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...

Expecting the Unexpected

When Tracey and Jonathan Shelton were looking forward to the birth of their second child, they never imagined that she would arrive fourteen weeks earlier than planned... Tracey and Jonathan’s first baby, Harvey, was...

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 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....

Diary of a Mum: (8) To party bag or not to party bag?

We’ve followed Claire Bates through every birthing, feeding, weaning, and potty training trauma imaginable – in triplicate. Now her three boys are no longer babies, what could be so hard? To party bag or...