ICYMI… Introducing Toilets aren’t for Turtles
If you’re just checking in to Toilets aren’t for Turtles for the first time, then you might be wondering what on Earth this blog is all about. A little bit of dairy-free cooking, a lot about how hard being a mum can be, quite a bit of swearing, and some funny shit thrown in as well. Hopefully 😉
Well yes, that about sums it up.
You might also be wondering why I decided to call the blog Toilets aren’t for Turtles – weird name isn’t it?? Well, it was inspired by the time my Little Miss, as a tiny tot, decided to take her turtle for a swim. In my toilet.
So by way of introduction, and just in case you missed anything…here’s a run down of what’s been happening on the blog these last five months or so.
I am Mumma McD. I work (currently part time) in corporate communications for a not for profit organisation, and have a professional background in public relations, advertising and marketing. I’m in my late 30’s, so am probably considered an ‘older’ mum to a lot of people, but in my circle of friends this is a pretty normal age to be starting out on the parenting journey. I need coffee to get up and red wine to relax. I love to cook, and am currently obsessed with wholefoods and thermocooking. I’d love a Thermomix, but at the moment I’m making do with a Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master, or Boris as he’s affectionately known.
Little Miss gave me very little trouble as a baby, but is paying me back by the truckload now she is a Threenager. She is super-smart, very funny, and virtually impossible to control. All features I really admire and want to foster in her, but maybe not while it’s me that’s trying to control her.
The Stuntman has been a pain in the arse from the day he was born, due to Upper Lip & Tongue Ties, cow’s milk & soy protein intolerance, a tendency to projectile vomit several times a day and an annoying habit of not sleeping. Ever. But he is actually the cutest toddler on the planet, my most delicious little man and, despite how much I complain sometimes, I don’t really want to send him back for a refund. (Although I’d certainly get his Sleeping function replaced under warranty if I could).
Mr McD and I have been together for just over 6 years, and married for 3. We struggle through this daily parenting grind, with (mostly) good humour and lots of affection for each other. He’s my best mate and I couldn’t imagine being on this journey without him. We are both prone to moaning and complaining probably more than our fair share, and we both enjoy playing the “I’m more tired than you” game. Which is silly really, because obviously I’m more tired than him. I mean, I’m the MUM after all. But, to be fair, he does an awful lot for our family, and is the most awesome and fun dad, so I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.
The McD’s Do…
We like to do lots of things as a family… we recently had a 3 week trip to NZ, and we also love fun family days out, going to markets and things. I like to share some of the fun things we do on this blog.
I’m still breastfeeding the Stuntman at – shock horror – 22 months of age. I never planned to be an extended breastfeeder, but that’s just the way it’s worked out, and we both couldn’t be happier. I do share a few stories on this blog about what it’s like to breastfeed a toddler, or as I call it, ‘BOOBNASTICS’, and about some of the challenges I face as a breastfeeding working mum.
As I’m still breastfeeding the Stuntman, and he is intolerant to cow’s milk, we both follow a strictly dairy-free diet. This can be pretty challenging, but we’ve found some good ways around it over the last 18 months or so. We also have to avoid all soy protein, which is probably more challenging than avoiding dairy to be honest. I’ve been experimenting with Paleo over the last few months but am finding it too restrictive for my family, so am looking for something a bit more flexible.
I like to think I have a few funny stories in me, like the time I met The Commando in the parents’ room at Westfield, or the worst Tuesday morning kindy-run ever. Or our horrendous flight to NZ with a teething Stuntman. If you can’t laugh at your life when it turns to shit, then what have you got? Just shit. So I try to make the shit funny.
I freely admit, I am a mum who swears. Not excessive amounts, and never gratuitously, but just be warned that I do have a swear filter missing. I don’t swear in front of the kiddies, but I do think that a good old-fashioned f-bomb can lighten the mood and relieve a bit of tension. And sometimes no other word will do! Unlike that other F-word which is destructive and holds way too much power over people (me anyway).
Recipes and meal planning
Despite being a drinking, swearing, old-bag of a mum, I’m actually a pretty good cook, and I love to organise my week with meal planning. I share meal plans and recipes that help us out during the week, in the hope that they might help you out too.
So that’s pretty much it, in a nutshell.
Thanks for dropping in to catch up on what you might’ve missed, I really do appreciate all of my readers who come by for a visit. Even all of my ‘fans’ from Russia, and those crazy ‘bots from simple-share-buttons.com. Love ya’s.
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