It takes two: Sharing your pregnancy & baby experience with a friend or loved one

A sponsored post for Bupa I don’t know if you have been lucky enough to share a pregnancy or been due around the same time as a friend or family member, but there is certainly something very special about it. When I fell pregnant with Daisy, my bestie from High School (and bridesmaid and … [Read more...]

In my mind: Mental Health & Motherhood

A few months ago I had a camera crew from New Zealand come and spend a morning with us and have a chat about motherhood, sleep deprivation, post natal depression etc...and this morning it aired in NZ. Thought you might like to have a look: This series might get a run on SBS too - it's a great … [Read more...]

The take back

Last week I had a meeting up in the Big Smoke for some great upcoming work I have with Bupa. You might remember some of the stuff we did with them last year about the first 1000 days of being a parent, I'm excited about developing this further in the next few months and talking about just how … [Read more...]

Things I like {The Dottie edition}

This morning we  popped over to visit Miss Dot who is now a whole 6 days old. Not even a week! Luce got home from hospital under 24 hours after Dorothy was born and is settling into life as a family of four. There's lots of baked goods being consumed, endless cups of half drunk tea, delirium and … [Read more...]

A letter to Lucy before her 2nd baby

Dear Lucy, Today we celebrated a little baby shower for you, because apparently you are going to have another baby. Real soon. I might even miss it which I am entirely NOT ok with. It was a small gathering with just a few friends at Mum's place on a cool autumnal day. The smell of … [Read more...]

10 things parenting has taught me

Tomorrow marks 10 years since I went from being a woman, daughter, wife etc etc to a Mum. I remember so clearly waddling around the day before Daisy was born, I do believe Rob and I went out and celebrated our last day together as just us with a milkshake at the place we met for the very first time … [Read more...]

What happens when you are busy making plans

A sponsored post for Bupa This post talks about pregnancy, problems in pregnancy, loss and premature births so may act as trigger to some people. As the wise old lady sitting on my rocking chair on the verandah, OK the still old lady looking exhausted from her 3 children, I can safely say that … [Read more...]

It doesn’t matter

When you fret and worry about whether your kid takes to the breast, or won't take the bottle or you can't get a good attachment and need a breast shield, or a pump or not to pump, to demand feed or feed strictly every 4 hours. Whether you still give your baby a bottle in the middle of the night, or … [Read more...]

Things to cook for a new Mum/someone doing it tough

One of the most common emails I get from people is asking what I think would be good to cook for someone who either had a baby or who was going through a tough time with a family illness or death. They both provide the same purpose: fuel someone with not only food but some love that you have poured … [Read more...]

5 Things I know about Newborn Land

A sponsored post for BUPA If you were anything like me after you had your first baby you would have been in shock and dismay that they actually let you out of the hospital with the baby. I mean, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? ARE YOU SURE I CAN TAKE HER? HOW ARE WE MEANT TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING? A little … [Read more...]

Maggie is 3 months old!

THREE. We're both shocked. That newborn babe has disappeared (my goodness this all goes by too quickly). We've got a little lady on our hands, one who is just about to bust out of all her 0000 jumpsuits that she's lived in since she got home from the hospital. She's got to be the … [Read more...]

Newborn Files #8

So, Maggie has worked out how to talk. I mean REALLY. This kid interwebs, this kid. Getting chubbier and cuter by the second. She's been growing through some kind of growth spurt because the feeding has increased and generally she just seems to know what's going on a little more. Lucky … [Read more...]

Newborn Files #7

You know who turns 2 today? George! Happy Birthday sweet boy, I hope you got a couple new pairs of long socks. According to 'sources' he's having a quiet shindig with the family. I wonder what cake Kate has made for him? I'm sure she's whipped up a healthy treat for him. Reminds me of the … [Read more...]

Maggie is 2 months old!

It's OK, I am shocked too. How can it be that a whole other month has passed by and my little squawky, brand new, chicken legged baby is 2 now months old? Sheesh. But somehow she is! The little brand new baby is being replaced with a chubbier version, with a few more chins and rolls starting … [Read more...]

Newborn Files #6

Big news in Newborn land this week...Princess Charlotte had her Christening! And the pictures did not disappoint from Kate's ensemble (again with the nude pumps) and up do wheeling that old School pram, to sweet George and Wills, the Nanny and her ensemble. Kate's hipster brother with his hipster … [Read more...]

11 things you ACTUALLY need in the first 6 weeks of your newborn’s life

As you know, Maggie and I reached the magical 6 week mark last week so I thought I would take stock and try and pass on as much useful information as I can (while I remember). This 6 week mark may not be magical for all. For some it could come earlier, or at the 3 month mark, or much MUCH later. For … [Read more...]

The Newborn Files #5

Mags and I are all double hands up in the air! WE MADE IT TO 6 WEEKS! Even Kate is in on the act. And what exactly is it about the 6 week mark that makes it so magical? I have always gotten to this time with the other two girls and just felt more something. Confident? In control? Not … [Read more...]

The Newborn Files #4

Kate headed out into the world this week and showed off her "post baby body" 6 weeks after giving birth. Which was just actually her body. No big deal. I think more attention should be paid  to George's ADORABLE CARDIGAN. I wonder how Kate's boobs are doing, because I am a little obsessed … [Read more...]

Maggie is 1 month old!

I don't want to alarm anybody (namely myself) but Maggie is 1 month old today! IT'S TRUE! That's about 200 breastfeeds, I don't know how many nappies, about 15 or so poo explosions that require a full costume change, approximately 1589 times of putting her dummy back in, lots of baths, lots … [Read more...]

Things that make me happy

I just sat down to some leftover birthday cake from my nieces 7th birthday yesterday, along with a piping hot cup of tea, all enjoyed at home, alone (well Mags was sleeping and Frank roaming outside). Given the rate I consume cake and tea, it was a very pleasant 47 seconds while it lasted. I had a … [Read more...]