A #WeeklyWins special: the highlight of my blogging life

I’m feeling quite flattered today. When I started my little family and lifestyle blog 7 months ago, I wasn’t sure if anyone would read it. In all honesty I thought I’d probably do it for a few months and it would run out of steam. Still, I felt like I had something to say. I wanted other working mums to know that the struggle is real! They are not alone in feeling frustrated or guilty. Similarly, you can be a superhero and fit everything in, because let’s face it that’s what parents do every day. I began it as a way of reaching out to other mums too. As soon as you go back to work you drop out of the…

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My Weekly Wins #10

I can’t say I particularly know what went on this week. I spent most of it in a daze as Small Boy decided to wake up very early three days in a row and I was a zombie for most of it. One 2.30am start had me drinking Red Bull at my desk at 8am. That was a weird day – I was coming out with lots of ideas all morning and then hit a wall by 3pm and had to go home while I was still safe behind the wheel of a car. But even in the blurriest weeks there are wins to be hard and small triumphs to celebrate! Understanding the childcare offer in Wales In Wales, all…

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My Weekly Wins #9

It feels peculiar doing a list of wins for this week as it’s not been a good one as last Saturday night, someone very close to us passed away. This week hasn’t been one of wins. It’s been very sad.  But there are at least things I’m thankful for, and perhaps this is a good place as any to put my gratitude out into the universe. My ability to spin plates I was once described by a medical professional as being the equivalent of an endurance athlete when it comes to dealing with stress. She was right. Many counsellors over the years have said the same as occasionally – very occasionally – I reach a point where my stress jar…

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My Weekly Wins #8

My weekly wins are a little early this week as tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I’m sure you’ll all be busy. I’m actually spending it at two year old’s birthday party. Also, I’m nursing a migraine and words may fail me soon! This week has been pretty busy on the blog front so I might bore those who don’t work in digital comms or the blogosphere, but stay with me folks!   Blog admin beaten So it’s been a week focused on blog admin for me as the General Data Protection Regulation implementation in the UK looms. For those who haven’t heard of this, it basically means that you have greater rights to how your information is used when you…

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My Weekly Wins #7

Each Sunday I reflect on my weekly wins – the small things in life that well or made me smile. As a busy working parent it’s easy to be overwhelmed and stress, but there’s still rays of sunshine even in the most manic week.

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My Weekly Wins #6

It’s been a weird week… again. I took a few days off from my day job, which basically means with my working pattern a whole ten days off work in a row. I had so much planned, especially as Small Boy was still going to be in nursery for the three days I usually go into the office. I’ve recently bought a new camera so I was going to have a day out taking lots of lovely shots and familiarising myself with it. That didn’t happen. I also had a spa experience booked, and while that did happen I did end up running back and forth to hospital to visit my mum and feed her cats, check in on my…

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My Weekly Wins #5

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…

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My Weekly Wins #4

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…

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My Weekly Wins #3

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…

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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 but has escalated. There’s been a lot of tears and feeling emotional. It’s been quite the roller-coaster.   That said,…

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My Weekly Wins #1

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…

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