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?
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!
What are those early days really like for a first time mum? I'd read the books and spoken to friends but over the last few weeks I've been experiencing the reality of motherhood for myself. If you're pregnant, a new mum or just remembering what it was like in those early days, you might relate … Continue reading New Mum: 10 truths about raising a newborn baby
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!
I appreciate my Mum's guidance, whether it is intentional or just a fluke. Knowing my Mum, she's probably just been winging parenthood for the last 30 odd years. Reflecting on Mother's Day, had me thinking about some of the things I have learned so far, albeit accidentally. Here goes... 1. The importance of accessorising... My … Continue reading 3 Things my Mum has taught me…