Is it different with 2?

I make no disguises for the fact that I enjoyed waiting for and hearing about the arrival of the 4th in line to the throne. Kate and William are a brilliant representation of our modern day Royal Family.

As they stood on the steps, outside the hospital, humbly showing off their new little Princess to the swarms of media and well wishers, I couldn’t help but think about how their lives will change now that they have 2 young children.

… How all of our lives as parents, change when we have another child.

Do we do things differently with our second child? Are the milestones just as special with a second child?

I have a 4 year old and a 15 month old, who, without question, are my entire world. But there is no doubt that things are completely different with 2. There’s no doubt, that you do things ever so slightly different, with your second!

A Poem for my Number 2

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A second child to carry and name

Would I love you just the same?

For 40 weeks, my biggest fear

Was how I’d cope when you’re finally here?

Would things be just as special with 2?

Would I bond as much with you?

Now you’re here, my fears are gone

I couldn’t have been so completely wrong.

My love has grown, doubled in size,

My heart overflows when I look in your eyes.

However….

I hate to admit that your Baby Book

Doesn’t get that much of a look.

Your toys are not all shiny new,

Second hand clothes, occasionally blue!

I’m far more lenient with your food

The age guidelines, I tend to allude.

Just as CBeebies has faded away

It’s back to haunt me everyday.

Baby-proof the locks and stair gate,

The High Chair is back and the plastic plate.

We mastered the potty, each number and letter

I wonder if you will master it better?

You don’t get my undivided attention

In and out of the car, too busy to mention.

When you wake in the night and we put back your cover,

We do it quickly so you don’t wake your brother.

But I can’t remember life before,

Your cuddles and smiles and toys on the floor,

Your curly hair and tiny feet,

Having you here, makes our lives complete.

So having 2, proves definitely

That Love can grow. Infinitely.

h&L

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A Parent’s 12 Days of Christmas!

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To be read, or sang if you’re feeling particularly festive, to the tune of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A large glass of Rosé for me.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Four bags of sprouts
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Five spare packs of batteries
Four bags of sprouts
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Six late nights spent wrapping
Five spare packs of batteries
Four bags of sprouts
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Seven family visits
Six late nights spent wrapping
Five spare packs of batteries
Four bags of sprouts
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eight trips to Toys’R’us
Seven family visits
Six late nights spent wrapping
Five spare packs of batteries
Four bags of sprouts
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Nine essentials that I’ve missed
Eight trips to Toys’R’us
Seven family visits
Six late nights spent wrapping
Five spare packs of batteries
Four bags of sprouts
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Ten last minute panic buys
Nine essentials that I’ve missed
Eight trips to Toys’R’us
Seven family visits
Six late nights spent wrapping
Five spare packs of batteries
Four bags of sprouts
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eleven Christmas movies
Ten last minute panic buys
Nine essentials that I’ve missed
Eight trips to Toys’R’us
Seven family visits
Six late nights spent wrapping
Five spare packs of batteries
Four bags of sprouts
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Twelve table settings
Eleven Christmas movies
Ten last minute panic buys
Nine essentials that I’ve missed
Eight trips to Toys’R’us
Seven family visits
Six late nights spent wrapping
Five spare packs of batteries
Four bags of sprouts
Three Christmas fairs
Two excited children
And a large glass of Rosé for me….. phew!

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Merry Christmas y’all.

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I missed your Sports Day

 

 

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I’m sorry that I let you down

Caught on the other side of town

Stuck at work, I couldn’t leave

The guilt was more than you’d believe.

I missed an important day of the year

I should have been there to clap and cheer.

I missed your Sports Day, your very first one

Wish I could have been there to see you have fun.

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6 Months of Joy

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I can’t believe 6 months ago,

You came along and said “Hello”

Laying with you skin to skin

Ready to watch your life begin.

Your perfect face and thick dark hair,

All I could do was look and stare.

Your baby smell and tiny feet

All perfect and precious; so complete.

