I can’t believe what I have just done. I have signed up for the Great London Swim! This is to complete challenge 3 of my bucket list: swim a competitive race (at least 1 mile). On the 18th July I will take a plunge in the shadow of the O2 Arena and Canary Wharf, then swim alongside the ExCel centre. This is a 1 mile swim (1.6 km) in the open water.
We’ve just spent a lovely ten days back home in the Netherlands. We travelled as a family by car (from Dover, crossing on the ferry, driving through France and Belgium all the way to the Netherlands).
The first time I started thinking about the importance of role models for black girls, was before I had children myself. I was at work (Salmon Youth Centre) doing art with a group of 6-year old girls.
The kids were busy drawing pictures of themselves. I noticed that one of the black girls was portraying herself as a white girl, with blue eyes and blond hair.
I feel tired. These past few days (or even months!) I haven’t had much sleep at all. I was at home alone with both children and my son has been struggling with his tummy and teething.
When I am tired like this I find it much harder to be patient. I can get angry over little things, like my daughter tipping over her drink. I don’t like seeing myself like this.
Spending a fair bit of time at home with two young kids I do love a good pair of slippers and have gone through quite a few. The good news is: I think I have finally found the perfect ones that will hopefully last me a long time!
I came across Mahabis a few months ago as I was trying to get some inspiration for a Christmas present for my husband. These seemed to be not only practical but very stylish slippers. I ended up getting a pair for my husband and for myself! Don’t you think they look great?
It is three o’clock in the afternoon. As I am writing this I am sitting on the rocking chair in Little Man’s room. He has just fallen asleep in his bed next to me and looks so peaceful.
Music is playing in the background. It is in Dutch, by a band called Sela. I shared this piece of music at a meeting with a group of young people several months ago. I was asked to talk to them about a song that is important to me.
Living far away from family is not always easy, especially once you have children.
Luckily, Belgium and the Netherlands are not at the other end of the world. We can get ‘home’ quicker than some of my friends whose family lives at the other side of England.
I always thought it would be much nicer to buy baby clothes for girls than for boys. But now my son is here, I have discovered so many nice styles for little boys. One of the brands that has become my favourite is called Frugi.
I have made a point of not spending too much money on baby clothes, as babies grow out of them so quickly. Frugi would normally be a bit outside of my budget, so I tend to wait for their sales and get a few things in different sizes.
One of the people who has been encouraging me to do more writing is my mentor, or a posh term is ‘spiritual director’. I have been meeting with him over the last two years, about every two to three months.
I really enjoyed being on maternity leave after my daughter was born. Here in England they are very generous and I was given nearly a whole year off! I felt privileged to be able to spend so much time getting to know my child, doing lots of activities with her and meeting up with other mums.
I received the Gro-hush when little man was nearly four months old. It sounded like a great concept and I was curious to see if and how it would work in practice.
As you can imagine, a sleep-deprived parent is willing to test almost anything on her child if it encourages sleep!! I am also a fan of the Gro Company and their products, I use quite a few around the house (the Gro Anywhere Blind being my favourite one), so my expectations where high.