Out of the mouths of babes…

One of my friends is currently trying to stop her three year old boy from saying fuck. She doesn’t say it around him and has no idea where he’s got it from. I have heard him in action and he’s definitely using it in context but the biggest problem is…it’s really funny! Seeing such a small, blonde, angelic faced preschooler dropping the F-bomb is hilarious! She and I just look at one another and try, desperately not to crack up, but he knows. He knows that us adults use it ‘accidentally’ in conversation, he knows that sometimes it’s the only word you have to hand when you drop something on the floor and more than anything he knows that it gets a reaction. His cheeky grin when he says it tells all.

Having a child really makes you aware of all your mannerisms and your most used words and phrases. They say imitations is a form of flattery but when it’s your toddler doing it I’m not so sure. Charlotte used to say “dammit”. Not necessarily as bad as fuck but at just two, with not a whole lot of vocabulary yet, this word was used often, in context and usually emphasised with a stamp. I didn’t even realise I said it but apparently I am my very own Jack Bauer, I “dammit” all the time! She also came out with a noise that sounded a bit like “fuckin ‘nough” for a while but I was never quite sure what she was trying to say and put that down to sheer coincidence it sounded horrendous and didn’t draw attention to it when it happened!

I also apparently say “just a minute” a lot. How bad a mum does that make me seem!? My daughter plays with her dollies and tells them “just a minute baby” when feeding them or tending to them in some way. We were at my parents house and she told me that something was “expensive” and she “didn’t have enough money to buy it”. This is definitely a phrase I’ve been using more and more with my budget ever decreasing and coming up to the dreaded Christmas, were children are now brainwashed from an early age that they should start demanding toys from October because so-and-so has one, or she saw it on the front aisles in the supermarket (thanks a lot Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s!) or because she saw an advert whilst watching tv (although I desperately try to limit her viewing of those!).

She also imitates my phone habits which has alerted me to the fact that I walk whilst I talk and twirl my hair and I only speak on the phone to a select few people as Charlotte has the same conversations that I do with the same people.

I love my little mini-me but I’m also petrified that if I make a wrong move it will come back to haunt me very quickly!

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The important first post…

Well, I’m writing a blog, whether you like it or not. Should be interesting!

Why now? Mainly because I’ve had this page ready to go for more than a year but have never had the time to get it up and running, but now, for my sanity, I have decided to make time. Time for me! It may sound selfish but a little me time goes a loooong way I’ve found.

My daughter is 2 years and 9 months and finally I can just about rely on her to go to bed at a normal time and maybe (if I’m lucky!) actually sleep through, in her own bed! The bed to myself is a luxury for someone who co-slept out of necessity from the early days, then found that I had a cute little bed partner again after my husband and I separated. The company was nice at the start but now…me time is definitely needed! Yes, she normally rocks in at 5am with her pillow and blanket demanding cuddles but there are worse ways to spend the last couple of hours in bed! (There are better ones too obviously!)

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So anyway, who knows where this blog will lead us. I am a 30 year old single (separated at the moment) mummy who, I’m sure, has lots of tough times ahead but also, hopefully, has lots of fun times too! I’m really hoping the latter outweighs the former and there’ll be lots of laughs along the way!

Happy reading and looking forward to meeting all my readers and learning from your experiences etc.

Signing off now, back soon!