Some mornings

Some days start with cuddles and kisses and laughter, the others start with your child wailing and screaming because you won’t make him corn on the cob for breakfast and because his sister’s blowing on her porridge which, according to him, isn’t hot. (I couldn’t find a stock photo of a girl trying to eat her breakfast with her brother screaming next to her, and no, I didn’t think of …

How many cashews can a boy eat?

I’m trying to calm down and feed a crying baby with Benny shouting from downstairs: -Can I have some cashews?-Yes!-What?-Yes!-Can I have some cashews?-YES!-Can I take them myself?-Yes! -How many?-What?-How many can I take?-Take ten! (Random number I came up with, since I never thought about the exact number of cashews a four year old should eat)-How many?-Ten!-Can I take eleven?-Sure, take eleven! (Just be quiet and leave me alone!) …

I can’t think of everything

You’re in a public place and your baby takes a poo. You find a changing room and go change him, of course. You’re talking to your baby, singing, smiling, you take off his nappy (not smiling that much anymore), wipe him carefully, roll it all up to throw away, you reach for a clean nappy… you have no clean nappies! What do you do? (What do YOU do?) You briefly …

Life without Benny

On the way back from the kindergarten, Molly suggested: “Let’s talk about what our life would be like without Benny, mama!” “OK,” I said, wondering what she’ll come up with. “We’d have more money,” was the first thing in her list. “What do you mean?” “You wouldn’t have to pay for his kindergarten and his toys.” Weird, but OK. “What else?” “I’d be happier because he wouldn’t annoy me at …

Breastfeeding – I know what I’m doing

My third baby is three months old and he’s my first breastfed one. Even though I always had a feeling I’d be excellent at breastfeeding (because I’m excellent at most things, obviously), for various reasons it never worked out with my first two. Thirteen weeks after having given birth, I can finally say that I got a hang of it and that I now know what I’m doing. I’m hoping …