Blog Love Laura at Dear Bear and Beany featured me on her weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase for my post about the benefits of being an older mum. This meant a lot to me. I wasn’t sure how that post would land. I’m not advocating having children later, but there are distinct challenges to having children later and it’s good to have a reminder that it’s not all bad. It would be easy for me to feel sad that I probably won’t be alive when my son is my age or that I might never see grandchildren or be fit enough to help care for them. He will never have a granddad figure as they’ve already passed away. In fact there are some upsides. I’m certainly more together and self-aware than my twenty something self for a start, even if I do ache a bit when I wake up in the morning.… View Post

I have had an amazing week, although it’s been quite busy. As always, here’s my round up of cool things (my “weekly wins”)  that happened along the way. Small Boy is Happy We had a great meeting with Small Boy’s key workers at nursery and think we’ve identified a few triggers to his anxiety and frustration. Like all two year olds he is going to have a wobble, we just need to support him to express that suitably. Hey he’s two and basically driven my emotions, we need to be the adults and give him some help. He is handling things a lot better now and on Thursday we didn’t have any tears but lots of amazing play. A full day in nursery without any upset is a big thing. I suspect it might be for an awful lot of kids, especially if they are spirited like our little thing.… View Post

It’s been a weird week as Hubs and I both came down with this nasty cold that is doing the rounds. Second week of illness – yuk! Still, as always I’m committed to looking on the bright side and there’s certainly been a few wins for me this week. 1. I was named as a featured blogger in the #ablogginggoodtime weekly, for my post on looking after yourself after having a caesarean. I am so amazed at the support I had for this. 2. Another feature blogger status for my caesarean post. This time it was in  the #ThursdayTeam linky. That’s two weeks in a row for me so I am incredibly flattered.  I am in love with blog linkys at the moment –  basically where one or several bloggers get together and provide an opportunity for others to share links to their own content. It’s a great way to… View Post

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 but has escalated. There’s been a lot of tears and feeling emotional. It’s been quite the roller-coaster.   That said, there’s always joy to be had. Even in what’s been an emotional week there is cause to celebrate.   Great(ish)parenting A friend pointed out to me that we’ve done some… View Post

It really feels like I should have started some sort of regular  weekly wins/ gratitude post at the beginning of the year, but in all honesty the first few weeks have been a blur or new routines and getting organised with a new work pattern. I’m finally in a position where I can stop and smell the metaphorical roses. 2017 was a crazy busy year with some real low points for us a family. We attempted to sell our house for the second time since Small Boy was born. This time we had no issues selling it but had two buyers drop out and lost two houses, the last time days before we expected to complete. Small Boy had illness after illness for a two month run. His sleep routine went out of the window and hasn’t returned. We had to take stock. We decided to put off moving for… View Post