The Last Baby

I never thought, as Monty emerged, tiny and perfect, into the world that it would be the last time I met one of my babies for the very first time. The last real surprise in life, the last time I discovered who that tiny person was that I’d carried and held and loved and kept warm for all those months. That first moment you hold them in your arms, your whole life expanding, shifting around you. The shape of your family, instantly changed forever.

Five Cookbooks Everyone Should Own

How do you cook? I am an instinctive cook, rather than a precise one. I’m all about opening the fridge, grabbing some leftovers, throwing it together and seeing how it turns out. This creative, slapdash approach makes me a dreadful baker, but an overall good cook. I love food, I love flavour, I love colour…

Some things I learnt in therapy….

I finished my last therapy session this morning. The sun was shining, I felt bright and hopeful. And filled with gratitude for all I have learnt and how far I have come. It is a big – huge – step forward. I have essentially been in therapy since the end of August, but I only…

The Important Thing About Valentine’s Day….

We were discussing Valentine’s Day with some friends at the weekend – one of whom insisted that no-one over the age of 25 celebrates it anymore. And she’s probably not wrong.  It seems like something people with more time – and no children – get to enjoy. When R and I first met – about ten…

Art for the Soul

Art for therapy isn’t a new concept – it’s been used for decades to help people examine psychological and emotional issues in a way that feels safe, organic and natural. Because things like drawing, painting, collage and colouring are repetitive and creative by nature, they allow us to work at something on a simple level that employs …

Mothers on Multiples

Motherhood, with twins or triplets…. “Being a twin mama is… next level mothering.” This month: Dr Rachel Eyre Rachel is a breast cancer research scientist and mum to twins, plus one. She lives in Manchester with fellow scientist James, and their children Sam, Jack and Meg. She writes about life with twins, plus one, her…

Autumn Life

It was so beautiful yesterday when we went exploring around the village, and beyond, that I couldn’t stop taking photos… It’s taken us a while to be able to go for long walks – we haven’t seemed to be able to work out a solution to us wanting an off-road, ‘proper’ walk through the woods…

Baby Porridge Recipe

I refuse to spend the insane amounts of money that certain brands can charge to sell ‘baby porridge’. With the twins not only eating double the amount of everything, but also having really robust appetites, I wanted to find a way to make my own porridge at home for less than I could buy it…

Mothers on Multiples

This is the start of a new series on the blog, speaking to mothers (and fathers) of multiples, finding out what things they have learnt along the way and how this unique experience has shaped them. This month: me… My twins are… Two boys, Felix and Monty (13 months old) – and they have a…