After day three of waking up at 6am ‘bright and early’, even before the sunrise may I add… it dawned on me that you get more holiday for your money with a baby/toddler. Fact. Gaining at least 3 to 4 hours a day depending on how lazy one used to be pre-baby means you are first to breakfast, first on the beach, best selection of beds, more sunshine, more pool time, more swimming sessions, more sand castles. Bonus!

I haven’t got any magic tips to give because I think everyone knows what’s best for their bubba’s! Bring more of what you think you need though, we ran out of formula and had to start using normal milk which is fine, I just should have packed more. For me – Ed living off cold baked beans, grated cheese and good old spaghetti bolognese for the whole holiday worked a treat. PLENTY of snacks too, my boy loves a snack. Swimming and running up and down the reception ramp continuously is hard work!

Lots of family memories. Lots of quality time. Lots of beach time, pool time and sunset watching time! Lots of rum punches… but just in different quantities to what I used to have. I would HIGHLY recommend Barbados – I’d return time and time again without a doubt and look forward to my next trip! The locals are super friendly and LOVED my little man. He found his groove and loved dancing anywhere he heard music, the stage at Oistins was his for at least an hour – he’s got a super little shoulder jig going on now. New moves!

I am lucky & blessed!


It’s time again to put a few Ed reminders down on the blog. It’s been a few months since the last update, well, any update for that matter. Ed time is far more important even though I do wish I had more time to blog. My little one is 7 months old now! 7 months.

Edward Howson – Diary Blog Update

Age: 6/7 months + Christmas

Things you love: FOOD! Your favourite meals are mum’s mixed veggie special with lots of cheese (sounds exotic but trust me, its not). You love a jar of Orchard Chicken and you love fruit puree’s or mashed banana with Greek yoghurt. You like the Wotsit organic carrot flavoured look a likes. Avocado fingers are a fave, you love smushing it all over the place! Still drinking your milk but we’ve moved to ‘Follow On’ now, normally 3 or 4 bottles a day still 7oz. You love standing up! You’ve started to sit up properly all on your own now, you fell a few times… but you were brave and only cried a little. You like being scared, for some reason when something makes you ‘jump’ you laugh your head off. You LOVE balloons and wrapping paper way more than presents! You loved Christmas too. Father Christmas did not faze you. Nanny H and I took you to see him and you were brilliant, you just yanked his beard! Mummy dressed you up as Santa so many times. You looked super cute! Bring on Easter (you’ll make a great bunny!) and St Patrick’s Day (dressing as a Leprechaun for Auntie Mel’s BD has to be done). You still love a mummy snuggle and you still melt my heart. Your smile is amazing. Grandad Crystal loves feeding you, you really enjoy sitting in the high chair and being fed by him. You love your Nanna too, now when you hear her (loud) voice as soon as she comes through the door your face lights up.

Things you are not so keen on: Teeth are still giving you issues but in the grand scheme of things you are being really brave and not getting too upset. I give you a bit of calpol every now and again which seems to do the trick.

You have been to these places: We had a lovely posh lunch at The Hinds Head in Bray – we saw Father Christmas together and then we had lunch. You were super good. We were so proud! We had Christmas at Nanny and Grandad’s and you were totally spoilt by everyone. Your great Nanny bought you your first golf club which was really cute. Christine & Dave’s for a New Year’s Eve party! You rocked the party lifestyle (everyone had a midnight snuggle) and you loved the midnight fireworks on Marlow bridge, you didn’t cry at all. Isle of Wight at the beginning of January! The ferry crossing was interesting (trying to change you was hilarious) but you loved the IOW so much, I think you loved being spoilt by Ruby and Sky even more though! Playing with your Evie was super fun too. You both are just the cutest. Your next big trip is going to be Singapore and Australia to visit Uncle Craig and Auntie Sarah… Your first wedding too – WE CANT WAIT!

