To the brand-new mother of two: embrace the chaos. Feel excellent about your pyjamas. This is all going to be fine.

To the brand-new mother of two, Hello! Are you up and about today? Does your head feel like it's above water? It's ok if not. It's ok if not. Listen, you probably don't know which end is up at the minute. You are used to being one half of a double act with your first … Continue reading To the brand-new mother of two: embrace the chaos. Feel excellent about your pyjamas. This is all going to be fine.

Just down the tracks

I do not know where my [relatively] [sort of] ordered life has gone. Today we decided to look for it in Pangbourne. This was a good idea for all sorts of reasons, for example, 1) I've driven through Pangbourne on my way to and from work hundreds of times, admiring all the pretty cafes and … Continue reading Just down the tracks

What I Wish I’d Known About Two: five things no one tells you

Last, but definitely not least! I'd planned for this guest post series to run on consecutive days. Giving birth the day before kind of threw a spanner in the works. But I've loved reading and posting these, and hope you've enjoyed them too. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. This post is brill. … Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known About Two: five things no one tells you

What I Wish I’d Known About Two: the practicalities

Today's post is from the lovely Fay, with two slightly older children - I do love hearing from more experienced mothers. Somehow you're able to look back on things with less anxiety (and a better sense of humour)! And all that indecisiveness seems to disappear in hindsight. I especially enjoyed what she says here about … Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known About Two: the practicalities

Counting to ten [days]

Number of times I have said the word 'gently': approximately 4500. Number of changed nappies, large and small: 88. Number of hospital check-ups: 3. Number of times hair has been torn out of head in frustration at hospital parking: 3. Number of times Henry had to say 'apples' before I realised he meant 'nipples': 35. … Continue reading Counting to ten [days]

What I Wish I’d Known About Two: How it’s done

I haven't the words. I haven't the words for what two babies feels like so far. I try, and my brain reaches back for more chocolate ice cream, baby smell and fumbly emotional seesawing. Thank goodness for talented people who can express it for me.  It might be crazy hormonal milk-arrival-day talking, but this post … Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known About Two: How it’s done

Unexpected

Look what the weekend brought. Another ordinary day that turned into a birthday for one Edward Francis Jeffcoat.   The first of anything always feels like an auspicious day to be born, doesn't it? Fresh beginnings for everything, and the freshest of all for you. I will try to explain all about it when I … Continue reading Unexpected

To the Chinese cabbage in my uterus, with love

Dear baby, welcome to the Big Third. (trimester, that is.) Big in all senses, of course. I am now so huge I struggle to fit my beachball face into a photograph (see above), and you are shooting out like a firework. This week you are apparently the size of a Chinese cabbage. I don't know what … Continue reading To the Chinese cabbage in my uterus, with love

The naming bug

I promise I am actually thinking about things other than babies at the moment. Yesterday I thought an awful lot, for example, about European legislation - specifically, the grammar thereof - and had a right little chuckle when I found an article beginning 'An old cleavage causes new divisions...' (No, it was about Cypriot social … Continue reading The naming bug

About twenty weeks

I blinked, and then we were halfway through. This pregnancy is slipping by like it's a dream. Since coming out of that hideous first trimester (during which time didn't move at all) I've resumed normal life, done everything I used to, swapped smaller clothes for larger ones automatically. This little person doesn't kick nearly as … Continue reading About twenty weeks