A few more things…

Here are a few more things you might like to know about me, my family, and this blog, in no particular order…

We are a Christian family. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the way, the truth and the life. We go to church. We try to raise our children in line with God’s ways.

We use cloth nappies. They are kinder to the environment, our baby’s bottom, and our bank balance. Just get me started talking about them – I could rave for a long time! But I don’t judge mums for whom cloth nappies just don’t work.

One of my aspirations for our family is to adapt to a low-sugar diet… but I love, love, love baking, so it’s a bit difficult! However, I deliberately seek out no added sugar products (it’s amazing how this little crystal has crept onto ingredients list of the most unlikely things), and try to avoid buying highly-processed foods. I prefer our family to eat homemade treats. (I am also trying to kick my biscuit habit but it’s not going too well!)

In days gone by, I studied music, and I have a masters degree in musicology from Oxford University. I still play the piano, occasionally, and recently taught myself to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the violin (go me!).

I lived in Oxford from 2003, when I started my undergraduate degree, until 2014, when we moved to Bristol. Oxford is a very special place to me. I’m trying hard to get to know our new environment and I’m starting to love it. You’ll find posts about some of our adventures in and around Bristol on this blog.

I breastfed both my babies and am an breastfeeding enthusiast – I think it’s great and there are many benefits to it. However, all told, I’m in favour of fed babies and happy mummies.

Both my babies were born premature and spent time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I kept a blog while our younger child was in NICU, describing how we felt and how he was doing, and I occasionally post prematurity-related things there.

This is not my first blog. I used to have a blogspot blog and all the content on here from before August 2015 originally appeared there.