Life Love and Dirty Dishes

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…

What not to buy children

That’s the best present ever!

  AKA What not to buy a child if you want to remain friends with their parents.   The big one turns 5 in a couple of weeks and he is already giddy with excitement about the day and his gifts, and the prospects of what being 5 might entail. He will of course be spoilt rotten […] Read more…

Stress Head

It’s been a busy few weeks with lots of changes in my house.  Lots of change means lots to do and lots to stress about. H has started school which he is loving, but it has been a gradual start.  The first week he did three mornings until 12, the second week 5 mornings until […] Read more…

Blue x2

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a while and today Prince Charles has spurred me on. It has been reported in the press that the Prince of Wales has said he would like a granddaughter this time. I’m sure Kate will get right onto that as soon as she can get her head […] 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…

Last Firsts

I have only ever wanted two children.  I have everything I want. I absolutely do not want to go through another pregnancy,  I’m too old, and it’s too hard.  There’s the tiredness, the sickness, the crankiness, the tears, the sheer discomfort, the sleepless nights, the weeing all the time, the not being able to do up […] Read more…

The Things We Left Behind

My husband and I took a bit of a trip down memory lane yesterday.  We had an appointment in a part of town where we spent most of our weekends in our life before children drinking with friends until the small hours.  It looked very different in the daylight.  Quite grim actually.  And whilst I have no […] Read more…

Walking With Toddlers

A walk to the shops should be a simple straight forward task that doesn’t take too long.   Not when there is a toddler involved involved.  Walking with toddlers adds about 20 minutes to every journey. Thanks to a pig in a red dress puddles are hours of fun.  Hours.   Why walk when you can […] Read more…

nappy change

Doing it in Public

Nappy changing that is. Nappy changing is not the most relished part of parenting.  It’s one of those jobs that has to be done.  If you don’t you run the risk of succumbing to the fumes, and no one wants that on their gravestone.  Plus the longer you leave it the more chance for bottom […] Read more…

The dog eat dog world of motherhood

An old friend of mine is thinking about going for baby number two.  After a bad day she posted on Facebook how she wasn’t sure she could cope with two.  She was bombarded with comments from people saying the second is much easier, she should go for it, she has nothing to worry about.  I couldn’t help […] Read more…

Mummy V’s Daddy in the war of the To Do Lists

  We’re going to a wedding tomorrow. Here’s how things are going down in my house… Disclaimer: No offence is intended in the making of this blog 😉 Mummy’s To Do List Organise H’s clothes for the day. Organise baby O’s clothes for the day. Panic that the weather might change so organise plan B […] Read more…

childbirth

11 Things They Don’t Tell You About Childbirth

When I was pregnant with my first child I tried very hard not to think about the part where my baby made his entrance into the world.  I went along to the antenatal classes and listened to midwives talk about dilation in a room full of strangers with big bellies exchanging nervous and awkward smiles […] Read more…

Storing Childhood Memories

It’s true what people say… “Childhood goes so quickly, blink and you miss it”. I read a beautifully written blog by mrsgoresdiary which really sums this up called ‘Refusing to Blink’ http://mrsgoresdiary.com/2014/05/28/refusing-to-blink-savoring-the-season-of-childhood/ Having a baby is very much living in the here and now.  It’s all about how long until the next feed?  Can I squeeze […] Read more…

What I want for you…

I’ve been watching My Last Summer on channel 4.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a group of terminally ill people who are brought together and the friendships they from as they deal with their illness and the impact it has on their families. Tough viewing and food for thought.  The hardest bit for […] Read more…

True Love

I believe in a thing called love. I really do. I’m a romantic. I believe some people are meant to be together.  Like Ross and Rachel.  From the moment he brought her the cameo broach, I spent the next ten years rooting for them to have a happy ending. There are so many things that […] Read more…

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