Category: Family

Christmas traditions for families

I’ve been reading about lots of fun Christmas traditions and have made a mental note to remember them for the years to come when our daughter is older (she will only be 9 months old this Christmas). Instead of relying on my memory I thought I’d collect these ideas in this post so I can not only save them, but share them with you too!  Here are the Christmas traditions I…

#RockingMotherhood Tag

  When Patricia at White Camellias posted this #RockingMotherhood tag yesterday I just knew I had to take part! One of the reasons I started this blog was to talk more about how amazing motherhood is. We are so quick to talk about the struggles that we sometimes forget to look at the positives. This tag is simple: list 10 things you believe make you a good mother. Here’s my list:   I…

Who do you think you are?

I had trouble writing the About me page on this blog. Sure, my page tells you some things about me – I am married, have a daughter, work as a lawyer, blah blah , but it doesn’t actually tell you much about who I am as a person. Although no one knows me better than myself, I don’t like to label myself and I find it tricky to actually explain who I…

Managing expectations as a working parent

When I first started taking my daughter to work my boss gave me some great advice: don’t have too many expectations. In one sense this goes against everything I believe in – what’s a life without goals! But at the same time, I get it. Life with a newborn can be chaotic and unpredictable. What he was really saying was ‘don’t worry if things don’t go…

Benefits of babywearing

One of the first things I bought for my daughter was a Chekoh wrap baby carrier. At the time I didn’t know how much I would love babywearing or the benefits that it has for parent and baby. In fact, I bought a wrap because: I liked the idea of keeping my baby close to me; I thought it would be handy to keep my hands free while carrying my baby; and baby…

You are not your labels

  I don’t like labels. No, I’m not talking about the sticky kind that we put on Christmas presents to identify who Santa left them for. I love those kinds of labels. I’m talking about the kind we use to classify people and things. I realised that I don’t like labels when I was struggling to update my bio on my work’s website recently. I…

#My5Faves in the Nursery

As you do for a first child, my husband and I had fun decorating our daughter’s nursery before she was born. As it turns out, it was a waste of time as she’s never slept in there. Not once. Nor do we play in there. Actually all we really use it for is to store her clothes in the chest of drawers. We’ve even moved her cot out into…

“Dad’s day”

This weekend my husband Jack was wearing Lilly in the baby carrier while we were shopping. As we left the shop the bag-checker-lady looked at us excitedly and said’How nice, is it dad’s day today!?’ I know she was being friendly and making small talk. It was all very lovely. But I couldn’t help thinking that she’d never have looked at me carrying our…

Should we post photos of our children online? 

When I first heard that a friend had asked her family and friends not to post photos of her newborn daughter on Facebook I didn’t get it. What’s the big deal? Facebook is private; it’s not like the whole world can see? But as my daughter grows I have been thinking about this more and more and I’m starting to think I might feel the same way…

Working mum stigma 

I love my daughter and my job and there’s no reason why I can’t have both. But there is a certain stigma that comes with being a working mum. There are three things in particular that bother me…