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Hi there,

I have started to think about different themes I can explore with the girls (mostly Marnie at this stage but as she gets older Polly will be able to join in to). I started by grabbing a notebook and writing a list of possible themes. I used to work in a nursery so got some inspiration from the time I had there, I also spoke to my husband and my mum to see if they had any ideas. I follow a couple of accounts on instagram about play (play.hooray and the_play_at_home_mummas) so I had a scroll through their accounts to look for inspiration.

Once I had a list of themes I racked my brains for things we could do that link to those themes. The activities I came up with ranged from days out to things we can do at home either inside or in the garden. I don't always want to be spending a lot of money on activities for us to do because I am on maternity leave and that means not much disposable cash (not that we have loads spare when I'm working anyway!!), also I'm still adap…


Hi there,

I'm Lottie, mum to Marnie (aged 2) and Polly (8 weeks). I am currently on maternity leave from my admin job. My first maternity leave was spent cuddling a baby and watching box sets on Netflix. This time its not quite so relaxing...  I'm currently sitting on my living room floor typing with one hand, feeding a baby and waiting for the toddler to wake up from her nap!

So far parenting two has been eventful... Polly had a rather interesting arrival (that's a story for another day!!), followed by Christmas and then a week long stay for Polly and I in hospital. Things have been so crazy it must have been hard for Marnie to adjust to not having all our attention all the time.

I want Marnie to have a bit more structure in her day so that she continues to learn and develop. I started to look in to sending her to pre-school for a couple of mornings a week but, stupidly, didn't realise that in the area we live you pretty much have to put a childs name down from birth …