When a dinosaur comes to a party, it wears its best hat

Birthday fortnight is over. Well, not really - H's birthday is still to come next month, though because he's blown out a glittery '5' candle, he's convinced he already is. And I say: fair enough. You can be five for a few sneaky weeks. Five is great. It seemed like a good idea to move … Continue reading When a dinosaur comes to a party, it wears its best hat

‘Stop talking with your mouth. Smile with your mouth’ (and more things I said during Father’s Day photos)

Ah, June. Where skies are clear (lol) and evenings are lazy (wut) and summer feels like it's really here (OH STOP). And I will be found somewhere indoors or out, flinging sweets at two small boys and trying to make them smile simultaneously for a photo. Who was it who liked to believe six impossible … Continue reading ‘Stop talking with your mouth. Smile with your mouth’ (and more things I said during Father’s Day photos)

How to make a birthday balloon wall

Or, what to do when you love decorating for birthdays but don't have a crafty bone in your sad little body, and also your budget is small-to-non-existent. Balloon walls tick ALL YOUR BOXES, BABY. Bring it on. Start with balloons. Obviously. I got five packs of ten from Hobbycraft, at £1 each. And they were … Continue reading How to make a birthday balloon wall

Party for one

I have decided that first birthday parties are the best of all possible parties. Really, they are. First, the whole thing is basically a happy celebration of the two of you looking after a baby for a year. He grew some inches, he crawls and he's eating food: you win everything, parents! Second, the celebratee … Continue reading Party for one

Boy with balloons

We started Henry's unbirthday by giving him a haircut that broke my heart. Unbirthday because his birthday is actually tomorrow. But we held a little family tea party for him on Saturday evening. He has no clue what a birthday is, but he knew he had new hair, and people kept giving him exciting things, … Continue reading Boy with balloons

Discovered: The Modern Baby

I don't usually do posts like this - interior decor being the evil shimmery Kryptonite of my nightmares, if you want to get metaphorical about it - but I'm a little bit obsessed. And it's good to share your obsessions, I hear. It dilutes them or something. Here's what I discovered yesterday, thanks to some … Continue reading Discovered: The Modern Baby

Outtakes

I know you wish your kid was as good at posing for photographs as mine. Let's take a look at some of his best attempts at a Father's Day card. hey, will you hold this sign? no. (Doggy has already lost the will to live. Sarah and I shortly to follow.) HATE THIS CHAIR AND … Continue reading Outtakes

Quiet living in a little space

Did I tell you about our flat? I love our flat. It's true that cream carpets get OLD with a baby and a muddy cyclist leaving their mark on the floor. But I ran home to a new husband here, and brought my baby back to this room. This house has seen the best of … Continue reading Quiet living in a little space

Indoor gardening with a toddler: not for the faint of vacuum cleaner

It started with a spade. Happy Meal toys have gone seriously odd in the last twenty years, haven't they?! The spade came on a drizzly indoor day, with chips, as all spades should, and suddenly I was filled with an unstoppable desire to let Henry do some digging. We don't have a garden, so we … Continue reading Indoor gardening with a toddler: not for the faint of vacuum cleaner

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night

Phew. The halls are decked, the presents wrapped, the sugar cookies made and iced and consumed in obscene quantities. My coffee-filter wreath is actually hanging - rather than being trampled in a corner by Henry - and my finger-knitted garland is f-i-i-inally finished and up - rather than being sucked surreptitiously in a corner by … Continue reading Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night