Laughed so hard I nearly wet myself….no seriously!

p1010086Prior to having my daughter I used to be a bit of a camel when it came to the loo.  Now, I can’t even make it through washing the dishes!

Coughing and sneezing terrifies me and laughing, Oh my god!  I narrowly escaped a very embarrassing moment a few months back when walking home from the pub with my husband.  A giggling fit ensued, I can’t remember over what, but I quickly tied my jacket around my waist, sat down on the pavement (very busy road), used all my powers of concentration and what’s left of my pelvic floor muscles to stop myself, which made us laugh even harder!  I don’t know how, but I managed to make it home.

This isn’t a conversation that I’ve had with many mums. However, over a few beers around the campfire last summer, my sister, cousin and best friend started sharing their stories; one never goes on the kids’ trampoline without a panty liner and the other wears them to her son’s soccer games as she’s too scared to cheer him on without one, which resulted in even more laughter!

I know all about exercises and gizmos that help but I don’t think I’ll be going down that route.  As my daughter continues to develop into quite the character I find myself laughing more now than I ever have and I guess it’s a risk I’ll have to take.

I wonder if they do Huggies in an Adult Size 12.

What to do with a Toddler when it rains?


Surprise, surprise it’s been raining here again for the last couple of days.  I had no idea that on average it rains 160 days a year in the UK.  I don’t know about you, but I find these days to be very challenging.  There are a lot of great ideas for indoor play online; play dough, cooking, crafts, imaginative play and if all else fails CBeebies.  


However, as my daughter is pacing up and down like a caged animal I find myself desperately needing to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. Yes, I could bundle her up in her all and one, wellies and brave the rain but I really don’t fancy it sometimes. 


There are a lot of much needed indoor soft play centres but I can’t face them on a rainy day, especially school holidays. There’s always the danger that I’ll have an altercation with a parent whose rambunctious child flattens my daughter in an area that they shouldn’t be in, in the first place.  So, I’ve been racking my brain for some ideas that won’t break the bank.  


This is not an attempt at ‘look at me aren’t I a wonderful mum’ but I’m genuinely desperate for low cost ideas and this is just to get the ball rolling.  Here are a few ideas that I’ve come up with, it’s definitely not exhaustive and please do add to the list.  I would be most grateful.


Toys Store

A few weeks ago we went to Hamley’s in London.  It was brilliant. You could easily waste an hour or two and there’s no danger of buying anything, as it’s all outrageously overpriced.  Yes, the trip into London will cost you, but you could also visit a store local to you; Toys R Us, The Early Learning Centre and a favourite of ours is Wilko’s.


Garden Centre

We ventured to a garden centre today.  Result!  Madame loved running up and down the aisles of plants, but it also had animals, an aquatic centre and an adventure playground display.  They don’t need to know that I have no intention of buying a Wendy house for £5000.


Local Farm Shop/Butchers

We tend to buy our meat from our local butcher (Hedges, in St Albans).  Not only great prices but we can also have a look around the farm (cows, sheep, lambs, etc).  I’m not looking forward to the day she makes the connection between the lambs and the ones in the refrigerated display!



I haven’t been yet, but thinking of venturing down tomorrow. They have cats, dogs, and fowl.  I’m terrified of dogs but hopefully I can coax a friend (@elladickson) to come along so she can go into the dog kennels. 


Don’t worry about bringing home a stray, as they don’t allow families with children under 5 to adopt.  Shucks!


Camping/Outdoor Outlets

This is another one that I haven’t tried yet.  But, I think a shop full of tents set up would be a huge hit, slight danger of losing her but you don’t have to travel to Scotland and freeze your butt off on a mountain side!


I can’t wait to hear your ideas.  Don’t understimate yourself, I’m sure your ideas are brilliant! 




My First Post

3s not a crowdThis is my first post. For more info about me you can check out my ‘About’ page. 


There are a couple of reasons that I’ve decided to start blogging. The first is professional, I’m an ICT Consultant and Trainer and with the introduction of Web 2.0 (Social Networking, Wikis and Podcasting) into the UK curriculum, I need to get on top of this, and the best way to do this is for me ‘have a go’.  


Embarrassingly, up to about two weeks ago, I’d never heard of it. Since I had my daughter, about 18 months ago, I’ve been in a bit of an ICT rut.  Only just, following the masses, I decided to join Twitter and kept hearing references to Web 2.0.  So, off to Google I went to find out what it was all about and what I found was very exciting.  I’m now out of my rut and all fired up.


While on Twitter, I also stumbled across a huge network of ‘Mummy Bloggers’, according to, there are 36 million of us World Wide. I’m really enjoying reading their tweets and Blogs.  I’m learning and laughing a lot.   It’s great to see we’re not all perfect!

I’m planning to keep this Blog to share my experiences and mishaps of motherhood.