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…

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…

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…

Resetting Longheld Fears…

Hypnobirthing with The Bump to Baby Chapter… My first birth was not something I especially want to repeat. Except for the obvious upside of having Munchkin, it was an event filled with fear, disappointment, anger. Having planned to have a home, or at least midwife-led, birth, I ended up not going spontaneously into labour, and, three…

Double Trouble?

Running the gamut of emotions that is discovering you’re having two or more… In one of the ‘You’re having Twins!! Wow!! OMG!!!‘ books I’ve got, there is an entire section on dealing with the emotions around discovering that yours is a multiple pregnancy. It’s quite an intense and emotive section in the book, especially the…

Mothers on Mothering

This week…Life of Pea, teaching assistant, blogger, mother to one, and expecting a rainbow baby in August 2017. So honoured, and humbled, to have the wonderful Nicola from Life of Pea on the blog today. She began fundraising and writing about infant loss after the sudden death of her newborn son in October 2015.  Sharing her experiences…

10 Things I Know About Twins…

…that I didn’t know six weeks ago. It’s a steep learning curve this parenting, and even more so if you discover you’re having twins… Chances of having twins are now 1 in 80 pregnancies (this has increased in recent years, especially due to IVF, and also to women having babies later) Two thirds of twins…

Mothers on Mothering

This week…Tessa Mills, my mummy, mother of three, grandmother to two. In honour of Mothering Sunday this weekend, I have asked my very own mother to take part in the Mothers on Mothering series. She is a mother of three and a grandmother to two and has been doing it for over 35 years! Below…