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!
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