A fellow step-mum recently prompted me to look back on our first overnight with monster, its very easy now to forget that we haven't always had overnight visits with him and take for granted that at that time.. it was a very big deal. When we first moved into our new house (3 years ago … Continue reading The first overnight
I wasn't intending on a New Year post at all this year, but as always the dawn of a new year has got me thinking about the 365 days past and those to come. 2017 was definitely a year of extremes in our house, with some of the happiest times of my life and with … Continue reading What I did wrong in 2017
Never make a promise you can't keep, a broken promise makes a lie. I'm a big believer in the words above, and the most important of my personal values is honesty. I can't stand lying, no matter how big or small or innocent it may appear - if you can't or won't admit something, you should never … Continue reading Broken Promises
Ask any stepmum about their most stressful time of year and I'm confident the vast majority will mention two things; Step kids birthdays..... and...... Christmas (I'll include thanksgiving here too for the USA based) As it's December and monsters birthday falls in March, of course I'm talking Christmas today. Christmas/ the whole festive season is … Continue reading Christmas Chaos
I love my stepson – it was once a choice to try but now it is as natural to me as I imagine his own fathers love for him is, and I certainly couldn’t decide to stop.
Being a 'Step-Mum' in a world of 'Real Mums'
Bringing a child into my life didn't just impact me - it impacted my whole family. I have a pretty close knit family - I lived with my parents when I started dating my other half and have a close relationship with my two young cousins (then 2 and 4) and auntie and uncle who … Continue reading Whose family are we?
Helen, Hel, Helen Belen, Hells Bells, Mummy, Mama, MamaBear, Stepmummy, Mama Helen..., the list of names the little monster calls me is a very long one. I remember, around a year or so ago, the first stage of the monster calling me 'Mummy', honestly I was pretty horrified and extremely uncomfortable with just the concept … Continue reading What’s in a name?
How my partner and I learned to become parents to my Stepson together.