makealongstoryshort New post on the blog this afternoon (weee, I've missed writing that!). About how a swinging codpiece nappy this morning made me catch my breath. In a, you know, thoughtful way. Link on my profile page! #makealongstoryshortblog #motherhood #bearwatch 7h

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makealongstoryshort Why wear one pattern when you can wear two? Why do your lipstick in front of a well-lit mirror when you can do it in the reflection of a grubby patio door on your way out? #motherhood #greasyhairdontcare 1d

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makealongstoryshort Killing it. His belly bulges are all over the place, but you know, belly bulges very rarely stay where you put them anyway. #truth #worldbookday #theveryhungrycaterpillar 1d

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makealongstoryshort He learned about gorillas at nursery so we found David Attenborough talking about one on YouTube. Then POACHERS CUT OFF ITS HEAD AND HANDS AND I WASN'T QUICK ENOUGH WITH THE PAUSE BUTTON. How to accidentally traumatise your offspring over lunch. 2d
  •   2boys1mum WHOA! His face is the picture of trauma. Were you too slow stopping the video because you were capturing his horror on camera? ;) 2d
  •   _megconley That IS horrible. But it also made me laugh. I'm not proud. It's just like something out of a dark comedy. Also, eff poachers, YouTube, and David Attenborough. 2d
  •   meggimog Pa hahaha! Just read this!!!!! Oh poor Henners! Hope he isn't scared for life!!!! X 2d
  •   alimacleod1 Meanwhile in the background Teddy is planning his escape on a scooter 2d
  •   makealongstoryshort @2boys1mum ha! #bloggerproblems. Actually his face still looked like that during the happy monkey video I hurriedly showed him afterwards - I hope he was just concentrating and not reliving the horror 2d
  •   makealongstoryshort @_megconley I laughed too Attenborough's a love, normally. Bit weird of him to go all dark suddenly - impeccable timing! 2d
  •   makealongstoryshort @alimacleod1 it's Henry's scooter and Teddy doesn't usually get a look in, so he's making a break for it! 2d
  •   makealongstoryshort @meggimog he seems to have forgotten but you know he'll bring it up in a public place several months from now! X 2d

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makealongstoryshort Well, I can't make the antenna stick on properly and his t-shirt is the wrong green, but otherwise we're clearly smashing world book day #theveryhungrycaterpillar #killme 2d
  •   clariceh78 Very impressed!!! #extrapoints x 2d
  •   krisjacks That's cute! Much more creative than me. Tess is probably going as the witch from Room on a Broom and wearing her witch costume from Halloween. 2d
  •   makealongstoryshort @krisjacks I would've loved to do something like that! But we had to do Eric Carle characters, and he requested the caterpillar so he could play with his friend who's going as a butterfly :-) 2d
  •   makealongstoryshort @clariceh78 ha, thanks! I am not crafty AT ALL so even gluing foam and felt was very stressful 2d
  •   clariceh78 I'm going to make a confession... I got my crafty sister @lindseydsparrow to look at your picture to make one for my youngest who hates dressing up but thought he'd wear a nice little head thing! So thank you @makealongstoryshort 1d

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makealongstoryshort I have failed so hard today, and in lots of ways. So this is a photo from late last summer, another frustrating, growing-pain kind of season. To remind myself that phases pass, boys grow, and the mistakes I make today don't have to bleed into tomorrow. #motherhood 3d

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makealongstoryshort You guys! My blog is back up! I feel like I've gone a bit bonkers without it so I'm all giddy with excitement. Do me a favour and have a look, let me know if you like the new design (browser version - the mobile one is a bit minimalist), tell your friends, all that jazz! And then have a chocolate hobnob, because YOU DESERVE IT. #blogging #makealongstoryshortblog 3d
  •   thewolfhaus so glad to hear your writing again! 3d
  •   kathrynmc34 Love your blog. Glad you're back! 3d
  •   adventuresofthefamilypearce Phew! You think YOU'VE been bonkers without it? ;) 3d
  •   nkh_lavieenrose Love the new look - so happy you are back! 3d
  •   brownpaperfactory @makealongstoryshort Hi i make personalised greeting cards for any occasion. I am a UK seller from Crawley, and do great writings for indespensible pals, family or significant others. Do take a look at my profile if you are interested in purchasing greeting cards. Thank you :) 3d
  •   krisjacks Looks great! I love your header. 3d
  •   l2chaney Yahoo! Beautiful. May want to post on the old site for your rss followers to know about the move. 3d
  •   makealongstoryshort @l2chaney Ooh, thanks for the tip, I hadn't thought of that. I'm new to this whole self-hosted thing so leaning (slowly!) on the job :-) 2d

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makealongstoryshort Free-range boy. The weather feels like spring but the woods are still in winter #thegreatoutdoors #betterphotoproject 4d