Teeny tiny vests and grows,

A world of pink and pretty bows,

You feed so well, shame you don’t sleep

Mummy needs a night without a peep!

You love your cuddles as do I,

My heart breaks in two when I hear you cry.

Your gorgeous smile lights up my day,

I wonder if your curls are here to stay?

At the moment, you roll and get stuck on your tummy,

As much as I tried you wouldn’t take a dummy.

You’ve started to try and taste new food,

Whether you like it depends on your mood.

Messy bibs and grubby face,

Baby toys all over the place.

 Jumperoo and teething ring,

Your little sounds and gurgling.

So here’s to the next 6 months of fun,

When we will celebrate you turning one.

So happy and smiling all the time

I’m just so proud to say you’re mine.

Everyday brings something new,

Beautiful Lola, I love you.

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I’m a Winner!

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From as young as I can remember I enjoyed poems, both reading and writing them, from cheeky limericks to classic narratives such as ‘The Highwayman’. My favourite book as a child was ‘Dirty Beasts’, a collection of funny rhyming poems by Roald Dahl, I remember being set a homework when I was 9, to recite a poem off by heart and I chose ‘The Cow’ by Roald Dahl…I still remember it now and regularly share it with my English class!

So when I started writing my blog, I decided to have a page for my poetry.

You can imagine my joy, when I was told my poem entitled,  ‘Because of You’, had won Paper Swan’s poetry competition.

This is made all the more special because this poem was the first one I had written and is about how my gorgeous children have changed who I am, for the better.

Thank you to everyone who voted for the poem, I’m touched and  humbled that the simple words I had written for 2 very special little people, has caught the attention of many others.

Thank you to Paper Swans for hosting the monthly competition, it’s a great way to celebrate some fantastic writing talent. The winner will be their featured poet of the month and will also be put forward for inclusion in a planned anthology of poetry at the start of next year. So I’m pretty chuffed to say the least!

You can read my poem ‘Because of You’, if you click here.

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When I grow up, I want to be

My little boy is only 3
Yet already he knows what he want to be:

“A Footballer is top of the list
A penalty I’ve never missed.
I score a goal, I cheer and beam,
I’m always on the winning team!

Perhaps a Policeman fighting crime,
Making siren sounds, all the time.
A Fireman working day or night
I’d drive the engine with flashing lights.

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An Ode to Our Daddy

Daddy if your ears are red and feel like they are burning

That’s because we’re talking about you,

Read this; you best get learning.

We want to tell you why you’re so fab,

why we are proud to say,

that we have the King of Dads,

in every single way.

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Return to work with a smile

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In utter disappointment,
I notice that the date
Is looming ever closer
To my inevitable fate.

The day that I have dreaded
Since my baby came along.
Taking me from my happy place;
The place where I belong.

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Children really are the Best Teachers

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When I stop and take a moment, to look at you so small
I know without your lessons, that I would start to fall.

The lessons that you’ve taught me, have come from both of you
Hope I return the favour and teach you life skills too.
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‘Because of You’

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Because of you, I am no more
That girl you would find on the dance floor.
Because of you, the time to get ready
Has been reduced to ‘On your marks, Get steady!’
Because of you, my morning toast and jam
Is accompanied by a helping of Fireman Sam.
Because of you, my tidy abode
Is awash with toy cars on a make believe road.
Because of you, the automatic will stick
Look down to avoid standing on a Lego brick.
Because of you it was ‘Au Revoir’
To the flashy convertible blue sports car.

Because of you, my day will start
With your beautiful smiles to melt my heart.
Because of you, my life is now filled
With love and light and warmth instilled.
Because of you, my day and night
Is spent hoping I’m doing it right.
Because of you, you’ve taught me to be
The best mummy that I can be.
Because of you, I burst with pride
I’ll always be here, as you grow, by your side.
Because of you, my life is complete
I love every inch of you: your hair to your feet.

Harley and Lola

I wrote this poem for my children. I wouldn’t change being your mummy, for the world. Love you, Lola and Harley. xxx

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