Category: Parenting

The kind of days when you think you are winning at this parenting malarkey!

Today has been one of those days when you sit and smile to yourself at 6.30pm that yep you’ve cracked it. The kids are getting on, the house is in a semi state of ok-ness post Christmas and yes this parenting thing is going great.. It’s only taken 8.3years to conquer but yep I’m there, I’m the parent I’ve always wanted to be, calm, collected and non sweary in my head ­čśÉ However how long will it last and what makes today different to the many many days before hand… it could be the way I plied my youngest with her dad’s phone at 7am so I could have a lie in till 8.30am! Whoop! Or maybe the fact I cleaned the benches, emptied, reloaded the dishwasher then that wonderful man of ours hoovered (man points right there guys!!) Or the fact I got to shower in peace and apply my many creams (you read thinking lovely skincare routine, read it the other way that I’ve had a horrendously bad reaction to a well known brand and I’m currently looking like a peeling lobster! Then a gentle, calm bike ride for the girls whilst I walked the dog Or perhaps it’s because we did hama beads when we got back together and then painted a fairy door then got through a food shop with no fall outs AND buying only what was on the list, a sneaky happy meal on route home then a colouring in session. Followed by now a dance off in the living room whilst I watch the two little loves of my life dance and finish the day still getting on which is a rarity in itself!!

Fingers crossed it carries on tomorrow…. Oh and by the way Happy New Year. I hope 2018 is the year of success, health and happiness for you all… S x

A letter to my biggest love on your 8th birthday 


How are you 8? I remember the day you were born like it was yesterday, walking up sand dunes whilst in Labour, eating cheese toasties, reading magazines in the bath whilst contractions were coming, biting your gran’s hand whilst pushing, and them wham you were there! In my arms all 7lb 2oz of loveliness. My Bethany! You graced the world in the witching hour as you have recently started telling friends and your mega proud of it.

And now you are 8 years old!!
You are an amazing girl. So super intelligent, you love to read, maths is a favourite as is art and computers/phone’s- roblox is your most played on game. You love to play lego and enjoy making new buildings and creations. You enjoy playing barbies with your little sister and the two of you love your lol dolls and have asked for more for Christmas!! Your kind and considerate and a little bit moody when you havnt had enough sleep. You have a bit of a back chat going on at the moment but show me a 8 year old that doesn’t!
I can’t believe 8 years has flown by but what a 8 years it has been.
Well I’m mega proud of YOU. You are the one who made me a mam, ┬áthe one who taught me how to be a mam. You are the one who taught me what real true love is. From the minute I laid eyes on you, with how much you looked like your daddy I knew that I’d move heaven or earth to protect you and ensure your life was the best it could be and you would be our priority in life.
We had 8 whole months of just me and you of maternity leave then I had to go back to work. I luckily had a plan and that was to become a childminder and work from home so I could spend every minute with you so when you were 13 months old that’s what happened.

We were together every day and have been ever since. I’ve dropped and picked you up from school and been to every school event, nativity, church service. I’ve Been lucky enough to care for you when your poorly and just been able to be your mum.

I may not have always been the best one or the most patient mum but I’m yours and you are mine and Bethany I bloody love the bones off you!!

You are my first born,  my blot and I am super happy to call you my girl
Happy 8th birthday sweetheart the world is truly a better place for having you in it
Lots of love
Mammy xxx