Making The Most Of Different Parenting Styles

John and I have always had quite varied interests. When we first met John was a very keen runner and loved his exercise. Don’t get me wrong, he still does but over the years the time able to be spent training for marathons has become less and less. John works 6 days a lot of the time so if he does get some free time and a day off, he doesn’t want to spend it away from Erin. For as long as I can remember Sundays have been John and Erin’s day. Although we are all home together, I have

Do We Expect Too Much From Our Toddlers?

I’ll be the first to admit that I regularly lose my shit when it comes to Erin. I would say that I have a bit of a meltdown on at least a monthly basis, if not more often. If we hadn’t decided to put Erin into nursery as soon as she turned 2 last January I think you would find me rocking in a corner somewhere crying my eyes out every single day. Being a parent has never come easily or naturally to me but I have found the last 6 months to a year incredibly hard. A lot of

How To Prepare Your Child When Moving Nurseries

In the middle of November I received an email I never could have expected. The email was to call a meeting at Erin’s nursery and the private school attached to it. Unfortunately, the meeting was full of bad news and we were told that unless a miracle happened, the school and nursery would be closing in either 2 or 4 weeks. Shocked and upset cannot even begin to cover how I felt. We had spent a whole year going to open days to get Erin ready for this nursery and we knew that we picked the right place for her.

When Did Fussy Eating Become A Competition?

Erin is quite the fussy eater and it can be a nightmare to get her to eat a proper meal. While she’s at nursery she eats really well and has cooked meals on the days she is there. Erin’s nursery is attached to a private school and all of the children eat lunch together so this encourages her to do the same as her friends are doing. At home though, we struggle. I think Erin would live on cereal and toast if we would let her. Luckily, she really likes fruit so we always have that available to her. Every

Raising Awareness About Colic With Infacol

Looking back to 3 years ago when I was pregnant with Erin, I feel like I probably should have done more reading. Not in a read for pleasure sense but more of pregnancy and parenting books. I know that some people think that these kinds of books put the fear of God into you and can be like Googling something when you’re ill but I think they would have prepared me so much more. You see, as a first time parent especially, there are so many things I didn’t know and hadn’t even heard of. One of these things is

How To Prepare Your Toddler For The Clocks Changing

We are very lucky at the moment that Erin has quite a good bedtime routine. The time Erin goes to bed changes each day but on days where she isn’t at nursery, we know exactly what order to do things in and we very rarely have any trouble with her going to bed and going to sleep. However, this weekend in the UK the clocks change, going back an hour and this can really mess with a child’s bedtime, routine and sleep pattern. I don’t actually think we have done anything up until now to prepare Erin for the change.

We’re Only Having One Child… And That’s Absolutely Fine!

It seems like my social media feeds are full of pregnancy and newborn babies at the moment and I am reading loads of blog posts about second children. I love seeing other blogger’s huge announcements and squishy new babies but at the same time it makes me realise that the questions about us having another child probably aren’t going to stop any time soon. The thing is, we won’t be having any more children and we’re more than happy just to have Erin. People seem to think that a family isn’t complete until children have siblings to play with but

Should Bounty Reps Be Banned From Maternity Wards?

Over the last week or so there has been a lot of talk in the media about Bounty Reps and whether or not they should be allowed on maternity wards and I have heard quite a lot of opinions on either side. Erin was born at 7:56am on 1st January 2016 after what felt like a really long induction (admitted on 30th December). I ended up having an emergency section and I don’t remember most of it. I remember being half awake in my room and having a couple of family members there. I also remember the EDP (local newspaper)