Parenting archive

I became a parent in November 2009 and, as the cliché goes, my world turned upside down. PHP posts turned to pregnancy, midnight gaming turned to midnight (and 1am, and 2am, and ...) feeds. Here lies documented tales of poop, boobs, toddler tantrums and the nitty gritty that goes with being Mum.

Little Hoarder

In Parenting

Last week, every time Oliver went to sleep he did so clutching his little orange van. By the weekend, every time Oliver went to sleep he did so clutching a car and his little orange van. Today at nap time he went to sleep clutching… read full entry →

Chores and Pocket Money

In Parenting

Isabel turns four next week and as such I’ve been slowly introducing her to the idea of pocket money. It is my hope that if I give her the opportunity to earn money from an early age (and really, we’re only talking about the odd… read full entry →

An Oliver Update

In Parenting

As requested, an update on the small people (breaking it up to get more posts out of it, hahaha) The last time I blogged about Oliver, I was talking about how I’d felt ‘forced’ to wean him over night because his latch is at its… read full entry →

Quick Product Mention: B&Q Mega Playmat

In Parenting

We nipped to B&Q yesterday to get some bits to finish boarding the animal shed for winter and, as is the nature of any shopping trip, ended up buying things we didn’t plan on. One of the things we bought was the B&Q mega playmat… read full entry →

Mumma-led Weaning

In Parenting

I took the decision a few weeks ago to start refusing Oliver feeds overnight. The idea I had was that if he cried when I said no, I would feed him anyway, but that if he lay back down and went to sleep: win win.… read full entry →

I miss working outside the home

In Parenting, Personal

There, I said it. Yeah yeah, I’m a poster girl for work at home mums, running the community and all that shit. I am supposed to be helping mums stay at home and work etc etc. But it’s not what I wanted, it’s not what… read full entry →

Breastfeeding a tongue tied baby (part 2)

In Parenting

In September last year I spoke about breastfeeding my tongue tied baby. I’ve been meaning to write a follow-up for a while and as it’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Week I figure maybe now’s as good a time as any. In my last post I complained… read full entry →

The costs of budgeting

In Budgeting, Parenting, Personal

In my moan about selling on eBay I touched upon something important I’ve discovered about budgeting: the time spent planning and plotting a budget is not always outweighed by money saved. Things have been pretty hectic here lately. You know, the usual stuff: a 1… read full entry →

Asking for it

In Parenting

At some point in the past month Oliver has started ‘asking’ for boob by not-at-all-subtly smacking me in the chest. Of course each time I show him how to do “gentle hands” and I think that it’s finally sinking in as now he gently prods… read full entry →

Risk

In Parenting

A couple of weeks ago I watched a bloke put his daughter / granddaughter, who is the same age as Isabel, in the front passenger seat of his car & drive off. No booster seat, no car seat. I think he only put the seatbelt… read full entry →

Making Memories

In Parenting

Filled the car with picnic bits, a bucket and spade and the kiddies & headed off to Wales at 9:30 this morning. Karl spent most of the way there moaning that the traffic would be horrendous on the way back but I say it’s worth… read full entry →

Obsessed

In Parenting

This is how Oliver spends his days… standing or trying to walk. Oh dear.