I grew up around lots of grandparents, aunties, cousins and neighbours. Literally, all of those relatives were also my neighbours. I come from a small town, a village you might even say. There were always someone there. I’m not saying that my mother didn’t sense the loneliness of motherhood as she became a mother at … Continue reading V is for Village
When I first told my husband I was considering starting a degree, was during a moment of total and utter frustration with my situation as a mother of two, soon to hand in my resignation because of the astronomical cost of childcare. A job that had been good to me and allowed me to come … Continue reading WHAT STUDYING HAS TAUGHT ME
What do you make of selfies? Do you take them? Do you engage with them on social media? Or do you hit the unfollow button as soon as you see someone's face plastered all over your feed? According to professor Andy Pippen quoted in Women's Health (August issue 2017) 'selfies are generally linked to a … Continue reading But first, let me take a selfie!
As I was on my hands and knees, mopping up a cup of spilled coffee off the floor in my skanky dressing gown and my greasy hair yesterday morning I had a realisation that I am a very different parent to the parent I thought I would be. Before having kids, that is. I never … Continue reading Reality V Expectations
Happy FIFTH Wedding Anniversary to us! https://vimeo.com/48652636 Video created by our very talented friend and film maker Sam Palmer.
Easter came as a very welcoming break for us all, and we had packed the whole weekend full of lovely plans! As it was Thora's very first birthday on Easter Saturday we wanted to spend it with family. So we packed up the car, which took about an hour 'cause you know - kids, and drove … Continue reading Easter
With our daughters' birthdays being only a couple of weeks apart the only logical thing to do was a double celebration! Admittedly there was a slight twang of guilt (oh hey, mumguilt!) for Thora having to share her very first birthday with her sister, but I decided not to worry about that and instead make sure … Continue reading Double Birthday Celebrations
Before I became a parent I was very judgmental, I didn't know that I was, but now that I am a parent I can totally admit that the ideas I had about parenthood and motherhood before I entered the squad was full of judgement. It has been a steep learning curve and there are some … Continue reading Experiences of motherhood that have surprised me
Exactly one year ago I became a mother for the second time. Our feisty little Thora Olava was born April 15th at exactly 5.10 pm, the most incredible experience of my life. Having given birth naturally once before I thought I knew how it was going to be, but the second time was completely different. … Continue reading 365 days of thunder
We went to a kids birthday party today. There was booze. A definite must for any kind of party including more than two kids running around (by this standard you can enjoy a glass of wine during a playdate too, but test the waters first! You don't want to waste offer wine to the wrong mother...). It … Continue reading What is it about kids parties?