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makealongstoryshort I'm not sure we've got enough checked shirts tho. #boys #andIneverironthem 4d
  •   emmylouie My dad once asked me why I don't iron my boys' button up shirts. I pointed out to him that after ten minutes on my child they were going to look like I didn't, so why bother? #motherofboys 4d
  •   moosey279 Ha. I was just thinking if I was the only mum who didn't iron?! X 4d
  •   makealongstoryshort @emmylouie @moosey279 mostly they wear jumpers over the top, and they're going to be covered in food and mud anyway...seems a bit pointless! 4d
  •   emmylouie I do sweaters too. That way I have an extra layer on top in case the top layer gets unspeakably filthy! Especially at church.... 4d
  •   undomesticaited I don't iron anything my boys wear. I almost never iron at all actually. Only if something I'm going to wear looks particularly wrinkly! 3d

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makealongstoryshort Pirouettes to Elton John: my preferred kind of breakfast #motherhood #boys #themightyelton 5d
  •   incredibusy Spot on! 5d
  •   kirstenmanick so much yes! 4d
  •   beckyalan Hi Rachael, is that a big rug you have in the room? We have tiled floors and I find the rug we have is not big enough so am on the search for a new one but not too expensive! 4d
  •   makealongstoryshort @beckyalan no, unfortunately, it's carpet! And we're going to have to replace it soon, because the boys are messy eaters and we've trashed it in five months I know the rug hunt well - hope you find something! 4d
  •   beckyalan I really want a light colored one but I know it's a bad idea especially as we have another little boy on the way! 4d

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makealongstoryshort February. Green, blue and spotty. #monthinreview #thegreatoutdoors #VSCOcam 5d

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makealongstoryshort Hello March! Some irises to welcome you in. #flowers 5d

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makealongstoryshort HASHTAG TODDLERS, y'all #latergram 6d

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makealongstoryshort Well, it wasn't exactly what we planned, but Center Pox: you were a lovely place to hibernate #centerpox #Imeanparcs #centerparcs 1w

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makealongstoryshort Ted: no no, you guys carry on, I'll just chill here #centerparcs 1w
  •   mrsjpage Don't blame him. That looks like a cool little seat to chill in x 1w

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makealongstoryshort The captive is freeeeeee [occasionally. when no one else is around] #centerparcs #quarantine 1w
  •   undomesticaited What's he got?! 1w
  •   makealongstoryshort @undomesticaited chicken pox. They came out the day before our holiday (perfect). So no swimming, parks or playdates - but we're letting him cycle when it's quiet, and we're having a nice time in our lodge :-) 1w
  •   undomesticaited Oh, rubbish! Have they atleast both got it? We had the same thing last year, Sam had it as we left and Henry got the EVERYWHERE while we were down at the in-laws caravan. Still, centre parcs isn't a terrible place to be quarantined! 1w
  •   undomesticaited Also, on behalf of my little friend Felix who's almost finished chemo, thank you for your self imposed quarantine. So many people think 'just' chickenpox and everyone needs to get it some time. 1w
  •   makealongstoryshort @undomesticaited we asked whether there was anyone who was immuno-compromised, but they couldn't tell us. So we've been extra cautious and I feel terrible guilt every time I let him out of the door! Apparently you need 15 mins in the same room, but he might sneeze on his balance bike at just the wrong moment...argh! X 1w
  •   undomesticaited Bless you! I'm sure it's fine, you're keeping to yourselves x 1w
  •   meggimog Oh bless him So none of the clubs or activities?! Has Ted got it yet too? Hollies had it- so if you're stir crazy next week we can come play! Hope you're still having lots of fun! Xxx 1w
  •   ecbassett Oh, poor boy! I thank you for your ultra-caution, before this episode, I was a "just chickenpox" mum. Now, I'm a "don't you dare breathe on my child, just in case you are carrying germs" kind of a mum. Maybe I should take her to the holiday woods to hide from society! x 1w

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makealongstoryshort Daddy time (read: I'm-not-carrying-them-both time) is the best. #centerparcs 1w

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makealongstoryshort Spotty little love. He's absolutely plastered in them but I haven't heard him whinge once 1w
  •   meggimog Oh no!!!! Henny got chicken pox just in time for centre parcs?!?! X 1w
  •   emilymeadedick Poor little man! I'm glad he's looking so well! X 1w
  •   nessiewestie Such a sweetheart! 1w
  •   makealongstoryshort @meggimog yesss. They came out the day before. Imagine going to Centerparcs and not swimming! It's like going to a steakhouse and ordering tofu at least we're spending his quarantine somewhere more interesting than home! X 1w
  •   meggimog Oh nooooooo! Bless him Yes, surely he will have AWESOME memories now of the time he had chickenpox and rode his bike around a super cool forest!!! X 1w

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makealongstoryshort I don't think the ducks and rabbits DO want to be friends, actually. Keep trying, though. #centerparcs 2w

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