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Look, I couldn’t help it, OK? I’ve been reading Fox’s Socks – and the rest of the Acorn Wood gang- for two years. I know them off by heart and I can say without certainty I’m not the only one thinking Fox really needs to cut back on the sauce […]

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Breaking up with Breastfeeding

sleepy breastfeeding babyDear Breastfeeding,

This is a break-up letter, although ours is not a bitter end.

We have been through some times, certainly. That spate of hourly feeds was fun, and mastitis sure knew how to throw a good party or three. There were moments when I wished we were formula feeding just to get a break, a solid stretch of sleep, a few hours where nobody needed to touch me. Our relationship was definitely not without its speed bumps.

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The Best Bank Holiday Weekend Contest

baby boy garden sunshineThere’s little I like more than Bank Holidays. The long weekend, the subsequent shorter working week, the extra lie-in and the family time are all kinds of perfect.

I sometimes get that weird comparison thing we’re not meant to admit to, though, when it feels like everyone else in the world – or on Facebook and Instagram at least – are taking a million exciting and interesting family trips. Generally I’m just glad of the extra parent for a day, the chance to relax (a little bit),

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Announcing a brief blog takeover by the bambino. Normal service will be resumed. At some point. If he ever starts sleeping…

1. Milk is the greatest thing ever invented – by women or cows – or whatever. Wherever it comes from, it’s awesome, so keep it flowing.

2. Grown-ups are weird. They bemoan the fact having kids has made them boring, then don’t stop banging on about sleep and being tired. YAWN. Change the record or bore off!

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People flock daily to popular parenting forums to seek tips, advice and opinions on matters about life and their precious offspring – it’s popular stuff! If babies and toddlers used them, however, we might find them wrestling some particularly meaty issues… Following on from the original Totsnet, this Am I Being […]

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Here I Am

Here I am. Walking beside you as you cautiously weave your bike over the bumps in the pavement; smiling at your success on the downward descent.

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I’m here again now, quietly but tersely reminding you it’s time to sleep, praying for your eyes to close, patting your tiny back as you fight to stay awake.

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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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