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  • Tommy’s Splashathon 2019

    [This post shares advertorial content for the promotion of a charity. I have waived my entire fee in order to support this cause and I have donated as well.] One in four women lose a baby during pregnancy or childbirth. I am not a part of that one in four and cannot speculate as to their devastation. Not have I delivered a premature child, although approximately sixty thousand babies are born prematurely every year in the UK. But few women pass through pregnancy untouched by that cold hand of fear, the creeping could-it-be-me unease, the horror when no, it’s not you – but it is a friend, somebody you know. Baby charity Tommy’s is aiming to raise £1 million pounds to fund a National Research Centre for Improving Maternity Care, and is hosting a Splashathon in collaboration with Water Babies. The theme this year is Peppa Pig Pirates and Princesses,…

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    Life Recently

    When I was a little girl I longed to be a pebble, worn round and river-smooth. Nestled in my palm it grew warm with my blood, until it felt like a living thing. And I wished that I could be like that: solid and impenetrable to knocks. Somebody on instagram told me to write about how I’m feeling. She said that it would be cathartic, to exsanguinate myself into words on a page. And then I would be able to write about my life again.  About myself.  So this is just an update really – on everything. The more I fall in love with my children, the more of me is chipped away. This morning I leant down to kiss my daughter goodbye just as she jumped up to wrap her arms around my neck and cling tight; of all of my children, she hates my absence the most fiercely.…

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    Diggerland [AD]

    [We were offered tickets to attend Diggerland in exchange for a review, but we were not financially compensated for providing this publicity.] As with most four-year-old children, my sons adore anything with an engine.  In fact, probably one of my most devastating moments in parenthood was their fourth birthday when they were finally, finally old enough to come horse riding, and after the lesson Balthazar slid off of his pony (approximately 10hh of sheer adorableness) and, pointing at the tractor, remarked rather wistfully that he wished that they had been allowed to ride that instead. So when we were invited to Diggerland last month, I knew that they would be in their element.  We were offered four tickets and I considered paying for an additional ticket in order to bring my daughters (also big fans of anything construction-related) along as well, but a quick browse of the Diggerland website suggested…

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    An Open Letter to Andrea Leadsom

    Dear Andrea Leadsom, As a mother to two sweet little boys who are due to start school in September, I have to confess that I am afraid. Until now I have been able to protect them from people who think that their family is less of a family because they are being raised by two mums. They will chat away happily to anyone, family and friends and strangers, about their mummies whilst I find myself tensing, hoping that the sweet elderly lady or the kind taxi driver doesn’t mind families like ours. I am aware that when Kirsty and I are out with our children, unless we choose to hold hands or to kiss, we pass as close friends or sisters enjoying a day out with our children, and I am grateful for that fact – I know that one day, in the wrong area, at the wrong time, it…

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    Ghastly House News & A Lot of Mini Rodini

    I found out that we had lost our home on the way to the Mini Rodini store launch. And given that I’ve enjoyed almost thirty years of shopping my feelings, I think it’s a testament to my growth as an adult and as a mother that I didn’t blow the entire house deposit there and then. I don’t think that I can bring myself to write about how awful it is to be called three days after a home is sold to you, subject to contract, to be told that the vendor had changed his mind. Needless to say I’ve learnt a valuable lesson about witholding information from the children going forward – Balthazar cried when we told him that we wouldn’t be moving into the house after all and I feel thoroughly culpable.  People tell me that this happens, and better now than after paying thousands of pounds in fees…

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