Britmums Live! Are You Going?

It’s nearly here…  I can feel the excitement building…  Not long to go!  

Am I nervous?  Yes!

Am I excited?  Yes!

Do I know what to expect?  No!

The wonderful Melksham Mum (can’t wait to meet her) has tagged me in this meme created by Claire at A Boy With Aspergers.

Q. What’s your blog title/URL and how long have you been blogging?

Blog URL: and I’ve been blogging since June 2011.


Q. Will Britmums Live be your first blogging conference?

Yes! *freaks out a little*


Q. Did you bag yourself a sponsor?

Yes?  My sponsor is LagosDad!


Q. Are you attending both days?

Hell, yes!


Q. What are you most looking forward to about the conference?

I’m looking forward to learning new things about blogging.  But I’m most looking forward to meeting Twitter friends and making new ones 🙂


Q. Are you wearing branded clothing (your sponsors brand)?

Nooooo.  No ‘formal’ sponsor!


Q. What is your planned style for this event?

I haven’t really thought about it yet.  But I’m sure there’ll be plenty of discussions about it nearer the time!


Q. Are you hoping to be nominated for a BiB award?

I wasn’t expecting to be at all – and the shortlist is out – congratulations if you’re on it!


Q. If so, what category?



Q. Will you be looking to network with Brands?

I don’t think so…  Have many other things to learn about blogging first!


Q. What do you hope to gain from the conference?

New friends, new ideas and different perspectives.


Q. Will you be dressing up in the toilets for the Friday night BiBs?

Mmmm…  Possibly.  Will wait and see!


Q. Are you speaking at the conference?  If so, when, where and how do you feel about it?

Hell, no!  I’ll probably be hiding in a corner!


Q. Will you be joining in the early morning bloggercerise on the Saturday morning?

Hell, no!  I’ll be in bed for as long as possible!


Q. Which speakers are you most looking forward to listening to?

I’ve read the Look who’s speaking at Britmums Live! page many times – and the line-up is just fab!  I couldn’t choose just one or two people!


Q. Which workshops will you be attending on the Friday (Day 1)?

I’m still deciding between the two Discussion Dens!


Q. Which workshops being held on Saturday (Day 2) have grabbed your attention?

Photography, daddy bloggers and using Facebook 


Q. Are you booked into a hotel for the Friday night, and if so, which one?

Oh yes – The Hoxton!  And NotSoSlummy and I are sharing!


Q. Will you be looking for after party drink?

Mmmm.  Yes.  Always.


Q. Are you worried about not knowing anyone or being confident and socialising on the day?

I’d be outright lying if I said, ‘No’!  I am.  I’m very shy!


Q. What are you most likely to be found doing while attending Britmums Live?

Trying to make friends, rubbing under my eyes in case my eye-liner has run and texting home to check that Vinay is ok!


Ok – so now, here are the rules…

Copy the questions.  Answer the questions.  Link back to and link up at A Boy With Aspergers and tag a couple of people.

I’m going to tag…



(Just) Above Average Mum

A Promise To My Child…

I found this on Twitter a few weeks ago and retweeted it.  I just re-read it and it (again) struck a chord.  I don’t know where it came from or who started it – so I’m sorry I can’t credit the right source – but please read it.

My promise to my children ~ as long as I live ~ I am your Parent 1st – your Friend 2nd.  I will stalk you, flip out on you, lecture you, drive you insane, be your worse nightmare & hunt you down like a bloodhound when needed because I LOVE you!  When you understand that, I will know you are a responsible adult.  You will NEVER find someone who loves, prays, cares & worries about you more than I do!  If you don’t hate me once in your life – I am not doing my job properly.  Re-post if you are a parent & agree.

It does say to re-post it if you agree – so please go ahead!

Motherhood – A Mother’s Day Meme

Bod for tea has tagged me in this Mother’s Day meme, which was started by More Than A Mum.  It’s a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day; although we didn’t (celebrate) as LagosDad forgot!  

Describe Motherhood in three words

Wondrous, terrifying, emotional

Does your experience differ from your mother’s?  How?

I suppose the basics are the same, but there are many little things that are different.  Like the variety of baby equipment available now, that she didn’t have then.  And, of course, the price of things.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the story of the Silver Cross Pram that cost £32!

What’s the best thing?

As nuts as Vinay is driving me these days, there’s always (at least) one point in the day when I look at him and think, ‘You are the best thing in the world.’  I love that he can now call me ‘mama’, but shouts ‘naaaanaaaa’ when I’m leaving a room.  I love that he holds up his hand and shows five fingers to show ‘so many’ (insert animal or mode of transport here).  And I love that he doesn’t know how to say, ‘no’ yet!

How has it changed you?

I’ve become more mushy than I was before.  It doesn’t take much to make me cry!  I worry constantly.  Not just about him, but about everything.  I don’t think I did before.  Being a mum has made me realise I don’t miss school.  I don’t miss the paperwork or the politics of the school environment.

What do you hope for your children?

All I want for him is for him to be happy and healthy.  And I hope that he will always know how much we love him.  

What do you fear for them?

Oh my God, where do I start?

