March 1: March Goals


So the goals I set for February and how they went were:

Finish the Tetris Blanket for Chris (aiming for Valentine’s but we’ll see if that happens!)

I managed to finish the Tetris Blanket for Chris at about 11:30pm on the 13th. It has already had a chunk of use and I think Our Sidekick may have adopted it at one point as he was cold!

Maintain weight.

This didn’t happen. In February I put on four and a half pounds. I knew it wasn’t going great because one week I was absolutely starving all the time! It’s possible that, that particular week baby was having a growth spurt (it was also explain how even after a full nights sleep with no disturbances, it’s now 3:30 and I’m shattered!). I could have probably done better by trying to optimise what I did eat but at the same time it’s perfectly normal to gain weight while pregnant. Continuing to go to Slimming World while pregnant was about staying in control and trying to make sure I didn’t completely undo what I’d achieved since August. At the last SW meeting of February I was half a pound being back at a stone off (having been at a stone and a half at Christmas). I am disappointed but I’m sort of trying to be okay about it. I keep walking where I can, so to work and to my Mum’s when possible. I walked a bunch around Cambridge with Chris last week and planned to go for a walk with JD at some point. It’s not the end of the world and if needed I can draw a line in the sand so to speak once baby arrives and get back on track towards my target. As I said to Chris, I can get baby in the buggy, load up the changing bag and walk places, to my grandparents it’s about a 3 mile round trip – if I take the bridlepath I think it’s slightly quicker but it would be a little impossible to manoeuvre the buggy along the path until it gets a bit smoother!

Get blog organised. With a chunk of stuff including getting ready for a baby, the next few months need to be organised where I can!

This happened in as far as that I tried to schedule a copy of posts each week and start drafts to place mark other posts. I had hope to be a bit more organised and do more than that but it works for now. I’ll be working on more posts as I can.

Goals for March

  • Finish the blanket I started for Our Sidekick. It’s almost there but just needs a few final bits.
  • Work on/Finish the baby blanket that I’m making for Blueberry.
  • Continue to work on my “Things for Baby” list – I’m sure I’ve forgotten something!

Monday, why did you misbehave?

Two years ish ago, Our Sidekick and us adopted two Guinea pigs called Samuel and Owen. They were sort of rescued when a friend of ours could no longer look after them.

I am the Guardian of The Guinea Pigs while #oursidekick and @cgbj clean out the piggies cage.

I think they’ve been a bit spoilt over the time that they have been with us but we are sensible and try not to over spoil them lol.

Samuel and Owen were my first pets, both Chris and Our Sidekick had had pets in the past. As my friend Lily put it on FB earlier, “they worm their way into your heart and sometimes you don’t realise just how much until they are sick.” She is so right, Chris has texted me this morning and said that he was out of sorts but really out of sorts. I often to pop home at lunchtime and I’ll tell you something half an hour lunch break was not long enough. I went straight in to see Samuel and he was snuggled in the corner of the cage. I went out into the garden and got him some grass, normally him and Owen go nuts and squeak as long as they possibly can, but he barely reacted, even when I put it in front of his nose he was like “meh!”. I nipped to get a different jumper to wear this afternoon at work (too hot for my chunky jumper too cold to go without!) and when I came back into the kitchen he’d wiggled himself under the wooden box we have in the cage. Rather than lying on all fours paying attention to everything he was lying on his side with his front legs out all funny. He moved a little but he seemed wobbly on his feet – best way I could describe it to Chris was he looked wobbly like I do when I have a headache (you know the pounding ones that make you feel like your head might explode if you move too quick). I picked him up and gave him a stroke, usually he’d fight me a bit and get worked up about being held but he barely reacted, he stayed put then I think he’d had enough and did fidget, I put him back in the cage and had to go back to work, but I really wasn’t all there – I’m surprised I really got anything done.

I called Chris to explain what had happened and grabbed some lunch, I got back to my desk dead on 1pm and dropped my manager am email because although I was convinced it was dead on 1pm if it wasn’t I wanted him to know why.

