The school has stolen my child

A bit melodramatic, I know.

Before The Boy started school my Mum recalled the day I started school. She said she felt bereft, like she was handing me over to the authorities and was no longer the only one responsible for me. She said that for the first time, she felt she had to share me. I didn’t quite get what she meant at the time.

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Chicco Quattro 4 in 1

As part of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network we have been given a Chicco Quattro 4 in 1 to review.

First impressions

The Quattro 4 in 1 needs to be put together first and the instructions were not very clear, they were just photo instructions and so I found them a bit difficult to follow, although it didn’t take longer than 15 minutes (I’m the impatient kind). Once it was constructed I loved the bright colours and simplicity of putting Baby Girl into it. Baby Girl obviously agrees as look how happy she is…

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Silent Sunday

Why do I Breastfeed?

Before I start, I would like to say that this is not a discussion about breastfeeding v formula feeding or a sermon on breastfeeding because this issue has caused so much controversy in recent years and I do not want to be adding to it!

This post is simply a reply to a friend who asked me why I am still breastfeeding Baby Girl. She isn’t a parent and therefore doesn’t know what it is like and was curious. It made me think about why I do and why I intend to do so for at least two years as the World Health Organisation recommends (Baby Girl permitting!) Continue reading

Baby Girl 6 months on

My beautiful princess is getting so big. I can’t keep up with how fast it has all flown by. When you are experiencing something so amazing as watching a child grow you can never imagine you will forget all those little moments of joy but sadly the memories fade quickly. This is one of the reasons I started blogging, to record those special moments and everyday moments that melt my heart. Continue reading

Come back sunshine

This past week has been lovely with the sunshine tempting us into that summer feeling and hopefully a taste of what is to come. Or not. Torrential rain today and plummeting temperatures are keeping us firmly in April but for a whole week it was great. Continue reading

Silent Sunday

Another temperature, another obsessive day.

December 21st 2009 started off like any other day but will stay in my memory as the worst day of my life and one that continues to haunt me every time the Boy is under the weather.

It was a Monday and I was really excited as it was my works christmas party for kids so I was taking the Boy (then 13 months) to work to show him off to my colleagues. We had a nice lunch with a colleague and his family and then went on to the party which was fun although after a bit the Boy started getting upset, it was unusual behaviour for him as he was usually a very happy baby but as there were no obvious signs of illness I just put it down to teething and gave him some calpol. Before this day I was a very relaxed parent when it came to illnesses – kids get them and unless something is obviously very wrong there isn’t much to do other than give them calpol, rest and cuddles. He seemed to perk up after the calpol and we had a really nice time together although he seemed a bit unwell again when he fell asleep on me on the train home. Continue reading

Operation Deswaddle – complete

Before I was pregnant with the Boy swaddling a baby was something I had never heard of (I realised after being pregnant and having a baby that there were a lot of things I had never heard of!) however I read about it and thought that I would wait to see if my baby needed it. And they did. I swaddled both mine from day two or three when it became clear that they wouldn’t sleep happily without the comfort of being bound like an Egyptian mummy. Continue reading

17 weeks on…

Baby Girl is:

  • trying to sit up all the time and looks a bit like the nodding Churchill dogs whilst doing so;
  • dishing out smiles and charming everyone;
  • chatters a lot (wonder where she gets that from);
  • totally in love with her big brother;
  • has the deepest darkest brown eyes I could just drown in;
  • 14lb 4oz (50th centile);
  • unswaddled;
  • really interested in everything, especially while she’s supposed to be feeding;
  • teething;
  • exclusively breastfed;
  • sitting up in the buggy and fascinated by the world;
  • loving splashing in the bath;
  • loves being sung to;
  • stunningly beautiful.