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Splat the rat (or the reality of life with 3 children)


I love our life – I love the chaos, the noise, the sheer full-on-ness (is that a word?) of our family – but oh my is the step up from two children to three children something else

One of my university friends congratulated me on the arrival of number 3 and warned me that […]

Bereft (or the night that Littlest slept a bit)


This is really strange but tonight Littlest has gone to sleep on his own in his own bed

It is fair to say that this is the FIRST TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED in the 2 years he has been around

Normal bedtime involves a bunch of singing, cuddling, nursing and a lot of long […]

Fertility isn’t just another problem for women to solve


Another day, another stick to beat up women – today’s is that we all need to be procreating before 30 in order to avoid a ‘fertility time bomb’ or at least that’s the view of a senior NHS doctor – that we have a fertility problem and women need to solve it

Consultant gynaecologist Professor […]

Who else wants an end to the judge-y pants?


Parents – can we just accept we are all in this together?

Admittedly nobody has made me the boss of the universe and obviously this is a massive oversight but there you are but if there were to have made me the boss of the universe this is one of the first things I’d […]

Life feels as if it is on fast forward


One minute ago I had only 1 tiny baby, now I have 3 children and none of them is a tiny baby anymore

Suddenly, almost without my noticing, time has zipped away and taken with it moments that I wish I could somehow have banked to have in 10 / 20 / 30 years


3 feels just about perfect


Looking back to this time last year, our life seems totally transformed

I don’t want to attribute too much to the chubby bundle of smiles bouncing in his chair next to me and grinning at me each time we make eye contact but the fact remains that, despite all the external noise and horribleness, […]

Overly anxious?


I’m fairly certain that you are supposed to be super relaxed and laid back with a third baby – you’ve been there, done it and this time around you know that babies have cleverly evolved to survive (why else would their cries be like scratching nails down a blackboard?) and childhood amnesia means your […]

Why is sleep seen as such a measure of parenting success?


If I was given a pound for every time someone has asked ‘does he sleep well?’ or similar questions since Littlest was born I’d be able to stay off work for another six months (possibly…)

Everyone, including random strangers in the supermarket, is obsessed with how he sleeps

Plain and simply he sleeps like […]

Babies are the best waste of time


Unless someone has sneakily gone and stolen a few hours from out of the day and I reckon even in my current distracted state I might have picked up on it, probably, even if a few days after the rest of the world, my productivity levels have totally plummeted since the arrival of Littlest


Embracing the velcro baby


It’s funny how the drip drip drip of popular opinion can begin to wear you and your best intentions down

It’s also strange how I seem to have completely wiped the newborn days with the girls from my memory – I can vaguely remember how we did things but the detail is all rather […]

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