Mama in the club

After 9 months of pregnancy and an additional 6 months of caring for a newborn, there is nothing quite so exciting for a mum, as a night out or any social event involving no children and available alcohol. It is a recipe for pure, blissful, mum madness. You might have experienced mum madness this summer:…

How did I become a mum cliché?!

In the last two and a bit years I have witnessed myself change dramatically. I don’t mean a personality transplant or a shed load of weight loss. Characteristics that I have always had have simply become stronger; and any parts  of me that were pretending to be something else have taken a step backstage. I have…

A Mother’s Quest for Sleep

“Make the most of your sleep” my work colleagues said to me, before I left for maternity leave. “My one tip for you” said my friend, already tired and graced with two children, “sleep now. Sleep as much as you can. Binge on it. Lie in every single day. Go to bed early. Take naps.…

Flying solo: How to Eat.

Forget smug ‘batch cooking’, forget blending up a healthy smoothie in a Nutribullet and you can completely disregard snacking on handfuls of seeds. You’re not Ma Larkin and you are not a fitness addict. You are NOT a garden sparrow. You’re a busy mother. There we go – I’ve said it. All the stuff that I feel I should be…

Flying solo highs and lows in one evening

In every job there are pro’s and cons. It’s best to start this series being honest about the drawbacks and benefits of flying solo. Sometimes they blend into one situation. At the moment I have a palava with the toddler getting dried after her bath and then into her pyjamas every single night. It sounds cute.…

Flying solo parenting

There is a new phrase going about the mummy scene at the moment: ‘flying solo’, which means, in parenting terms, looking after the kids on your own – it seems to be most frequently used when a parent is left flying solo at the weekend or on the odd day or week. I have had this idea in…

Sports for all…

To the gym! There are three things that make my toddler’s personality really shine: the great natural outdoors; music and gymnastics. The first two I can understand: both her daddy and I share the same love of the outdoors and music has always been a big part of who I am (not necessarily a good thing,…

Irrational thoughts of the post-natal woman

  My husband is the most wonderful man I have ever met. My husband is the most irritating man I have ever met. If I eat less and exercise more, I will lose my baby weight. I am going to eat a whole packet of biscuits, whilst I work out what to cook everyone else for dinner.…