time flies when you're being a mum

Time to Love

It’s easy with little ones to forget about your partner so this category is all about lurve and keeping your relationship alive!

3 months old


Let's do the time warp

17 Feb, 2019

Nancy turned 3 months old this week. 3 months seems like nothing. She’s still tiny. And yet she seems so big and like she’s been here for ages too.

Time is such a weird thing.

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It’s tiring being born

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Tiny, she just fits in the crook of my arm

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3 months old

Phew it’s tough with a newborn. This last photo of Mike holding her just sums up how exhausted we all were. And by day we had a house full of builders, so there really was no let up in the run up to Christmas. I guess it’s those early days that make time seem so long.

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Nancy at 1 month old

And then pretty soon you can’t really remember what life was like when you weren’t feeding, burping, cuddling, changing, pulling funny faces and cooing, photographing, tiptoeing, loving this new person.

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Nancy at 2 months old

They also start to reward that relentless merry-go-round with smiles and love. It’s funny that even at 3 months old they are able to show how much they love you and you’re reminded not to wish away these early days with the hope of more sleep during the night and more time to do ‘other stuff’ during the day.

None of that really matters.

There’ll be plenty of time for dishes and books and social media and whatever else (sleep).

These baby days are short.

3 months old



Weekend is here!


15 Feb, 2019


Thank god it’s the weekend. Half term no less! We are exhausted. I’m tired from what feels like a none week because I’ve felt so naff. Nancy’s just screamed for an hour from being overtired but is sleeping on me now. And Reuben has just lost his mind at an episode of Pokemon. Bedtime for everyone I think 🙂

Happy weekend all – Bring on the lie ins! (Lol. As if but at least there are cuddles in bed to be had!)

Valentines with a baby


Romantic meal...for 3?

14 Feb, 2019

We’re not really ones to go in for Valentines Day*. However, and I don’t think this is any great secret or that unusual, romance in our house post baby is at an all time low.  So I think we both have felt that this day required some attention and we’re going to make an effort to celebrate our love and Valentines with a baby in tow.

At the beginning of the week I optimistically bought a 3 course meal deal from Tesco (£20 for starter, 2 mains, side, dessert and a bottle of wine. I’ve also got myself some fake fizz to celebrate in t-total style). I’m now left considering the logistics of such a delightful affair. How does one do Valentines with a baby?

valentines with a baby

Valentines with a baby

It’s fair to say we don’t have the evening routine down yet. We don’t have any routine down yet for that matter. Nancy is a (mostly) content baby during the day so I can potter about and get little jobs done while she watches. But she’ll snack all day and either sleep on me or while we’re out.

At night I put her down between 8 and 9pm then go to bed myself. She has started to sleep for longer (and has slept through the night a handful of times!!), so unlike with Reuben where I was getting desperate for both time during the day and sleep at night, I’ve been less bothered about routines. That does mean, however, that Mike and I are never without the company of either one or both of our children. Lovely as they are, it is nice to have some alone time too.

Today we’re in a position where I’d like to have a romantic ready meal with my love and I’m not entirely sure when said meal will take place. If I try to put Nancy down earlier I run the risk of spending most of the evening in and out of our room settling her and eating at 9pm (not a popular choice in my eyes!). Or we have it earlier and I’m almost certainly going to be eating my lamb shank one handed while breastfeeding. Breasts out at dinner is not as romance inducing as it once was.

At the end of the day, any plan I make is likely to not pan out. So, one-handed lamb shank eating while breastfeeding may be the best it’s going to get. But as long as I’m doing it in my best maternity bra, that’s got to be worth something right?!

What are your plans for Valentines?

* Having said that, if my calculations are correct Nancy may have been conceived on this day last year. Haha!

Grandma time


12 Feb, 2019

My Mum has always worked (or studied) full time. Well, she’s a primary school teacher so she’s always worked more than full time. But recently she went part time and it’s been amazing!

Not only has she had time to pursue her own interests – something she had very little time for as she’d normally be working every night and weekends – but she’s also been coming to see Nancy and me on a Tuesday!

We get to have a good old natter and, in true mum style, she helps me with stuff. The first week she came I had about 50 things that all needed name tags. She did at least 45 of them.

The next week her toy hospital was open and then she helped me get a bunch of books out of storage onto the shelves.


This week  (after tidying the kitchen and walking the dog) we had afternoon tea together. I bought her afternoon for two at Matfen Hall for mother’s day last year and we finally got to use it.




It it was so nice!! Delicious treats with my lovely mum. I feel very lucky to get to spend so much time with her now.

It's Valentine Competition Time!

27 Jan, 2016

Back in December I was invited by the All in One Company to design onesies for all the family. I can now confirm that I have spent most/all of January, hiding away from the cold and the rain in my onesie.

All in One company - my onesie design

My Onesie Design

Competition Time

Because I think everyone should have a onesie, I’m happy to say that I have a Valentines Competition to win £100 to spend at the All-in-One company!

You can either give the gift of comfort to your loved one and design them a special valentines present… or keep all the pleasures for yourself (I would not blame you!). Scroll to the bottom for more info on the competition! (more…)

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