Diary of a Mum: (5) Three boys under 5, an incontinent dog, a husband...

You know your toddler is wearing you down when your mate turns to you in the middle of melee that is the six o clock witching hour, asks “did you put the bottle...

Diary of a Mum: (4) Morning after a curry

Nothing can stop the 24-7 whirlwind world of motherhood for Claire Bates. Not even a suspect curry and a disasterous lack of Andrex. So I’m sat on the loo, knickers around my ankles...

Diary of a Mum: (3) Claire Bates mourns the passing of proper parties

What happened to musical statues, mass tantrums, E-numbers and the Cokey on a loop? Where did the halcyon days of chocolate crispie cakes and picking snowball marshmallows out of pigtails go? Not-so-yummy muumy,...

Diary of a Mum: (2) Finding Mothercare Challenging

Wanted: 33-year-old woman, about 5ft 5ins-5ft 7ins tall, last seen in an Alfa estate car (with roof box), flashing at young boys. Do not approach her. She’s a new mother and liable ...

Diary of a Mum: (1) Wadding Waxing and Wailing

Claire Bates is basking in the beautiful glow of an idyllic pregnancy. Kinda. In the first of our series of the ‘Diary of a Real Mother’ she muses the ‘joys’ of waddling, waxing...

Diary of a Night Nanny (Part 5)

The Story so far... I have successfully completed a placement with Lucy and James, leaving them once their daughter Isabelle had learnt to sleep through the night at 12 weeks.  Whilst I was there,...

Diary of a Night Nanny (Part 3)

The story so far… I have been working for James and Lucy as a Night Nanny, looking after Isabelle from birth, instilling a consistent routine and developing it as she gets bigger.  At nearly...

Diary of a Night Nanny (Part 2)

The story so far … I have been working for Lucy and James as a Night Nanny since Isabelle was one week old, coming 5 nights a week from 9pm to 7am.  Now Lucy...

Diary of a Mum: (6) The glamour of motherhood

We’ve followed mummy-of-three Claire Bates through pregnancy, birth, teething, toileting and tantrums. It ain’t been pretty. Think her life is getting back on an even keel now her third’s almost a year? Er...Kinda. I’ve...

Diary of a mum: (7) Too many willies

We’ve followed Claire Bates through three pregnancies, three births, breastfeeding, walking, talking and toddlerdom in triplicate. You think she’d be getting better at it. Not a chance. There are too many willies in my household....