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Life Lessons for my 3-year-old

life lessons 3 year old Big Trouble in Little NappiesI hear a lot of stuff about the baby days, a lot about the terrible two’s and a lot about 4-year-olds and the huge milestone of starting school. Right now though, I’m bathing knee deep in 3-year-old lunacy, which I actually don’t hear much about at all.

My son Just. Doesn’t. Stop.

Age 3 seems to be an explosion of imagination, conversation, learning SO much, and the blossoming of both awesome and frankly quite frightening personality traits. It’s a time to savour the happy chaos – in between shouting, ‘Get to bed!’ And, ‘Stop picking your nose!’ – and a time to worry if we’re doing what we should to help him not become a psychopath.

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On Being Tired and Being Enough

Tired and a little stressed, I sat down last week and tapped out this post for my Facebook page. I had had enough… of feeling like I wasn’t doing well enough, or that my baby was somehow wrong for not singing the same song sheet as the books prescribe. The response was so wonderfully overwhelming that I realised so many of us feel similar, and so many of us are cracking on doing an absolutely stirling job, but without any self-recognition. At all.

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The Christmas Story – If Mary had a blog

I know I haven’t posted in a while, things have been hectic as we’ve been travelling around so much. Happily, we captured some wonderful images for Instagram, but the WiFi has been awful so I feel totally behind on my blog and my social media, too.

But anyway, I’m back bearing Great News: I’ve had the baby! I always love reading other people’s birth stories online and am so glad to be finally writing mine, it was fairly eventful!

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How are things with you?

motherhoodMy hand on his forehead, the rub of a small back.

Our cuddles, their laughter, my shortcomings.

All of the white noise.

She asked me how I was, ‘What’s new with you?’

‘Nothing, really – just plodding on – I’m boring! Tell me about you’.

There’s this nagging inadequacy, this desire to make light of the biggest part of me. The fear I have nothing interesting to contribute.

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Why Babies Cry

I have been doing myself a little field research. Here are my very thorough* and scientific** findings…

1. They are tired – be responsible and let them sleep won’t youbaby changing awards

2. They are not tired and you are trying to force rest – RUDE

3. They are bored – entertain ‘em for “crying” out loud

4. They have hit themselves in the face with the rattle that was supposed to entertain them

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I Will Carry You

1531992_10153709046760511_1433406769_nI carried you. From an invisible dot to the tiny baby you became, I carried you. I carried you inside me and I carried you in my heart.

And then, there you were – outside of me and into my arms. Then I began to carry not just you, but the enormous weight of responsibility, love and exhaustion. I feared sometimes I might collapse under its heaviness and occasionally, I did. But then I got back up and I carried you all once again.

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Letter to My Children

letter to my childrenTo my big and little whirlwinds,

To my loves… my work… my miracle daily grinds.

It hit me recently, amidst the busy-ness of two small kids and the fact I am still very much finding my feet with the (not so) new baby, how settled I actually am, and happy. I am tired – like bone tired – and sometimes stressed and flailing. Everything is disorganised and when I attempt the daily plate spinning every other parent also does, I always, always drop one. I worry about various things both related and unrelated to you, and my head can never retain all of the information it needs to be fully functional. Oh, and did I mention I’m tired?

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Parenting, Social Media & Salt

social mediaI am no parenting expert. I couldn’t tell you how to get your baby to sleep through the night in five easy steps and I don’t have ten handy tips for entertaining a toddler without turning on the television. I am often disorganised and feel like I overly-rely on raisins and fish fingers, but I do know that being a parent is complex, and the early years often relentless.

It is always how it has been – a juxtaposition of the wonderful and wearing – it’s normal, I know.

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MumMe.co.uk Nursing Clothes – Review*

1I don’t make a habit of doing reviews on here, but didn’t hesitate when the lovely MumMe.co.uk asked me to try out their nursing range from their online store. When I breastfed my first baby, I was consigned to a wardrobe of three stripey tops (why are all nursing tops stripey or flowery?!) and felt very restricted with my wardrobe, missing moseying around in my usual combo of leggings and dresses. I know there are other options out there, but I found a lot of the alternates – such as summer dresses or long sleeved tops – carried a hefty price tag which I couldn’t really afford or justify for clothes I wouldn’t be wearing forever.

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Waiting for a Star to Fall

waiting for a starDear Little H,

This has been bubbling around my head for some time now, but the last eleven weeks – since your arrival – have flown by so quickly with busy days and wakeful nights that I haven’t been able to get anything down. Now, you are sleeping and I have chance to try and turn these feelings into words, though I am not sure where to begin.

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You Are Doing A Great Job

great jobIt has been another restless night and despite my plans to be Mrs Oh-So-Relaxed-Superwoman this time, I am feeling the stress of a baby who has fallen out with his moses basket and a toddler who needs more from me than I can sometimes spare. Oh and several million things I am behind on at home. But hey, they say that stuff doesn’t matter, I know. Until of course the toddler has no clean trousers and we have run out of nappies, and food.

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