I’ve been very open on this little blog of mine, about my challenges as a mum. Growing up dreaming of being a mum meant I pictured an earth mother, a gentle and attached mummy who was obviously exhausted (come on, what parent of little ones isn’t?!) but calm and so, so fulfilled. In reality? Silent reflux, postnatal depression, high needs; I’m not the mum I thought I would be.
Until last month the longest I’d been apart from Martha was about 6 hours. Three weeks ago she spent the night at Mum and Dad’s to prepare for when Phil and I went away for Phil’s 40th and left the children in Peterborough with them. All was going swimmingly, until I failed to actually prepare for a weekend away from our little boob monster.
Toby and Martha are only 21 months apart, so although they are at very different developmental stages there are some things that they are both figuring out. I’m a huge believer in learning through play and especially when it’s a case of the children playing together to develop their social skills alongside educational benefits. We were recently sent the brand new Fisher-Price Monsters range of toys and our little monsters have been using them to explore, learn and play.
As a self-confessed walking fashion disaster, clothes have never been the centre of my universe aside from the need to be wearing them when out in public. The notion of parenthood (amongst the other crazy amount of fears) presented the issue of how the heck to dress our little ones so that they looked just the right level of cute without making passers-by want to puke. I also didn’t want them look like miniature teenagers, I want to embrace their baby and toddlerhood! Now, as the proud owner of a baby and toddler shop, I sell some absolutely gorgeous clothing for the mini humans in mine and your life, so I simply have to share them with you.