Week 43 – on the road to recovery

I think one of the only things that is worse than you feeling ill is when your helpless child is poorly and there is nothing you can do about it. Ioan’s feverish, clinging misery from the last couple of weeks was hard to cope with, as the only thing that soothed him was to be […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – months 9-12

If anything should give you an indication of how motherhood sucks up your time, the fact that Ioan is now 14 months old and I am only writing about his 9th month is a sign. I decided it’s probably better to group months 9-12 as even though tons has happened every single month, I don’t […]

Weeks 39 & 40 – post-holiday healthy eating

Does anyone go on holiday and not over-indulge just a teeny bit? I always do, and although that over-indulgence is usually balanced out by lots of physical activity, this time it comes on top of a period of unhealthy snacking to combat the sleep deprivation caused by little Ioan, so I am really feeling the […]

Week 38 – holidays are coming

In just a few days we’ll be heading off on our holidays, and whilst I am really looking forward to exploring Centerparcs, I can’t help thinking about how our holidays have changed since the arrival of little Ioan. We always booked our big holiday at this time of year and my Facebook memories is full […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – month 8

Just after Ioan turned 8 months old, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. Andrew actually did not believe I would want a Mother’s Day present, as in his view it wasn’t like Ioan was choosing a gift, so it was meaningless. He mentioned this point of view to his colleagues at work who (fortunately for […]

Week 11-17 2017 – time flies when you’re having fun

Wow, my plan to write two or three blog posts every week has failed miserably. I blame the baby, but to be fair on Ioan we have been out and about so much lately, it seems like I never have time to write a new post. But, it won’t be long now before I return […]

Week 5 2017 – eating wisely, but not well, at the MaE Deli (review)

My lovely friend Jo and I have a tradition of treating each other to a birthday meal each year. Unfortunately for Jo, her birthday falls in early January, when she – and everyone else – is trying to eat a bit more virtuously, so we generally choose a restaurant that allows some healthy-ish options. This […]

Week 4 2017 – an anniversary in the Welsh sunshine

On 25 January, Andrew and I celebrate 21 years as a couple. I think I can safely say that the last 6 months has been the most exceptional of that time considering the arrival of little Ioan. It’s he who I blame for my poor organisation in planning our celebratory weekend away, which was supposed […]

Week 44 – Chicken curry and chips, from the Chinese, in Wales

Yes, you read that correctly: chicken curry (what you might expect to be Indian in origin), served with chips (British?), but from a Chinese takeaway, in Wales. This is the food Andrew craves, and what he was delighted to eat during our recent trip to Wales. This is not the kind of curry you would […]