Childcare is so damn expensive

Emily’s nursery fees have gone up, not by a lot (although the original email nearly made me puke), and it’s amazing how expensive childcare is. Now that I am in full time employment (luckily remote), I added a few more hours to Emily’s nursery so that she could be fully entertained and in a educational…

Farewell Stair gate, nice knowing you….

We did it. Well, Emily did it. She figured out how to open the stair gate on more than one occasions, so it seemed pointless keeping it. So that’s it, Emily, 2.5 years of age of Ramsgate, Kent has officially got rid of the stair gate, so we now don’t have a stair gate at…

Potty Training, when is the right time to start?

In recent months I have thought more about potty training and when is the right time. Speaking to so many different parents, with their individual experiences and their children, finding the right time, may not even be the right time. When you know, you will know. My mum told me before Emily started nursery earlier…

It’s happened, all night sleeping has finally come

A few days ago I wrote about how Emily is now sleeping in her big bed, after we took the sides down to her cot. As if by magic, sleeping in her big girl bed means Emily sleeps all night. Who would’ve thought it? No more waking up in the middle of the night for…

Dummy no more?

At Emily’s nursery, in her toddler group, dummies are forbidden. Plenty of times I’ve dropped Emily off with a dummy in her mouth as she refuses to give hers up and I pick her up and she’s without it. I’m fine with this. After all, a dummy limits a child’s speech and that’s the last…

How do you speak to your toddler?

I was out in town the other day and a woman said “why bother speak to your child if she can’t fully speak back?” Her remark baffled me. Emily’s 2 years old and although she’s not saying full sentences just yet, she’s a lot more confident speaking since she joined nursery and I will continue…

Emily, how are you 2 already?

My beautiful Emily. How are you 2 already? I have had mixed emotions of you turning 2 today. It’s scared me, worried me and excited me, above all it’s amazed me. I have had moments of complete madness cooking shepherds pies at 7am, staring at the ceiling late at night pondering how your birthday will…

Being Body Positive Whilst Also Losing Weight

I’ve been a bit slack of late. Since dental surgery a few weeks ago, my diet hasn’t been that great as I try to find things to eat that doesn’t cause more injury or harm- it’s quite difficult! Along with it, I’ve been terrible at the fitness side of things. Not sure if the weather…

Mummy’s little assistant

Working from home sure does have its benefits. Being a stay-at-home-mum-to-one whilst working means that I get to spend my day with my little assistant, mummy’s little helper. Whilst she’s not the most helpful when I’m doing work trying to overtake my iPad or iPhone, she likes to help me in other departments and I…

Emily’s having her settling in session this week

Emily is starting nursery next week and although Sam and I are excited for her and know it’s a good thing, we’re also baffled at how fast she’s growing up into this amazing independent, confident, funny and intelligent girl. It’s scary. Next Thursday the 11th October, Emily will start a short day, one day a…

Weird habits I’ve gained since having Emily

There’s certainly some weird habits us women pick up when we’re pregnant but they get weirder once your child is born, something even 20 months on, I still do. I wake in the middle of the night to double check she’s still breathing It’s a habit I’ve had since we brought her home. I can’t…

What’s your child’s favourite book?

Emily is obsessed with books. She gets so excited when Sam and I read to her but she’ll happily read by herself if she wants. Funnily enough she’ll amuse herself with books that aren’t even for her age group, she likes to flick through the pages and point at the pictures muttering words to herself….

What are you doing this summer with your kids?

With the recent temperatures heating up the country making a plan for the summer holidays with Emily has been difficult. Ok so technically it’s not summer holidays for us as I work from home but it’s still the summer. What have we got in store for Emily? Well we’re going to Bristol to visit family,…

Only a few days to go before Emily’s Christening

Emily’s Christening is in less than a few days and this week has been crazy with work, keeping Emily active and busy as well as doing a million other things that I didn’t really need to add to my week but had to do anyway. On top of that, obviously I decided to do the…