• Smyth’s Play House Renovation

    There aren’t many positives to be taken from a global pandemic resulting in lockdowns around the world. But if I was to try really hard to pick a couple, it would be the time we’re getting together at home, and the opportunity to work on our house. At least on the bits we’re able to. With lots of suppliers still not functioning and shops not being open in their usual ways, access to the things we need are either a lot more difficult or has come to a halt altogether. It was Ivy’s third birthday back in June, and Meg (with a bit of help from Pinterest) came up with…

  • Toddlers & Tantrums

    As adults there’s no denying we have our illogical, irrational angry moments. We might claim to be perfect but it’s likely at some point we’ve got angry that our favourite Netflix series has been discontinued, or the person in front of you got the last Krispy Kreme you wanted, and in your mind you’re playing out a scene of throwing them head first out the shop (just me?), and now your day feels a little bit worse. Thankfully the logic in your brain kicks in and means on 9/10 occasions you breathe, move on, find another show to watch, and get an alternative pastry-based product, but deep down you want…

  • Returning to Nursery and COVID-19

    I’ve reference the dreaded COVID-19 a few more times than I really wanted to on here. It’s on the news, it’s on my social media feeds and it’s in almost every conversation I have on a daily basis. I really want to forget the term altogether, BUT, it is a huge part of our lives now until it goes away (whenever that might be!). We’re all desperate to return to the ‘new normal’ or abnormal as I see it. We want our pubs to open (it’s looking hopeful), we want to shop without queuing for hours, our lockdown hair to be trimmed and most importantly it would be quite nice…

  • Moving From Cot to Bed: Our Experience

    The milestones you meet when you have a child come at you thick and fast. From bottle feeding to weaning solid foods, crawling to walking, nappies to full on potty training, the list goes on. The beauty or perhaps horror of all of these milestones, especially the first time round, is you have absolutely zero clue how to approach them. Perhaps you pick up a book, visit your old friend Google or just work things out through trial and error but it’s always a learning curve. “I want to break free…” The most recent significant event for us has been taking one of the sides off Ivy’s cot, to make…

  • Review: Safety 1st, U-Pressure Fit, Flat Step Stair Gate

    Ah, the stair gate – The child-proof fortress designed to stop your baby or toddler roaming free, giving you peace of mind to go about your business all day without a care in the world. If only it were that simple. However, they’re there to stop some pretty horrendous accidents happening, so a worthy investment nonetheless. Our experience with stair gates in the past has been somewhat of a fail. We’ve had them for dogs and they’ve been more successful than they’ve been for a child, mainly because our dogs haven’t had opposable thumbs to attempt escaping through them. The first stair gate we bought for Ivy was second hand,…

  • Life in lockdown with a toddler

    Have you ever seen the horror movie Saw? With the creepy little swirly-cheeked character that sits on a tricycle. Now take his voice (you know the one) and say the following. “Do you want to play a game? I want you to spend an unknown amount of time between the four walls of your house, you’re only allowed to leave for essential items of shopping, medical supplies, or an hour of exercise a day… and you have a nearly three-year-old to entertain whilst working from home”. A tingle ripples through your spine, think of all the entertainment you’ll have to provide, think of all the noise, think of all the…

  • We bought a lawn mower

    This whole quarantine business is definitely going to drive me to the point of insanity, a concerning thought considering we might be in this for the long haul. I was actually really ill at the start of the week, nearly all of the Corona Virus symptoms ticked off; fever, temperature, shakes, cough, headache, the whole nine yards. Right now I’m left sounding like I smoke 40 a day. So, under the advice of much smarter medical people I’m keeping myself in the house and away from the general public. Whenever I want something, I now have to send desperate (pathetic) requests to friends and family to leave stuff at the…

  • You, me and COVID-19

    If you’d mentioned COVID-19 to me 6 months ago, I’d guess you were talking about a shit 90s boy band. Anyway, it appears it takes a global pandemic for me to sit down and bring this blog back to life again. I can’t believe it’s only been a few weeks, but what a weird few weeks it’s been. I’ve gone from my regular daily commute, working in the office, and being out with, what do they call them? Oh yeah, my friends. To the confines of the 4 walls of my house, no commute, and the joys of virtual meetings for the last week, turning on the TV or scrolling…

  • The Toddler Whining Phase

    During my life I’ve googled some interesting things, some funny, and definitely some weird. But today I had to laugh as I googled “toddler whining stage”. Just in case any of the following sounds like I don’t, I feel like I should permanently state “I love my daughter, I do…” as a pre-cursor to anything that I say, because it’s 100% true. But – and there’s usually a but – at the moment, good lord is she whining. Having a baby means you absolutely come to expect at least some form of crying and wailing for the first 12 or so months, maybe even longer (everything’s a blur). But in…

  • The Art of Negotiation

    Negotiation with a childA discussion aimed at reaching an agreement which undoubtedly results in one member of the discussion crying until they get what they want. It’s a summer’s morning, we’ve been up since 6, all activities and toys in the four walls of our house have been exhausted, Ivy is growing irritable and the need for fresh air and open spaces has hit red alert status. So we hit the park, it’s just what we all needed, time away from Peppa, surrounded by screaming kids in the baking sun. There’s no way the location of the cafe/ice cream stand in the park isn’t planned, in fact I imagine the…