Dear NHS – On Your 70th Birthday

To the National Health Service I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. The NHS gets a lot of flack – as do all services we have in this country – but, without you, I wouldn’t be here. Neither would my husband and, because of that, neither would my children. I was born three months prematurely nearly 34 years ago. It took a lot to get me…

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A Year Ago We Started Speech Therapy

A year ago we started the process for Little Man to have speech therapy. It was something I’d been through as a child too and when it was first suggested that he needed help with his speech I was so emotional. I wasn’t sad that he needed speech therapy it was more that we had been working on helping him speak for so long that hearing someone outside of our…

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What will the Children Remember?

Looking back at my childhood I don’t remember a huge amount. I remember the big things – the birthdays, Christmases and the camping holidays. I remember the truly memorable things like having chicken pox, learning to ride a bike, moving house, getting a new car and days out to Brighton and Chessington World of Adventures. But in between I don’t remember a huge amount. I remember some of the clothes…

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And just like that it’s the Summer Holidays!

We have been counting down to this moment for weeks – maybe even months. Today is the first full day of our summer holidays and we are looking forward to cramming so much into the next six weeks – as well as plenty of lay ins, lazy days and time at home. The children are so tired from school. They have spent the last weeks barely holding themselves together, getting…

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How Life, and Childhood, have changed in 25 Years

I’ve been thinking a lot about how LP and Little Man’s childhood is different from my own, how it was simpler 25 years ago, things were less material and how I loved more basic things like playing outside, reading and making tents in the garden with sheets. It’s not that the children don’t love those things now, just that life is busier, has more distractions and there are just more…

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Two Under Two – Four Years On

Back when Little Man was a year old I wrote about how hard it had been having two children so close together. I wrote about how exhausting it was, how relentless it was and how all encompassing it was. There were just twenty months between LP and Little Man. There were two lots of nappies to change, two lots of routines – with milk feeds as well as dinner, bath…

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The Nostalgia of Children’s Clothes

It feels like yesterday that I was preparing for a new baby, buying all those white and yellow sleepsuits and vests, not daring to buy pink or blue and waiting for the surprise that would come when our first baby was born. Before I knew it I was looking at a wardrobe of pink – little newborn baby dresses, outfits and the tiniest pairs of jeans you have ever seen.…

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