Facing mortality

People seem to think that everything goes back to normal for you after you nearly die. They act like it’s done now, it’s in the past, you’re here and alive and so everything is good, life goes on. ‘I’m so glad you’re ok now!’ they say. Those words echo in my mind – am IContinue reading “Facing mortality”

It takes a village

‘It takes a village to raise a child’. I feel the truth, and sometimes pain of this a lot.  I’m definitely feeling the loss of my village. I think really I’m feeling the loss of having a partner with me, a person that I’m supposed to be sharing this wildly unknown, emotional, difficult new journeyContinue reading “It takes a village”

Teething, and the sleepless nights that come with it.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about babies it’s that everything can change in a moment. There is no long term routine. Every time you get used to how things are, they change again.  No matter how well you know this, it will still catch you out as a parent. You may know things canContinue reading “Teething, and the sleepless nights that come with it.”

A little family time

I’ve been quiet again for the last week but this time it’s for a much better reason, I’ve been on a little family holiday! Pickles’ first ever holiday. Now, of course I planned to do loads of writing whilst I was there, but I was too busy enjoying being there, spending time with my MumContinue reading “A little family time”

The thoughts of a single mum

I try not to focus on the fact that I’m a single Mum too much. It doesn’t do me much good most of the time, often it just flags up things that feel difficult, although admittedly there are occasions where it feels alright to be a single parent.  Today I couldn’t help but notice thatContinue reading “The thoughts of a single mum”

Self-pride and words of wisdom for new parents (hopefully!)

My mental health means I’ve learnt to do things in quite particular ways. I’m naturally pretty full on when it comes to things like my routines, and keeping my house tidy.  Sometimes I do think I might have a low level of OCD, but overall it’s not a problem for me, and in fact I’mContinue reading “Self-pride and words of wisdom for new parents (hopefully!)”

A little catch up

It feels like it’s been ages since I wrote a post. I guess when you take into account how little time I’ve been blogging, it kind of has been ages. I’ve been on a bit of a rollercoaster in my life lately, so many ups and downs. I’m not even going to try to sugarcoatContinue reading “A little catch up”

To you, Harry.

Today marks 10 years since someone very close to me died. He had barely turned 20 just a couple of weeks before.  I’ve lost a lot of people in my life, far more than someone my age should have, but this one hit me the hardest.  I think it actually gets harder each year, IContinue reading “To you, Harry.”

Focussing on the positives… for once

I met up with an old friend recently. A friend who I first met when we were both living in supported accommodation as teenagers, we’d both had a shit hand dealt to us, and I moved into the flat below her. We quickly became best friends, and being teenagers, naturally we spent every waking minuteContinue reading “Focussing on the positives… for once”

Mental health and sleep deprivation

A friend of mine mentioned my writing a few days ago. She said how helpful it must be having writing as my outlet. She’s right, it’s an incredibly helpful outlet for me, which got me thinking about how I haven’t written for nearly a week. The truth is I’ve been having a bit of aContinue reading “Mental health and sleep deprivation”