Welcome to my blog. I’m Lucy…early 30s, and living in the south of England. I am currently an almost-full-time mother and a barely-part-time freelance writer, surviving and musing on life with two children. 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.
I hope you enjoy a meander around. Here are a selection of posts to get you started:
11 Tunes From My Parenting Soundtrack – where 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
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.
And finally, you can find out what being a mother means to me in this post.