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Last week, we sadly lost our second hamster. Our other hamster died a couple of months ago, so we were all a bit upset when we realised Robin had gone to sleep and wouldn’t wake up. He had some health issues we were taking care of that we knew he wouldn’t get better from but […]



Anyone else struggling with endoftermitis? I love the word. It perfectly describes how we are all feeling, here in the Mad House of Cats & Babies. We are tired, all of us (well, I don’t know about the cats, but the human residents are) and it has been a long term, and the summer holidays […]


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Blog author, Karen Reekie

Welcome to the Mad House. I originally started this blog, in a blur of sleep deprivation, to get my thoughts and feelings down somewhere, on parenting, second time round, with a baby that had major sleep issues (and not just normal ones) but it has grown and grown. We are now well into our fifth year at the Mad House and you will find blog posts on anything from gardening, to politics, with lots of ramblings on parenting, and also about living with food intolerances. I blog about cows milk and gluten free cooking too.

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