You may have noticed I’ve had a slight name change. I started this group because I wanted to share book ideas with parents with kids of a similar age but what I’ve realised that although by daughter (who is 10 months old) loves the typical ‘baby books’ she also LOVES books that appeal to an older audience. Continue reading
This year, I was lucky enough to be able to take eight months maternity leave from work. Whilst this precious time off with my daughter was absolutely the best time of my life so far, I was also keen to get back to ‘reality’ and the job that I love and had worked hard to get. I went along to regular keeping-in-touch meetings and childcare was sorted beforehand, as was my ‘set in stone’ return to work date so I felt super organised, in control and as ready to go back as I possibly could be. I wasn’t prepared for was how hard I would find it once I was back.
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“A party. A proper party…for a one year old? Why don’t you just be sensible and have a little tea party for family and close friends? I think a proper party for a one year old is a bit ridiculous. Who do you think you are? What a total waste of money.” Continue reading
We had a great response again to August’s Book of the month ‘I Want My Hat Back’ by Jon Klassen. A bit of a dark one but great for adults and kids alike. I would probably recommend this for kids rather than babies but Elsie (9mths) loved the silly voices and seemed to LOVE the bright red page. Continue reading
Before I had my daughter, I had absolutely zero knowledge (or interest) in what temperature a room should be. I’m now OBSESSED with it. As well as having a fancypants baby monitor that checks the room temperature in my daughters room, I also check the back up Groegg in there all the time, just in case the monitor one is broken!
I remember worrying about what I was going to do with all those days. Seven whole months. Well, eight including the full month that I sat on my arse watching Netflix and repeatedly Googling ‘How to start your labour’, whilst I impatiently awaited her arrival. I worried about how I wouldn’t be able to switch off from work and be a good mama. It’s hilarious really. (Although, I did take a few weeks to back off and stop checking work emails.) Continue reading
Ok, so none of the following are technically ‘Manuals’. They are supportive and motivating words and images beautifully crafted together by some of the most awesome and inspiring mamas out there. Continue reading
A while back, I wrote a piece about how becoming a mother had given me a new-found confidence. A few people took it the wrong way and saw it as I was happy with my new post-natal body. Hell no. Don’t get me wrong, I still have the confidence to wear some ridiculous clothes but that’s just because becoming a parent has made me literally not give a shit about what other people think. It’s definitely not because childbirth blessed me with a banging bod. Continue reading
Before I had my daughter, I said a lot of stupid sh*t about being a parent. I judged others on their parenting skills and made bold, frankly ridiculous statements about how I was going to parent when I had zero experience of being one… Continue reading