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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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