Getting in the frame …

One of the things I noticed most after my dad passed away was the fact that we had so few photographs of him with us. Yes we had them from when we were younger, but as we got older and had our own children, there were significantly less images of my dad with us. I was most upset at the thought of not having one of him holding our baby boy, because we had one of him holding Ells. During that time of grief, we all realised the importance of getting in the frame with our kids.   I have […]

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Dairy Free Fruit Loaf …

Recently I bought a bread machine, in the hope that I could make fresh bread for my brood. The one thing I really wanted to try out was a decent dairy free fruit loaf as that’s my family’s favourite breakfast at the moment. Unfortunately our youngest can’t have the shop bought stuff as every fruit loaf I pick up contains milk, the joys of being dairy intolerant. The only way I was going to get us a loaf we could all enjoy was to play around with existing recipes until we found one that worked.   I also wanted to […]

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Our family plans going forward …

It feels like forever since I was last able to have a few minutes to get on here. I wanted to share a little about our family plans going forward. We made some big decisions about me leaving work to stay home and care for the kids, especially as our youngest is struggling at the moment. He was diagnosed formally this month with Aspergers, aside from that his behaviour has become a lot mroe challenging of late, which has forced us to reevaluate how we help him in the future. Especially as he starts school in September, which he is […]

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Postnatal Depression, the first time around …

Postnatal Depression

I can honestly say pregnancy was more difficult than labour for me. Pelvic girdle pain, hyper emesis, weight loss, anxiety and not once feeling that ‘pregnancy glow’ kind of made the whole thing suck. I was 22 when I was pregnant with Ells, young, naïve and utterly unprepared for motherhood. The end of the relationship with her bio dad a few weeks before birth made things all the more emotionally exhausting. I was terrified and on my own. It’s little wonder I ended up with postnatal depression. My Mum was my birthing partner, and at that point in my life […]

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A Letter to My Birthday Girl …

My beautiful Birthday Girl, Ells, I cannot believe you are 14 years old. Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday when the midwife placed you in my arms, all 7lbs 6oz of you. Your eyes were deep blue, skin a little jaundiced but perfect and unmistakeably mine. You were forward even then, rolling over from birth and eager to take in all the sights. You had everyone who laid on eyes on you wrapped around your tiny little finger, and I am pretty sure you knew it too. It was a rough beginning. An absent father, and […]

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The Me & Mine Project {April 2017} …

This is us, and my first post joining The Me & Mine Project, I hope you enjoy having a read!   April has been a busy month, with Easter, bonnet making, two weeks of school holidays, a bedroom makeover and a birthday or four – I’m quite amazed we have made it to the end of it one piece. Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to… Me … Getting stuck into my new job and reading up on all the NHS policies has had me pretty busy to be honest! I felt a revival in passion for writing, […]

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School Places …

There have been loads of posts about littles and school places, and in the most part everyone had had the school they wanted. We are still waiting. We were delayed in submitting our application for schools at the request of the PreSchool Forum, they are early years help for children who will need extra help transitioning to a more formal school setting. The delay means we are still waiting for the second round of allocations to happen at the beginning of May. I’m not going to lie, I am not the most patient person and this waiting game is excruciating! […]

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{Family Day} Easter Monday 2017 …

We live a stone’s throw away from a few National Trust sites, and we have probably been to one in the 7-8 years of living in the area. With a family of 7 we have always put it down to being too expensive, and never bothered to even look at the membership options. My sister on the other hand has had a membership for her family of 6 for a while now, and they often plan their trips to holiday homes via National Trust properties on the way there and the way home. She said the kids get to stretch […]

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It’s just a bed …

Yesterday we went to Ikea to pick out a new bed because ours is literally on its last legs. Even though we desperately need a new bed I’m feeling a little emotional about saying good bye to this one. It was bought when I was on my own, my first ‘big’ purchase after a car. It was part of my fresh start after Ells bio dad left us. It became our safe place for a few years, both of us snuggled in there together most nights. Then it became my marital bed when I married my amazing husband. Then the […]

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{Our Weekend} 9/04/17 …

This weekend has been a funny one. Time seems to have been slowed and stretched at the same time. I’m not complaining because we got loads done! I might be the only one who usually finds I wake up Saturday, blink and find it’s already Sunday night. But this weekend has been wonderfully slow and relaxed.   S A T U R D A Y Saturday morning, the first official day of the Easter holidays, we managed a lie in – unheard of in our house as the youngest is usually up at an ungodly hour. Ells took him down […]

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