Are you ready to have kids?

I was so ready to have kids, until I actually went ahead and had kids.  I had waited until I was old enough to have built a successful career, but not so old that I…

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What am I supposed to do with my baby all day?

New parents often talk about days flying by at an alarming rate when looking after a newborn baby.  We all have days when we look at the clock and can’t believe it’s 4pm and we’re…

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Stop guilt-tripping new mums and tell them the truth about breastfeeding

The number of mums who breastfeed their child is declining despite most mamas giving it a go immediately after birth. The HuffPost reports: “Just 42.7 per cent of mothers breastfeed their babies when they are…

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How can we stop mums feeling guilty about not breastfeeding?

Midwives have been told to support bottlefeeding among mums in a major shift in attitudes, the Royal College of Midwives announced this week. It says mums should not be guilt tripped over choosing not to…

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Why not cherishing every minute does NOT make you a bad mum

Time with your children is very precious. We love them to absolute pieces, and they grow up way too fast. That first year is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of affair. Then when you add more children…

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Surviving the Witching Hour with your newborn baby

You gain a hell of a lot when you become a mother, but you also lose a few things too. Your marbles being one of them. For me, one of the biggest losses that I…

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Think you know what sleep deprivation is?

I owe everyone who I’ve chatted with, doled out advice to and sympathised with about sleep deprivation recently an apology. I thought I still understood how utterly, utterly crap sleep deprivation is. I thought I…

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12 expectations vs realities of having a baby

From the moment you find out you’re pregnant, your brain starts to paint a picture of what life will be like with your cute little baby. You create an image in your mind based on…

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11 ways to pick yourself up on hard days

As mums we all know that the joy far outweighs the bad. But, and that’s a big but, it’s bloody hard work sometimes. There are definitely good days and bad days, though we often get…

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New mama loneliness

Of all the things I expected motherhood to make me feel, lonely was definitely not one of them. You would think it was a matter of simple mathematics. When you add a baby to the…

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In the battle of the boobs, we all lose

Despite decades of debate, bringing up the topic of breastfeeding in a room of mothers is still akin to lobbing a hand grenade. Breast vs bottle, the ultimate showdown continues to rumble on like the…

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A letter to my first-time-parent self

Dear first-timer me, Right now you’re feeling pretty overwhelmed and being way too hard on yourself. You knew this was going to be hard, but you didn’t realise quite how emotional it would make you…

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The truth about breastfeeding – what no-one told me

Breastfeeding is something that gets pretty much rammed down our throats from the second we pee on a stick and those magic blue lines appear. Once the excitement (hopefully!) has died down and you get…

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Dear mummy

Dear mummy, It’s now been a week since we first met. It was a hard day for us both, though I’ll concede you probably put in most of the effort. I thought that now was…

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What I’ve learned in three years of parenting

Today marks three years since my eldest came screaming into our lives. It’s safe to say that nothing has been the same since, not least mummy’s lady parts. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: 1.…

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