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April 2013

Me

Re-claiming Me Time

April 29, 2013
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If you ask any new mum the one thing they miss about their life pre-parenthood, they’ll probably say the same thing. Alone time. Me time. Silence. That’s definitely true for me and I tell you, three years of not being able to take a dump without someone peering down the toilet asking you if your bottom is smelly, or shower without being accompanied by your knee-high shadow can really take its toll. Once you’re a mum you never truly feel…

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Life

Self-Imposed Writers Block

April 24, 2013
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The thing about writing a blog that prides itself on its honesty and ‘bare-all’ attitude is that sometimes you have to draw a line. This writing I do right here is so very important to me and has shaped me in a way I never felt possible. It’s helped me through hard times and cheered me through happy ones; blogging is a part of my life that is so important I can barely articulate what it means to me. It’s…

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Motherhood

Eye Gunk, Sad Faces and Doggies

April 22, 2013
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What do you do with two children who have conjunctivitis? Because I have no idea. Ok, mine don’t have conjunctivitis but rather some other -itis (blepheritis?) which seems to be quite similar. Their eyes are swollen, sticky, itchy and look very uncomfortable indeed. I am dreading Hux’s hourly eye sterile eye wipe; this is the boy who will clock you if you try to wipe a bit of banana from the corner of his mouth. He has an impressive right…

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Motherhood

Another Post-Natal Depression Update…

April 17, 2013
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I‘ll give one thing to Post-Natal Depression; it certainly hangs around a bit! The last couple of weeks have been OK, bar a couple of beacon-like lovely days in the middle. Elfie’s back to her tricks of waking me up 2 or 3 times a night and this broken sleep affects my mood like nothing else. I’m getting pretty bored of feeling tired and wish my body responded better to caffeine. Shakes and nausea after too many espressos are Not…

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Home

Gardening For Beginners

April 15, 2013
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This weekend the sun came out! So our family, along with (probably) every single other family in the country, put our summer clothes on, dragged the patio furniture out of retirement and made Pimms. We stopped short of a Barbecue – only just – but did the other sunny Sunday activity beloved of people with outside space and kids. Gardening. I’ve literally never done any sort of gardening in my whole life. I’ve scoffed at people who enjoy gardening because, really, why would…

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Motherhood

Ramblings On Love For My Children

April 12, 2013
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It’s no secret that I spent a lot of my pregnancy with Hux worrying about… well… my life with Hux. I was terrified, TERRIFIED, about being a mother of two. So much so that I didn’t enjoy the pregnancy as much as I should have done, regardless of that 6 month ill-fest I endured. I remember not only being knee-quakingly worried about looking after two children under two at once but also very hesitant about how my heart would fare.…

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Me

On Finally Writing That Book

April 6, 2013
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Last week was one of the most surreal, exciting and baffling of my life. It was all a bit bonkers and I’m still pinching myself. Let me start at the beginning. And by the beginning I mean 1991. Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to write my own book: in fact, I did age six, a masterpiece entitled ‘Roger and The Gost’ (sic), a spooky tale about someone called Roger who had a ghost in his loft. My mum helpfully…

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Huxley

Things That Won’t Calm My Crying Baby

April 5, 2013
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Hux cried for two long, loud hours last night. It was reminiscent of the colic days, days so bleak I’ve managed to block them out of my memory. That awful crying babies do when they’re feeling miserable and sad but you can’t do anything to make them feel better and it breaks your heart. It was bad enough when he was a tiny newborn baby and would scream for hours on end, but now he’s that little bit older and…

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Motherhood

Are Blogs Too Perfect?

April 3, 2013
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When I was growing up we were told the internet was a scary place. I was always super aware that the fellow fifteen year old I was talking to on Yahoo! Chat could likely be a pervy sixty year old in Wigan wearing a sweat-stained string vest called Terry. But now I’m a grown-up (HAH) and (I think) not so worried about hypothetical Terrys, I’ve realised there are other people on the Internet we should be wary of. And they…

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Life

Ramblings About Our Easter.

April 2, 2013
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Since when has Easter been such ‘A Thing’? I know it’s been a thing for years and years and years, since Jesus, though the exact length of time escapes me as much like my good friend Charlotte says I was too busy thinking about boys to pay attention in RE. But it seems this year that Easter has exploded all over the internet. And not just over the internet, all over my mum and dad’s house. All over the town…

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