Why I Decided to be a SAHM

'When I grow up I want to be....a mother. I want to stay home and play games, bake flapjack and go exploring. Teach my children about the world and be there to support them if they need it and step away if they don't'. These were all thoughts that I had growing up. I can't say that I have ever been particularly career minded, I haven't wanted to smash glass ceilings and work until late just to finish a job, because I want to. When I thought about what I wanted to do it was always have three children and raise them, staying at home if possible. I took to motherhood like I dreamed I would, it feels like second nature to me. Do you ever get that feeling like you are exactly where you are meant

Nine Months with Rosalind

Does anyone else feel like these updates come around too quickly? This month officially means that Rosalind has been in for as long as she has been out which is a bit insane, and I know which one went quicker - even with me skipping a month of pregnancy! It's lovely to think that in some way or another we've been together for a year and a half. Feeding The dislike of peas has gone, she loves them now! It definitely has something to do with her love of picking up tiny things. She would quite happily sit there and eat a whole bowl of peas, and has done! She is clever though and extracts the 'pea' spitting the shell out as she obviously can't chew it down yet. Her lack of teeth don't seem to be

Rosalind's Christening

Despite the fact that we aren't especially religious it always seemed important to me that we would honour the traditionalism of an official ceremony to recognise Rosie's godparents. I like the idea of a community coming together to welcome this new child to the world and that I leave her safe in the knowledge that should she ever want it that community will be there for her. We decided it was easiest to hold the ceremony close to us and there is a beautiful church nearby so it seemed ideal. The Godparents were chosen quite early on, we decided to choose aunts/uncles as there is always a danger that if you choose friends you may not still be friends with them in 20/30 years but you will stil

Weaning Diary: Eight Months Old

Our weaning journey continues, and it is getting better although she doesn't seem to be a big eater, unlike me. I am using the following guidelines; 3 meals a day, 2-4 tablespoons per meal. Rosie seems to eat around 3 tablespoons so she's still not got a massive appetite. We are still going down the baby led weaning route as it works the best for us, but I think she'll probably be able to eat more once she has teeth. The next step is introducing snacks and upping the portions to 4-6 tablespoons but I don't think we are ready for that yet. I want to see her clearing her plate before we start introducing more food. One thing she absolutely loves is water, she gets so excited when she drinks it

Rosalind's First Christmas

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year. It's magic and it's exciting. I love the traditions, the food and the company. Everyone is in such a loving mood from Christmas Day to New Year and it is near impossible not to get into the festive spirit. Of course this meant that Rosie's first Christmas was always going to be a massive deal to me. We not only got to show her traditions but also decide what traditions we'd like to do going forward. I was trying so hard to remember that I mustn't build it up too much as I am want to do that actually Christmas was upon us in moment and suddenly it was time to go away to our families homes. We were at my parents house for four days and at my

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