It’s the new year. Woo hoo. My excitement is palpable, yes? It’s not that there is anything inherently wrong with the ending of the old year and the starting of the next, it’s just, well it’s just… meh. In a previous life, Before Children, the time between Christmas and December 31st was spent in a… Continue reading
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We bought a house. It is cosy – 3 rooms fewer than our last one, all rooms several feet smaller – but it is perfect and it feels like home.
At least, it will do when we can eventually move in.
See, we actually got the keys to the house last November, and with plans to rip up all flooring, decorate each room, and chuck in an Ikea… Continue reading
I know, I know, it isn’t even December yet and I’ve already uttered the ‘E’ word. A year or more ago, I’d have been horrified at anyone even thinking about planning for Easter in November, but now The Princess is at school it doesn’t seem all that terrible an idea.
As The Boyfriend and… Continue reading
It was really only after my son’s birth that I fully realised the value of having a support network, that I could call on. I must have had some sort of inkling before though, because I signed up to NCT Antenatal classes to gain access to a readymade support set up. The classes weren’t especially informative, especially if like me you’d devoured book after book; watched TV shows; and googled… Continue reading
A few months ago, I reviewed Mary Kay’s Baby Massage Experience with my Father: A Father’s Journey for Real Parenting. I’ve been asked to review her follow-up book, Baby Massage Experience with my Mother: Peer Support, and it’s taken me a while to get round to it, but here it is.
Mary Kay writes very simply yet, as a trained midwife and health visitor, she… Continue reading
Until The Baby was five months old, I relied on two things to calm her colic and help her sleep. One was trotting around the house with her upright over my shoulder for hours which wore me and out and made me look like some strange pantomime-horse-wannabe. The other much less tiring and embarrassing solution was… Continue reading