I’m back in the thick of it, even though I’d said I’d had enough.
I’m back in my twilight alter-ego of co-ordinating the Mother & Baby Awards.
Who’d have thought that down in the depths of sleepy Cornwall, between sorting the laundry and making kids tea, (I’m spinning a half-true scene of rural domesticity) there’s a power-crazy middle-aged woman masterminding the UK wide testing of nappies and baby wipes? Me, between sending out instructions to overnight dispatch travel systems to Cardiff, Enniskillen, Colchester and Birmingham; matching women with cracked nipples to nipple creams, baby bums to nappy rash emollients and 6 month old babies to their first tastes of solid food, is trying to get kids off to school, coax a teenager out of bed, or letting the damn ‘can’t make his mind up’ cat out and then in again, then out again…
A few years ago I invented a new awards category, I like to think it was my gift to new parents: The Best Baby Sleep Aid Award (0-3mths). Because…. ssshhh, don’t wake the baby! I bet if you’re a parent then you know only too well, even if you’ve never dared to admit it, what that gorgeous new baby and self deprivation can do to you?
Here’s one such parent who is evidentially right in the thick of it!