The one with the scan photo

Happy New Year!

I love a bit of new year. I love setting goals and fresh starts and spring cleans and all the things that typically come with a new year. I’ve already washed the kitchen floor and cleaned the bathroom today, and I’ve not eaten a sausage roll in about 20 hours.

Although I do love Christmas, December felt a little bit overwhelming. I had a little knot in my stomach of anxiety that came and went throughout the month and I found it hard to get as excited as I usually would about list making.

(Horror! What is life without the joy of a list?)

I knew that once Christmas ticked over though, that I would feel better, and I did. I do. I have a new diary, a cool calendar, a fist-full of lists for all occasions and I’m ready for 2019, whatever it may bring.

One of the things that 2019 is set to bring is this:

grandparent blog


No, it’s not my pregnancy scan, at least not entirely. It’s 25% me though. Come July, Bee is going to be a Mummy, and my blog is going to become, at least in spirit, Slummy Single (Grand)Mummy.

(Probably not actually in name because that’s a bit of a faff and I don’t have room on a list to action a full rebrand.)

So that’s exciting isn’t it? Just when I was questioning whether or not I could legitimately call myself a parent blog – I wrote about that here – Bee has opened up a whole new angle for me! Just as I was starting to lament never being able to go to another school nativity, (after years of wondering when I was allowed to stop), a new baby is coming along for me to dress up!

Good work Bee.

I’m seeing my grand-parenting years as the opportunity to do all the things I meant/forget to do with my own children, whilst knowing that none of the long term consequences of my actions are my responsibility. I think that’s the whole idea. I’m also considering a new Instagram account – ‘Babies dressed as food’ maybe? – for when I’m babysitting.

I’m sure Bee won’t mind if the baby goes home dressed as a taco.

What’s on your list for 2019?

Do you have any advice or experiences of being a grandparent to share with me?



  1. 2 January, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    Congratulations to you all!

    • Jo Middleton
      2 January, 2019 / 1:30 pm

      thanks Jax! It should be an exciting year :-)

  2. Trish Caller
    2 January, 2019 / 1:30 pm

    Welcome to the Nana Club!! So happy and delighted for you Jo!! I can’t wait to meet him/her xxxxx

  3. 2 January, 2019 / 1:33 pm

    Congratulations :)

  4. jen
    2 January, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    That is ace news. Congratulations Bee and to you granny

  5. Rebecca Phillips
    2 January, 2019 / 1:36 pm


  6. Polly Jemima
    2 January, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    Ah lovely news! Congrats to you all xx

  7. Sarah-Jane Trask
    2 January, 2019 / 1:40 pm

    Aw, how lovely! Congratulations :) xxx

  8. 2 January, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    Congratulations to you all. That’s wonderful news

  9. Simon
    2 January, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    Congratulations to Bee (and you)! Looking forward to a new year of SSM!

  10. 2 January, 2019 / 1:49 pm

    Such exciting news, Jo!!

  11. 2 January, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Congratulations, my mum is loving her time as a grandparent, she’s practically in her prime!

  12. 2 January, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    Oh congratulations. So exciting. My only suggestion touch base with Nickie O’Hara that other young Grandma. She’s got 3 now she’s a pro xxxxxxxxx

  13. DiaryOfTheDad
    2 January, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    Congratulations – lovely news! :-)

  14. 2 January, 2019 / 3:18 pm

    Huge congratulations, that’s lovely news x

  15. 2 January, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    Aww! What exciting news! Congratulations to you all x

  16. Chris Knowler
    2 January, 2019 / 3:52 pm

    Congratulations to you all! Lovely news.

  17. 2 January, 2019 / 4:05 pm

    Awww nice one. I’m very much looking forward to becoming a grandparent myself in due course. Its my excuse for putting all the best toys in the loft :D
    Congratulations to the whole family x

  18. 2 January, 2019 / 6:49 pm

    Congratulations to you all, how exciting x

  19. 2 January, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    Congratulations on your great (or should that be ‘grand’?) news! :-)

  20. 2 January, 2019 / 9:20 pm

    Ah, that’s great news for you all. Hope pregnancy is treating Bee well

  21. 2 January, 2019 / 10:32 pm

    Ahh congratulations to Bee- and of course to you too! xx

  22. 2 January, 2019 / 11:33 pm

    How utterly fabulous. Congrats to you both! xx

  23. Christine Hutchins
    4 January, 2019 / 8:01 am

    Congratulations to all involved! As far as advice goes – being 44 and (step) grandmother to 7 (with another on the way, due in May I think), photos (obviously!) of you holding them, and as they get older videos of any funny little things they say and do. Oh, and the one I’m not so great at – saying no. Mine are 7 years old and under – youngest is 18 months, and due to a broken relationship my stepson lives with us, so his 6 are often at our house, and it isn’t always easy. I take the view – Nanny’s house, Nanny’s rules! Oh – and photos of relatives – one of my grandson’s is the spitting image of my husband at around the same age – I’ve shown my grandson and his twin sister a photo of my husband as a child, and asked them who is in the photo. They both say it is Hunter (my grandson)!

    Most of all – enjoy the different stages – which I am sure you will do – and I look forward to the blog posts about the new arrival!

  24. 15 March, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    Fantastic news ! Congrats to both of you. You will be a great Gran :)

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