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When you find out you are expecting twins

Twin pregnancy scan

I wrote this post on 17 October 2018 – the day we found out we were having twins. I was supposed to be working but unsurprisingly couldn’t concentrate on anything else. I wrote down my thoughts as a way of processing the news.

For various reasons it has taken me almost a year to publish it, but I am sharing it now, virtually unedited, because I am sure that other, ‘soon to be twin parents’ will relate.

Sounds of the Forest: Review

Tall Boy reading Sounds of the Forest and holding owl whistle

Tall Boy absolutely loves to curl up with a book. He asks for stories first thing in the morning, he always has two stories before bed, and when he wants a bit of down time during the day we often snuggle up and read together. He enjoys the cuddle and relax time so much that on a few happy occasions I’ve even managed to be able to read to him until he falls asleep, which is a real treat now he has all but dropped his afternoon naps.

A Day Out in Salford

Tall Boy watering the garden at Ordsall Hall

When Tall Boy and I were invited to check out two of Salford's tourist attractions I realised that I have never spent any leisure time in the City. Yes, it neighbours Manchester, but it hadn't really crossed my mind to head out that way. And let's clarify this from the get-go, I am generally happy to go anywhere in Greater Manchester, it's so easily accessible from the M60. So, we spent one Tuesday exploring the Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall. Like most museums and attractions, both venues had put on a series of summer events to keep the little ones occupied. They have also just launched a "Let's Explore" trail for children to discover fascinating facts as they hunt...

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Reflecting on the first year of parenting

Tall Boy's First Birthday

I wrote this post shortly after we celebrated the NCT babies’ first birthdays. It was just before they turned one and the emotion of the occasion caught me off guard. I blinked back tears as we all sang Happy Birthday to the bemused babies, who were sitting in high chairs round a table, about to eat their first ever birthday cake. Tall Boy wolfed down a whole black forest gateau cupcake, which is hardly surprising giving his mother’s weakness for cake and afternoon tea.

Tall Boy is now fast approaching his second birthday, and this post has been half drafted for almost a year. It was written to mirror my pregnancy update posts, to reflect on where we were at as Tall Dad and I approached the end of our first year as parents. Better late than never right. 

Entertain the kids outdoors within easy reach of Manchester

Feeding the ducks at Martin Mere

This week’s sunshine has seen us all heading outdoors to enjoy a myriad of garden activities. Tall Boy has been digging in the soil, watering the garden (and himself), playing with his water table, blowing bubbles, kicking his football, and generally loving the fresh air.

Now he’s almost two (I can’t quite believe I’m saying that already) he’s able to get so much out of trips and adventures that I find myself constantly seeking out new inspiration.