Me Time | Breathing Space

Before I became a mother, I was pretty selfish. And I had years of being selfish. Doing whatever I wanted — whenever I wanted — getting up late, going to bed late. I went to the gym when I felt like it (admittedly not very often), went shopping when I fancied. OK — granted — these things were slotted in around work but, basically, I pleased myself. Pretty much all of the time. Roll on a few years and my how things have changed. Making time for yourself when you’re a mother is hard work!! You know that looking after a child will be challenging but, actually, remembering to look after yourself and making time for yourself when you’re a mum is *almost* as challenging. Initially, when the twins were born, I’d make myself feel a million times better just by grabbing 5 minutes each morning to put my makeup on. Half the time I didn’t go anywhere — and no-one saw me — but it made me feel good. A bit of war paint and I felt like I could face anything. These days ‘me time’ is still fairly difficult to come by for any decent length of time but as the boys are growing — and becoming more… Read More

109 weeks and 5 days | 50 things that make me happy

A little meme has been doing the rounds recently called ’50 things that makes me happy’. The clue is in the name; what makes you happy? I have been tagged by my lovely friend Aby, who blogs over at YouBabyMeMummy, to give my answers. So here goes… 1. My three boys — tiny boys and big man-shaped boy. 2. Pottering about at home. 3. A new, unread, interiors magazine. 4. Blue skies. 5. Family get-togethers (especially our big summer barbecue). 6. The smell of freshly cut grass. 7. Picking my babies up from nursery and seeing their faces light up when they see me. 8. Holidays; in the UK, abroad, even bank holidays. I love them all. 9. Festivals. A weekend of joyful revelry. 10. Dancing in a field in my wellies. 11. Glitter. 12. My lovely friends. 13. Collecting the eggs from our hen-house. 14. Dolly — our beautiful little caravan. 15. Seeing Dolly pull up outside the house = adventures :) 16. A cup of freshly brewed tea. 17. My cats (AKA furry faced children). 18. Beautiful stationery. 19. Designing new things and feeling excited about sharing them. 20. Blogging. 21. Baking. 22. A busy, noisy house full of our nearest and dearest. 23. Fresh flowers… Read More

My twin pregnancy diary — 18 weeks

Well, Twinkles, we’re nearly there!! Almost at the halfway mark in my twin pregnancy.

When I first did that pregnancy test, all those weeks ago, it felt like we’d never get past the first trimester! And here we are, almost ready for the 20 week scan. This is the most exciting time of mine and your daddy’s lives… thrilling —a bit like a rollercoaster— so many ups and downs.

I went to Pilates again this week. It’s getting more and more difficult to do some of the manoeuvres; I can’t do the rolldowns very well these days as, happily, my belly is getting in the way! I never thought I’d be so excited to have put on a stone in weight!!

It’s not that surprising though —  I am ravenous most of the time and not for anything in particular either! I am as happy with savoury, as I am sweet food… just any food really!!

At least I have an inbuilt winter-coat to keep me warm; a bit like a wild animal (please — no whale references at this point)! It’s chilly outside; the weather has really turned now. The heating is on twice a day and the AGA is back on, full time. I was ecstatic the day it was switched back on!! It’s odd how fond you can become of an inanimate lump of metal! I have missed it’s cosy warmth. The house almost doesn’t feel as welcoming when it’s off. Although it’s a relief to turn it off when the summer comes! Hard to think about that though, when we’re in the throes of winter. It’s just gone half past three, as I type, and it’s getting dark already.

My little Twinkles are tucked up safe and sound, in their nest. No idea about the world outside. I hope they stay there for at least another 18 weeks!!

I’m loving writing this twin pregnancy diary — it’s going to be so nice to look at these posts in the future!