A [usually] humorous parenting blog documenting life with one year old Tibbons, using some of that spare time I definitely don't have but can still just about remember!
You can't have it all, can you?

You can’t have it all, can you?

Okay folks, I’m doing that thing I sometimes do on here – adopting a serious tone for a heartfelt post where I try to get my scrambled thoughts down on your screen and mine in the hope that either: a) I can make some sense of them, or b) you...
Mum-upmanship

Mum-upmanship

Ever heard of “mum-upmanship”? It’s like one upmanship but, you know, with mums (or dads, but sadly “dad” doesn’t rhyme with “one” as well as mum does). You know the sort of thing – your little Harry’s just started to say “Hello”, their little Larry’s already added the French, Japanese...
The art form that is nappy changing

The art form that is nappy changing

Many elements of parenting are something of an art form – take for instance the “carry from car to bed while sleeping” manoeuvre – it’s the very definition of poetry in motion, non? The biggest art form of them all though is surely the nappy change? Those with children under...
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Precocious much?

Precocious much?

Kids… don’t you just hate them sometimes? Not your own precious darlings of course, they’re sweeter than sweet, (apart from when they’re being harder than hard), they’re cuter than cute. No, it’s everyone else’s who are the problem. I’ve countless examples and I’m sure you do too. Like the girl who came up to me,...
Miscarriage happens to dads too

Miscarriage happens to dads too

At the risk of trying your patience, dear reader, I have another post about miscarriage that I want to share with you. You see, I’ve told a handful of close friends what happened this time (and the three hundred-odd of you who read my posts about it of course) and the support I’ve received has been...
Book review: The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings

Book review: The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings

I received a free copy of The Judas Scar by Amanda Jennings for the purposes of this review – all opinions are my own. The Judas Scar focuses on the lives and experiences of Will, his wife Harmony and Will’s childhood friend Luke. Will and Luke haven’t seen each other since their schoolboy days but find their lives increasingly...
Get real: advice from Mummy K

Get real: advice from Mummy K

Parenting is a process, a journey if you will. You start from a position of almost total ignorance, slightly less so if you have younger siblings or nieces and nephews, I guess, but even then, you’re pretty much a parenting ignoramus. Then you take your baby home and each time you start to feel like...
Making mistakes

Making mistakes

In one sense at least, being a parent is no different to most things in life – we don’t get it right all of the time. Sometimes we make mistakes, say or do the wrong thing or inadvertently add to our children’s distress rather than taking it away. So besides feeling guilty when that happens, what...
Breastfeeding etiquette (the unwritten rules)

Breastfeeding etiquette (the unwritten rules)

Okay ladies, (sorry gents, I think you’re ruled out of this one – you know, by anatomy, nothing personal), so you’re doing something natural, something beautiful: you’re breastfeeding your bairn. But, like many natural things, there are some unwritten rules, and here I am, writing them down to make things easier on everyone. You may...
Taking stock (aka what's happened to all the classes and meet ups?)

Taking stock (aka what’s happened to all the classes and meet ups?)

I’ve been taking stock this week and I’ve realised something: all the baby classes we used to attend so diligently have dried up. From signing, to signing, from massage to a sensory cornucopia, we’ve done it all, but now these activities cease to feature in our lives. It’s not them, it’s us. You see, life has...
How do you know when you're ready to have a child?

How do you know when you’re ready to have a child?

I was out for dinner with three friends recently, including one who’s six months pregnant with her first baby. As you might expect (and as seems to happen all the time these days), the topic of children came up and my friend Sarah (not the pregnant one) said she wasn’t sure if she was quite...
Style tips, from a mum in the know(!)

Style tips, from a mum in the know(!)

Beauty on a budget (both time and money-wise) is possible y’all, and here are my top (only) tips: 1. Trim your own hair/fringe – let YouTube provide the know-how and your nail scissors the creative flair – just mind that your eyelashes don’t get in the way (yes, I speak from experience; no, you’re not...
A tale of two miscarriages

A tale of two miscarriages

Life is funny sometimes – like when you learn a new word and then for weeks after you read and hear it everywhere and are sure it wasn’t so ubiquitous before – after all, you would have known what it meant already, wouldn’t you? Or like the first time I miscarried – I watched Downton...

A tough day ahead (potential trigger: miscarriage)

I haven’t had time to blog for days – life has been busy and Tibbons has taken against bedtime so evenings have been spent in his room trying to coax him to sleep or else on the sofa in his none-too-sleepy company. I have a few posts written in my notebook that accompanies me on...
Nursery fashion

Nursery fashion

Nursery fashion is a distinctive thing – you’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever encountered it. As with most fashion trends, there are some underlying rules governing the looks that this particular strand of style produces: - Firstly, stain avoidance is key – that means dark colours rule. Failing that: - It’s all about...