Kamikaze guinea pigs #guardianofgps

Roll forward to 5pm and I was due to be doing an hours overtime, I popped to the loo at like 10 to 5 ready to focus on my overtime slot and I got a missed call from Chris, he said, Our Sidekick needs you like right away, and I asked right away like I need to go home or right away like I need to call him. Chris said “he’s witnessed a car accident outside the house and the guinea pig has passed away”. As you can imagine I was like stuff the overtime I got to be home like NOW! I went and grabbed the manager who was on duty and tried to spit out that I couldn’t stay as he’d witnessed this accident and I had to go now rather than wait for 5pm to arrive (it was like 3 minutes but I had to go). He was like “Yes of course go”. I signed out my computer and tried to spit out to my desk neighbour that I was going and why I was going. He was also lovely and said not to worry he’d make sure my computer was shut down properly and things like that.

As I charged for the car I called home to tell Our Sidekick that I’d be home soon, I’d try and get as close as I could to the house depending on the accident and I’d run the rest of the way if needed. The ambulance had already gone so by the time I got home I managed to get through with no problems. I walked through the front door and Our Sidekick gave me a hug before I even managed to get my coat off. He had had a little cry before I got there but he said he was okay and didn’t need another one quite yet. He’d been really grown up and got Samuel the Guinea pig out of the cage and into a separate box. I asked him to get me a shoebox and I sorted that out. I spent lots of time reading about what to feed them and how to take care off them but when it comes to burial of guinea pigs I don’t really know how to do it, a shoe box and newspaper seemed like a good place to start. As I write this he’s sat in the shoe box next to the back door ready to go out in the garden. I think he needs to be buried near the grass as he loved munching grass especially out in the Sunshine during the summer. I wish I had a pebble or a big enough rock to paint his name on. I can always sort that another day.

Stunt guinea pigs now lol.

We watched half an hour of TV while drinking sugary tea for the shock and then I despatched Our Sidekick off to do his homework (yeah so mean!). We watched the next episode of Charley Boorman’s US Adventure – I missed the bit that I actually wanted to see as I went to feed Owen the Guinea Pig some carrot – as I said to Chris in some situations only chocolate will do and given that guinea pigs can’t eat chocolate extra grass and veggies is a good replacement for guinea pigs.

our BIG adventure 2013: Day 7

Blackpool Tower at Night

We started the day by heading to Manchester, Our Sidekick wasn’t aware of where we were actually going. We realised we were early so we went for a potter around the Trafford Centre (They have free parking! Why don’t we get that in MK or Bedford?). Around the shopping centre there are these painted elephants.

Here we go lots of #elephants. #eletour #elephantparade

Elephant Parade has travelled the world, its vibrantly decorated statues raising awareness of and funds for the conservation of the Asian Elephant. Money raised from the sale of the tour elephants will be donated by sponsor intu to international charity, The Asian Elephant Foundation.

The boys grabbed lunch in Nando’s. I would have had some but it was just stressing me out a bit trying to work out what I can and can’t eat while being on Slimming World (The app is okay but isn’t specific enough).

While the boys ate I sat writing down what we’d done so far and tweaking some other bits to write blog posts. I’d been taking notes on serviettes while we’d been out – especially as a rule we have is to ban phones/tablets at the dinner table unless special permission has been given.

When gadgets are banned at the dinner table........ #hannahsays

We arrrived at Old Trafford and started snapping pictures from there. We were still a little early for our tour so went to the Red Cafe to get a drink. We then headed to the meeting point for the tour. Our tour guide was called Ethan and he was so lovely. When people had questions he nearly always knew the answer or knew where the information could be found. There was a lot of walking for the tour as we went pitch side, press areas, the dug outs, various stands, the memorial clock and various other places. We also went to the dressing room and sat with all the footie shirts.

We all went into the Megastore at the end, Our Sidekick bought a plaque thing that was made of grass from the old pitch as it’s been relaid recently. It was really informative and for Chris and Me who aren’t really football fans we still found it really really interesting especially when it came to all the history of the club.

Having fun at #manchesterunited

our BIG adventure 2013: Day 6

Blackpool Tower at Night

Today started with an early morning wake up call. At 3:30am Chris woke me up to find out where the paracetamol was. His wisdom teeth were having a party and decided to do a fidget. I fell back asleep almost straight away – I promise I was a bit more sympathetic. Then again all mine have ruptured and one was removed by extraction back in October so I don’t really have trouble with them any more.

