A Gift for My Unborn Child

I can’t sing. I love singing and so I sing a lot, but I’m not good at it. I also love talking, wittering really – mostly to my husband and son so it’s contained, don’t worry. By the time my unborn child is born they will have become extremely well acquainted with my voice…and the voice of their, now two and half year old, brother.

Is that it? I hear you ask. Is that the poor child’s gift? Well fortunately no. And now you may need to brace yourselves…I think I may, possibly, perhaps be about to veer into lifestyle territory…
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Brilliance in…Blogging?

Brilliance. It’s not generally a word I associate with myself…you know, ‘what three words best describe you?’. Yes, well funnily enough brilliant, brilliance, brill are just not on the list. ‘Brr’ could sneak on at a push…I’m a cold type, but the ‘illiant’ doesn’t make the cut.

So where’s this going? Well today the shortlists were announced for the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards…the BiBs for ease. Oh it was lovely to see so many of my favourites on the lists…and then I saw my blog name. My actual blog, brackets and all, right there in the Readers’ Choice category.
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Pregnancy Etiquette Guide

I’ve written before about unhelpful things people shouldn’t say to parents and now I’m moving on to the pre-stage. We all know pregnant people and so, in the manner of a public service information fact sheet, I thought I’d share with you a few little phrases (and the responses they may elicit if the person you’re talking to is unfiltered, grumpy and sarcastic) that you might like to avoid if faced with a ginormous, sallow-faced hulk of woman, ie. a pregnant woman who is clearly not blooming. Or, perhaps more accurately, a woman who already has young children who is now pregnant. Me.
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Creative Mothers Series – Natalie Trice

Welcome to the Creative Mothers series – a fortnightly series of guest blogs for people to reflect on the impact of parenthood on their experience of personal creativity. If you would like to take part with your thoughts, please take a look at the Creative Mothers page and do get in touch.

Today I’m handing the page over Natalie Trice, a blogger, author, freelance writer and, of course, mother! Natalie blogs at Just Because I Love and, in 2015, published her book, Cast Life.  

Creativity can take us in lots of different directions and so, as we all know, can parenthood. Natalie’s experiences as a parent led her down an unexpected creative path, and it is this process that she shares here. It is a tale of positivity and productivity in the face of difficult times…
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Spring Daze

I love the changing seasons, I think I notice them so much more now I have a child. The impact of the weather on attire and attitude (despite my best efforts, my two and a half year old currently takes after his rain-fearing father) is magnified with a little one in tow. And while autumn and dear winter have their many charms, spring has become a particular favourite of mine over the years. It offers so much in the way of tingly, summery hope…colour comes into the gardens, like magic the leaves start to turn green, and the daylight – the much-missed daylight – keeps us company from early morning to well past dinner time. Continue reading

Trapped But Happy – My Pregnancy Paradox

I don’t know how to start this post, I think I should probably start with a disclaimer and a plea.

Disclaimer: This in many ways a selfish post, I know that. I know there are people feeling dark things and going through horrible things, I am not one of those people. I am incredibly lucky to be pregnant. I wouldn’t want to wish it away and I know there are thousands of people who would give anything to be in my position. I am already a little bit in love with my next child, I hope with all my heart to meet them in September and I wish nothing but goodness, health and light for them…I think it’s fair to say that this post isn’t about them as a reality just them as a concept.

Plea: I’m not looking for judgement, I’m looking for advice – am I normal, is this normal? Will everything sort itself out!?

Right so no pressure my wise readers! And please bear all that in mind as I embark on what could be a confusing medley of hormonal emotions, we’ll see…
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Creative Mothers Series – Become Mum

Welcome to the Creative Mothers series – a fortnightly series of guest blogs for people to reflect on the impact of parenthood on their experience of personal creativity. If you would like to take part with your thoughts, please take a look at the Creative Mothers page and do get in touch.

We can never second-guess what the impact of having a baby will have on any of us in any area of our lives. Today Become Mum shares her journey with creativity against the backdrop of her experience – from a surge in creativity when pregnant through a dip post-birth and finally an emergence into revitalized passions and a new project.
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My Sodding Hammer

I get angry with my son sometimes (some days often). It’s the sort of anger that, in my experience, only a person you really love can inspire in you…the teary, frustrated anger you get when you’re thirteen and arguing with your sister. With my two and a half year old it’s also tinged with a feeling of failure on my behalf…‘I shouldn’t be this angry with him. I am the adult and I should be a pillar of zen-like calm at all times’.
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