So, I’ve wanted to write a little post about my more personal views for a while but never felt like the time was right. Partly because lots of people will disagree and I don’t want to cause a debate but also partly because these opinions only developed once I became a parent and I need to be sure that something annoys me before I vent about it. So here goes.. (I appoligise for the crappy cartoon images in this post, but it really helps to get my point across).
- Brownie Mix
- Soy Milk
- Rapeseed Oil
- Dark Chocolate Chips
“Raising the future” Something as parents we see and hear all the time. We have the ‘mama-merch’ and tell each other how much of a good job we’re doing and its great that we have that support, that solidarity.
One of the biggest parts of the everyday in our house is food. I’m lucky in that Isla is a brilliant eater but with a good eater comes the struggle of having healthy homemade food and snacks ready five or six times per day. I’ve pretty much got it down to a tee now (took me long enough) and now don’t rely at all on convenience foods or toddler snacks. I thought it would be interesting to do a few examples on what Isla eats and I might include some recipes for the healthy snacks that her dad makes for her.
I write this on a day following a terrorist attack on Manchester. Who knows if there will have been more by the time this is published. Today I’ve felt truly terrified of the world that our children are growing up in, terrified of the hate that they’ll see and the acts of violence they will witness. As children they should know nothing but love and kindness, and with our help the next generation could stand up against hate and follow our examples. Let them not be racist, or sexist, or just pricks in general. Let them be good people, because our beautiful world and our amazing children deserve it.
So let’s start with the last blog. Back when I thought I had it so bad. Isla would go down no bother at 7, sleep for a while, and wake back up and wouldn’t sleep useless she was either in my arms or in my bed. But 95% of the time she was technically sleeping all night only poorly.
It’s hard to believe that this time last year I didn’t have any mama friends. This time last year I’d been on my own for 12 hours a day with Isla without a sole to talk to. Yesterday marked one year since we set up our December Babycentre mams WhatsApp group and I’m blessed to have them in my life.
Before I had Isla I had lots of thoughts on what it takes to be a parent. The reality of it is that all we need to do in order to be good parents is stay sane. In other words, don’t let them break you.