I woke up again at sometime around 9ish I think but it was a lazy start to the day. We drove up the road to see how much of the Camelot Theme Park was still there. Unfortunately it’s all fenced off and there’s CCTV so we couldn’t really explore properly. We were able to go to one of the car parks which is near the top of a hill and we could see the top of the rollercoaster and we were able to take some pictures from there.

That's the top of the rollercoaster at Camelot Theme Park. So sad that its closed and the rollercoaster is derelict.
We went on a bit more of a random explore and ended up in Southport. Chris wanted to go for a proper explore but I think both Our Sidekick and I were just pleased for a “day off”. We’ve done quite a lot of walking this week and so a day when we do very little was quite welcomed.

We had a brief look at the pier at Southport which is the second longest in the UK after Southend-on-Sea.

We took a coastal route towards Liverpool to go to the cinema later in the day. We ended up going past Crosby beach. I had seen all these figures on the beach but there were so many people on there anyway I didn’t really question it. I’d seen the signs for “Anthony Gormley’s Another Place” and knew the name as he also designed the Angel of The North.

We turned round and found somewhere to park. While Chris was driving I had a look on the internet for further information. Its 100 metal figures looking out to sea spread across about two miles of beach. There’s something quite Doctor Who about it especially from the road as they just look like figures on the beach.

Chris was on a mission to make something fan. #latergram #beach

While we were on the beach we had a play with the sand and ended up spending about two hours on the beach in the end. We made a sand minion while Our Sidekick wrote messages in the sand and made towers to kick over again.

Beach Minion

Following our beach fun we got back in the car and headed for the cinema at Liverpool. As it was a Wednesday it worked out that we only had to pay for one ticket (I have an Unlimited card and with EE Wednesdays or whatever its called now it definitely cuts down the price). Our Sidekick had chosen to go see Grown Ups 2. Because of the show times we were too late for the 6:20 but too early for the 8:50 showing. Knowing how busy the Wednesday showings get at Bedford sometimes I said to Chris that we’d go buy the tickets then go find some food rather than trying to get the tickets just before the showing and risk not getting tickets given how far we’d travelled to get to the cinema.

The lad who served me definitely wasn’t Liverpudlian. I’m pretty sure he was American or Canadian. I’d expected that Chris would be my freebie and then I’d pay for a child’s ticket but NO! Our Sidekick was my freebie and I had to pay for an adult ticket but on the other had it still worked out at like £3 a ticket or something lol.

For dinner we found a local Crown Carvery (same company as our “local” The Bowling Green). It was busier than The Bowling Green. I think I definitely preferred The Bowling Green. During dinner we sat writing a list about good things and bad things about The Halfway House in comparison to The Bowling Green. Basically we preferred The Bowling Green! They were tonnes more helpful, the lady serving on the  CCarvery was cheerful and friendly and super helpful but The Halfway House wasn’t like that at all and the food wasn’t as good. I’ve kept the list and am going to email Customer Service – not to make a complaint as such but to almost point out that there isn’t brand continuity and things like that. 

We went to see Grown Ups 2 at the cinema, it was very funny and we all enjoyed it. Often Chris and me have very different tastes when it comes to films but it was good that we both enjoyed this. We also saw a trailer for About Time – Chris quite liked the look of it even though I am pretty sure it’s more of a chick flick lol. (What’s with Rachel McAdam’s and time-travelling lovers?!?)

All in all the film was good but I think Adam Sandler has lost his edge a little bit now – maybe I’m wrong – what do you think?

our BIG adventure 2013: Day 5

Blackpool Tower at Night

Today was going to be a tough day. I’m not a fan of a roller coasters whereas Chris is a MASSIVE fan and Our Sidekick is a fan to a certain point. I’d been prepared that it would be a Chris kind of day, so I took my iPad with me to keep reading my book while the boys did their bits. I decided that I’d go on one roller coaster just to make sure I still didn’t like them. I’d already decided that I wasn’t doing The Big One especially given the stress it had caused me the night before.

