family · Health · Pregnancy after loss

Banging your head against a brick wall (or pavement)

First off, it’s nice to start with my positive news. I had my 28-week midwife appointment this week, which went well. Everything was good with the baby and me, and I left feeling not too anxious. I’ve been using the Kicks Count app to monitor the baby’s movements, which is a great resource to help… Continue reading Banging your head against a brick wall (or pavement)

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

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

family · Parenting · Travel

On the trail of Stick Man

Our most recent family day out took us to the Forestry Commission’s Bedgebury Forest in Kent. Our main aim – to find Stick Man, a character our toddler finds particularly hilarious in the film of The Gruffalo’s Child, when there is literally one second of footage involving him falling over in the snow, which has… Continue reading On the trail of Stick Man