Gift ideas for new parents

Top 5 Gifts for New Parents

I think it’s fair to say that most people like to give a gift to new parents when a baby is born. It’s usually a cute item of clothing, a cuddly toy, baby books, toiletries or maybe even a new photo album or frame. Gifts are always appreciated, because babies are so expensive! However, it

A Month Today, My Son Turns 2

A month today, my son turns 2. My tiny 6lb15oz bundle of excitement, love, exhaustion and pride will be 2 years old. I think I’m missing something here. And by ‘something’ I mean a year. A whole year. An entire year. 365 days. Where did they go?! Seriously, can someone find them for me, please?

Gentle Hands, Please

Gentle hands, please. Kind hands, please. I get it, I really do. Kind of. Let me start by saying I like these phrases. I like how it is a more positive and encouraging way of saying please for the love of god stop whacking me around the face! I like the idea of turning something a

Does Mother Really Know Best?

Mother knows best! This phrase really frustrates me. Like, really. It gets right under my skin, creeping and crawling through my nervous system and sending shivers down my spine. Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of an overreaction, but only a bit. In general, when you apply it to the personality of your child, it

Life With A Newborn: 5 Things I’d Do Differently

Life with a newborn is bloody hard work, and us first-time mums have a habit of making it even harder than it needs to be! Looking back, I can see that I was trying so hard to prove my worth as a mummy that I spent more time stressing and less time enjoying. Baby blues

If My Toddler Ruled The World

Toddlers are strange little humans with strange little habits. They find awe and excitement in the strangest of things and throw paddies at the tiniest little issues. Would the world be a safer place, run by someone who likes to do the complete opposite of what they are told? Ohhhh look at that big red button

If You’re Happy And You Know It Slap My Face

My son is at that stage where he is really starting to feel things – happiness, excitement, rage, fear – but those emotions run away with him because they are all so new and he doesn’t know how to handle them. You know how it is. Toddler drops toy, sandwiches are cut the wrong way, cup

100 Days of Gratitude: Day 30

I am 30 days into my #100DaysofGratitude challenge, which means I’ve been doing it for a month now. Some days I have found really hard…by the evening I’ve been so burnt out that I just couldn’t remember much of the good bits. Note to self: start posting during daylight hours!   Today’s gratitude goes to

Beware The Walker

There is no doubt about it; Theo now walks. No longer is he a little baby…he is now officially a toddler. Father Time, what have you done? Did you jump forward? Speed up the clocks?! It started in November. He took his first shaky steps, a combination of shock, fear and pride mingled on his

Nellie The Bastard Elephant

Meet Nellie. This sodden heap of ‘Toots the Blue Nosed Friend’ is my son’s favourite thing in the whole world apart from his dad. Nellie is the only thing that calms him down when he is worked up; the only thing that makes him feel better when he’s poorly; the only reason he goes down