You may consider us insane, for moving house, having a baby and getting married in the space of 7 months. And you wouldn't be wrong. It would certainly have made more sense to spread the three most stressful events of One's life out a little, but that's just not how life goes is it? Has … Continue reading You don’t have to do it all, but sometimes you will anyway.
Unconditional Love. Poonami 2.0
When we were pregnant we were warned about the dreaded 'poonami' (not to be mixed up with Toon Army, football team of choice.). For those that don't know (lucky), a poonami is when a baby poops their pants in a fashion that manages to spray the entire way up their back, sometimes even front, occasionally … Continue reading Unconditional Love. Poonami 2.0
Half way through. Today I am officially half way through my maternity leave. Which means that in 5 Short months (too short of they're anything like the last 5!), the morning duvet snuggles, the coffee shop tours, the riverside walks and afternoon's in front of the telly all come to an end... I have to … Continue reading Halfway there.
I said I’d never.
It's amazing what a 5 month old baby can teach you. Before Oatcake arrived I had a long list of 'ideals' in mind as to how we would raise him, and some absolute 'never evers' and 'always always'. What I've learned so far is that essentially, this isn't a game of thoughtful decision making, it's … Continue reading I said I’d never.
My baby sleeps through…
Haha. You thought that sentence would end '...the night'?! Nope. He will sleep through the telly. He will sleep through the clattering of washing up. He'll even sleep through a very noisy party with a live band. But he won't sleep through the night... People constant ask 'is he a good baby?' And I always … Continue reading My baby sleeps through…
Coffee Shop Residency
These days I sit in Surbiton's coffee shops for about 3 hours at a time, on a daily basis. I rotate between the local independent and Caffè Nero, lest someone notices I have NOTHING else to do! I see people with buggies and babies and will them, telepathically, to be my friend. Sometimes, if I'm … Continue reading Coffee Shop Residency
I was lucky enough to meet Papa Oatcake in a world where tinder was not 'a thing'. I never did internet dating, to be honest I didn't really do much dating at all, certainly no blind dating. Which is relief, because I imagine it would have made me so anxious I would have talked rubbish … Continue reading Catfish
Russel Brand was on the last leg tonight and though I'm not a huge fan, I thought he might have some good chat about Donald Trump, which he did. Also, I found out he has a baby exactly the same age as Otis! Most refreshingly, he spoke briefly, but fairly candidly and incredibly positively about … Continue reading #sharethepositives
I’m a hippie, but…
I have the mind of an independent shopping, organic eating, vegan hippie.. and the hands of a hungry, chocolate loving, chain coffee shop drinking, over tired mama in need of a sugar fix!! I secretly wish I bought all organic food and independently made clothes, practiced mindfulness every morning, made all my vegan meals from … Continue reading I’m a hippie, but…
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
NB this post isn't actually about eggs. What's your favourite type of egg? I like scrambled, only when cooked by my mum. Or boiled but I'll only eat the yolk and leave the white. There are other ways to have eggs, but I don't like eggs those ways. Papa Oatcake takes his fried, sometimes poached … Continue reading How do you like your eggs in the morning?
What about the Daddies?
Now, we really are getting somewhere with the shared parental leave thing.. but why does no one take it? Well for starters it seems that lots of people have no idea it's even available. Then some friends who have decided to use it, approach their employers, and although not refused the leave, most employers haven't … Continue reading What about the Daddies?
Why I won’t be making any New Years Resolutions
2016 will probably go down as a fairly negative year in newspaper terms. But in this post there shall be no mention of Brexit, Trump or celebrity deaths (though I'll always miss Alan Rickman). New Year's Eve every year has us all readdressing what we did wrong in the past year, what we should change … Continue reading Why I won’t be making any New Years Resolutions