When my daughter was whisked away by her grandparents to enjoy a few days in Germany, the time seemed ripe to finally acknowledge that she is, in fact, not a little girl anymore and is speedily approaching tweenage years. Her 10th birthday is only a few months away and yet some of the furniture in … Continue reading Upcycled
As my little baby boy is nearing his first birthday, I am starting to reflect on the memories we have kept of his first year of life. There were many plans - as, I believe, is always the case when you're engulfed by pregnant fantasies of what life with a new baby would be like … Continue reading Baby Memory Keepsakes
As I am sitting here in a fever-induced state of complete indifference on just about any issue currently facing me, I am also pondering on exactly what it is that keeps me from sitting back, relaxing and realising that - just sometimes - enough is actually good enough. I've always been an ambitious woman. Clever … Continue reading When enough is enough
Whether said in jest, in exasperation or out of the bottom of their hearts: I have heard the statement 'God, I wish half-term was over already so you lot can get back to school and give me some peace' a number of times over the last few years. A lot of the time, the sentence … Continue reading Is it ever okay to say you dislike spending time with your children?
I'm in the middle of writing a post on what has happened with our childcare recently, but wanted to add this post to the list of things, which make being back at work with a small baby reasonably easy. Every Sunday without fail is bulk-cooking Sunday for me. This is not weekday dinners, where I … Continue reading Bulk-cooking Sunday
The following meme appeared on my Facebook feed this morning and made me incredibly cross: 'Your baby doesn't need to be taught how to sleep. Your baby needs to be cuddled so when she is developmentally ready she will feel comfortable falling asleep on her own'. Incidentally, this came the morning after I have just … Continue reading Your Baby Doesn’t Need to be Taught How to Sleep? Umm… They Might.
Goodness, where has the time gone? It's been 3 weeks since my last blog post and so many things have happened in between that I'm wondering whether the theory about life resembling a toilet roll is actually true. Last post, I wrote about habits, especially bad ones to break. While not perfect, I have reduced … Continue reading Return to Work: 1 Day Countdown (Pt 2)
The boy has recently discovered a piece of independence and started crawling. Those who know me well enough will also know that I am a big stickler for childhood independence. After all, an independent child is also a confident one. So while I keep a close eye on where he goes and what he touches … Continue reading 5 Games to Encourage Crawling
We've all been there. The baby touching the radiator. The child running across the road. The teenager jumping out of the window for a dare (I've been told this happens. Really). Being a teacher, I deal with silly behaviour all the time. But whether it is at home with a crawling 6-month-old to look after, … Continue reading The One Word to Teach Them Early
Sooo, World Book Day is here and I am still on maternity leave. The part of maternity leave, in fact, during which my income is reduced to SMP, almost all of which is being used to cover basic bills. I saw a Facebook post today, which made me a little sad. A woman on there … Continue reading Almost Free World Book Day Costume