Firsts: You are now rolling back and forth. You are never in the same position in your cot, we call you a little traveller because how you manage to flip yourself around puzzles us! Sitting up… Eating ‘big boy’ foods! You are slowly learning how to swallow properly although you still love a puree which is fine, we are in no rush! You have to be strapped everywhere, no leaving you anywhere because you move!

You are eating: A huge variety of foods now and I am starting to give you a bit of whatever mum and dad have. You love chomping on bread. You love a little rice cake too. It’s time to start getting adventurous which I am excited about – bring on the messy kitchen floor. You also love a bit of water with your meals.

You are sleeping: Really well. I am not going to say any more because I don’t  want to jinx it in anyway. You have definitely got your mothers’ genes when it comes to sleeping. You legend!

Other Bits: You are really becoming your own person now. You get so frustrated at tiny things, like dropping your hippo at the table. You properly throw a hissy fit! You love your food and get cross if whoever is feeding you is slow. Your favourite nursery rhyme is Round and Round the Garden… you love waiting for the tickly under here bit and laugh so much. I think you are ticklish under your arms which is brilliant. You love your milk at night with Daddy, quiet time and a snuggle settles you nicely before you go to bed. Your hair seems to have had a massive growth spurt too! Everyone says how much hair you have!

I cried the other day when I saw that you are cutting your two bottom front teeth. For some reason, for me, baby’s who are no longer gummy and toothless just seem so “grown up”! They are no longer, ‘baby’ babies. It’s the ‘next stage’ and although I am excited and can’t wait to see how this little cutie grows up, I equally don’t want time to go so fast.

Until next time.

I’ve been meaning to fill in the “baby book” but I never get any time to do it (does anyone, really and truly?). In a bid to never forget, I’ve decided to add a few landmark posts onto the blog so the moments are captured. I’m stealing a format I saw a few weeks ago, all trial and error, (and I will try to add a 1 month, 2 month and 3 month update) so here goes…

Edward Howson – Diary Blog Update

Age: 4 months

Things you love: Babyrice – you are mega hungry still and waking up at least 2 X in the night, mummy loves giving you your baby rice which you just guzzle down. You started at 14 weeks and loved it from the start. Being lifted up in the air – you love facing someone and being thrown in the air, giggles galore! Colourful scarves being draped over your face – you get a total kick out of having something draped over your face. You have the cutest gummy laugh! Your Daddy Monkey and Baby Monkey seem to be the favourite toys at the moment as well as Freddie the Firefly and Terrance the Tiger Shark.

Things you are not so keen on: Teething – your hand is in your mouth constantly now, you don’t grizzle but I can see you are in so much pain, you like to chomp on my finger and what a chomp it is. 4 month injections also rocked your world! You 100% are not keen on injections, Daddy held you this time and gave you a massive snuggle. You also hate hand dryers and properly throw a screech and turn grumpy when you hear them! When you go to throw a paddy, your lip drops and you look so dramatic. We always end up laughing at you because you look so cute!

You have been to these places: Spain – first holiday to Marbella, you were a gem, no crying on the plane and you loved the pool even though it was freezing, you had camps made for you, you slept in your tent, looked at the boats in the marina and loved walking next to the waves. You had full on attention and playtime with Daddy, Nanna and Grandad. Apart from a little (!) nappy explosion whilst out for dinner one day, family H nailed the holiday! Baby Sensory Class – you love these classes and each week you pay more and more attention to what’s going on. Puppets seem to be your favourite thing to play with. Space and Back was fab, you cried when the crinkly silver paper came out, it’s the same noise as hair driers which you also hate! Next week is the Pumpkin Patch session and I can’t wait to dress you up in a pumpkin outfit! In fact, you are going to be dressed up a lot (sorry!), you will have more than one outfit for Halloween… and don’t even start me on Christmas.

