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#tbt One from the Archive: The Childcare Conundrum

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#tbt One from the Archive: The Childcare Conundrum

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Wednesday 12th June 2013. 3YO was approaching 4YO and I was wondering how childcare was going to work....)  Look up ‘conundrum’ and this is one of the definitions you get. co·nun·drum /k??n?ndr?m/ Noun  1. A confusing and difficult problem or question.2. A question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle. Synonyms riddle – puzzle – enigma – mystery Photo by Hannah Olinger on Unsplash It also conjures up images of that clock ticking away for 30 seconds on Countdown. And whilst I maybe being am being over-dramatic, this is...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Dear 11 MO....

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#tbt One from the Archive: Dear 11 MO....

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Tuesday 26th March 2013. Seven years ago, when the world was very different.)  ….very very soon you’re not going to be a ‘MO’ any longer, but a big, grown-up ‘YO’. You’ll be 1YO. Wow. How time flies. I know it’s what every parent says. But it’s true. Over the last week or so I seem to keep having moments when I think “this time last year….” And I know on your actual birthday those thoughts will be even stronger. Your birth wasn’t the totally natural birth I was aiming for (again). My waters...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Will Work Have To Wait?

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#tbt One from the Archive: Will Work Have To Wait?

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Wednesday 20th February 2013.)  It’s lunch-time on Wednesday afternoon and I’m frantically typing away as 3YO lies upstairs (sleeping?) in bed due to an enforced post-lunch nap. She’s off nursery. Again. On Monday she projectile vommitted, then was absolutely fine. However, nursery policy and common sense that she could still be contagious with whatever bug caused it, meant that Tuesday was a no-go as far as nursery was concerned. (At least 10MO was well enough for Contented Hubby to take – and collect, thank-you!! – her to nursery for the day, spending much of it...

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#tbt One from the Archive: “And What’s Your Occupation?”

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#tbt One from the Archive: “And What’s Your Occupation?”

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Wednesday 13th January 2013.)    I’ve noticed recently that I’ve had to answer this question a fair amount recently – various registration forms for either of my girls, a market researcher I spoke to yesterday at the station and notably when Contented Hubby registered 9MO’s birth. He decided for me that if I’d written a book I was an Author, so that’s what I am on 9MO’s birth certificate!! Pre the birth of 3YO, it was easy I was a ‘Marketing Communications Manager’. Simple.  Straight-forward. Now, I tend just to go for...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Second Time Mum

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#tbt One from the Archive: Second Time Mum

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Wednesday 28th November 2012.)  Last night I sat in semi darkness, holding a sleeping 7MO in my arms. She’d fallen asleep during her final evening feed. Having only managed a not so grand total 45 minutes sleep at nursery (four pesky top teeth seem to be pushing their way down all at the same time – ouch!), she was a tired little bundle. Although she was completely sparko and had long stopped actually feeding, I just gave myself a few minutes more to enjoy the moment. There’s nothing more glorious than holding...

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