I’d never really planned when we would stop breastfeeding. Not because we wanted to keep going forever, more because- whilst it was working for us both, why stop? If he cried, it was the perfect comfort, if he wouldn’t go to sleep, it worked a treat… it was the trick up our sleeve whenever … Continue reading Bye Bye Breastfeeding
After a 9 month hiatus, I'm back!! I've been growing a new baby it seems.. Friends and family will know where I've been, but for the rest of you, here's a little update! (quick clue- I haven't actually had another baby) Some issues with our childcare funding (read.. 2 days at nursery per week costs … Continue reading A 9 month hiatus, and a brand new baby!
Amazing things can happen! As a student Midwife and a Hypnobirthing Teacher, it goes without saying that I think women are INCREDIBLE! But, sometimes I stop for a moment and see myself living in a world of one up(wo)manship and competition- in a professional sense and a parenting sense! And often not in the way … Continue reading When Women Support Women
We've almost reached the 12 month mark on our breastfeeding journey.. and by this point most mums that have attempted it, have either hated it or it's not worked well for them, or they are super passionate about it and everything it entails! So where do we fit? My Opinion on breastfeeding is a little … Continue reading The Realities of Breastfeeding an Almost Toddler
So the BBC recently aired a programme called 'No More Boys and Girls'. It was a really fascinating insight into how we are conditioned (in general) into the blue/pink/strong/gentle/aggressive/submissive roles of male vs female from the very first moment of life on earth! And how (again, massive generalisation) boys struggle to express emotion and girls … Continue reading The Baby Book Bechdel Test
I held of writing this one for a few weeks, incase we were just having a fluke period of 'ok', and I didn't want to jinx it! But we're two weeks in to the 'back at work/ starting nursery' situation, so an update is in order! I never thought I'd take the 'first day of … Continue reading Baby starting Nursery? 10 Top Tips!
Writing books about raising babies is a big business! We were gifted a few, flicked through a few in the library, tend to ignore them as much as possible, but one that cropped up- just kept asking to be read. 'The Danish Way of Parenting'. Now it may just be that it sings to my … Continue reading The Danish Way of Parenting
Current popular topic of conversation for the past few months has been baby food! Or just.. food... that babies eat.. Weaning seems to be the next thing in a long list of activities everyone seems to have an opinion on! Don't spoonfeed your baby, or you'll have a morbidly obese 8 year old who won't … Continue reading I’ve got 99 problems, but food ain’t one!
I've written a piece for the Bump to Baby Chapter Blog on hypnobirthing. You can have a read over here... http://www.thebumptobabychapter.co.uk/the-birth-of-oatcake/ The midwife/mama/hypnobirthing teacher team have some great articles on pregnancy, birth and parenthood that are def worth a read too! Or you can read it here... I wrote my birth story down for my … Continue reading Bump to Baby Chapter
Half way through. Today I am officially half way through my maternity leave. Which means that in 5 Short months (too short of they're anything like the last 5!), the morning duvet snuggles, the coffee shop tours, the riverside walks and afternoon's in front of the telly all come to an end... I have to … Continue reading Halfway there.
It's amazing what a 5 month old baby can teach you. Before Oatcake arrived I had a long list of 'ideals' in mind as to how we would raise him, and some absolute 'never evers' and 'always always'. What I've learned so far is that essentially, this isn't a game of thoughtful decision making, it's … Continue reading I said I’d never.
These days I sit in Surbiton's coffee shops for about 3 hours at a time, on a daily basis. I rotate between the local independent and Caffè Nero, lest someone notices I have NOTHING else to do! I see people with buggies and babies and will them, telepathically, to be my friend. Sometimes, if I'm … Continue reading Coffee Shop Residency