About

Hello,

Welcome to my blog. I’m Lucy…early 30s, and living in the south of England. I am a stay-at-home, feminist mother surviving and musing on life with a preschooler and a baby. I’m going to fill my blog-shaped pocket of the Internet up with memories, thoughts and rambles (for me) shared in, hopefully, an entertaining way (for you).

I teeter on the funny side, but you’ll find a whole range of topics and emotions covered. I host a guest writer series, Creative Mothers; it’s a space for people to reflect on the impact of parenthood on their personal creativity. Submissions always welcome! I also have a Breastfeeding series, Breastfeeding Bites, and a (currently rather sparse) series exploring the playgrounds near me called Southampton Swing Watch.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

My blog name stems from an irritation when filling out forms as a mother. I no longer had a box to tick under ‘occupation/profession’ that was relevant to my identity. In trying to work out my new place in society I was frustrated by the dismissive and reductive labels applied to mothers who chose to temporarily leave paid employment in order to be the full time carer for a child.

Not just on forms, but in general….the forms just distilled the stereotypes into an irritation point that, for me, spawned a blog. I didn’t want to tick housewife, nor homemaker. I felt ‘other’ but also that ‘other’ wasn’t good enough. My well-placed brackets (regardless of what Facebook thinks) also refer to the wider me – I’m a mother but I’m also lots of other things too.

POPULAR POSTS

I hope you enjoy a meander around. Here are a selection of posts to get you started:

11 Tunes From My Parenting Soundtrackwhere I murder some well known songs

The Ten Types of Breastfeeding Mother I Was – a post about all the people we are, and are not, at any one time

Gender, Sport & Toddlers – are toddler’s predisposed to gender equality? Pirates and Princesses, another popular post about gender can be found here

Some realities of early pregnancy can be found here and this Pregnancy Etiquette Guide may be handy

My Neighbours Think I’m Strange – self-explanatory?

Wondering what sort of parent you are? Maybe What’s My Parenting Style? can help. I try all sorts but often land on Make Do & Mend Parenting.

If you like a birth story, you’ll (sort of) find one of mine at Marathon Ready and you’ll find some tips to help empower women to be in control of their birth experience here.

If you are in the very small percentage of readers who personally know my son you may enjoy this and this and this

And finally, you can find out what being a mother means to me in this post.

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14 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Lucy

    I just popped by to say hi. Your blog is lovely. I am also a full time mum (for now) and have a 6 year old boy.

    I currently review adult books but would like to talk about children’s books on my blog a little further down the road 🙂

    I am also looking excited about introducing my son to some of the great classics that I remember from my own childhood.

    I’m looking forward to exploring the rest of your blog.

    Nicola xx

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    1. Hi Nicola,
      How nice to ‘meet’ you! And I have just spent a very happy time looking round your lovely blog! I love book reviews, so I’m looking forward to reading more of your ones. Thank you very much for taking the time to stop by.
      Lucy x

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  2. Hi I’m a new blogger and just discovered your blog, it really speaks to me & I love your style of writing. I’m a ‘stay-at-home’ mum too and whenever I have to tick that ‘housewife’ box it makes me chuckle inwardly at the idea I’m married to my house that’s just nonsense but also every time I think ‘state of my house right now’ ha. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂

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