(Trying to) Become a more mindful parent

(Trying to) Become a more mindful parent

Sometimes it feels like I only ever say no to my kids (or to be more specific, to my 3 year old, Theo). Stop climbing on there. Stop hitting your sister. Stop whining. Say please. Why is there water all over the floor!? Don’t yell.…

The Motherhood

The Motherhood

On Friday, there was a bit of a Mean Girls “incident” in the sandpit. It involved Theo using toys that weren’t his and two separate mums coming together to gang up on me to tell me that I was doing a terrible job not teaching…

Beatrice’s birth story

Beatrice’s birth story

I can’t quite believe how different two births can be. Theo’s was exciting, but full of fear and pretty scary toward the end (although, of course, it still delivered the best possible result – a healthy baby. And, in retrospect, it wasn’t as bad as many other…

What you need for a new baby: The definitive list

What you need for a new baby: The definitive list

When I was pregnant with Theo, my friend at work, who was much further along than me, gave me The List. I don’t know how it got started, but I do know it had been passed around and added to by at least a dozen other…

Then vs now: The differences having a second baby

Then vs now: The differences having a second baby

I can’t quite believe how difference the experience of having a second baby is. I know this is unhelpful for first time parents to hear, but I remember my friend saying “typical first time mum” to something I was doing with Theo when he was…

Pregnancy: Round II

Pregnancy: Round II

It’s not too long now until my due date (just over a week, to be precise), and soon I’ll have another little bundle of life to look after. I found both pregnancy and the early days (/months) after the birth incredibly difficult last time around,…

The magic of hormones

The magic of hormones

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to some friends/colleagues after work, who were questioning me about the bump and the birth. I talked a bit about what a mixed experience the first birth was – I had a blissful epidural for the first 10…

Surviving on no sleep

Surviving on no sleep

It seems like everywhere you look lately, there is more news about just how important sleep is for your health, your career, your wellbeing – your sanity! There are new books popping up every day about how to get more sleep, and Arianna Huffington even…

Saying goodbye to breastfeeding

Saying goodbye to breastfeeding

On Thursday, 25th February, at around 5:30 am (yes, really), I nursed Theo for the final time. He was almost 14 months old. I fed him exclusively breastmilk for 6 months, then breastmilk plus some solids until 10 months, then breastmilk, solids and formula until…

Decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions

One of the things I have found hardest since having Theo is making decisions as a parent. Once the doctor and midwives knew that Theo and I were both okay, immediately after birth, the decision making began. Vitamin K injected immediately into his foot, or drops…