beautiful sunlit trees at Delamere Forest
Children, Family, Miscarriage

Not a birthday

Well, I faced it again. 17th June wasn't baby boy3's birthday and I made it through. No toddler joyfully screaming, running amok, smearing cake everywhere, overtired and spoiled by their family and friends. No midnight wake ups or relief at sleeping through. No teething drool, no funny ways of saying new words. No adjustments to… Continue reading Not a birthday

Children, Friends, Games

How (not) to throw a kids birthday party in lockdown

Over the years we've done all sorts of birthday parties for the boys. From a local village hall to rugby in a sports hall, from a house full of small kids to a day out with friends at the Natural History Museum, from a transit van on the drive with Xboxes to playing Scalextric in… Continue reading How (not) to throw a kids birthday party in lockdown

Children

Birthday party gift etiquette

Just a random observations post today. I try and observe a vague etiquette of birthday gifts for the kids parties our boys go to. My criteria are: Something useful or educational or that the child really really wants (as told by their parent)No junk that will breakNo noisy toys that will make their parents hate… Continue reading Birthday party gift etiquette