• The latest entry in my parenting hall of small shame

    December 19, 2014

    Mid-morning last Friday the doorbell rang. I’d been trying to get us all dressed for hours but between chasing the toddler round and round, slow breakfasts, baby feeds and the usual general stuff, it just hadn’t happened. Expecting it to be the postman or a delivery, I went to open the door. And lo and…

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  • Advice to my future self, mother of two

    October 7, 2014

    We spent this weekend together as a family of three, knowing it could be the final one before we become four. Looking back at last time we were about to have a baby, we had no idea what was coming. It’s difficult to ready yourself for the unexpected though, isn’t it? This time we feel…

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  • Big lorry! And other parenting habits it’s pretty hard to break

    July 24, 2014

    Last week I was on my way out for dinner with some friends. Minus child. You know the drill; paw-print free clothes, lipstick, tiny bag, combination of impractical shoe and delicate jewellery, happy mood, walking down the road looking forward to sitting on the top deck of the bus and having a (tiny) glass of…

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  • The 20 stages of watching a film when you have children

    July 23, 2014

    Watching a film seems to have become a big event in our house since we had a baby. We always plan it but it hardly ever actually happens. Although it’s not as rare as our cinema going…the last film we saw was X-Men First Class, nearly three¬†years ago. In theory, watching a film should be…

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  • Buzz Lightyear likes to hide in the egg box; five parenting truths I’ve recently learnt

    March 13, 2014

    1) Make sure you keep a close eye on the favourite toys as there will be upset when they go missing (for future reference, Buzz Lycoo* likes to hide in the squeaky egg box, Kate Middleton** in the wardrobe). 2) And on that note, don’t let your child take their absolute super-fave toy – the…

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  • Talking about mothers and daughters

    February 26, 2014

    Since Eliza started talking, she practically hasn’t stopped. And it’s great; I love that she can tell me what she wants, what she doesn’t want, where it hurts, how she is, what she wants to eat and what she absolutely doesn’t want to wear. Her chatterbox tendencies are a clear trait she’s inherited from me,¬†the…

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  • Spare time…or sleep?

    February 25, 2014

    Here’s a parenting confession, of sorts. For the past two days, when Eliza has napped, I have too. A couple of broken nights and a fidgety toddler in bed with us resulted in a serious case of the lunchtime yawns. So why not? I thought. Our bed looked inviting, the pillows were plump. I could…

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