Milestone Birthday Last November I had a milestone birthday – I turned 40. This is so momentous it needs emphasizing with some emojis. After almost a year of being 40, it is not at all like I thought it would be. When I was a teenager and in my early twenties, I thought 40 was old. Old with capital letters.
Dylan Asks About Death “When will you die, Mummy?” Whaaaaat? Before I can splutter out an answer, I am pelted with more questions about death: “When will I die? What does dying feel like? Why do people die?” And, to finish: “When is the world going to end?” I am able to squeak out a ridiculous answer to the last
Kindy Zombie The teacher at our local kindergarten sometimes turns into a zombie. At first, I was a little wary of her transforming into the undead on occasion. But after she reverted to her normal self and explained what the zombie game was all about, I thought it was too brilliant not to share. Not only did she explain how
Buffet Parenting The amount of spectacularly bad parenting advice out there is astonishing. When I was pregnant with my first child and then a mother of a tiny baby, I would carefully gobble up any morsel of parenting advice. A lot of the time, I would greedily devour most of what I read or was told as I was mostly
Happy 2nd Birthday, Eloise “Eloise, please, for the last time, get your head out of the toilet.” As soon as the words are out of my mouth, I realise my baby daughter has grown up. I now have a toddler. This new stage in Eloise’s development means many things for me as a parent. It means toilet training, hence the
The Days are Long But the Years are Short Tomorrow, my gorgeous son Dylan will turn five years old. Where have the past five years gone? He has grown up before my eyes. I can’t believe how fast time has flown. I can’t believe my first-born baby is five years old already. I can’t believe I am stating all the
February The shortest month of the year has just been and gone. With both Valentine’s Day and my husband’s birthday nestled in February it is a month where a focus on Andrew, our relationship and love seems unavoidable. Uniquely Mr. S I fell in love with Andrew a long time ago but have found over the years many of
Similarities Jumping out of a plane is a lot like giving birth – it is an overwhelming sensory experience, it is painful (not physically, just on the wallet), and in both instances you ask yourself ‘what the heck was I thinking?’ The Top 40 Bucket List A tandem skydive was the very last activity in my year of ticking