Yesterday was my husband's first Father's Day and it got me thinking about how much our lives have changed in the past year.
Almost 6 months ago, we moved away from my family and all our friends for my husband's job. It was a difficult decision, but an offer we couldn't refuse. As the boat left Liverpool, I watched the country I knew and lived going into the distance with everyone I knew still there. A few short … Continue reading Making New Friends as an Adult
Tomorrow I'm off to a Black Tie ball. I used to dream about going to events like this - wearing a beautiful long dress, doing my hair and makeup, feeling glamorous. What changed? Having a baby. That's what changed. Firstly, there's the guilt of leaving him so I can go out and enjoy myself for … Continue reading Learning to Love Myself Post-Baby
In February we had our son christened. It was the first time I had stood up in front of our family and friends since having a baby, and even though it was all people we knew, loved and had chosen to invite ourselves, I felt overwhelmed. While I was getting ready, I looked in the … Continue reading I Had a Panic Attack on the Way to my Son’s Christening – Talking About Anxiety
When you become a parent, you hear sentences coming from your mouth that you never thought you would say. Here are a few of my favourites from the past eleven months. "Don't lick the door. Don't make me come and get you." "Door" is also interchangeable with wall, window, floor, Mummy's hair - anything you definitely … Continue reading Things Only Parents Say
Dear 11 month old son, Today you have driven me insane. You refused to nap, even though you were exhausted. Mummy desperately needed a rest too, but you had other ideas. Instead, you pulled every single nappy sack out of the packet. All 100 of them. You pulled all the clean clothes I had just … Continue reading Dear Son, Sometimes You Drive Me Crazy
A year ago today was my last day at work before maternity leave. I left believing I would be returning in nine month's time with a baby in a nursery down the road. It's strange to think back to that day, which feels like a lifetime ago, and really see just how much life has … Continue reading A Year Since I Started Maternity Leave – What’s Changed?
I'll start with a disclaimer: I'm no expert. Previous sleep regressions seem to have passed us by without too much drama. Of course, we've had the odd bad night, but overall the boy has been pretty good at sleeping from quite early on. Maybe that's why the past two weeks have come as such a … Continue reading How I’m Surviving the 10 Month Sleep Regression
Today is Tynwald Day, the Isle of Man's national day. We had a lovely family afternoon wandering round the fete, which had everything I expected but also some little surprises. What is Tynwald Day? Tynwald is the name of the Manx government and is the oldest continuously running government in the world. On 5th July … Continue reading Days Out: Tynwald Day 2017
As part of my aim to get healthier and fitter, I thought it would be interesting to try out a few of the different diets that are on the market and see what really works (or not). I thought I would start with a relatively simple one to "ease myself in". So, may I present … Continue reading Diet Test #1 – The Mini-Fast & 7 Minute Workout Challenge
Life always seems to be a balancing act, especially since having a baby. Some choices are easy to make, but others have been more of a struggle. As I write this, I'm looking around our beautiful house and all I see is a mass of destruction and unfinished projects. Those photo frames that were going … Continue reading The Everlasting Struggle