Slow

I write this on the first day I came home after dropping my little boy at day care. For the first time, I left him there, and I walked home. For the first time I am doing work (well, right now I’m writing this…) without him running around nearby. I have had to think a…

Parenting and Gender Expectations

Parenting comes with a lot of expectations for everyone involved. This morning I had a bit of an “OMG!” moment around this as I realised that I’d fallen into the trap of doing the “mum job” even though in our case it made absolutely no sense. Our little boy has recently started day care, and…

Go Away, Parenting Guilt

Parenting can be really hard work. It’s worth it, don’t get me wrong. Toddler kisses, playing a game together, helping him stir his own scrambled eggs… I wouldn’t be without these things. But, there’s no time off. Not really. Sure you can go for a coffee or a night away without your child, but it’s…

Booky Update

When I went on holiday I fell into a bit of a reading slump. Corralling an enthusiastic toddler in an unusual environment is hard work, and then in the evenings and at nap times I had people to talk to, so no reading really took place. Since coming home I’ve been trying to pick up…

Boundaries and Fitting it All In

Having had a little holiday, in which I managed no reading and very little knitting (but still had a very lovely time, just to be clear!), I have been thinking about things. The things I want to get done. The time I have available. Whether the things I want to get done are really the…

Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

I got a copy of this book from the publisher in the run up and to the release of the paperback version. I was really intrigued by the concept and really enjoyed reading the book. Essentially the story of four siblings who meet a fortune teller as kids and she tells them all the dates…

Books!

What am I reading at the moment? I have two books on the go. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin from Caitlin Raynor at Headline Publishing Group, and I’m so glad. I’m about half way through now, and it’s keeping me well and truly…

Review: Am I Ugly? by Michelle Elman

As some of my recent posts have indicated, I have a bit of a body positivity journey under way. So, when I noticed that Net Galley had Michelle Elman’s book available, I had to request it right away, and thank goodness the request was accepted. It’s easy to think about body positivity as entirely about…

Review: Confessions of a First Time Mum by Poppy Dolan

My most recent Net Galley read has been this new book, Confessions of a First Time Mum by Poppy Dolan. And I love it. Especially for the truths it tells about parenthood. How difficult it is to admit you’re struggling without feeling guilty and somehow like you don’t deserve your kids. How hard it is…

Quitting Dieting

This week I announced via Instagram stories that I was going to quit dieting. This was a scary thing to do. The world is generally in favour of dieting particularly if, like me, you have a BMI over 30. Why have I made this decisions? Various reasons. It’s been on my mind for a while….