27th October 2014 Helen 24Comment

The other day I mis-spelt my name. It’s not a complicated name, and it’s the same one I’ve had for over 38 years, but even though I’ve been spelling for roughly 33 of those, I spelt it wrong. In two places. It’s not just spelling that trips me up these days, sentences are patchy too.  They are left hanging unfinished or – even better, repeated at least three times before I get to the point – if there is one.  And names. The right names, are hard to find.  And last weekend I may have sent Spidey to a party a day late. I’ve hit the…

14th September 2014 Helen 2Comment

This is a review post of the Annabel Karmel cookbook Quick and Easy Weaning. Full details of the review are below. Time flies. Having turned six months, Woodie’s eyes are wandering away from my breasts (I mean how?) and he’s looking for grub.  He’s eyeballing our plates, chewing everything he can find and sitting proud on laps while leaning forward to grab anything and everything within reach. Last week he stuck his hand in his Daddy’s Chicken Korma, stuffed it in his mouth and laughed.  So it’s high time I listen to the child, dust off the plastic pots, surrender to the extra smelly…

8th June 2014 Helen 10Comment

From the time I was expecting my first baby, and ever since, I am frequently told how fast time flies and children grow. How one day you share your house with megalomaniac toddlers, and the next with moody teens. Nearly five years on, I can already see how true the cliche is.  It’s only when I look back at photos or sort through teeny tiny baby clothes that I remember the stages of their lives, and ours, that have gone by, and that won’t be back. For them there have been the big milestones – the first smiles, teeth, steps…

30th May 2014 Helen 4Comment

Lucy over at Learner Mama writes a lovely blog full of honest and funny anecdotes about the perils and joys of being a mother.  She is running a blog linky this month on the 10 random things she has learnt in motherhood and so far has a great compilation from bloggers that are well worth a read. I’m having one of those weeks where I seem unable to string an actual sentence together but it seems I can manage a list so here goes…. Image sourced from Pinterest (uncredited) 1. My kids didn’t lick their most annoying character traits off…

28th April 2014 Helen 5Comment

When I signed up to ‘three kids under 5’ package I had clearly been drinking and didn’t read the small print.  I hazily remember the paragraph on sleeplessness, the fights, the terminally wobbly belly etc. I swear I never noticed the bit about them all being sick at the same time -particularly when a dose like Chicken Pox might strike. Yoda’s febrile convulsion last week heralded the start of her hellish dose of Pox.  The innocent first spot was actually a scout for hundreds of angry spots that were looking for their next victim. And they found it all over,…

15th April 2014 Helen 6Comment

Ah, how the last five years have taken my idea of ‘how it is going to be’, delivered a massive reality check (i.e. kick up the arse) and left me laughing at the beautiful naivety of my childless self.  So here, three babies later, are my gems of wisdom. Or at least the  thoughts of a weary mama as penned at 4am. 1. Sleep, ah sleep. Remember that? The first baby brought the usual obsession about sleep. I now realise obsessing is pointless and a waste of scarce energy. What’s more I know it’s possible to doze upright while both…