Peace: a poem

Posting this poem does feel a little like baring a bit of my soul but I’m going to be brave! Now, some days I find being a mother so tough. Sometimes it’s relentless hard work and I feel my patience has worn thin and I am all touched out. BUT I am lucky enough to have moments, every day, of absolute joy. I really do love being a mother and I wrote this poem in the middle of the night when I was in that loved up haze of having a new baby – I think JB was just a few weeks old. I  realised in all my life I had never felt so contented and, simply, happy.

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And now there are two: a poem

I’m not *really* blogging at the moment because, you know, I just had a baby. But I wrote this little poem and thought I’d share it here. We are absolutely smitten with our gorgeous new addition and life with 2 under 2 is definitely keeping us on our toes! Despite the exhaustion and non-stop nappy changing, I feel so lucky to be the mother of these two wonderful boys.

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Pregnancy #2 – 22 week update

Oh dear, I’m sorry this update is a tad later than planned but I’m not the most organised person at the moment! We’ve had a few technical issues with the filming too so it wasn’t solely my disorganisation that’s delayed the process… I actually recorded the vlog at the end of week 20 and I’m now in week 22. This pregnancy just seems to be flying by now. I am attempting to get better at this whole vlogging thing so I tried to look at the camera a little more and to keep my head still…I’ll let you decide if I was any more successful than the last time!

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Pregnancy #2 – 16 week update

You might be thinking you have missed an announcement post somewhere along the way but you haven’t…announcements just aren’t really our style! Neither of us did an announcement of any kind on Facebook when I was pregnant with TM and we haven’t this time either. We tend to just tell people when we talk to them! I’m due early (ish) July so I’m currently 16 weeks pregnant and we are very excited about becoming a family of four…although living in slight trepidation of having two under two!  Continue reading

A note for our virtual memory box: #3

It’s been a while since I have written one of these posts; I don’t think I intended there to be such a large gap! Basically I like to keep a note for our ‘virtual memory box’ of all the adorable, quirky little things TM is doing at any particular age. I imagine these things that feel like such a huge part of our life at the moment can be all too easily forgotten as children change so rapidly. The last one I wrote was way back in July and there are so many things that have changed about our little guy since then; I mean he’s walking now, for a start! These are written directly to TM and I hope when he’s older we will enjoy looking back on them together.

To my beautiful toddler (I don’t think I can call you a baby anymore…) I can’t believe you’re one now, my love. You are turning into such a cheeky, affectionate and gorgeous kid. Here are some of the funniest/cutest things you do these days…

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What type of parent do you want to be?

There comes a time when you have to consider what kind of parent you want to be. I read this funny post by my wonderful friend Lucy at Occupation:(M)other about all the different parenting styles and techniques that she’s employed in her three years as a mother and it got me reflecting on what kind of parents we are and what we will be in the future. There are so many labels and groups, countless experts and theories, and I think these labels are unhelpful and unnecessary in many ways. But when it comes to ‘discipline’ and the like, you do have to make decisions about how you’ll handle unwanted behaviour and what approach you’ll take. I don’t think I know many people who follow a really prescriptive approach whether that be Gina Ford, Jo Frost, gentle parenting or any other sort – most of us pick and choose the things that suit us and appeal to our instincts. Not forgetting, of course, that it all depends on the child. You might have wanted to put your kid on the naughty step and then realise that it hasn’t made one single bit of difference to their behaviour… so could be time to rethink!

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