Tattoos

In a plastic bag shoved behind the bedside table in our spare room lies a little girl’s dream treasure trove. Unceremoniously bundled together is the pound shop’s finest – bubbles, stickers, tattoos, whoopee cushions, coloured pencils, fairy wings and pirates’ eye patches all waiting patiently to be gifted. Except, unfortunately, they’ll be waiting a long […]

Comforter

Why would you call a sleep consultant? I can’t speak for others, but here were my reasons for caving with my second: •I was determined not to fall again into the sleep black hole that is still our first child •I wanted to start on the right foot this time •It’s the only advice anyone […]

Banana

The pristine copies of baby books I bought brand new from Waterstones when I was pregnant with Dory, and second hand off Amazon when pregnant with Pearl, have moved from their room (desperately flicked through at 3am) to my bedside table (resolutely studied before bed in an effort to Work On Their Sleeping and Routine) to […]

Milestone cards

I never bothered with those milestone cards (I’m inherently lazy), but if I had, I would be triumphantly rifling through the pack now to select the most anticipated of all, the card of cards: I slept through the night for the first time. And would I be balancing it gently on my sleeping infant, as above? […]

Coffee cup

It was while I scrolling through Instagram at midnight, an hour and a half after I had come up to bed for a much-needed early night, that I suddenly felt weary. Squares and squares and squares of images, enough to make you cross-eyed, all depicting parenthood as we know it today. Many are beautiful, or life-affirming, […]