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Yvette Lamb

Writer, mother, caffeine lover

Yvette Lamb writes Big Trouble in Little Nappies, a funny and frank blog about motherhood, infertility and the guess work that is being a parent. She is mum to one feral little boy and can be followed via Facebook.

You Are Doing a Great Job

Having our two children is all we've wanted, we are so in love and complete. I don't want to miss this, to forget the important parts of raising our boys by getting lost in impossible and ultimately unimportant standards which are completely self-imposed.Because I am already doing a great job, and so are you.
19/07/2016 17:05 BST

On Love & Tantrums

Something has changed recently - you've felt it and of course I have too. Our days together are often unpredictable and the routine you crafted around me so carefully - the net which kept both of us safe - has crumbled. You don't know where you stand all of a sudden and you feel a bit helpless. But remember, I feel this way, too.
05/01/2016 17:34 GMT

New Year Old Me

I am tired of the assumption that we will all be better for changing, and fed up of listening to the income-generating voices who, despite not knowing us, insist on pressing the point that we need to do better and try harder at this life malarkey.
29/12/2015 10:39 GMT

How to Party Like a Mother at Christmas

So your partner is out on his Christmas Do, cramming 12 months of no social life into six hours. At home it's just you and the baby who is asleep... for the moment. You are alone, you are bored. It's Christmas damn it!
08/12/2015 09:40 GMT

Why Toddlers Would Ace Three Weeks in the 'I'm a Celeb...' Jungle

I can't help wonder if the whole premise of a fancily produced show set yearly on the other side of the world is all that necessary, when right on our doorstep is: 'I'm a Toddler Get Me Out of Here... no don't actually, I've changed my mind. No Mummy, I <em>not</em> want to get out of here! I do! I don't! Give me a biscuit!' (It's a working title)...
18/11/2015 17:26 GMT

Marriage Vows for the Sleep Deprived

Whilst I don't know the secret to a happy marriage, I do think our vows, if we were to renew them, which we won't be - (I can't even organise a Tesco shop any more let alone an event; plus, it might require the wearing of something other than leggings... <em>horror</em>) - our promises might well be a little different from those we made previously.
13/09/2015 22:06 BST

Mother Wars - What Mother Wars?

Where are all these judgey cows desperate to trip me up on my parenting and explain why I'm not doing it right or making good choices? Why haven't I met even one woman who has condemned my snack-giving, slap-dash ways or been unsympathetic when I'm having a tough day?
06/08/2015 17:20 BST

The Imperfect Parents Club

You see it all comes from trying to make things perfect, to squeeze it all in so that everything is just right - but the irony is it only causes me to feel stressed and behave in a way that just doesn't meet my lofty standards of motherhood.
21/07/2015 09:45 BST

Alternate Spa Day for Parents

Spa Day - Meditation <strong>Alternate Spa Day</strong> - Passing out on your child's bedroom floor after the fake 'asleep breathing' you have been performing becomes a dribbling reality as you wait (and wait) for them to nod off.
15/07/2015 15:43 BST

How to Get Pregnant in 25 Easy Steps

You have read that IVF is very difficult; you have been told it will push you both to your limits; you are worried that injections seem to cause couples to fight a lot. You wish it didn't have to be this way, sometimes it feels so unfair.
06/07/2015 16:50 BST

How to Get a Toddler to Sleep in a Heatwave

I love summer, of course. Everyone loves summer: spending more time outside is good for us and there is always more to do. Then, during the five or so days a year of 'proper summer' - AKA heatwave territory, things ramp up a gear and we get to feel like we're on a foreign holiday at home - for free - amazing!
01/07/2015 15:15 BST

A Good Example of Bad Co-Sleeping

If you co-sleep when you do not want to co-sleep, but your baby makes you co-sleep, then your night may go a little something like this. Although for your sake, I hope that it does not.
22/06/2015 10:23 BST

The Ten Personalities of Toddler Group

There's the morning of stimulation and energy burning for the tots, a chance for adult conversation (or at least attempting one in between play-related emergencies), plus a cup of tea and even a biscuit if you get there in time. And all for a pound - I'm in!
11/06/2015 13:58 BST

The Healthy Parents' Five a Day Rule

The benefits of wine consumption as part of your five-a-day are relaxed muscles, reduced stress levels, and the ability to guiltlessly choose a night of television over cleaning the kitchen or tidying up.
03/06/2015 15:24 BST

Beginner's Guide to Gym Cycle Classes

So bravely (stupidly), I decided I would give the allegedly addictive craze that is gym cycling a go. And if you're set to take the plunge too, my beginner's guide below might be just the thing to clue you in. Or put you off completely.
01/06/2015 15:03 BST

Parents: Why I'm Awake

I can see that in theory, when the room temperature is just so, the blinds are drawn and the appropriate gaps between naps have been reached; I should happily nod off. However, as we are both aware, this often isn't how it goes down. And you, I am guessing, want to know why.
27/05/2015 16:51 BST

All of This... Is Motherhood

It is early rising and midnight waking, it is wiping noses... and bums. It is the park all year round; it is play dough, sand and crayons. It is travelling heavy and never 'nipping out'; it is laughter - so much laughter.
14/05/2015 14:39 BST