Now take a deep breath

Teddy disappears as soon as we're through the doctor's door. I keep half an eye on his white-blonde head, bobbing around the pharmacy shelves, while I sign the form and pick up my latest flavour of tablets (this week: iron! For extra energy and black poo!). They'll go on the shelf with the daily aspirin, … Continue reading Now take a deep breath

What’s the magic (sibling) number?

I'm back! And I'm catching up as quickly as possible, which is to say, not very quickly at all, despite my many multicoloured to-do lists. In some ways it's been a rough landing. Toddler-plus-newborn felt pretty damn hair-raising, but toddler-plus-determined-climbing-biter is black belt martial arts. 'I'd forgotten how much of my day is fending off … Continue reading What’s the magic (sibling) number?

Living arrows: how we laugh

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may … Continue reading Living arrows: how we laugh

Open your hands

We were five days into this two-baby experiment, and something felt off. Of course, it was unbearably hot, I hadn't slept for longer than two hours all week, and I was hurting everywhere, so there was plenty of off to go around. But this was something else. Tim put Henry to bed and Henry got … Continue reading Open your hands

What I Wish I’d Known About Two: It’s morphin’ time

Today I'm excited to feature one of my besties, Emily from The Wiener Takes It All. Em writes like I wish I could, and compounds this brilliance by being one of my favourite people ever in real life.  I asked Emily to write about what it's like to be one half of an awesome twosome. If the … Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known About Two: It’s morphin’ time

What I Wish I’d Known About Two: We’re going to need a bigger boat

Today's post is from James, a father of three-almost-four who writes (wonderfully) at Things My Children Said. Go and read it! But read this first, because it's brilliant. We're Going To Need A Bigger Boat...A couple of years back, I started a parenting blog. If I’m being honest, it was established purely as a vanity press, … Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known About Two: We’re going to need a bigger boat

Sibs

My little brother just got back from his mission, and it's kind of made me feel better about life. Because someone very wise said on our Facebook page recently (in response to one of my two-baby panic attacks): 'one of the best gifts I ever gave my children was their siblings'. And then my brother … Continue reading Sibs

When You Go There, They Have To Take You In

My younger brothers are here. They’re downstairs, right now, in that comatose, sweaty state they call sleeping. And they smell and seem too big and ungainly and make lots of noise and have an immense amount of hair, but still: I feel more myself with them in the house. Or rather, I reconnect with a … Continue reading When You Go There, They Have To Take You In