• Why I should stay home when it rains. Seriously.

    By on June 18, 2015

    I’ve never been an umbrella person. I invariably leave them somewhere or almost poke someone’s eyes out with the spokey things. I’d rather get wet, frankly. But it’s one thing to be an idiot about wet weather, and quite another to keep involving your kid in your idiocies. Regular readers may recall the day Mr Chick and I got caught,...

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  • Survival tactics for brand new parents

    By on June 16, 2015

    We had some good friends over for lunch the other day, and their first baby is due soon. It was exciting for me because a) Charlie is at the age where he’ll happily sit in his highchair so long as I throw food at him and b) I can talk the leg off a highchair about all those topics that cause...

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  • Babies + the end of personal grooming.

    By on June 8, 2015

    I remember when Charlie was a newborn and I was trying to give myself a pedicure to feel a bit like the ‘pre-mama me’. Ridiculous, because if you can’t manage a hot cup of tea pedicures are definitely out of the question. Of course, I only had time to finish one foot before life and Charlie took over and I ended up...

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  • Learning to eat, one (kitchen) step at a time.

    By on June 2, 2015

    Teaching your kid to eat, or handcuffing yourself to a nailed down surface while he attempts to teach himself, is one of the most challenging parts of the first year of parenthood. Because it’s not just about food. It’s about their desire to eat anything they come across all day long, regardless of whether it is a foodstuff or not....

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  • Working from home + baby = Bahahaha.

    By on May 28, 2015

    I always thought I’d go back to work when Charlie was four months old. I was basically a zombie back then, so the deadline was shifted to six months. Then I vowed, seven months for sure. Eight months snuck by. Now we’re at nine months, I felt it was time to dip a toe back in, and when a juicy copy project...

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