10 Things About Toddler Birthday Parties

1.       You went from not having a first birthday party (“it’s not like he’ll remember it”) to organising something that would rival a Queen’s garden party. 2.       You had forgotten how fun doing the Okey-Cokey is but now you’re one of the first up at a kids’ party. 3.       You will instinctively know the hand movements to kids songs that you’ve never even heard before – and display them enthusiastically 4.       You will carry your small toddler for at least 50% of a party, even if it’s theirs. They will only want to participate until halfway through one of the…

10 ways to cope when your baby doesn’t sleep

Like the majority of parents I know, we have had many periods where we’ve struggled to get our son to sleep or to stay asleep. In my two year period as a mother this is what I’ve learned and what to do when your baby won’t sleep. I’m sharing in the hope it might help other parents, particularly those new to this challenge. It also applies to toddlers. Warning : this post contains some sarcasm which some people may find unhelpful. 1. Buy a spare phone charger and leave it in their room, you’re going to need a full battery…

My Weekly Wins #2

It would be easy to miss the joy in this week. It had a bad start with me getting the norovirus ( or a variant off) and spending a lot of Monday vomiting. It got worse with an incident in nursery resulting in Small Boy coming home with two large bruises on his head. Five months ago, he began banging his head whenever he felt frustrated. It didn’t last more than a month or so at home, and never had more than a small mark, which was stressful enough, but it has continued in nursery. It’s not all the time…

Easy Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am not a confident baker, partly due to a disastrous experience with a swiss roll in a home economics class, but my banana choc chip muffin recipe is foolproof. If you end up with a batter mix which is too thick, you get a cake, if it’s too thin it might take a little longer to cook or end up more like a sponge. Either way they’re easy and you end up with something at the end of your efforts.  It’s also a great way to use up ripe bananas. Most muffin recipes will suggest you mix the wet and dry ingredient separately,…

8 ways to look after yourself after a caesarean section

I was lucky that I knew in advance that I was going to have my caesarean  section, so I had some time to prepare and a revised birth plan. That said, I’m not sure that I really understood how difficult it might be, or the practical ways that my life could be made a little easier. I’m not talking about pain management, as I found paracetamol and ibuprofen more than sufficient, but I mean the psychological effects of being housebound for a little while, and the practical things I didn’t consider. So here is what I learned in those first…

#SmearforSmear – Raising awareness of cervical cancer

If you’re wondering why I’m sharing a picture of me channeling the Joker today, it’s because I’m supporting a very important campaign. This week is cervical cancer awareness week and I’m backing the #smearforsmear campaign Having your smear is essential. Okay it’s not pleasant but I can save your life. I’m a pro at them, having had a scare in my early twenties. Thanks to having a smear precancerous cells were identified before they developed into something more sinister. At the time I was devastated, but a minor procedure to whip those pesky cells out and I’ve had a clean bill…