• Life After Maternity Leave

    Life After Maternity Leave: Month One

    I’ve officially completed my fifth week since returning to work after maternity with my second child. At least, I think it’s the fifth week, I’ve sort of lost track of the weeks… and days… and… what was I saying? Only messing, life after maternity leave isn’t quite that bad! Although I must say that my short term memory really is that bad since popping out a second kid, but that’s an entirely different post! So here’s how the first five weeks have gone. Week 1: Fine. It felt great to be back at work, getting back into the swing of things. I had planned loads in advance in terms of meal…

  • 5 Ingenious Ways To Be Supermum: Faking It!

    Please forgive me, but I’m going to put this out there; you’re not Supermum, so stop trying to be! I don’t mean this in a “you’re a shit mum” kind of way, in fact I man the opposite of that! Confused yet?! Modern society has created this ideal of the perfect ‘Supermum’, that pretty much every single one of is battling daily to keep up with. We’re fed daily doses of things that we definitely should, and definitely should not be doing. And then, just to trip us up, sometimes those goalposts move without any warning! Is it 5-a-day or 7-a-day? I’ve lost track. Whatever, Amelia ate some broccoli today,…

  • Birthday card craft

    Birthday Cards: To Keep Or Not To Keep?

    As with any 3 -year-old, Amelia got a ton of cards for her 3rd birthday last month. Not only did she get a ton of cards, but she also got quite attached to a few of them. One of them even had to go to bed with her a few times. With Mr C’s birthday upon us this weekend, we have broached taking Amelia’s cards down from display with her. Naturally her response was a resounding “NO!” So I got to thinking about ways that we could preserve the cards without me having to a) have them on display until her 4th birthday, or b) store 40 cards every year…

  • Sometimes Kids Are Bastards, And That’s Ok!

    Reading back through a text conversation between myself and a close mate, I’m a little bit concerned that other people don’t talk about their kids the way that we do. Or maybe they do, and just haven’t chosen to announce it all over the internet? Either way, I’m not convinced that this exchange is such a bad thing. It might come across a bit shocking initially, but read on to find out why I think it’s totally ok. Are We So Wrong? Now obviously, the way that we talk about our kids is very much tongue in cheek (although my kids are sick notes!) It has occurred to me, though, that…