Losing mum

You never imagine a time to be without your mum. It’s not something I ever even thought of or really considered a possibility. I remember a conversation as a child, vividly, talking about how mum would be an orphan if granny died. Mum replied ‘well yes, I suppose I will’. I didn’t realise with the…

How to make bird feeders

‘Borrowed’ this idea from the wonderful National Trust, homemade bird feeders for the garden. Was a great 10 minute activity with my mini me, and the best bit is we can keep reusing them. Sadly we don’t get many birds (yet) so hoping these will help encourage some. All you need; Pine cones String and…

February Challenge

Better late than never! For February we aimed to cut down on unnecessary car journeys and walk more. We started off well, walking one of the two ways to Nursery every nursery day, but sadly we just live too far in the middle of suburbia to do much more with one with such little legs….

The real truth

Parenting has recently gone instaglam. Parents all trying to make it look like having children is a breeze, like walking on a cloud with their tidy houses and calm, perfectly presented children children wonderfully behaved. Beautiful pictures fill my news feed daily and it’s hard not to think this is real life. Artfully arranged ethical…

The rise of the WAHM

I work in a job with lots of acronyms. In fact, two complete different sets so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that motherhood came with a complete new set. DD, DS, DH, SO, BF, EBF,BLW… it’s full of them. One though led me into a complete new world. A naive young me saw…

January challenge- ditch the plastic bag

Instead of a New Years resolution, each month I’m setting myself a challenge to become more environmentally conscious. January was reduce the plastic bag. The convenient carrier that now is charged at 5p a go- so we’re saving money too by doing this- but totally unnecessary. My aim was to not pay for a plastic…

The pressure of Christmas

Christmas. The most magical time of year. The culmination of months of anticipation- my planning starts in the summer in earnest but really starts Boxing Day. It’s such a pressure though. I feel frazzled- not just the physical preparation but the mental too. The need to make it perfect, the competition on presents (anyone else…

Homebirth

Here’s the story of my homebirth with no2. It’s currently 0100; he’s been awake two hours and no sign of sleep yet. Contractions started at 40+6 and boy was I ready for it. I’d had three days where they’d started and fizzled out, and I was so over being pregnant. I was apparently a stroppy…

The waiting game

It seems like pregnancy is one big long waiting game and I’m just not good at waiting. I waited diligently every month to ovulate, to try again. I waited the two weeks to test, analysing every symptom. I waited until the twelve week scan, to make sure there was a baby and that they were…

Toddler tantrums 

Where do I start? Mostly, we’ve been very lucky (or perhaps it’s gentle parenting) and not had many examples of full blown ‘terrible two’s’ (God how I hate that phrase) tantrums. In public, if we have I’ve stayed calm, ignored everyone around us, chatted through the problem at her level and usually resolved it quickly….

Just let clothes be clothes

There’s been a big story rising for a while, and one that I’ve interestedly been following. The rise of gender neutrality, and in particular clothes.  John Lewis recently announced their clothing would no longer be separated but be ‘boys and girls’. I for one was very excited at this. Not because I bring my child…

Grimm’s Rainbow Tunnel

I bought us a Grimm’s rainbow last year and patiently stashed away for baba’s 2nd birthday in January.  It’s been amazing. We make a ‘heart’ (stack them up and watch them fall down), a ball run, sculptures, beds, and thanks to a new guide published on Facebook so much more.  Yes they’re expensive but how…