Fathers on Fathering

A unique perspective for the Mothers on Mothering column this month, from a father, in honour of Father’s Day. Richard is my husband and father to our three children – Elsa, Felix and Monty – he works in recruitment, and lives with me in the Cotswolds countryside, where he is never happier than tramping about…

Green Goddess

I hosted a dinner party for eight girls from my hypnobirthing class on Saturday night. One of our gang is moving to Scotland, and we wanted to send her off properly, and it felt like the right time for us all to take stock and celebrate how much we have achieved and how far we…

Christening the Boys

Two vintage white gowns, two twin boys, one big sister, seven wonderful godparents, five doting grandparents, siblings, friends, family,  a surprisingly sunny afternoon, 15 bottles of prosecco, one poached salmon, three roast chickens, 15 meters of hessian bunting, and a church service to remember…. We christened the boys at the weekend. It was such a…

Safe and Close

Separation Anxiety and the High Needs Baby…. I wrote recently on Instagram about our struggles with separation anxiety and  coping with a ‘high needs baby’. I was quite amazed by the responses from so many people who had experienced, or were still experiencing, similar issues, even if they didn’t know what they were dealing with at…

Dressing Boys

Beautiful threads for stylish little men… One of the things most bemoaned about having boys is the total lack of choice when it comes to clothes. When my two little boy twins turned up, it did cross my mind at one point that I didn’t have another little girl to indulge with beautiful skirts, floaty dresses…

Dark Thoughts

It’s Maternal Mental Health Week this week. A really important thing to keep drawing attention to. I didn’t think much about my mental health when I had my daughter, because, aside from the usual shock of new parenting, I was really, actually fine. Twins, however, has been a different thing entirely. Parenting twins has not…

The Sleep Diaries

Our journey through no sleep, bad sleep, terrible sleep, desperate sleep and beyond… Anyone that follows me on Instagram knows the trials we’ve been having with sleep, certainly since well before Christmas, but really since the twins were born. That’s almost seven months of no sleep. Before the twins were born I was reassured by…

In the Frame

Taking family photos…. The idea of getting professional baby photos done has always seemed a bit cheesy to me. I am proud of our little babies, but the thought of putting them in a cabbage with an oversized bow on their heads and their arms neatly crossed seemed faintly ridiculous. Equally, the weeks post-birth are…

Big Sister

Top Tips for Welcoming Baby Number 2 (or 3!) If you are lucky enough to have more than one child, one of the things you get in return is the wonderment that is siblings together. Sure we no doubt have lots of fighting and snatching and wrestling and broken bones and emotional turmoil in our…