Five baby sleep ‘experts’ who’ll never suggest ‘Crying It Out’


There’s been a lot of talk about ‘baby training’ around the interwebz of late, much of it in response to this New York Times blog post which tells of a paediatrician advising a mother to ‘sleep train’ her eight week old baby. Eight weeks old! It sounds quite ludicrous, but in fact, there are plenty of so-called […]

An update


I wish this was a good update. Well, in some ways it is. I am better! A thousand times better. My wound is healing nicely, and the CMV is being beaten into submission by the scary antiviral drugs. But I’m back in hospital. Still in hospital. Today makes it 45 days in hospital this year, […]

Sucking it up


I’ve always been a pretty independent kind of person. I like being in control, and I like calling the shots. I hate needing to rely on other people. But this past couple of weeks, I haven’t really had a choice. Lying in hospital last week, I didn’t have control of anything. I didn’t have control of […]

One hell of a wake up call


It’s been a hell of a few days. This year is not turning out quite as planned. Those of you who’ve been around a while will know that I’ve been having problems with my gallbladder for months and that I’ve been on a waiting list to have it removed. Over the last few weeks, it’s […]

Showing off


My girls all love to do backyard gymnastics. Maya did lessons until we moved from New Zealand when she was 7, but other than that she’s had no formal training. That doesn’t stop her putting in a mighty good effort though, and I don’t know whether it’s a result of all the stretching and jumping […]

{Giveaway} Win one of two pairs of Bobux Xplorer shoes!


In 2015, Bobux are introducing an innovative new shoe to their range, the Xplorer. Designed especially for children who are learning to walk – sometimes walking, sometimes crawling – the Xplorer shoe, which recently won Bobux a coveted UK design award, will be launching worldwide in February 2015. To celebrate, I’ve got two pairs to […]

A conversation about death.


My brother-in-law died on Friday. It wasn’t sudden, he’d been sick for a while, but it sucks nonetheless. So I had to tell the girls. In my mind, this kind of thing always seemed like something you’d need to plan. Like, we’d call a family meeting and we’d all sit down, and then I’d tell […]