We arrived at the park and there as a massive queue to get in, thankfully the staff were well aware of the fact and had it in hand, they had like 10 tills open with two people redirecting people to the tills that were vacant. We were seen quite quickly although it was so busy. We got our passes and headed through the gate towards our first ride. On the way through the gate there was a bag search, one lady was really strict but the guy we got was really relaxed and let us through. The guy in fronts of us, had been to the strict lady and had to leave a bunch of his stuff at the gate (kind of eat it or lose it I think). Chris had already said that if they did take his gluten free stuff off him, he was going to argue that as they couldn’t confirm that they serve gluten free food on site then he’d have to take his food with him, but as we went to the guy instead we had no problems. The boys decided it was my choice first given that it would be something really tame…..and it was lol.

Got our wristbands. Here we go........queueing for Flying Machines. Apparently its my choice first then we're going for something scarier.....

I chose the Flying Machines which was along the lines of a chair swing but you seat about 8 people to a on aeroplane shaped car that swings round a centre point.

The boys are about to get very wet! #pleasurebeach

Following my choice it was time for the boys first choice, given the layout of the park this was Valhalla. I’d already decided that given how wet people we expected to get, I would sit out that one and hold onto everyone’s stuff. I found a bench near the ride and while the boys were in the queue, I ate my lunch and read my book on my iPad (still reading Naked Heat (Nikki Heat Book 2) by Richard Castle). Our Sidekick and Chris came off the ride, Chris was quite excited about the whole thing and telling me all about the ride. Our Sidekick on the other hand was soaked through and was very cold and a little upset.

Our Sidekick changed into his spare clothes that he’d brought with him. We then queued up for the next ride we were going on. I was pretty sure that going on the ride was going to upset me but I figured that I’d prove the point and do it anyway. The boys went in the seat in front of me which made it all that bit worse as I had to tell myself that it would be okay while the other part of me was seriously freaking out, I was doing okay until we shot down the first drop as I slammed back into the seat and caught my ribs on the lap bar and think I got a bit winded which upset me more. Our Sidekick turned round to check on me and I think I saw him poke Chris to tell him that I wasn’t doing okay. We got off and I walked as fast as I could to get out of the ride and find somewhere to sit. I felt so silly bawling my eyes out but at the same time I had told both the boys that I didn’t like roller coasters and I really didn’t want to do go on some of the rides. I’m glad I did it because it means I can cross off another goal on my bucket list but I’m still a little wobbly about going to Alton Towers in the Autumn.

Following the ride, we went to get the boys some food, we also watched the dancing fountains. The fountains bit was good but the music was a bit of a dodgy edit. It was music from Chicago but the edit would cut in the middle of a phrase which was slightly annoying.

I went to find a table to sit at while the boys got their food. While I was sat waiting for them to come back, a lady in front of me turned round and had a go at a couple sat at the table in front of me. I caught a chunk of the conversation but really didn’t know what to do, I’m pretty sure that the lady made some racist comments and generally had a to at the couple, how then got up and walked away. The lady and her family and friends then spread across two tables. She also took a chair from the table at I was sat at, she asked if the chair was free but didn’t wait for a reply before removing the chair.

Queuing for the #wallaceandgromit ride.

Following lunch we headed for the Wallace and Gromit ride. There was quite a queue for it but the good thing about it was that there were the actual animations and behind the scene bits being shown on TVs in the queuing area. The cars on the ride are like giant slippers. There’s a bit of a roller coaster but I was so busy focusing on which scene was recreated next on the ride that I didn’t really think about where the car was going. My favourite bit was the mice from A Grand Day Out, I really wanted to get one of the hoodies from the shop but they were a little on the expensive side but given that I’m pretty sure that they only sell them at the park I was willing to pay a little more.

We then headed to Nickelodeon Land, the boys went onto Streak but it took ages to get on there as one of the carriage’s was taken off the roller coaster and wasn’t in use. I found somewhere to sit and then stayed there and read. I moved once so that I was right in front of the track to try and snap some pictures, I do wish that I’d brought my DSLR with me but sometimes my phone does just as well as a camera and can just be chucked in my pocket and taken with me. (I am finding though that the battery is dying while we’re still out. I’m tempted to buy a spare battery but don’t know whether I should be going a different route).

We got a drink as Chris was getting a headache, then headed back into the main park. The boys went on Avalanche, it looked really cool but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to hack it so found a seat on the floor near the start of the ride and got writing on a blog post then read for a bit. The roller coaster is pretty cool as it climbs and then somehow releases off the track and the rolls itself the rest of the way along a “tunnel” like on a luge.

