Lost my dignity at The MADs

I’m not sure how a joke about an unused uterus would go down at BAFTA but how else could the self-proclaimed un-broody Muireann Carey-Campbell (Bangs and a Bun) open the Mums and Dads Blog Awards?

My day started with demonstrations of nappy-changing, bottle-feeding and babywearing to reassure my brother, his girlfriend and, mostly, myself that they could babysit without the world ending. They were filling in between me leaving for London and Laurence getting home from work.

(Quick sidenote: Be ye less stupid – don’t leave your baby for 24 hours if you’re breastfeeding. I thought, “My milk supply is shot anyway so what the what.” Well, it turns out that despite pumping while away I still have enough milk to get blocked ducts. Ouch.)

So, I didn’t win but THIS tells you everything you need to know about how the night went down. To Molly from Mother’s Always Right and Jem from Photobox, karaoke – or drink – may not be for us.

And to all who voted for me for Best Pregnancy Blog, take that link as my thanks to you. Since you’ve listened to me yack on and on about my boobs I’ll drop my dignity a few points further just for you.

As promised, I lugged the big-tushed camera and took a few photos:

No walking in heels. I started the night with a taxi ride to the Talk Talk Customer Experience Centre with Melaina from Transatlantic Blonde, Maria from Mummy’s Busy World and Missy B from Missy B and Family.
My outfit was sponsored by Mamas and Papas. This nursing dress is possibly the first thing I’ve worn since giving birth that’s not made me feel ick.

A who’s who board of finalists didn’t really help put online personalities together with real faces. Ah well.

My main regret with this photo is that I didn’t get Muireann’s sexy, slightly Cruella de Vil tights.

Jem, Molly and I basked in our post-karaoke high. Too high for shame.

I had to get a photo of Jane from Northern Mum who deservedly won Best Blog About Family Life because quite honestly, her writing makes me wee with laughter. And with her is the lovely Vic from Glowstars.

Then to end the night I got the taxi back to the hotel with Jax from Making it Up who was wearing her sleepy toddler, making me miss wearing Talitha and reminding me that I need to get to grips with my woven wrap.

Feeling incredibly well-rested after getting more than three hours’ sleep straight, I was up at 6.30am the next day with my roommate Claire from The Life of the Twenty Something Mum. We too sensibly had an early breakfast and headed to Paddington Station so we could get back to our children.

By the way, massive congratulations to Harriet from Is there a Plan B? who won my category. Trundle over and check her out.


  1. Mummy's Busy World
    October 2, 2011 / 10:40 pm

    Hiiiiii! So good to have met you and you looked smokin’! And I hope the babe was in one piece when you got home (but I’m sure your brother and girlfriend managed just fine) xx

    • October 3, 2011 / 12:19 am

      They did, actually! She may even have made them broody. Lovely meeting you too. x

  2. October 3, 2011 / 10:29 am

    Lady, you are gorgeous! I’m glad you all had a great time. 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    October 3, 2011 / 10:31 am

    You looked amazing! It was lovely to meet you even if just briefly.

    I’d fallen off the baby wearing wagon myself; I used a SnugBaby for our CoastAlong walk and it was awesome-so much so Blondie Boy passed out in it 🙂

    • October 3, 2011 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks, hon. Loved your dress. I can only ever get Talitha to sleep in the day time in wraps at the moment. I say at the moment, I mean ever since she was three weeks old!

  4. October 3, 2011 / 11:44 am

    Hey look at you!  Fabulous frock!

    Glad you enjoyed it and you all survived (sorry to hear about blocked ducts… )

    • October 3, 2011 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks! A LOT of nursing, pumping, a bit or heat and lecithin and it’s all ok now. It also doesn’t seem to have further harmed the supply so, “Phew!” 

  5. October 3, 2011 / 12:38 pm

    You know, I don’t even remember that pic of Jane and I being taken. Too much beer methinks…

    • October 3, 2011 / 1:38 pm

      And now I know who the mystery woman in the photograph is I will amend the post. x

  6. October 3, 2011 / 12:42 pm

    Lovely photos – I have major camera envy. My pictures were absolutely awful, proof that a rubbish camera and too much wine = the worst photos in history. Great to meet you finally – and thanks for the karaoke partnership. I think we have a new girl group right there…

    • October 3, 2011 / 1:40 pm

      They’re in serious need of editing but this post took me long enough and a Sunday night shouldn’t be spent that way. Fab to meet you and embarrass myself with you. We should be The Merry Mummies…except Jem from Photobox isn’t a mummy I don’t think…

  7. October 4, 2011 / 6:40 pm

    Thank you! It was so lovely to meet you and sorry if I terrified you by being too enthusiastic too early in the evening… big crowds of strangers do that too me!  Loved your dress too by the way.

    • October 4, 2011 / 6:58 pm

      Not at all. If I didn’t match your enthusiasm it was only because I could’ve done with more sleep *before* the event!

  8. MsXpat
    October 4, 2011 / 9:53 pm

    Looked like it was fun! Thanks for sharing. Hey… where’s the top hat?

    • October 5, 2011 / 11:22 pm

      Top hat arrived and did not look so hot. Going to get myself an antique one soon though.

  9. October 6, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    Was a pleasure to meet you.  What a lovely blog you have and your photo’s of the evening are stunning.  Hope to meet again with the bloggosphere x

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