Unfinished Symphony: A Transition to Motherhood

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This post was first written for OwningKristina.com and published two years ago, on 6th September 2011. Owning Kristina is a quirky blog written by Kristina, a lovely woman, who I came across soon after I opened my WordPress account. Kristina was asking for guest bloggers to submit their posts about transitions (at the time her blog focused on her own transition), when she accepted my pitch to write this post for her weekly guest post slot.

Who knows if I would have bothered to continue if Kristina hadn’t validated my early writing by publishing this? To celebrate Little Chap’s forthcoming fifth birthday and three plus years of Mayfair Mum, here’s my transition story:

For as long as I can remember, I have been afraid of giving birth. Sure, the idea of actually being a parent freaked me out too – chocolate hand prints on the pale curtains we’d saved so hard for, toddler meltdowns in the supermarket, how to not let Baby take over my life? But before I could solve these issues, I had to be able to face the idea of actually giving birth to the little darling in the first place (well, I hoped it would be little!)… Continue reading

In Cinemas Now: About Time (12A)

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Every parent wishes they could turn back time at least once don’t they?
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Back to School Nerves or The Curse of the Working Mum

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Funny how things don’t quite go as you expect isn’t it?

I did the Organised Mum thing as we broke up last term. Organising is what I do best. That’s why I worked in marketing and sales before becoming Miss Moneypenny. I like to plan and tick things off lists. I checked the uniform list issued last term and the notes I made at the “New Reception Parents” evening held at school, when they stressed the importance of non-marking soles on the plimsolls, begged us to buy velcro straps, not slip-on or lace-ups and gave handy hints for extra long loops on art overalls and top buttons of shirts. I ordered everything we needed and labelled it all diligently. I even reorganised Little Chap’s chest of drawers and wardrobe to make room for everything where he can reach it. Sorted.

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