• 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…

  • Useful Items at 8 Months

    We’re 8 months into this whole parenting business yet I still find myself staring at Ivy, gobsmacked by the fact she’s real, and the fact she’s part of her mum and I. What surprises me most is how this life of parenting has become relatively normal (I use that term VERY loosely). It’s a new normal, nothing like we used to know – we now accept the fact that our living room will forever look like a post-apocalyptic Toys ‘r’ Us with Po from the Teletubbies as the key victim (that, and the sole of your foot). It’s also become normal to find nappy bags and spoons in a variety of items…

  • Weaning

    So it’s time to think about weaning! I think about food 24/7. I’m constantly hungry and I’m a grump without it, so it only makes sense that our daughter is the same. I don’t have many babies to draw comparison, but it’s safe to say she has a decent appetite. At about 8 weeks it became apparent that Ivy wasn’t getting on too well with an ingredient in her formula. After a couple of doctors appointments and some blood tests it was likely that she was disagreeing with a specific protein and we were advised to try a prescribed and (of course) expensive formula. To our delight this worked and…