I’m Lauren, gentle mama to Dilan aged 4, documenting our adventures as we go. Based in Norfolk, UK
Being a mother has given me a whole new perspective on life. It has made me as proud of myself as I’ve ever been, as well as making me doubt myself beyond any doubt I’ve ever felt before. It’s made me feel complete in an indescribable way, but it’s also made me feel as though my whole identity has been totally lost. It’s shown me I’m much stronger than I ever knew I was, but it’s also highlighted more weaknesses than I ever knew I had. It’s taught me that I’m tough, but also that I have so much more to learn. It’s made my days long but it’s made my years short, and it’s given me a true understanding of the term bittersweet by making me painfully aware of how fast time rushes past.
I firmly believe in normalising all stages of motherhood and ensuring that women, at any point along their path, never feel alone or inadequate. We all experience the highs and we all survive the lows as we ride the roller coaster that is raising children and by sharing my journey I hope to give others some comfort on theirs. Although our stories and backgrounds may all be different we are all united by one beautiful thing – doing the very best we can for our children, and that gives us all the strength we need to carry on.
This space is where I document all these thoughts and feelings. It is where I open up about the hard times and the difficult ones. And it is where I try to convince time to slow down and the heart warming moments to last a little longer. This is where I share my words and my stories in the hope that I can touch and inspire others in the way that so many mothers I know have inspired me. The proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” is true, and I think it takes a tribe to support a mother also. This is the beginning of mine.
I am passionate about empowering other parents, letting kids be kids and raising children in the best way we can. Through my blog I also launched my first Kindness Project and our Kindness Advent Calendar which was featured on our local BBC news show.
The blog also features lots of information and references for parents of children with food allergies, as Dilan has Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) and a soya allergy. You can find more about that on our dairy free page.
Dilan is the most lovable little boy you’ll ever meet. He loves going on new adventures, exploring new places and making new friends. He is full of energy and can usually be found running or climbing (usually something that shouldn’t really be climbed). He is mischievous, cheeky and funny as well as clever and incredibly kind. I started to write as a way to record and capture all the little things I never wanted to forget about our time together. This blog is dedicated to him and to all our adventures as we document them.