Chris decided at that point he was going to go on The Pepsi Max Big One and then we were going to call it a day. It took quite a while for him to queue and get on the ride. I had his phone as my phone battery and iPad battery died by the time he finally got to the front of the queue! I attempted to take the picture but I missed the button and then when he got to the bit that goes right above the path/bridge it finally did take the picture but the lens cover thing on Chris’s case flicked back across the lens as the picture took! Seriously are you kidding me! He got off and said that if he didn’t have the headache he would go on again but he really couldn’t hack it.

We left the park and on the way to the tram stop I power walked to a local shop to get Chris some painkillers and another drink for his headache. Chris normally fights his way through it or just crashes for a nap if he has a headache but given he’d asked for painkillers I knew he wasn’t feeling right. So……. I power walked off and then returned. We got back to the tram stop and Chris virtually downed his bottle of water with his painkillers. I could tell he was feeling better because we got on the tram and he was like “Shall we go to the end of the line and see what happens there?” So we did it I screwed up because I couldn’t find the tram ticket when we got to the other end to come back again. Eventually I did find it, I was wound up and stressing out as I was tired and needed some food. (The problem with virtually living on food out away from the hotel means I’m really struggling to make sure I’m eating enough and a balanced meal).

I drove us home, there was a massive queue on the M6 which was frustrating me, I had Chris telling me one thing, Our Sidekick commenting about other things, motorised cutting in front of me or getting irritated at me, in the end I kept lane hopping which I hate doing. The thing that didn’t really make sense to me is that the two left hand lanes were closed (at least the gantries said that) and we were down to two lanes but people kept using all four lanes…….I tried to stick in Lane 3 so I could get out the way as soon as the lanes reopened again but at one point I ended up between two lorries and really had to move out of the way.

As the restaurant we were headed to stopped serving food at 9:30 we ended up at Frankie and Benny’s instead. I was probably miles off plan but I needed food, I attempted to go for healthy things but I have no idea how bad I was. I had BBQ Pulled Pork Potato Skins and Veggie Gnocchi Bake (without chilli).

our BIG adventure 2013: Day 4

Blackpool Tower at Night

On Monday we went to Liverpool, Chris asked me where we were going so I said “To The Moon” oh dear this was a bad comment to make. Chris looked up on his iPad to find the moon. In the end he found a house or something like that, that registered on Apple Maps as The Moon, as I was driving I didn’t know this until the Splat Nav confirmed that we had arrived at our destination.

Following the magical mystery tour (actually I guess it was the first Magical Mystery Tour of the day but that will come later!) we headed for a local train station, when it came to the cost of parking near where we were going it made more sense for us to park a bit further out and catch a train into the city itself. We caught the train at Kirkdale and headed into the city – it was about 4 or 5 stops and probably took about 30 minutes ish. I think Chris said it was about £7 for all 3 of us on the train and that was a return ticket (I think a 1-6 Zone card in London is £6.50ish each!)

By the time we’d arrived in the centre it was almost lunchtime, I’d remembered to boil the water and fill up my flask for my pasta pot but it was only when I opened my bag did I realise that I hadn’t picked up the pasta pot. Eek! What was I going to have for lunch?? So I made a decision, it would involve spending syns which I was trying to save up for dinner and gave in to a chicken and mushroom Pot Noodle (I think it’s like 8 syns or something like that – it was bad but so good!! lol).

On the way to The Beatles Story we popped into Waterstones so that I could look at books and possibly spend my voucher I won at work last week. I bought The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen (Book Two in the Rizzoli and Isles series that the TV show is based on) and a book by Kathy Reichs (it was one of the Tempe Brennan books but I can’t remember which one off the top of my head). I also bought a new Keri Smith book which I was stood at the till. I still haven’t finished my “Wreck This Journal” book but bought this new one…..seriously need to get my creative on! lol.

The #yellowsubmarine next to the #titanic. #albertdock

We then walked down to Albert Docks to go to The Beatle Story museum. For as long as I can remember I’ve liked The Beatles, in fact I’m convinced that I agree with James from Sliding Doors (played by John Hannah)……

Everybody’s born knowing all the Beatles lyrics instinctively. They’re passed into the fetus subconsciously along with all the amniotic stuff. Fact, they should be called “The Fetals”.

