Monthly Archives: September 2015

10th September 2015

Just like you

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 14.39.06When you skip along the window ledge,
Reach up to pinch a snack,
Find Mummy’s phone to play a game,
And never put it back.
When you say out loud the alphabet,
Sit proudly on the loo,
Or stretch to switch the light back on,
I want to do it too!

When you skid along the bathroom floor,
Tell Mummy not to nag,
Or get dropped off at big school,
Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 14.38.10With your lunch box and your bag.
When you climb up to grab remote controls,
Build towers as tall as you,
Or splash all the water out the bath,
I want to do it too!

When you wrestle with your big boy friends,
Help Daddy in the shop,
Or swim with your armbands in the pool,
Do a poo and shout out “PLOP!
When you get to watch grown up cartoons,
Say words I wish I knew,
Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 14.53.37Or jump on your scooter and speed away,
I want to do it too!

When people stop to talk to you,
And comment: ‘Wow! You grew!”,
And you smile and talk right back to them,
I want to do it too!
I think you’re the best big brother,
And I think you know that too,
So when I catch up with all your growing,
I just want to be just like you!

By Louise Emma Clarke @ Mum of Boys

7th September 2015

10 Secret Things We Do After Having a Baby

Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 20.43.261. Stay in our pyjamas until a few minutes before a guest arrives – even if that doesn’t happen until 5pm.

2. Feel a bubble in our tummy and think ‘ooh, there’s the baby!’ before realising it is only gas – and suddenly feeling desperately sad about that, despite the fact the baby is in our arms.

3. Wake up in the middle of the night in a mad panic that the baby is in bed with us, only to discover the baby-shaped lump in the duvet is in fact our partner’s arm or leg.

4. Keep a pair of pre-baby trousers in our wardrobe and try them on occasionally to work out whether we’ve lost any weight. But on discovering we can’t pull them up past our calves, throw them to the back of the wardrobe in a fit of anger – only to discover them a few months later and do the same again in a trouser-shaped vicious circle.

5. Study pictures of ourselves as babies before glancing back at our own baby – and always manage to find similarities, even if we look completely different.

6. Stare at our boobs in the mirror and struggle to comprehend that they belong to us.

7. Lie flat on our back or stomach in bed – and just lie still for a while trying to stay awake, just so we can revel in how comfortable it feels.

8. Taste breastmilk – either out of curiosity or because we licked our fingers without thinking during a spillage – and been surprised that it doesn’t taste that revolting.

9. Wear our maternity wardrobe for a good few months after the baby is born, whilst pretending it’s just something we’ve had in the wardrobe for ages.

10. Blame baby brain for every mistake. For at least a year. Sometimes even two or three years. Basically as long as we can get away with it.

3rd September 2015

Dear Stanley. Today was your second day of school.

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 20.13.30Today was your second day of school. And as we drove there this morning, I glanced back at you at the traffic lights and you looked so small and vulnerable. “Are you excited?” I asked in a cheery voice. You shook your head, refusing to meet my eyes and turned to gaze out the window – and as we pulled away, I felt tears prick the back of my eyes.

I wanted to turn the car around and head home. Back to our apartment to eat pancakes, back to your brother to fight over toy cars, and back to the warmth and familiarity of the nursery we both loved so much.

It goes against all our instincts as mothers to send our children to school so small.

So small that your shorts fall down even though they are the smallest size.

So small that you still need to sleep in the middle of the day, clutching your bunnies just as you did as a baby.

So small that you sob with tiredness when we get home and can’t even articulate why you are so upset.

But I didn’t turn that car around.

I kept driving, because I know this is part of life. And just as I felt sad when I folded away your newborn clothes three years ago, when I saw a small baby in the supermarket jump at a loud noise and realised you no longer did the same thing, and the day  your brother was born and I watched the smile in your eyes fade when you walked into the room and saw him in my arms, I will soon appreciate that this is all part of the person that you will become.

And if I set aside my own sadness at you growing up far too quickly, I am excited for you too, because this is just the start.

I can’t wait to glance inside your classroom and see you running around with a friend, to see you running out clutching the things you have made with a smile on your face, to see you perform in plays, kick a ball in matches, and to watch your excitement bubbling as the holidays approach.

And I can’t wait to spend every second of the now-precious weekends and holidays with you, trying to soak up every moment I am allowed you to myself.

I know that my mother must’ve felt the same when I stepped through the door of my classroom for the first time back in 1985, with a skirt threatening to fall around my ankles and sobs at the end of the day when I was too tired to understand why.

And I know there are thousands of other mothers feeling the same as me now, as they say goodbye to their grown-up baby and walk out of the classroom without a small hand clutching theirs.

It goes against all my instincts as a mother to send you to school so small.

But I know it is part of life.

I know the sadness will fade.

And one day, I know you will grow into those shorts.

Mummy x

GapKids Casting Call Winners Announced!

Thank you to everybody that entered GapKids Casting Call 2015 in the Middle East! It was a real honour to help create the shortlist – and I know each of the finalists and their families are very thankful for all your votes too!

So without further ado, here are the winners of GapKids Casting Call 2015.


Top Row

0 – 4 Baby Girl: Sama, Age 1, UAE

0 – 4 Baby Boy: Taylor Robinson, Age 2, UAE

Bottom Row

5 – 12 Kid Boy: Geoffrey, Age 8, Qatar

5 – 12 Kid Girl: Luna, Age 6, UAE

These four winners will receive AED 2,500 worth of vouchers to spend in Gap stores as well as star in Gap store windows and take part in a fabulous photo-shoot in the October issue of Emirates Woman mini, so make sure you pick up a copy!

Congratulations to Sama, Taylor, Geoffrey, and Luna – and thank you to each and every one of you that entered!