Blogs

You just gotta ride it

Neonates.  What an all-encompassing, all-consuming, emotionally exhausting experience.  I’m finding it hard to find the words to say to describe the 19 days Awena spent in the neonatal unit.  I think I have to start by thanking the amazing staff who made the...

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Life is a Rollercoaster

On the 21st May, I started preparing to write a blog entitled Life is a Rollercoaster.  Seven weeks later, I am finally writing it.  I had planned to discuss the ups and downs of managing kids behaviour during lockdown.  Poppi...

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Canvas of Life

After a chat with my family last night and having been asked the question “have you got any news” and...

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Choux stopper

Last week I said that I’d share the recipe Daf and I created as one of our “date jar” activities,...

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We never change

Daf and I have never been particularly good at “date night”.  Early on the pressure to do something super original...

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I will survive

A couple of weeks ago we had a zoom catch up with some lovely folk and heard about all the...

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Make a memory

So here we are again.  The days are long, the weeks even longer, but the moments are still there.  As...

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I’ve gotta feeling

Yesterday was a tough day.  Second day of home-schooling.  First day of proper “lockdown”.  At the end of the day,...

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Hope

I don’t want to say much today.  I feel too much is being said.  So just a very little pause...

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Learnin’ the game

Today I am sitting looking at the laptop and having what I’m going to call a “blogging blank”.  I feel...

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Park Life

Before becoming a parent one of the things I used to resent was standing, freezing my butt off, with other...

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Be thankful

I feel confronted by a challenge at the moment, and one I have to admit, I don’t yet have the...

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January Friend

I tend to find January a bit of a tough month if I’m honest.  It’s cold and dark and often...

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Whatever next?

I have been reminded this week of the importance of journeying through parenthood with others.  It’s something I’ve mentioned before...

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Our daily bread

Creativity, experimentation, an awakening of senses, connections, celebrations, enjoyment, fun, laughter, family, necessity, daily, basic need…what do all these connotations...

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Deck the halls

If you’re anything like me when your kid brings home a delightful hand-crafted decoration from school, you’ll do the classic...

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The way you make me feel

Happy, sad, angry, scared, disgusted, excited, surprised, jealous, amused, bored, frustrated, embarrassed, shy, joyful, puzzled, relieved…the list goes on.  Emotions...

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Only Mummy

It can be very challenging/frustrating when you just want to get something done so you give your bundle of joy...

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Do you believe?

My mum informs me that when I was a little girl she had to tell me that Father Christmas wasn’t...

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Mum Guilt

Earlier this year I heard someone answer the question “what would you do differently in life” as follows: “ I’d...

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Autumn Days

I am so incredibly grateful that a season as worthy as autumn follows the summer.  Saying goodbye to the warmth...

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Bubble Pop

Hasn’t it been nice to have the sun over the last couple of days and appreciate the warmth of it...

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Sunday Blues

Sunday afternoon blues…how many of us get that weird sinking feeling as the weekend draws to a close and the...

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Run Mummy Run!

“Not enough time”, “no inclination/motivation”, “too tired”, “no childcare”, “not sure what to do”.  These may sound familiar.  Fitting exercise...

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Peanut Butter

(Can you believe there is a song about peanut butter?!?! In fact, there are loads!) There is an absolute definite...

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Express yourself

Are you the kind of person that takes words for face value or do you read between the lines and...

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Sweet Dreams

“I love sleep.  My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” Ernest Hemingway Anyone else...

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If at first

Have you ever heard of the expression “Achilles heel”?  So, it turns out my Achilles heel is quite prominent and...

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All grows up

Life is a journey, not a destination.  A journey usually means changes in direction and scenery along the way.  Surely,...

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Summer Holiday

As August draws to a close so do the end of the British summer holidays.  The mornings and evenings start...

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Stargazing

“I think he just wanted to be noticed” – Billy Bixbee from There’s no such thing as a dragon Why...

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Old Paint

Ahhh, the summer holidays.  I wonder how you read that “ahhh”.  Ahhh as in “help” or ahhh as in “phew”. ...

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Don’t stop movin’

Our bodies are the texts that carry the memories and therefore remembering is no less than reincarnation – Katie Cannon...

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Miss Polly had a dolly

“Ah the wonderful world of a child’s imagination” Raymond Briggs, The Bear This winter (or should I say eight months)...

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Never never land

I have two fictional heroes.  Robin Hood and Peter Pan.  Random?  Perhaps.  So why?  There is something about their spirit...

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We are family

When did you last take a minute to stop and think about what you value as a family?  Good question,...

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To infinity

Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “Woah, that little life tottering around in front of me totally depends on me...

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Peepo

“Peepo….peepo…” how many times have you said that to a baby in a high pitched voice and thought, why do...

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You’re Beautiful

Our bodies are extraordinary concepts.  Our minds are even more staggering.  Yet, however detached we may feel from one or...

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It’s a kind of magic

Sickness and utter exhaustion, blissful and divine, excruciating pain, emotional rollercoaster, terrifying, life-changing, nothing prepares you, incredible love, feeling like...

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Picture Perfect

Today marks the end of maternal mental health week and the focus for today is positivity. When I was at...

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Call the Midwife

It’s 3.25am and I’ve woken up soaking wet.  Have I wet myself?  No, surely I have more control than that...

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