Mind

‘Mum Didn’t Deny the Magic of Christmas, She Was Just Exhausted Dealing With Dad’

“OOH, THAT’LL BE bleak…” This was my husband’s response when I said I'd been asked to write about Christmases growing up. “Is there a way you can spin it?” he asked, “Surely something nice happened?!” Yes, there were moments of magic around Christmas. We were brought to Cornelscourt to sit on Santa’s knee (and soak up his… Continue reading ‘Mum Didn’t Deny the Magic of Christmas, She Was Just Exhausted Dealing With Dad’

Mind

Five Phrases I Didn’t Want to Hear After Miscarrying – and Five That Helped

HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY would have been around March 7th, 2016. We’ve no idea if it was a boy or not, I just had a feeling. My miscarriage was one of the more traumatic experiences of life so far, and easily the most solitary. People are adept enough at checking in after the death of a… Continue reading Five Phrases I Didn’t Want to Hear After Miscarrying – and Five That Helped

Body

‘My Hair Turned Curly’… 8 Mums Reveal the Unexpected Ways Their Bodies Changed Post-baby

Post baby bodies are always unexpected. Sure, I knew my belly was going to be a bit different, and my boobs were bound to be noticeably squishier. Even the extra hair on most extremities didn’t come as a shock. But some changes were entirely unforeseen. For example, I wasn’t aware my feet were going to… Continue reading ‘My Hair Turned Curly’… 8 Mums Reveal the Unexpected Ways Their Bodies Changed Post-baby

Baby

How to Prepare The Firstborn for Their First Sibling…

"Mummy, what's wrong with your belly?!" We'd been talking about "the baby" on and off, just so our then almost 3-year-old prepped for a sibling. However, it hadn't really registered with her. Now, she was beginning to understand... Mummy's bulbous belly had a baby in there, and it couldn't be sent back to the shop.… Continue reading How to Prepare The Firstborn for Their First Sibling…

Mind

Postnatal Depression: Things You Should and Shouldn’t Say…

Waking in the recovery room, after my baby was born via emergency C section, was the loneliest experience of my life. Within seconds, a friendly-faced nurse said "Welcome back. The surgery went well, you're daughter is doing great! She's just in intensive care getting checked over, you'll see her soon!" I "should have" felt a… Continue reading Postnatal Depression: Things You Should and Shouldn’t Say…

Mind

How To… Navigate Parenting While Hungover

I'll never forget my bleary-eyed brother-in-law grabbing me by the shoulders at last orders, saying "Have another one, for me. I'm up with the kids in the morning. Enjoy your nights out while you still can." Wise words. If only kids-free me had listened...   Whether it's after a massive wedding or binging on beer and… Continue reading How To… Navigate Parenting While Hungover

Baby, Body, Mind

Eight Mums Speak Out About How They Eased Their Birthing Fears

There's a multitude of ways to prepare for a baby's arrival. In fact, some would wager too many...  In the run up, there are the practical things to prep for a baby, such as washing a million teeny onesies in your preferred brand of non-bio. Then deliberating which ones to bring to the hospital, while… Continue reading Eight Mums Speak Out About How They Eased Their Birthing Fears

Baby, Travel

Parenting Hacks: The A-Z of Travelling with Chislers…

TRAVELLING WITH BABIES and young kids can be a mammoth task. On top of juggling small humans, you must also manage buggies, boarding passes, repeated toilet requests and endless begging for snacks. But fear not. As a mum of two, I’ve been through my fair share of family holidays and have come out the other… Continue reading Parenting Hacks: The A-Z of Travelling with Chislers…