Winging It

So last week, (now four weeks past, with the time it’s taken to write!)… was a funny old week.  On Monday, we returned from a long weekend away with the wider family. Which was lovely, except for the usual injection of comparison, criticism and all round Mummy Guilt that comes with spending an intense and exposed amount…

Big Church

We recently reached the stage where Toddler’s blissful afternoon naps equate to hours of late night stomping, sneaking and hysterics. As a result, this week marked the beginning of the ‘full day challenge‘; an attempt to keep her awake and entertained for the entire afternoon when she really could do with a nap. (This largely…

Mary, Martha, Mother

When Husband first finished pat leave, I was both excited and nervous about adjusting to this new,¬†longed-for life as a mum at home. As a teacher, I’d worked to objectives and deadlines; now that I was queen of my own time and resources, however, I was¬†surprisingly daunted by the open road ahead. (Though let’s be…

Privately Public

Over the summer, Husband did a 4 week placement with a Vicar close to retirement. As I was heavily pregnant and running after a toddler at the time, they kindly agreed to accommodate us all. As a result, I spent a great deal of time harassing the poor Vicar’s wife for tips on family life….