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19 August
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Being friends with Poppy’s dad…

Poppy, Simon and I went to see the Barbie Mariposa film screening this week. It is rare that we do family activities together as Simon lives and plays football up north, but what a special treat for Poppy to be taken out by mummy and daddy together.

Me, Poppy and Simon

Me, Poppy and Simon

My friends are always wanting Simon and I to get back together but we both know it’s never ever going to happen, I think we are more like brother and sister – we can argue one minute (normally when Simon blames me for the traffic jam we are in) and then the next minute we are laughing our heads off and being silly together. So, whilst we might look like a happy little family, we are in fact just two great friends that happen to have made a baby together, come to think of it thats the definition of a perfect happy family isn’t it?!

I love Simon coming to stay with us, he makes me a cup of tea in the morning (which is a winner!) but most of all I love those moments where I can sit back and watch my daughter play so beautifully with her dad. The moments where she is snuggled up to him on the sofa and the moments where she tries to play us off against each other so she can get her own way. As silly as it sounds it’s those teeny little things that I notice that are special to me. I feel lucky that being friends with Poppy’s dad means I get to share moments like this with the person that loves her just as much as I do.

I love seeing poppy and her dad just hanging out together, Poppy was watching Robin Hood here – please excuse the tattoos all over her legs that don’t seem to want to come off!

Simon with Poppy

Simon with Poppy

One day I’m pretty sure Simon will get himself a girlfriend and, of course, I will be swept away by Prince Charming (laughing at myself now for never learning that fairy tales are not real). Whatever happens I know that it will never change the dynamics of our friendship like it did previously because it’s too important for us to show Poppy that, thanks to her, we will always have a very strong bond. I regret pushing Simon out of my life before, I think I was confused about what was right and wrong whilst being in a relationship. I realise now that there is no ‘wrong’, it should always be OK for us to meet up for dinner or day trips and, as long as the potential new partners are always included and never pushed out, I don’t see it ever being a problem. Lets hope its not!

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Nx

09 May
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Poppy gets a glam fashion week makeover

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So little Poppy walked into Essex Fashion Week in a pair of skinnies and a stripy jumper, but she walked out looking like she was dressed in Chanel, with her nails perfectly manicured and accessorised better than anyone else in there. Yes, my little Popster had been well and truly glammed up Essex-style and she thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it, as did I watching the satisfaction on her little face as she was being dolled up to the nines. We saw Aunty Lauren (Lauren Pope) at the show too, which was an added surprise. Poppy goes to her dad’s house every other weekend and with me working full-time, the odd free days we get together are spent visiting friends or family. So a day like this one is very rare. We had the most wonderful day at an event that really wasn’t geared up for four year olds, but just being together was enough.

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This trip showed me how special it is to have quality mummy and Poppy time. My little princess is the reason I smile on the toughest of days, she is my motivation for success and the reason I make careful decisions every day to set the best example I can for her. Our children learn from our every move so it’s so important we always have this in mind in our day-to-day actions and attitude towards life.

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