>Belated Listography – because I can!

>I have just found Kate takes 5 Listography via twitter, yes I know it is a week old which in the virtual world is like three trillion decades BUT I am not witty enough to think of 5 decent dinner party guests, so I want to do last weeks one and because its my blog, I can and SO THERE (yes I still quite haven’t grown out of my toddler/teenager tantrums, I now just have a two year old to compete with).

So, My Top 5 Good Things About Having Children are

  1. The kisses and cuddles I can demand and usually get and if not, my made up song to the words of “just one cornetto, give it to me” (“just one kiss, give it to me….”) usually does the trick, I don’t know why but I think my son has learnt at a young age that you just need to get Embarrassing Mummy to just shut up as soon as possible.
  2. Singing nursery rhymes out loud and blaming it on the boy. I knew I was a mother the day I was unwittingly singing (with actions!), The Grand Old Duke of York, to myself in the shower and kept on even when I realised because it is FUN.
  3. People saying how cute the boy is (and they aren’t biased!) and me smiling from ear to ear thinking “thank you, I made him”.
  4. Shopping for clothes and never having to worry that they won’t suit him because a podgy tummy looks cute on him.
  5. Learning that it is possible for someone to keep you up all night screaming in your face and kicking you and they would only have to give you one smile to melt your heart and for you to forgive all.

And boy do I love him an indescribable amount 🙂

>Bank holiday blues

>Boooooo – back to work tomorrow and I need a pick me up, but with my new years resolution of drinking only water and herbal tea for a month (don’t ask me why, it seemed like an easy choice and relatively healthy. Note to self: chocolates and biscuits are NOT healthy) that is not an option tonight. So I need a mental pick me up to make the prospect of getting up at 6.30am, commuting an hour each way into London, missing my boy all day and running a conference call that is likely to last at least 4 hours with my brain still in holiday mode, a touch easier. So, as one of my favourite phrases is PMA, yes that is POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE, here is my PMA for the evening of reasons to look forward to going to work tomorrow:

  • I get to read my new kindle on the train. I have downloaded Alice in Wonderland, one of the kindle freebies, as I have never read it. Is that odd, for a 29 year old woman, to have never read it?
  • I can listen as loudly as I like to the Glee soundtrack without my dearest husband complaining that Mercedes (and me) are shouting.
  • I can enjoy my workday ritual of “where to lunch” Hmmm; Itsu, Eat, Pret, the options are endless (and yet so monotonous).
  • I can ignore the big pile of washing that needs doing until at least 7pm.
  • I will have time to go to the toilet prior to becoming so desperate that I do the legs crossed need to pee dance all the way up the stairs whilst trying to convince my boy to “just stay there”.

So you see, tomorrow will be a great day….. 

>New to blogging

>Righty-ho, a friend of mine has instructed me that Blogging is the “thing to do”. It also seems like a good time to start something new as I am disconcerted with life at the moment and need a change.

I am a mum to a two year old delightful but monsterous boy and work 3.5 days a week in London for a bank. Needless to say this combination is tiring, rewarding, challenging, frustrating and a whole host of other feelings that leave me reeling every day. To work or not to work, that is the question. Of course the bills and mortgage account have one answer but I prefer the other. Don’t get me wrong, I like my job (barring the frustrating side-lining as a “part-timer” since returning from maternity leave) but its so darn hard sometimes to juggle the demands of a job whilst paying an extortionate fee to a (lovely) childminder to have lots of fun with MY son.

We would also love to have baby number two and it was a particularly hard holiday season for us in December as I had an early miscarriage on Christmas Day leaving us reeling with sadness and shock rather than sharing our exciting news with the family as planned. My gorgeous boys (husband and son) made the day a success, one with his support and the other with his demands of “open mummy, open” and “happy kisstmas everybody”. Although the priority was having another baby to complete our family, I was relieved with the fact I could have another period of maternity leave to reassess my options and remove the stresses of working for a while so with that not in sight anymore the thinking cap is back on.

I think that is enough for an opening post, if you have read, thank you!