Category: Parenting and life

First time mums

I liken First Time Mums to learner drivers. We were all there once, for some of us not so long ago, but once you aren’t one any longer you suddenly know better. Just like learner drivers, First Time Mums begin to irritate you irrationally. You find you now have limited …

The 27 month check

In our neck of the woods, there is no such thing as a two year check, but instead an oddly specific 27-month check. I know this because I recently received a letter from the health visiting team requesting I make an appointment for the toddler, along with a questionnaire to …

Bath time: Our nightly routine

I used to so love a bath. The average person, when asked to picture in their mind’s eye a bath time scenario, will probably imagine a relaxing affair, conjuring up images of soft lighting, candles, a good book, decadent smelly bubbles, a face mask perhaps, maybe even a cheeky glass …

The nap conundrum: The nap dropping toddler

As a parent to a baby or toddler, there are few things – OK nothing – quite as glorious as nap time. For a brief moment you can stop being a parent, make a hot beverage (and actually drink it) and take all the lengthy toilet breaks you desire. You can …

Stupid things I have done whilst sleep deprived

Good news! The baby has a tooth. Maybe two, I’m not entirely sure. All I know is I was attempting to feed him at soft play and, well, ouch (see, I knew they were lying when they said feeding a baby with teeth wasn’t painful). Upon inspection with my finger, …

Guest blog: The Other Mother’s guide to toddler TV

This guide to toddler TV has been written by a good friend of mine. She has a two year old and is currently incubating number two. It was when my daughter was about a year old (and driving me nuts) that I first decided to make use of the electronic babysitter, …

The perils of a mobile baby

I’ll come clean. As a first time mum, I was naive. I wasn’t ‘my baby does x because I’m a perfect parent’ naive or ‘I’ll never give my child a dummy and they’ll only eat organic vegetables and never tantrum in public’ naive. I wasn’t that kind of arsehole (I …

Hell’s teeth: The molars are coming through

A big welcome to any new readers who followed me here from Facebook. As lovely as it is to meet you all, the pressure is on a bit now. Rather than ranting anonymously into the abyss, I feel like I should probably put a bit of thought into attempting to …