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…

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…

Cleaning

I work from home part time. I have a 19 month old at home full time. This tends to impress people, but I make no secret of the fact that this comes at a cost. By prioritising my child and my work, I am dropping the ball elsewhere. Specifically, housework. Now, let me preface this…

We Went to Center Parcs

Last week we went on holiday! We’d never been to Center Parcs before, or to anywhere like it, but we had a big birthday to celebrate and so we thought “Why not?” We originally planned to go this week, but as parents of a pre-schooler we had forgotten about the school holidays. The price quoted…

All About Nursing Bras

About seventeen months ago I landed with a bump in the confusing world of nursing bras. I went through my pregnancy wearing some wildly unsupportive maternity/nursing bras from a high street shop and hated them. When Small finally came along I panic bought anything that came in S, M, L type sizes. I had neither…

Parenting, Knitting, and Slowing Down

Like everything, my knitting moves so slowly these days. It is something I have struggled to get used to. The overall need to embrace slow living, that came with the advent of Small into my life. Once I could have succumbed to the frustration I feel in how long these socks are taking to knit….

Food, Glorious Food!

At the moment we have a bit of a cash flow issue. You know the month where you need to buy a new car seat, renew all the passports and you run out of the massive bag of dog food? Yeah, that’s this month. It will all balance out, but in the meantime we are…

Me Time: Not Just Mummy

Parenthood is not brilliant for giving you “me time”. It gives you many wonderful things. Love, cuddles, a new knowledge of the wonder that is a foil blanket. Time to yourself, though, goes out the window pretty quickly. Possibly more so if you have a breastfed baby who is keen to keep breastfeeding, thank you…