What makes it all worthwhile?

The cuddles and kisses.  The feeling of his arms wrapped around my neck.  Watching him walk around like a Sumo wrestler.  Watching him laugh and hearing his giggles.

I’m tagging…

(Just) Above Average Mum

The Boy and Me

Mummy Mishaps


Time To Try?

So, LagosDad (I’m going to try using that instead of Hub from now on) and I have started talking about whether we should start trying for Baby Number 2…  This excites me, and yet fills me with dread – for several reasons!

I definitely want another child, maybe even two!  I never once thought about having only one child.  But…

1.  I’ve just turned 34.  It took us two years to get pregnant with V, so we can’t really afford to take our time wondering about whether the time is right.  I know many women/families have babies later in life, but I don’t want to leave it too late!

2.  As mentioned above, it took us two years before.  I don’t know if I want to go through all the pressure and disappointment (of realising I’m not pregnant) again.

3.  I’ve (recently) started feeling a bit down-in-the-dumps.  I’ve always been happy to be a SAHM, but now it’s starting to get to me a little.  I have no intention of returning to education; but I want to do *something*.  And now I have a plan (can’t say anything yet), I’d just have to put everything on hold.

4.  My last pregnancy was so smooth.  I didn’t have any morning sickness at all and hardly any other issues (apart from gaining too much weight and having an emergency c-section).  What if the next pregnancy isn’t like the first one?  

5.  What if something goes wrong?  

6.  I love Vinay.  I love him SO much, it scares me.  And what frightens me the most is I don’t know if I’ll be able to love another baby as much.  Does that sound ridiculous?  It doesn’t in my head, but it does when I say it out loud!

So – Does anyone have any advice?  Do I sound utterly selfish and absurd?

On My Birthday

The lovely Red Rose Mummy tagged me in this new meme (created by Kate at The Five Fs).  All you have to do is give a whole load of facts based on the day you were born.  This is where Wikipedia comes in handy!

So…  Without further ado…

When is your birthday?  February 25th

Pick three people who share your birthday and share what you know about them.

George Harrison – He was one of The Beatles.  He died in 2001.  He released ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ in 1987, which will forever remind me of my brother and sister.

Veronica Webb – Supermodel and actress.  She was the first African-American to get a major cosmetics contract (Revlon).

Chelsea Handler – American comedienne and actress.  She hosts a show (Chelsea Lately) on channel E! and is absolutely hilarious!

Is anyone listed as being born on the same day (and year) as you?  What do you know about them?

Nope – no one!

List three people who died on your birthday and share what you know about them.

Tennessee Williams – American playwright.  She won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Street Car Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

There are a whole lot of other people listed, but I don’t know any of them!

List three notable events that happened on your birthday.

In 1932 Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship by naturalization.  This allowed him to run for German head of state in the next elections.

In 1945, during World War II, Turkey declared war on Germany.

In 1986 Corazon Aquino became the first woman president of the Philippines.

Tell us about a holiday that falls on your birthday.

February 25th is ‘People Power Day’ in the Philippines.  The People Power Revolution started in 1983 and ended in 1986.  It led to the departure of President Ferdinand Marcos and the restoration of democracy.  

Apart from that, it was usually half-term around the time of my birthday 🙂

I am tagging the following to share with us what happened on their birthdays!

(Just) Above Average Mum

Not My Year Off

Posh Bird

(Sorry if you’ve already been tagged!)

On my birthday

Don’t forget to link up at The Five Fs!

Eighteen Months

My darling boy is eighteen months old today.

Where did the time go?

How did it go by so fast?

What happened to my little ‘bundle’?

When did he become so big?

Does he know how much we love and cherish him?

Does he know that we always will?


Happy eighteen months, Vinay.

x x x




OMG… Is That You?

My cousin is here, visiting from China.  He came over to visit and meet V the other day.  He was wandering around the house and came across our ‘picture board’ (it needs updating quite desperately)…


He spent a few minutes looking at the board and I heard him say, ‘Oh my God…  Is that you?’

The picture he was looking at was the one below (I’m on the left).


I turned to see which photo he was talking about and said, ‘Yep.’  He asked when it was taken.  So I told him, ‘Six years ago – the week of our wedding.’

‘WOW!  You were seriously slim!’

Yes.  Yes.  Yes I know I was.  I know I’m not anymore.  I know it’s highly unlikely that I’ll actually look like that again.  But funnily enough, I didn’t mind so much that he’d said that.

What I DID mind was my husband (who was also in the room) nodding his head in agreement and saying something like, ‘Yep’ (but he was actually saying a whole lot more).

That’s when I asked him, ‘Have *you* looked in the mirror lately?  Have you seen *your* belly?  And you didn’t even carry a child in it for nine months!  What’s *your* excuse?’  Poor man ran for cover.

But…  But I knew.  There’s no excuse to look the way I do when Vinay is already 18 months!  I should have lost all the weight (it can’t even be classified as baby weight anymore) already!

I see mums in playgroup – with children (some have more than one) that are younger or about the same age as Vinay – and they look FABULOUS!  

That’s it.  Time to do something about it!