• New Mum: You’re Not Failing

    We’ve all been there; expectant new mum determined to get it right, adamant that she will/will not do x, y, and z. We make plans, envision our mummy (soon-to-be-the-present) future, we conduct extensive Google research, read all the books recommended to us, and even begin to form distinct and unwavering parenting opinions. Unwavering, that is, until our children are actually here. Until they are physically present on the Earth, in our arms and our homes, demanding attention, love, nourishment, space in our lives, hearts and homes. You will read blog posts, articles, and even chapters in books, which will matter-of-factly tell you; “No matter how many opinions you form now,…

  • 10 Lies I Tell My Kids: Recognise Any?!

    We all do it right? I’m not the first to come up with a list, and I certainly won’t be the last! I often feel guilty (another one to add to the mum guilt list) when I tell Amelia little white lies, and more often than not now she is catching me out. Let me know if you recognise any of the following! 1. It’s broken! Hands up if you’ve ever used this one! I think pretty much all of us have, right? The bloody Peppa Pig ride in the shopping centre that is there solely to eat your £1 coins and create tantrums of epic proportions. Those stupid sweet…

  • Amelia's chicken goujons

    Homemade Chicken Goujons: Let’s Get Cooking

    The older Amelia gets, the more I have to remind myself that she is capable of more than I sometimes give her credit for. This was never more apparent than a couple of weeks ago when she asked to help me make chicken goujons for dinner. Chicken goujons is one of her favourites, so I thought “why the hell not?!” and actually the whole process was pretty pain-free. Even though she usually eats this dinner with little or no hassle anyway, she was more eager than usual to chow down! Despite me trying to correct her several times, Amelia has decided that this meal is called Crusty Chicken (as opposed to…

  • Not a boring baby mum

    Confession: I’m Not A Boring Baby Mum

    For the zillionth time since blogging, I had an “Oh my god, it’s not just me!” moment recently, when Meagan from The Mum Project said this to me; “I don’t think I am a newborn kind of mom … I’m more like a five-year-old kind of mom!” That’s the beauty of blogging – there are actually people saying all of the things you’ve been secretly thinking for ages! Babies Are Quite Boring So here’s the thing – I think babies are boring. Yes, they’re cute, and I’ve spent as many hours as the next mama staring at my newborn kids, but to be honest with you after the novelty wore…

  • I Had No Problem Leaving My Baby

    The more I talk to other mums, the more I feel weird for having felt (or not felt, as it were) this way. But the truth is, I had no problem leaving either of my babies for the first time. In fact, Amelia was a few days old when she first left the house without me (to the park with my mum) and a couple of weeks old when my mum first took her overnight. Wills’ was stuck with me a little longer (sorry son) but only because the opportunity did not present itself, and let’s face it – babysitters are much less forthcoming when there’s two of the pains-in-the-arse…