I always knew that they’d grown up in Liverpool and played lots of gigs at The Cavern Club but I learnt so much more, like The Beatles were originally called The Quarrymen and their fourth member wasn’t originally Ringo. Also that the other three had been at school together but George was like 3 years younger than the rest of them.

We had a bit of a family falling out on our way round to the second exhibition a bit further along the docks. At one point we nearly lost Our Sidekick as he was in a strop and wasn’t walking with us. We’d turned a corner and he’d thought we’d gone the other way – thankfully it wasn’t too much of a separation and we found each other within about five minutes.

The second display was a selection of photographs taken on tour and behind the scenes of The Beatles then a 4D movie including a bunch of Beatles songs and in the next gallery there was an exhibition and audio tour about Elvis and the affected had on The Beatles and the songs they wrote and played. The bit about Elvis was quite interesting but I think had it just been that bit I wouldn’t have necessarily gone to see that bit.

Dinner time! Took like 20 mins to order even though its quite empty......... #loveyoursummer

We had dinner at Pizza Express. I had a Grand Chicken Caesar Salad, I gave Our Sidekick the dough sticks minus a tiny bite that I had. Unfortunately I found that it wasn’t filling enough. I ended up having the pasta pot that I hadn’t had for lunch when I got home which was a bit better.

our BIG adventure 2013: Day 1 and 2

Blackpool Tower at Night

Friday was always set to be completely crazy, even at the beginning of the week I knew I was going to need to be super organised by the end of the week to make sure I did everything I needed to before the end of the week arrived. I packed my clothes before bed on Thursday, I had the washing machine and dryer running to make sure we were almost up to date on the laundry. I made sure that everything was ready and i just had to come home between work and Holiday Club to wash up my lunch box. I finished work at 5 as normal. Then went to Holiday Club, which wasn’t sane either as it was the last night so the parents came to see what we had been up to. Following that we jumped in the car and dashed to a friend’s leaving do. Apparently he arrived home to the surprise and when everyone shouted “Surprise” he panicked and ran off up the street – it would have been good to be a fly on the wall for that! When we arrived after 9pm we walked through the door and Our Sidekick and I got a massive bear hugs from our friend. During the party we all gathered in the living room and prayed and spoke words of encouragement over our friend. He also said that it was the first time someone had organised a surprise party for him and he was super grateful.

We had to leave the party early to head off on holiday. We popped home to do some last minute bits that couldn’t be done earlier then jumped into the car and headed northwards and onto holiday. We arrived at the hotel just after 3am – funnily enough the chap on reception looked wide awake! We hit the bed and next thing I knew it was 9:30 – why couldn’t my body make me sleep just a little longer?!?!

#minionadventures it be breakfast time. Oh its 8 to 12......oops that's what you get when you mess with a body clock!

I sat and read/played on my phone until the boys woke up. After we’d pulled ourselves together and had some breakfast we popped over to the service station to see what restaurants there were and how expensive they would be. After that, we headed to Wigan for an explore around the town. In one of the main shopping squares there was a big stage with a band playing. When we arrived there the band was playing some crazy heavy metal tunes, when we walked through a bit later the band were playing “The Rock Show” by Blink182. I don’t think the boys appreciated me singing it for most of the rest of the afternoon. We popped to M&S and I had my first excellent customer service experience of the day.

After exploring for a bit we headed back to the hotel – after the nuts week I had my body caught up and I was exhausted even from the little explore we did. We all chilled out at the hotel for a bit and then in the evening we went to a local carvery called The Bowling Green Inn which is in one of the villages near where we are staying. While we were there we had our second excellent customer service experience.

How cool and quirky is this roof..... #bowlinggreen #crowncarveries

We headed home and we watched Mission Impossible and Knight and Day as they were both on television last night (actually there were quite a few films on last night actually, Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix was on one of the other channels about the same time. Following the movies we all headed to bed ready for the next day of adventuring.

am i a mummy blogger?

Am I A Mummy Blogger?


I’m throwing this question out there, then again in a way I might be just stepping up onto my soap box. I promise I won’t be up here long. So I don’t have a pregnancy story or a birth story or something like that (well at least not yet – maybe one day I guess) so what qualifies me as a “Mummy Blogger”?.

