The Heart Stopping Moments of Parenthood

Becoming a parent brings with it a whole heap of emotions and feelings.  There’s love, pride, amazement, worry, guilt and every parent’s favourite, self-doubt. What I wasn’t prepared for was the fear.  When I say fear, I mean heart simultaneously stopping, dropping down to your stomach, then, bouncing back up into your mouth fear. The […] Read more…

The Ages of Soft Play

Hey kids, listen up.  We all love soft play, right?  I mean, what’s not to love.  You can run indoors.  Really fast.  And not get told off.  You can climb up stuff, jump down from stuff, and you can be loud.  Really loud.  Anything your Mum won’t let you do at home, you can do […] 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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What The Baby Books Don’t Tell You

  I’ve just found out that a friend of mine is expecting her first baby.  Cue lots of girly squeals of delight and weeping tears of joy.  Now as you know as soon as you have a baby on board the whole world and their dog and flippin’ cat have advice for you. Not one […] 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…

What I don't want to hear this Christmas

What I don’t want to hear this Christmas

There are plenty of things I look forward to hearing this Christmas; my children’s excited squeals, tearing paper and of course The Pogues!  But there are several sentences that I don’t want to hear this Christmas.   1 “Sale starts NOW!” January sales are supposed to start in JANUARY.  The clue is in the title.  […] Read more…

10 Things To Make You Feel Festive

10 Things To Make You Feel Festive

The run up to Christmas can be stressful, busy and expensive.  The shops reduces all the gifts a week after you bought them, you’re running out of places to stuff hide presents, your to-do list could rival Santa’s, and you know there’s something you’ve forgotten but you can’t remember what it is and it’s keeping […] Read more…

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A Thank-you Letter to the Gro Company

Dear people of the Gro Company, I am writing to thank-you.  I thought after the ‘Gro-bag’ I couldn’t be anymore indebted to your Company.  A beautifully simple invention that not only makes sleeping safer, but offers parents everywhere the chance of uninterrupted sleep whilst our little ones stay warm and cosy in the land of […] Read more…

The Leaving the House Dance – Part one

I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to a couple of weeks with no school runs. Especially no cold and wet school runs.  It feels like I have to add half an hour to my mornings at the moment just to get us out of the door in time for the 5 […] Read more…

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9 Types of Children You See in The Nativity

It’s that time of year again.  Children have been busy practising their songs.  Parents have been frantic trying to pull together camel costumes.  Teachers are preparing for organised chaos and (I imagine) doing a lot of holding their heads in their hands.  It’s nativity season. Come performance day who knows what your little angel is […] Read more…

Why Breastfeeding in Public is Unacceptable

  I am not from the ‘Breast is Best’ camp.  I am from the ‘Do What is Right For You camp’.  I breast-fed both my children for 5 weeks and I am proud of that. Breastfeeding for me was equally amazing as it was akward.  It was something that felt very natural but was by […] Read more…

The Sods Laws of Parenting

  It’s like raaaiiiinnn on your wedding day, a free ride, when you’ve already paid…  Alanis said it was ironic, I say  it’s Sods laws.  And when it comes to parenting, there’s plenty of them.     #1 Babies will always poo just as you are about to leave the house. If you have to […] Read more…

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A Mum’s Christmas Carol

  Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without belting out a few Christmas Carols.  Maybe you like the classics, Good King Wenceslas or Deck the Halls.  Maybe you’re more of a Santa got stuck up the chimney kind of person.  But if you are a Mum I’m sure you will appreciate a Mum’s Christmas carol. It […] Read more…

Snotty Nosed Kids

The baby has a cold.  It’s a bad one.  Sleepless nights and green sheets.  I think it’s an inherent fault that we aren’t born with the ability to blow our noses.  In fact babies aren’t even remotely disgusted by the green slugs hanging from their nostrils.  They either eat it or smear it.  It’s us […] Read more…

Is gender inequality learnt through toys?

There has been a lot of talk in the media this week about gender equality and children.  There was the picture that went viral of the little girl looking very unhappy next to a supermarket sign about toys for boys.  And in the same week Ladybird announced they will no longer be publishing books under […] Read more…

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Rules for Life (when you are 5 and a boy)

I’m not sure if it’s turning 5, starting school, or a combination of the two, but lately there have been some big changes in my son.  He’s turned from a cute little angel into, well how shall I put this, a BOY!  A walking, talking, farting, real life boy.  With this sudden boost of testosterone […] Read more…

The baby has a dirty nappy – It’s your turn

Nappy Changing.  It’s not the most glamorous part of being a parent.  You start off both vaguely curious about what your little cherub is producing and have numerous talks about colour, consistency and smell.  The novelty soon fades and before you know it you are arguing or offering bribes as to who is going to […] 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…

Baby Brain Fails

  Baby brain.  We’ve all suffered.  From forgetting what you were talking about mid-sentence, to putting your car keys in the fridge.  When we have a baby our brains are overloaded with new things to worry about, is the baby too hot? Is their poo supposed to look like that? Have they always breathed that […] Read more…

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