Firsts: Rolling over onto your tummy – you mastered this on holiday when I kept finding you smushed into the side of the travel sleeping tent. I could hear a shuffle shuffle shuffle, now I know you were scooching around. Lifting your head and enjoying the freedom to see – you’ve not been keen up until now, now you just love being nosy, you lift up look around for me and smile the biggest smile, manage about 20 seconds then drop down. As soon as you realise you are stuck you get frustrated and make some weird noises. You’ve also found your voice and have had some good old screeching sessions, it’s so cute to see your reaction and hear you talk.

You are eating: Baby rice everyday, lots of it too, now mainly at 5pm ish though to try and fill you up. You’ve tried carrots but you are not too fussed, sweet potato seems a hit. You are drinking 7oz of milk about 5 X a day – you wake at 8am, again at about 12pm/1pm ish, 4pm ish, then baby rice, then a bottle before bed about 7pmish. I’ve been giving you a dream feed at 11pm where you’ll have 6/7oz and when you wake at 3/4am you guzzle 7oz. I’m going to start feeding you up at lunchtime now too. You weighed in at 16lbs at 19 weeks old, up a tiny bit from 15lbs at 11 weeks – you are on the 85th percentile.

You are sleeping: You are in your own room in the big cot (19 weeks), it took a couple of nights to work out that you need to be in a sleeping bag to stop you doing cot gymnastics and that you need to be tucked in to stop you flipping over! I slept in the same room with you for a few nights to make sure you were ok too. It’s a sign of you growing up… you are growing so fast, the Moses basket and the crib never stood a chance really. You are still waking 2 X a night, I don’t mind snuggling you at all though as you are up, you down a bottle of milk,  then you go straight back to sleep – all done and dusted in 20 mins and I often get a great big smile. I kiss you a zillion times throughout the day which I know I won’t be able to do forever so I’m sneaking the kisses in! I need to start getting you to nap properly now during the day.

Other Bits: You are SUPER smiley in the morning and love a good cuddle first thing. We like to call you all sorts of names, mainly munchkin, Edwardo, Edward and Ed. We have so many snuggles, or snugs for short. I kiss you tonnes and tell you that I am going to kiss you forever and you will just have to deal with it. I sing to you and you laugh at me – your two favourite songs are: You Are My Sunshine… and also Elvis, Teddy Bear (we have them on repeat  and I still don’t know the words)! You also love the 5 Little Ducks and 5 Monkeys Jumping on the Bed song. We go mental in the kitchen and dance to the Peanut Butter Jelly song on the radio. You love your dummy but can sleep without it, you are finding your thumb every now and again which is cute as Uncle Craig used to suck his thumb! Daddy loves to give you your last bottle before bed, he loves his snuggle time with you. You’ve had a few boy’s nights in with Daddy too. You’ve had so many visitors, too many to mention – Auntie Lissa has put you to bed, Debbie has been round to look after you, Conor and Daisy love having cuddles with you and took you for a walk. We’ve had a family roast at Nanny and Grandad Howson’s house with your cousins and Uncle Lee. Auntie Jane loves cuddling you! We’ve met Auntie Suse and Auntie Janey for lunch. On holiday you saw Christine and Dave and the Lasenby family. You’ve been snuggled by Lizzy and Sarah, my Auntie Mary, your great Nanny and all the girls from the Baby Group. Auntie Mel and Isla for singsongs! Auntie Kirsty and Evie met us for the longest lunch ever and we managed to meet Laura and the gorgeous twinnies Poppy and Lottie for playtime at Whizzkidz. Nanna and Grandad snuggle you as often as they can and always sneak over to the house. Grandad loves building you secret camps and has babysat you a few times too! You are so loved, so popular and so BUSY!!!


Ba Ba Black Sheep, Incy Wincy, Jack and Jill – all classic nursery rhymes, remembered from childhood, straight forward, ‘normal’. Ones I’ve got nailed. I know the tunes, I know the words and I know the hand gestures.

