Le Weekend

An account of a weekend with Phoebe who had just learned to crawl,  climb and stand in the space of 2 days. The Brief: to contain an adventurous 7 month old for 3 nights whilst still managing to eat, shower and function as human beings. Babyproofing:  I had kidded myself that my home was relatively... Continue Reading →

Silk purse, sow’s ear

My relationship with this current blog post can only be described as somewhat strained.   I wasn't getting anything out of it, and it didn't understand what I needed.  I had even threatened to leave it  on more than one occasion but it fell on deaf ears. There I was, declaring my intention to 'just... Continue Reading →

A new tradition

  With my birthday just days after Christmas, I have fallen into a 'tradition' of spending most of it looking back over the past year with regret.  I celebrate with my family but when everyone is in bed I spend hours visiting the dark places in my mind and fill it with negative thoughts and... Continue Reading →

When a child is born

I think it is fair to say that June 28th and 29th were the two most extraordinary days of my life.  I have never felt such extremes of emotion from being completely and utterly terrified, to bursting with an overwhelming  sense of love and gratitude.  The memories will stay with me forever and I am... Continue Reading →

The ugly box

In my About page, I talked about taking a good hard look at myself.  Well, here goes... Our family photos are stored in a somewhat ugly cardboard box in the loft.  Every once in a while it gets dusted off and I immerse myself in years of memories. Even though I treasure each and every snap,... Continue Reading →

Great Granddads

  This is my Dad.  He passed away when I was 15.  He never got to meet my husband or my children. He never got to be their Granddad. I know that he would be immensely proud of all of them and it seems only fitting that he comes along on this journey with me.... Continue Reading →

The Big Reveal

  I have re-lived this moment over and over.  The only way that I can describe it is to compare it to a Saturday night TV show that is just at the crucial point where the contestants find out who is going through to the next round and which loser is packing their bags and going home.  There is always that ridiculously... Continue Reading →

The Mum To Be

My daughter is a beautiful, generous and loving young woman.   She came into the world screaming and didn't really stop for 12 months. I never expected to have a baby girl and was not prepared with a name.  One look at my husband's tear-stained face and Michael became Michaela.  From that moment their incredible Father and Daughter bond was... Continue Reading →

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