Brunch with a Side of Mum Guilt

I think it’s fair to say that I am still very much in a baby-bubble. I spend 99% of my day (and night) with Ottilie by my side- we go everywhere together and I don’t leave her with anyone (we’ve had 1 evening out in the almost-year since she’d been born and my mum babysat). […]

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You are the Source

I saw an amazing sketch by Anna Lewis (Sketchy Muma) the other week. The caption was ‘Rest my darling, you are the source’. Now, I love everything Anna creates- she’s so talented, but this one really resonated. As women, we’re conditioned to be the caregivers. As mothers, this increases 10-fold, probably because we actually are […]

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New Year’s Eve

Somehow- somehow, it’s the final day of 2017. Do not ask me how, because honestly? I’ve got no clue. A lot of my memories this year follow the same paradoxical dichotomy – they feel like yesterday, and yet they feel like a lifetime ago. I have a hunch this is kind of what the rest […]

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I’m becoming my Mother (and that’s ok)

The signs that I am turning into my mother started creeping in slowly over the last couple of years… Watching the same tv programs, envying her clothes, perfume and jewellery, sharing the same opinions- she was even the one who suggested the name Ottilie. Now I’m not saying we’re the Gilmore Girls, but we have a perpetual […]

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Culling the Co-sleeping (or trying)

O is 6 months old in 4 days and so far, she’s spent every night of her life in bed with F and I.  I absolutely love sleeping with my little baby boo bops.. waking up in the mornings to her, crawling into the bed at night which is already been warmed by her little […]

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Bringing a Child into an Unsafe World 

The threat of my generation (in this country) is undoubtedly terrorism. It feels like the world’s getting increasingly unstable and unsafe and this feeling is seeping into my own psyche. I had heard about people who said that they didn’t want to bring children into this world, for various reasons – personal, environmental and for […]

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‘Get it over with’ 

There’s a woman I sometimes see; I’m awful at ages but I’d guess she’s ~60, she’s very friendly but also occasionally makes comments that make me cringe… that are a bit close to the line, or just plain weird- you know the type. She loves Ottilie and wants to hold her every time I see her; […]

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Simple Pleasures

It’s the Wednesday after a perfect bank holiday weekend and I’m sure I’m not the only one suffering from the bank holiday blues. It made me think, though- what was it about this weekend that made it so great? We didn’t do anything groundbreaking. Saw family, went on a walk in the lavender fields, had […]

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Sustainability with a Baby

I’ve always been fairly environmentally-conscious. I always try to recycle (Emma I’m looking at you here), generally try to be mindful, and don’t eat meat (though must confess that I dooooo eat fish – albeit only once a week). One of the main reasons that I have cut out meat is because of the environment, […]

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Someone else’s judgment, or my own? 

I think my old friend Anxiety came out to play yesterday.  We were having a really nice day – a morning walk and breakfast at The Flying Cloud (an airstream we stumbled upon on the bank of the Thames in Teddington), then I was meant to visit my friend from work who gave birth a […]

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