family · Parenting

What I learnt and rediscovered about moving house

Moving house is one of the most stressful things that you can do and I hadn’t realised how true this was until we did it again. Here’s my lowdown of what makes it so: Solicitors – namely conveyancers. Do you make paperwork an art form? Want a straight answer – what’s that? Can I push… Continue reading What I learnt and rediscovered about moving house

Health · pregnancy · Research

Saving lives with placenta donation 

I’d never heard about placenta donation until about a year ago when I saw someone on TV discussing it. I had no idea that the cord blood of the placenta is one of the richest sources of stem cells and every day it is routinely thrown away in the UK. It can be used to… Continue reading Saving lives with placenta donation 

Health · Pregnancy after loss

Half way there

I had my 20-week scan this week and was pretty nervous. Everything was ok though and we wanted to find out the sex. So the sonographer paused and hovered over my tummy before shouting ‘scrotum and penis!’ to which I replied ‘is it a boy?’ ‘No…’ he said dryly, ‘of course it’s a boy’. I… Continue reading Half way there

Christmas · Health · Miscarriage · Pregnancy after loss

Out the other side

Out the other side is very much how I feel heading into the New Year. Being pregnant at Christmas made me feel a huge pressure to feel happy and upbeat when sometimes I felt scared and uncertain. Because everything shuts down – it also made me feel vulnerable in case anything happened. Like being adrift… Continue reading Out the other side

Christmas · family · Parenting

‘Twas the night before Christmas…and all went to pot

This Christmas Eve, despite our best efforts, husband got mildly pissed at a friend’s gathering, which in returning home led to a slow descent into cantankerous intolerance as we tried to get our three-year-old to bed amidst tears, protestations and threats of no presents if he didn’t go to sleep.  He was still up, faffing… Continue reading ‘Twas the night before Christmas…and all went to pot

Cooking · family · Parenting

Cooking with imagination

I’m trying something new in this post (hope it doesn’t sound too’PR’) and talking about a children’s book that I was sent some info on recently. I really liked it and thought you might too. It’s a children’s cookbook called Mission Cookpossible, written by Amelia Thorne and illustrated by Jose Fragaso. The characters are funny… Continue reading Cooking with imagination

Christmas · family · Parenting

Mother Christmas gets a raw deal

“Where art thou, Mother Christmas? I only wish I knew Why Father should get all the praise And no one mentions you.” Roald Dahl had it about right when he wrote the above. This year, I made Herbie a special postbox from an old Cheeseballs container, covered it with red card, cut a letterbox in… Continue reading Mother Christmas gets a raw deal