It's time to go back to school! Cue the online posts from gushing parents of kids in their uniforms. This week will be a period of transition for many of us, as parents and school staff as well as the pupils themselves. It'll be a week of firsts. Someone's first day at nursery or pre-school, … Continue reading Back to School: How are Mums feeling?
You know you're a mum (or dad) when you begin to say sentences which you've never uttered before. The funny thing is that they make perfect sense to you. Usually, the random phrases are in response to your child's behaviour at any given moment. You use your calm, rational, authoritative voice. You mean business. You're … Continue reading New Mum: Random things I say to my baby!
Our First Ordinary Family Holiday abroad is fast approaching. I'm so excited, given that the last time Lad and I went abroad I was pregnant and therefore sober... and a holiday is just not the same without Cocktails & Gin. And Cocktails. I keep picturing myself indulging in the all inclusive bar whilst simultaneously rocking … Continue reading New Mum: Counting down to our First Family Holiday Abroad!
The new chapter began today: Ordinary Working Mama. I've returned to teaching secondary English but on a part-time basis in an attempt to achieve a 'work life balance'. I hear a roar of laughter...yeh, there probably is no such thing! Just humour me, ok? After suppressing tears before I left home this morning, I had … Continue reading Ordinary Mum: Going back to work
When is the right time to lose weight after giving birth? Are you proud of your MummyTummy or are you keen on improving your post-baby body? My Little Lass is 4 months old now and maternity leave has so far involved a few baby classes, catching up with people & (you've guessed it) lots of … Continue reading New Mum: When should you lose your baby weight?
Dear Little Lass Today, I have hugged you tighter than ever; I am devastated for the victims of a terror attack at a concert in our nearby Manchester. I feel a heightened need to keep you safe. Ordinary people were simply enjoying a night out. I am heartbroken for the victims, their families, and for … Continue reading Manchester Attack: An open letter to my baby girl
What does it feel like to grieve with a newborn? Last week, I went with my Dad to register my nan's death and then went straight to a Baby Massage class. People probably saw just another chatty mum playing with her baby; it's the Brave Face, you see? Inside, I was emotional. For Dad. For me. … Continue reading New Mum: Grieving for a grandparent
I'm a Mum; I've joined The Club! I actually have a baby daughter and it feels weird and wonderful all at the same time. As it's Mother's Day weekend, I'm sure that Mini Lass (her Dad) is scanning the internet for a thoughtful gift as I write. I know that my 6 week old baby … Continue reading New Mum: The Fear, The Responsibility & The Love!
You're never fully prepared for life with a newborn nor are you prepared for the curiosity of others. Well-meaning or plain nosey, here are some questions I've been asked this past month. You might recognise some; no doubt you've been asked them too. They appear to be the standard post-labour conversations for new mums! 1. Is … Continue reading New Mum: 5 things people ask when you’ve got a newborn
Pregnancy: What does it mean? Aside from the obvious of course - You get fat for 9 months and a stork delivers a bundle of joy to your doorstep. At first, pregnancy for me meant daily vomit, a dose of a purple prickly rash on my face and continuous munching on packets of ginger biscuits … Continue reading Pregnancy: what’s it all about?