• ONE
    One whole year. The days might seem long sometimes, but it’s hard to believe nearly a whole year has now gone by. A whole year with our two boys, a whole year since Wilf joined our family. It only feels like yesterday that I was packing our hospital bag at the last minute. Theo was getting ready forContinue reading “ONE”
  • It’s a mad world
    Parenting is madness. Complete and utter madness. There are so many occasions where I hear myself and think, did I really just say that? Did that really just happen? It’s a mad, mad world. I regularly tell Wilf at the moment to stop trying to climb in the dishwasher or tip the dog’s water bowl over. He quiteContinue reading “It’s a mad world”
  • What next?
    What next? I ask myself this a lot at the moment. It’s hard to believe we are coming up to a year of living under restrictions – a whole year of trying to find new normals. But in the coming months, as things begin to ease, does this mean that life will get easier too? How will weContinue reading “What next?”
  • The things I wish I’d known
    I’ve been a mum for four years now. That’s four years of stumbling and learning along the way.  Four years of making things up as I go along, being uncertain or going with my instinct. I’m only four years in but already there are so many things I wish I’d have known. I wish I’d known the truthContinue reading “The things I wish I’d known”
  • Just a mum
    I’m just a mum. Is it bad that sometimes this doesn’t feel good enough though? Perhaps it’s because maternity leave really doesn’t feel like maternity leave without the baby groups, playdates or the simple freedom of being out and about. I forget that technically this is ‘time off’. Or perhaps it’s because at the time of writing this,Continue reading “Just a mum”
  • Here we go again
    Lockdown take three. Here we go again. It’s hard to believe that we are back here amidst the restrictions, the worry and the feeling that this is all just never-ending. What an absolute mess. How is it that as a country we have got things so wrong? My brother lives in Vietnam and tells us that life isContinue reading “Here we go again”
  • Christmas with kids
    When I was little, I truly believed that my grandad was one of Santa’s helpers. He had white hair, a big round belly, a very convincing suit and beautiful handwriting in which he’d reply to our letters. Plus he was the jollyist, happiest man alive. I even remember him showing us photographs of himself with reindeer – probablyContinue reading “Christmas with kids”
  • Pandemic parenthood
    As a parent, we are constantly tested, often trying to find answers or navigate new situations when we’re not entirely sure what we’re doing. We learn as we go; we grow into our role. Before having children, I thought I’d be the strict one, that we’d barely allow screens and we wouldn’t restrict ourselves to rigid bath andContinue reading “Pandemic parenthood”
  • Parenting: the pushes and the pulls
    Extreme emotions. This is definitely something I’ve learned to become very familiar with since becoming a mum. Who knew that such little people could have such powerful, consuming effects on us?! Yesterday, Theo went off to forest school for the first time; as well as pre-school two days a week, we thought it was time for him toContinue reading “Parenting: the pushes and the pulls”
  • Sleep
    My mum has often reminded me that sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture. I’m not sure how true this is, or who uses it and for whom, but I can well believe that it is, most definitely, one of least loveable things about having a child. When Theo was born, I remember ‘getting ready forContinue reading “Sleep”