Then again is it one of those titles that carriers with it massive negative connotations. I went off to google “Mummy Blogger” really I wanted a definition if that was possible but then got sucked into one of those internet worm holes that sucks your time and then you realise that you only had meant to read that first link but then read five and your hot drink is now cold. Anyway, I googled, I didn’t come up with anything but then again with the blog posts that popped up I’m wondering if those negative connotations go further that just a tiny opinion in this massive world. First up, there was the New Statesmen website followed by The Guardian.

So are there other bloggers out there blogging about being foster parents and do they struggle to find other foster mummy bloggers like I do? And do we count as Mummy’s in the same way (the debate of whether Mother’s Day counts for Foster Mum’s took a chunk of Mother’s Day weekend a couple of weekends ago.

Now what has prompted this……….well when Our Sidekick came to live with us in a rash moment I signed up to various newsletters etc. One being for Brit Mums – I figured that there had to be someone out there who was in a similar boat, well I’m guessing there is but for now I still feel like the odd one out – so someone, anyone please tell me I’m not the only blogging foster mum!


Image from here.

sixtynine: mother’s day

Today is Mother’s Day here in the UK (why is it on a different day in the US for example?). A friend of mine is celebrating her first Mother’s Day and she’s super excited about it.

Mum and Me at Race For Life

I sorted presents and a card for my Mum early last week so I was all organised (Especially as I’ll have three mums to organise for this year). But before that I had lunch with my friend B, we were talking about whether anything would happen at church for Mother’s Day (aka Mothering Sunday), in the past there’s been a tub of Celebrations or something similar handed out by the kids to all the ladies in the church whether they are mums or not.

In this particular conversation it diverted to how it can be difficult and rally hard for those ladies who aren’t mothers for whatever reason when Mother’s Day comes around. It can also be difficult for sons and daughters who have lost their mothers (or in my case a Granddaughter who lost her Grandma).

Creating something fab. Hanging with my Mum.

Then I got to think about it yesterday afternoon while working on the blanket for Chris’s Auntie’s housemate with my Mum. What about foster mothers? Okay so in some cases (like mine) they didn’t do the biological mum bit first so does that make them/me any less of a mother?

Then I got thinking back to those ladies who aren’t mothers. Within my friendship group there are mothers with one child, mothered with two or more children but there are also ladies who aren’t mothers but these have all influences and inspired me and cared for me on some occasions like my mum would for me. There are some of these ladies that I’m closer to and refer to as my “second mothers”. So what can I do to celebrate the amazing inspiring women that they are on a day that is angled at mothers. Well that’s the big thought ticking round my brain…..

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? How are you celebrating with your mother or your children?

sixtysix: how do i ever form full thoughts…

Ever have those thoughts that if dwelt on enough they might multiple into fully fledged posts but you’re not really sure where to go with them – I think that’s my case and so hence this post – they are like bite size little chunks of wondering.



Even between a bunch of things happening including the new knitting club and a meeting for the HowMad performance I managed to fit in catching up on reading some blogs. I have the worst habit of sometimes skim reading the post to try and take it and process it. Except sometimes that means that I miss the point or I focus on one point but not the rest of the blog.

Do you get comments that either don’t properly relate to your post, or relate a tiny bit but then go off on a tangent?

I try to be glad either way because it’s a comment from somewhere outside of my family!

I get it’s nice to have proper edited and created pictures and things like that but is your life really that perfect? What happens on your bad day? Do you put on a cheesy smile and hope no one will notice that the laundry has exploded over the kitchen/utility room floor or the sink won’t drain because of the number of plates stacked in it. Then again I throw on my jeans again because it’s too much effort to plan an outfit (probably explains *certain* things).

Some blogs don’t seem genuine – I’m not going to point a finger at specific ones as that would be mean but wanted to put that thought out there – what do you think? Are some blogs out there a bit disingenuous?

Yesterday evening it was parents evening, we’re off to see various subject teachers about different things. I think Our Sidekick said there were four appointments – that’s about 4 less than expected but it’ll work – who knows some teacher might have spare appointments or something. I’ve got the feeling that they are selected teachers (like picking the ones that you know have good things to say about you!)


Our Sidekick and me were hanging out and we tried to learn the cup song that Anna Kendrick sings at her audition in Pitch Perfect (me and JD love this film!)