Monthly Archives: July 2015

This post is in collaboration with TheCircle

Today marks the end of an era and the start of an exciting chapter for one of my dearest friends, Hot Nanny aka Lizzie. Tomorrow she starts a new job in London and while we are all so excited for her, not having her just down the road will be a bit of an adjustment for us all. The past few years have been so fun thanks to her and a group of amazing girls who are affectionately known as Hot Stuff. They have made being at home with the kids the happiest time of my life and I know that I will treasure memories of these times when I’m old and grey. I am so grateful for these gorgeous girls and with International Day of Friendship just around the corner, it seemed the perfect time to tell them all!

When I first became a mum it was a very different story. Bevan was born a month after my 24th birthday and most of my friends were years away from settling down and being at home with a baby was something I found quite isolating. I had a wonderful friend with a baby the same age but when she went back to work, there was nobody. I am a really sociable person and even though I loved being with my baby, I craved adult company. I took him to every group there was in an effort to meet people and while the women I met at the baby groups were all really nice, most of them were quite a bit older than I was and we didn’t have much in common besides us having kids. And then I met Gemma. We love to re-tell this story now… how our eyes locked across the village hall and we both thought “Yay! She looks young!”.  When I first met my husband I knew he was “the one” and the same was true here. At a coffee date a few days later, I told her how if I had a daughter, her middle name would be Sunshine and she didn’t laugh. A few months later we met Natalie (Big Sister of Hot Stuff), Caroline and Bev Beaver (her real name) at preschool and then when the kids started school, Lizzie the hot nanny joined the fold. Over the past few years, many picnics and many glasses of Pimms, we have shared some great times.

I think a lot of people assume that groups of friends like us are gossips that compete with one another or that we’re cliquey but nothing could be further from the truth. I always wanted a sister and now I have lots! These girls have taught me how important good friends are and I love the friendship that we have. We laugh together, cry together and turn up drunk at a teacher’s house together celebrate together. It’s a really special thing knowing that people have your back. We keep in touch throughout the day, checking in with each other. If someone isn’t well, someone else is offering a hand. Running late? I’ll grab your kid from school. Little things like knowing how someone takes their tea, asking how their day is going – I love that we do that. They make me want to be a good friend. It’s not all rosy, of course we disagree on things and get cross at each other but when I think of some of the bad friendships I’ve had in the past, I think I completely lucked out here.

On Friday I will be raising a glass of something pink and fizzy and thanking my lucky stars for these girls. I love your faces x