Is it just me or is potty training terrifying?

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There are several things that in all honesty I don’t like. These include being in long queues, being anywhere without access to a cup of tea, people who drive with fog lights on when it’s not foggy, even the annoying man who we see cycling every day on the way to work who never has his feet on his pedals in the right way, and anything to do with those really grim public toilets you find in town centres.

This last point is what I’m particularly worrying about as we are speedily heading towards the happy land of “potty training” in this house.

Our little man seems quite keen, we’ve had reports that he has “been” on a potty twice in the past couple of weeks at nursery, though currently is not showing any interest at home. For the Mummy who barely remembers to go herself before leaving the house, I’m worried I’m heading for disaster.

I mean how can you possibly get away without visiting a public toilet when you’re potty training a toddler? I can’t expect him to hang on in the insane manner that his mother seems to be able to can I?

I don’t deal with mess very well either and surely that’s an unavoidable delight that goes along with this whole phase? I can’t expect no accidents at all can I? How long do these things take?

So I need coping strategies, fast. Any advice?

Photo credit: thejbird / / CC BY

A Postcard from Ghana: 25 years of Comic Relief

Last week there was a huge guessing game going on among blogging types over on Twitter – you see Annie, Tanya and Penny (from Mammasaurus, Alexander Residence and MummyBarrow) were waiting with bated breath to announce some very exciting news!

They had been invited to travel to Ghana with Comic Relief this week to see how the money we’ve all been donating for the last 25 years has been used in a number of different projects from schools to bakeries. They were joined by celebrities – Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross. What an amazing trip of a lifetime!

Luckily these lovely women have been sharing their experiences with us and sending personalised virtual postcards from their trip. Mine arrived today, and I have to admit I welled up a bit when I opened it especially to see the smiling eyes of a little boy shining out of my computer. It made me hug my little boy, Elliot, ever so slightly tighter this evening.

Well done TeamHonk! Let’s hear it for 25 years of Comic Relief!

Dear Philippa

Within minutes of arriving at the Virtuous Women’s Bakery this little fellow popped his head over the nursery wall into the courtyard. He’s the very first child I photographed, so we were both a bit shy. When we arrived the children were singing and dancing. Davina joined in for a dance while this little fellow said hello to us over the wall.

The bakery gives women the opportunity of financial independence and having the nursery on site means they can work.

Love Penny


This is a digital postcard sent from TeamHonk (;; during their travels with Comic Relief in Ghana celebrating #goodwork.

For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at

For other digital postcards please do join up and check out the linky on



Number of books read: 3 and a bit (am struggling to get into The Book Thief right now)

Number of glasses of wine drank: Only 6 (two separate occasions – not bad I think)

Number of yoga sessions done: 4 (room for improvement..)

Number of runs completed: 0 (oops!)

Number of snowmen built: 2 (and Daddy built a mini one in the garden too!)

Number of new crafts learnt: 2 – crocheting and making macarons (more on this to follow!)

Not bad for month one of 2013. Here are some of the highlights in photo form:

Hug a penguin

Penguins are nice to hug

Why ride a scooter when you've got a Mummy to push it along?

Why ride a scooter when you’ve got a Mummy to push it along?


Admiration of the snowman


Haircut a la Mummy!