How has this happened?! In the blink of an eye my chubby 9 month little fidget bum is turning 3 next month, he’s potty trained, no longer takes a bottle at night and doesn’t need Mummy there all the time anymore. He is a self-sufficient toddler, in the last year he has learnt so much, his speech is commented on all the time, everyone says … Continue reading I nearly have a 3 year old!
Dear Working Parents, We’re doing it, YOU’re doing it. A working parent is having to choose going to work and trusting your child to someone else’s care. A working parent is coordinating extra hours here, missing a lunch break there, to make sure you are there in time for parents evening, school plays & charity fetes. A working parent is taking a deep breath and … Continue reading Dear Working Parents..
Decided to cook all of Frankie’s favourite meals this week whilst he’s recovering & especially with the darker nights there is nothing better than a toad in the hole! It’s a wholesome inexpensive dinner and it’s so easy to make! I had the flour, milk & eggs in the cupboards already but the meal in total is well under £5 and makes at least x4 … Continue reading Toad in the Hole
Bank Holiday Monday me & Frankie were at a loose end so I decided to take us to 360 Play at Festival Leisure Park up the road from us and we wasn’t disappointed! I had been put off going before as I had gone in when Frankie was around 1 before he could walk, and for me, him & my cousin I thought it was … Continue reading 360 Play, Basildon
Dear All My Old Friends, I don’t know how it happened but life got in the way, we stopped being there for each other and now we’re friends no more. Was it when I became a Mum? Was we already drifting before then? I can’t put my finger on the day you left but when my life became consumed by nipple pads, Baby TV and leaps yours … Continue reading Dear The Friends I Lost Along The Way
My due date was estimated to be Friday 13th November 2015, finding out at 17 weeks that I was pregnant and without having a period for over a year his due date was worked out by estimation from his size at the scan on the day we found out – How I found out I was pregnant. I only have one kidney so I had two … Continue reading Frankie’s Birth – Labour Story
Yesterday we had to attend Colchester Hospital for a pre-op appointment for Frankie who is having orchiopexy surgery next month. Orchiopexy (or orchidopexy) is a surgery to move an undescended (cryptorchid) testicle into the scrotum and permanently fix it there. Orchiopexy typically also describes the surgery used to resolve testicular torsion. When Frankie was around 6 months I realised that he only had one prominent … Continue reading Frankie’s & the pre-op
After seeing Little Baby Bum Live in Southend last month, I stumbled across The Saxon King in Southend, close to Priory Park, Prittlewell. The interior is so nice and homely and the outside has a lovely little park for the kids! The menus are well priced and the food was so nice! They offer a delicious flatbread menu, which I eventually settled on having the … Continue reading The Saxon King, Southend
On Saturday my darling boy decided to wake me at 6am for a ‘SNIGGGGGGG’ (translation – cuddle) so I decided, despite being the six weeks school holidays and generally trying to avoid anywhere overcrowded and full of school children & inflated prices, to take us out for the day somewhere! Ashlyns Farm Park & Softplay has been on my ‘to go’ list for a long … Continue reading Ashlyns Farm Park & Softplay – Epping
Today a friend suggested lunch out because the diabolical rain stopped our plans of the park & we didn’t fancy a busy soft play especially as it’s the 6 weeks holiday and big kids are EVERYWHERE! So we decided to try the Great Baddow Barn as we’d heard good things and we wasn’t disappointed! We turned up at 11am & it was torrential raining so … Continue reading The Great Baddow Barn, Chelmsford
‘I’ve been at work all week’ – how many times do I have to hear that sodding phrase? I haven’t been on a well-being retreat all week neither have I indulged in any kind of self-pampering, in fact I have been at work for three out of seven days of the week, two more of them are spent doing activities with Frankie, the washing, the … Continue reading Mum V Dad
I have had messages asking for advice on other Mummies starting their potty training (mis)adventure so I wanted to relay our journey with you! I do not claim by any means to be a parenting guru, my friends have heard me curse under my breath enough times to know I am by no means perfect but I love reading other parenting blogs and stories, especially … Continue reading Potty Training – The Conquering?