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A Mother’s Day Poem

To my super mum on Mother’s Day, my fun and fab playmate
I’ve heard today’s for telling you I think you’re really great
Today you should have time for you instead of me, me, me
A concept I can struggle with, I’m sure you would agree

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Little Hand Lamb Burgers

Years ago, I found a recipe for spicy lamb burgers in the brilliant BLW cookbook. However they contain dairy, and also, I couldn’t be faffed dealing with cloves and cardamon pods. So I adapted and tweaked to make a simpler soya and dairy-free version. They’re perfect for baby and toddler […]

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Sugar Free Courgette Cake

sugar free dairy free soya free cake easy dairy free bakingThis sugar free courgette cake tastes like GENUINE cake, and as a total sugar junkie, I can’t even tell it’s healthy. Winning! It’s reasonably quick, though best to do it during nap time than with a baby hanging off your knee – I attempted this so you don’t have to. It’s very simple and can also be frozen in portions so worth the time it takes. NOT that it takes any longer than 15 minutes to prep, IF said baby

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yvette lamb infertility family parenting blogWe had our littlest christened two weeks ago, a lovely day with family and friends, celebrating our little boy. Though we feel so lucky to have reached the end of our infertility journey since his safe arrival, we will never forget. And, actually, we would never want to. Because although we have happily – and very fortunately – been able to move on from what was often a really crap time, I think it’s nice to occasionally reflect on things and how our family came to be.

So I penned this thingy – I’m not quite sure what to call it – and our good friend read it for us in lieu of a traditional reading.

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10 Things Sleep Deprivation has Taught me

So there’s apparently always a lesson to be learnt. Even in the hellish midst of sleep deprivation…

1 – To lower my expectations… and then lower them some more. To the point where I consider a two hour stretch of unbroken sleep pretty decent

2 – That sometimes the only thing allowing me to parent safely is a hot cup of tea and the gritty determination to reach the bottom of it

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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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