I'm living the 'back to work' chapter; I've almost survived the first half term as a part-time teacher and first-time mum! Looking back over the last six weeks, I can reflect on the ups and downs. Things have changed. Have I changed? Teacher Vs Mamma After the birth of Little Lass, I've gone back to … Continue reading New Mum: Reality of being back at work
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
Is a girls weekend away any different when you have a newborn baby? Should you give them up once you become a mum? My little sister turned 30 recently and to celebrate, a group of us girls rented a house for the weekend. Our main aims were to consume copious amounts of Prosecco, Gin, Wine … Continue reading New Mum: Leaving Mini Lass for a Girls Weekend
How have you celebrated your Easter Weekends over the last few decades? For me, it goes something like this! 1990s Easter: Primary school hymns in assembly & Easter Bonnet competitions in the hall. Made chocolate cornflake nests with mini eggs on top. Proudly knew the story of Jesus - off by heart! 2000s Easter: Day … Continue reading New Mum: The changing faces of Easter weekend!