Ahh... morning. The start of a new day - filled with promises of productivity, and a list as long as the path to the castle in the beginning of Labyrinth - waiting for your eager-self to breeze through. You bound up out of bed, stretch, smile and shine... And then there's reality. The good intentions are there; … Continue reading The Five Stages of Getting Out Of Bed
You've had the maternity-leave send off. The baby shower. The baby. Your little bean is finally here - lighting your house, bringing so much life into the four walls you occupy with this little miracle - and definitely not such a 'little bean' anymore. Every visitor you'd ever imagined has come to meet your new … Continue reading Has Being A Stay At Home Mum Affected Your Confidence?
The sun has disappeared, and we appear to be in the midst of March winds and April showers finally making their annual appearance (albeit two months late). Some days, you just get up and look out the window, and it's wet. Your mood is flattened in an instant. But you don't have to feel flat. After all, … Continue reading Why would you let the weather ruin your day?
This isn't the first time we've been here, but as the girls totally loved their 'grand day out' (which was meant to be Brighton, but that's another story), I felt compelled to share this little gem for anyone looking for a spontaneous free* day out. Situated just outside of Northampton, Brixworth Country Park is free … Continue reading Days out with kids: Brixworth Country Park, Northampton
We visited the MK Museum for A Victorian Family Christmas at the beginning of December, and were pleasantly surprised at the vast amount of artefacts, displays and historical re-enactments available for the whole family. A ticket into the museum grants you repeated access for 12 months from the date of purchase. Stepping back in time … Continue reading Days out with kids: Milton Keynes Museum Review
A single flame wavers gently in our living room tonight, in memory of Poppy Chapman. Today is pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day, and across the world at 7pm, candles are being lit for all those who have lost a baby before or after birth. For those who don't know, we lost a baby in … Continue reading Poppy’s poem
There's a common misconception about stay-at-home mums. It's widely believed that we do nothing but sit on our behind all day, watching daytime TV, and cooing at the baby playing happily on the floor. In truth, the reality is entirely the opposite. Last week, my sister commented that I had lost weight. 'Your butt has … Continue reading The stay-at-home mum
What is it about 2nd babies that makes following a routine so much harder than with the first? After being awake since 5.30am, I've just endured 20 minutes of solid crying with an over-tired baby, who I've been trying to settle back to sleep since 6.00 o'clock this morning. Routines. There are so many. There's … Continue reading Getting the baby into a routine
August 11, 2011 'The baby's coming tonight.' I looked across at my husband just in time to see the customary eye-rolling at my declaration. Because this had been the sixth time I'd claimed such an event, going to bed each night adamant that we'd be meeting our first child imminently. 'Of course it is,' he … Continue reading Call the Midwife
I decided to take a day off today. I never stop. Never. Never get a day off. Never get to just impulsively hop in my car and disappear for the day. Not without intricate planning. That is a luxury pre-parenthood. Because, let's face it, once you become a parent, your life is no longer your … Continue reading I think I’ll take the day off… oh no, wait, I’m a mother