Calling time on Maternity Leave

So it is finally done, the last day of my maternity leave with Little Z. Technically it was a week-or-so ago, but in practical terms it was yesterday as from next week Little Z is at nursery with her big sis. I’m quite shocked that we’re already here - the time seems to have flown. I didn't treat the day as special in any way; we did normal things to our normal schedule, albeit for the last time. From now

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All change

"It'll be fine.", "It'll all be fine.", "It's going to be fine.". These words are on repeat in my head right now. They are on repeat because the time has finally arrived - the end of my maternity leave. Next week Little Z starts her nursery settles. Then the following week she starts nursery full-time 3 days a week with her sister. Meanwhile, I go (*deep breath*) back to work. …

It’s all about the saudade

So unless you are Brazilian, Portuguese or reading the same book as me (which I'm loving, but I'll come back to that) then you are probably thinking "What the heck is 'saudade'"? Ask me two weeks ago and I wouldn't have known either. But a couple of weeks ago I bought myself a copy of 'The Atlas of Happiness' by Helen Russell. She wrote a book called 'The Year of Living Danishly' a few years ago which I really enjoyed

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The reality of being a working mum – 10 months in

It's been over 10 months now since I went back to work after my maternity leave ended. 10 months! Longer than I was pregnant with Little H. Only 3 months short of how long I was off work. By the time Christmas Day arrives, it will have been over two years since I bid everyone farewell and hobbled off to prepare myself for becoming a mum. In January my baby will turn 2! I'll be honest, I'm in a state

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Top 5 reasons why going back to work is great

I've done the nerve-wracking, stomach-churning reasons why I am not looking forward to going back. Now it's time to call out the good things, the things that will encourage me to skip out the front door in the morning. Because let's face it, full time child care involves dealing with one of the less flexible demographics in society (Try asking an 11 month old to wait 2 minutes for the bowl of fruit they've just seen you get out the

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Top 5 reasons why I am anxious about going back to work

As mentioned in a previous post, I am going back to work mid-January, after what will have been 13 months off work. Having never taken more than 2 weeks off in a row before that point (and I've only done that twice at that!) during the entirety of my 10 year career, it was and still is a long time to be away in my mind. I was very good at my job and hopefully will find I remain so. But

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (3 & 0). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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