In defence of Instagram…

Little squares of light in the dark… I am never more glued to my phone than when I have a newborn baby. Breastfeeding constantly means long periods of enforced sitting with only one hand to spare, as well as minimal brain capacity and an inability to concentrate for more than a few moments at a…

Second Chance Saloon

Getting it right, second time around… Having your second (or in our case second and third) baby is, in many ways, a chance to get it right the second time around. A chance to have another go, armed with the benefit of hindsight, forethought, confidence and a sense of being slightly more qualified for the…

Home & Heart

New house, new babies… This is a rather belated post, being as we moved into our new house in June. But hey, we’ve been just a little bit busy…! On New Year’s Eve last year, R and I went out for dinner at our fabulous local pub, while our grandparents babysat. We chatted about the…

Feeding Two

Breastfeeding twins, the story so far… When we started telling people that we were not only pregnant again, but pregnant with twins, one of the first, and most common things, that came up, was how I was going to feed them. It seems in many ways an odd question to ask a mother-to-be – I…

The Republic of Motherhood

A dear friend sent me this poem a few days ago, and I wanted to share it with you. Written by poet Liz Berry, The Republic of Motherhood, recently published in Granta, is a beautifully-crafted vision of the realities of motherhood, in all its searing painful, euphoric beauty. With perfect precision she covers the simplicity…

Birth Without Fear

Birthing the boys, and being in control… As readers of the blog will know, I spent a lot of time when I was pregnant working on resetting the fears that remained after my first birth – an experience that felt out of control from the moment it started, and that felt as if decisions were…

Here come the boys…

And so, our little twins arrived last week. Welcome to the family, Felix and Monty… What a week or so it has been. Our boys arrived on 19 August, after a great labour and birth where we felt in control, calm and happy throughout. Felix – 6lbs – was born first, a good strong cry,…

Mothers on Mothering

This week…Haley, blogger at The Fox Fairies and mother to boy/girl twins, Francis and Beatrice. Originally from Devon, Haley and her husband Pete relocated to London four years ago. Having worked in education for over ten years, a stickler for organisation and now a twin mama, Haley blogs to capture their Fox Fairy adventures. My…

Finding Inner Calm

I’ve been working really hard this pregnancy on finding the inner peace and calm that is so important to help you relax into birth as much as possible. I didn’t realise it was important to practise meditation and breathing, or even to practise finding a calm space – I thought it just happened when it…