When Kate turned one, my uterus and its future plans became a seemingly acceptable subject for discussion. Phrases like, ‘time to make another one’ and ‘the best gift you can give her is a sibling’ actually came out of people’s mouths as though they were perfectly fine things to say. My husband and I had previously skipped the post-wedding ‘when are the babies coming?’ talk, … Continue reading Please, stop asking.
This blog post is probably the one that’s taken me longest to write. It’s been floating around in my head for a long time, but whenever I sat down to put my thoughts into words I struggled to convey them clearly and would end up leaving it in the draft box until my next unsuccessful attempt. I want to talk about my life postpartum. It’s … Continue reading Self-Love, Hard Work & Grace
We’re back! Sorry that took so long. Clearly, adjusting to life with a toddler during a pandemic required more of my energy than I thought it would. I didn’t plan to stop writing initially, but I did welcome the pause with open arms when I realised it’d be a relatively long one. I do, however, feel that the absence was important. For the past few … Continue reading Emerging From The (literal & figurative) Cave
Overwhelmed is an understatement. We’re on the third month of 2020 and I wake up each day hoping that this is all just a bad dream. 2020 was supposed to be THE year. The previous decade wiped clean. Onwards and upwards! Isn’t that what we all cheered about as we welcomed in the new year, champagne flutes in hand, less than 3 months ago? (Metaphorically … Continue reading Making It Work: Handling Social Isolation As A Parent
Pardon the silence. I was busy wrapping my head around all that’s going on in the world right now. We’ve spent the last few days preparing ourselves for a potential lockdown, making sure that the rest of our families are safe and have all they need. We’ve been socially distancing ourselves, laying low and figuring out how to organise our days so that Kate is … Continue reading The Prize Of The Present
We all know how confusing the world of baby stuff is and how expensive all of that stuff can be. In light of this, it’s no wonder that receiving an invitation to a baby shower can be daunting for many. There’s so much out there…what does she need? What does she already have? What won’t cost a week’s paycheck? Regardless, it’s only natural for you … Continue reading Baby Shower Gifts for Under €50
It is a sweeping statement to end all sweeping statements. One that, in the 500+ days that I have been a parent, I have come across more often than any other. I have seen it typed in Facebook groups, I’ve received it as texts over Whatsapp and have even discussed it verbally with many mothers currently parenting children between the ages of 0 and 18: … Continue reading Is Parenting Harder Than It Used To Be?
Buying baby gear is like navigating a confusing, expensive, minefield of cunningly cute stuff. Continue reading Five Tips On Navigating The Baby Gear Minefield
Like most parenting topics out there, weaning is a rather personal subject. A quick search online reveals the sheer amount of approaches, philosophies and techniques that parents must sift through (and attempt to make sense of) during the earlier months of their babies’ lives. When there are many ways of doing things, you’ll find many people who’ll tell you that their way of doing things … Continue reading My Five Weaning Mantras
I am often asked what I think the most difficult part of being a new mum is. Each time, I reply in the same way. First, I set the disclaimer that it’s all pretty darn challenging (think breastfeeding, post-partum uterine contractions, sleepless nights, colic etc… or do yourself a favour and don’t think about any of that stuff at all). Then, I talk about loneliness. … Continue reading The L Word