forward to having O to myself, […] Read more…

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