Category Adjusting to Mamahood

‘…and then she threw her broccoli at my head’

Toddlers. You often hear of the term ‘terrible twos’, but I hadn’t fully anticipated the sheer magnitude of this stage until it, quite literally, smacked me in the face. True, Winnie is currently adjusting to having a new sibling, her whole world is evolving, and her parents are having to share their time between her and a small baby; but she had been showing signs of certain behaviours long before her brothers arrival.

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Dear friend…

Dear Friend, I’m sorry that I missed you I’m sorry that I lied Your birthday card was 10 days late, but please know I really tried. I’m sorry that your distant, that you think that I don’t care That I shouted “see you later”…but then failed to meet you there. I’m sorry that I missed you I’m sorry I didn’t call It’s not that I don’t want to chat, I

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‘I could’ve learnt Portuguese, but all I did was lactate’

I won’t bore you with the details, but my brief hiatus in the blogging world has been tough. Really tough. A hefty health scare, general bad luck and a few mama mishaps have found their way into daily life and have left me feeling somewhat fragile. Now that I am back however, I have chosen this post to give a quick overview on the developmental changes we have made over

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‘She’s smiling and her hair smells like ACTUAL shampoo’

Comparisons generally lead to feelings of inadequacy. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have wistfully looked into a cafe window and spied a mother enjoying a latte and perusing the latest copy of Grazia, with her sleeping babe in a pram beside her, whilst I scamper past covered in breakfast remnants and wrestling a bread stick from Winnie’s nostril for the millionth time. ‘How come her baby will sleep in its

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‘It’s none of your business if they don’t like gherkins’

If I’ve learnt one thing from this motherhood thang, it’s to ignore other people’s advice. Just because your sister’s-friend’s-hairdresser’s-cousin’s-dog walker’s-mother’s-child likes to listen to whale music whilst simultaneously being rocked in a hammock and bounced on a pogo stick, doesn’t mean it’ll encourage my baby to sleep through the night too. ‘Don’t pick up the baby when she cries, she will get used to it and become clingy!’ Whilst I

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‘I see you every day, but I haven’t looked at you in months’

This is a subject that I have been contemplating writing about for quite some time. It isn’t a subject that I feel I am able to turn into a light-hearted ‘easy read’, and I worried that by digging too deep I might distract from the usual themes within my posts, and thus risk changing the entire dynamic of my site. But then I decided that I didn’t care. This topic is of such

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‘Do you mind if I just nip over the fence? My maternity briefs have blown onto your hydrangeas’

Before my pregnancy journey began, I was somewhat reserved. I didn’t openly discuss the intimate details of my life, my relationship, or my health,  and I would almost certainly break out into a cold sweat at the mere mention of the word ‘menstruation’. (shudder) This all changed during our battle to conceive our daughter. What once was a subject of great embarrassment, slowly became a topic of conversation. I became

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‘…and then I pretended to be Belgian and it all got a bit out of hand’.

    I have touched on this in a previous post but feel that it deserves its own dedicated page. Baby brain is no joke. If you think it’s simply a putting-the-cereal-back-in-the-fridge-and-the- milk-back-in-the-cupboard type of behaviour, then you are very much mistaken. That’s just the warm up. If you’ve ever found yourself on the doorstop of a very confused elderly man asking who you are and why you want to buy

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‘I didn’t think a parsnip would make such a good weapon’

There are some things that women warn you of when you are pregnant. General words of wisdom that only an experienced ‘new mum’ can offer. Basic guidance on feeding, sleeping, winding and such. Occasionally, even the odd anecdote on a particularly explosive nappy will find its way in. But, there are also some things that are missed. Things that I wish I had been prepared for. Things that I never

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‘I think you are underestimating the importance of a perfectly timed forward roll.’

If there is one thing that I didn’t plan for whilst pregnant, it’s squeaky floorboards. I was used to meandering from room to room, blissfully ignorant to the tremendous noise that each step would produce. Now, the moment Winnie closes her eyes, I enter stealth mode. From the bed, through the door, along the hall and into the lounge. Simple, right? Wrong. At first, I couldn’t make sense of the

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