Fast forward to now… 2015… it’s all so confusing… I’ve been to a few baby group’s recently where there’s a spaceship song (?!?) a turtle song with bubbles (yes, real bubbles are blown around the room at the kiddies?!?), verses that have been added to said ‘classics’ above that I swear did not exist and a few others I’ve never even heard of!

So picture the scene, I rock up to the library. Go through the front door (everyone goes through the back where the buggies go, first error). I have a coffee in hand, oops, no drinks in the library, second error – duh! So… imagine me, first time mum sat in the circle with my baby that seems to fall asleep just as all the action is happening. Song-time starts with a ‘welcome’ song – never heard of it. Then we have the ‘turtle’ song – never heard of it, then another one, something zoom zoom zoom, blastoff!, never heard of it. We do have a few normal nursery rhymes where I am able to sing with gusto but what a revelation, where have these other songs come from? Turns out there’s a couple of mums from my birth group in the same boat… thank god! We just stare at each other in a confused yet embarrassed state. Finally we finish with a ‘goodbye’ song. Yes, you guessed, I’ve never heard of that either.

I’m going back to the group. I’ll master the songs. I’ll be able to sing them loud and proud karaoke style to little Ted – I know he loves my renditions of Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder (poor child), thankfully MTV is on all the time so he’s also well versed with Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and One Direction!

Off to look at YouTube nursery rhyme videos… ha ha ha.

Edward's First Trip to the Library for Songtime
Edward’s First Trip to the Library for Songtime

I have to admit that I’ve never been SO BUSY! I’ve had doctors appointments, health visitor visits, post-natal group sessions, ‘Bubbles’ play sessions, ‘Baby Massage’ lessons, lunch dates out, lunch dates in, picnic dates, copious coffee dates, injection dates, baby weigh in sessions, baby register appointments, visits from friends and family. The list goes on. and on. and on.

My CEO was demanding but he has nothing on my son! I absolutely love my job as a PA (I say ‘love’ rather than using the past tense ‘loved’ as I WILL BE GOING BACK!). It’s the perfect role for me; no day is the same, you are thrown curve balls often, you have to think on your feet, take control, be assertive, generally do a million things at once. Thankfully I am quite good at it. Motherhood seems to be drawing on the same skill set only instead of booking flights, scheduling meetings and organising events I am dealing with sterilising, bottle making, changing nappies full of types of poo I never knew existed, juggling all of the appointments listed above and trying to be a wife also.

I never understood how busy a mum could be… until now.

Thankfully I am absolutely LOVING it all. I love being busy. Apart from learning early on not to cram too much into a day and making sure I leave time to be ‘at home’ to snuggle my little man, I am having the best time and am treasuring every minute.

Signing off – Edward’s Personal Assistant.

My new BOSS.
My new BOSS.

I have been trying to set this blog up for about 2/3 months now. I thought I’d have plenty of time while I was on pre-baby maternity leave (no chance… too many snoozes, lunches and my new-found OCD’ness ‘everything must be clean, tidy and sorted out before the baby arrives’). Then I had Edward, my not so little baby (11lbs 3oz – c section in the end!) and thought I’d have loads of time. Again, no chance… having a newborn is so magically time-consuming. I’m now 4 weeks in and have managed to finally post my first post. Massive achievement. Almost as big as being up, dressed, showered and ready to walk out the door by midday! Oh how times have changed.

WHY have I set this blog up? As per my ABOUT ME page (I’ll work out how to do fancy links one day – – I have always wanted to. Simple really. I have ideas I’d like to share, I’d like to look back on the journey I am about to take over the next few years and see it documented. I’ve read so many blogs which have inspired and encouraged me and I hope that I can do the same. I can’t promise I will be sending out a daily or even weekly post but I’ll do what I can, when it suits me about what I want. I’ve purposely called my blog ME.WIFE.PA.MUM so I can split things into those four categories. Wish me luck on my journey.

The first picture HAS TO BE of my little boy. Quite personal to me – but one of my proudest moments yet.

First mummy & son kiss.
First mummy & son kiss.