Month: December 2013

First Christmas

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Everyone stresses knowing that Christmas is closing in quickly. There’s parties to attend, decorations to get out, present buying (and wrapping; best done with a bottle of wine I say), cards to write and THIS year, a baby to look after! Thankfully this year, he can’t pull out or get at anything – especially my chocolate orange.. because Dawn French is right, it’s not Terry’s, it really is mine. He can however, ruin my festive Christmas jumper with his endless torrent of dribble and sick. I’m just looking forward to having a good glass of wine, and lots of time with family.

A calendar event that comes round once a year, where I don’t feel guilty about anything I put in my mouth. Cheese, a fat turkey roast and chocolate.. mmm! Although, I will undoubtedly fall into the category of those who are ”going on a diet” after Christmas. I’ve been avoiding the dreaded ‘D’ word ever since I gave birth almost 4 months ago, and I really can’t avoid it anymore. A ski holiday in February will see to it that I get my arse in to gear, and at least give myself half a chance to get down the slopes without my legs giving way.

So anyway, I’ve endlessly searched for things to buy my beautiful baby boy that he’ll actually get some use out of, trying to think ahead for things he’ll need before he turns 1 in August, yet the search engines only come back telling me I must make it memorable, unforgettable even, by shoving keepsakes down my throat and insisting I have everything photographed, videoed and immortalised. All I want is some sensible gift ideas for an almost 4 month old.

Now, I’ve seen friends have their baby dress up and have photoshoots for every pissing occasion since they’ve been born – I mean, there’s really no need. One or two photos for a good laugh to look back on, but a full on album? I think it really takes out the spontaneity of the day. Surely a good action shot is better for laughs than being posed? For example..


I do, however, think that it’s a nice idea to instil tradition in children from the offset. Maybe a nice pair of Christmas pyjamas, filming them coming down the stairs every year, a special bauble perhaps. I think we’re going with pyjamas. These John Lewis beauties were only £14 and are super cute.


So with 8 days to go, what are your plans for Christmas? And how do you survive it with your little one?



Obsessive, compulsive nothing!

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A short post tonight.

As a new mum, I’m always trying to be a parent and a domestic goddess all in one go. I’ve just been watching ‘Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners’ and I don’t think I’d have the time to fluff my cushions 30 times and hoover the house 4 times a day. I think I’ve maybe managed one or two days where I’ve actually stood back and thought ‘yes, you’ve mastered it’. It doesn’t last. The pile of ironing has been chatting me up for a good couple of weeks, and it’s doing a pretty rubbish job because I’ve not been tempted into a date.. yet.

I’ve been trying to get by on the good old ‘little and often’ rule. I try to set myself one (or two, depending on size) room a day to clean. I’m not saying they always get done, because playing with the baby is much more fun and rewarding. I find that if I have slacked on the housework, that I get awfully stressed about it. What are your tips on managing your cleaning? How do you find a good balance?

This picture makes me laugh every time. Minus 4 of those kids and the dog, this is how I feel every day! Do you think this is a fair representation of our every day lives?


Anyway, I’m off to prepare the bottles, have a shower and get into my bed. Well deserved I’d say.