The ‘Oh Shit Moment’

There’s a moment in every new mum’s life. A sort of realisation. And it’s one we all remember, no matter how traumatic the birth or how strong the sedative. It comes right after your insides have been sewn back together again and all ten fingers and toes have been accounted for: You find yourself alone with your baby for the first time.…

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5 Sleep Aids To Tame A Sleep Raider

I fluked it with Emily (my eldest). She was more a Dream Raider. She found her thumb and self-settled immediately. By three months she was sleeping eight hour stretches. At four months it was closer to ten. *cue smug mummy… Jess was different. She was our rude awakening into months-long sleep-deprivation. She never found her thumb and kept spitting her…

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‘Mummy Porn’: How I Push The Barriers Of ‘Happily Ever After’

I hate the term ‘Mummy Porn’… It belittles what I do. It somehow implies that I spend my days and evenings sweating over my laptop like some dirty old man and his stash of magazines. Nor am I a sex maniac who uses her writing as an outlay from some serious frustration (although I’m sure Matt would be delighted if…

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Eating Out As A Family: 9 Tips to Transform Your Experience

We love eating out as a family. Matt and I are big foodies and we want to pass that appreciation onto our children. I have my parents to thank for this. When I was growing up we ate out all the time. One of my earliest memories is me, aged 5, chowing down moules frites in a little seaside restaurant in the…

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Book Of The Week: ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’

Feminism is a dirty word these days but if you strip away the debasing headlines and everyday misogyny then you discover its true meaning; Equality. Men and women treated equally. It seems so simplistic when it’s written down right in front of you. So chuffing obvious. Equal pay in the work place. An equal shot at achieving a dream. What parent,…

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Childbirth Isn’t As Scary As I Thought: 8 Ways To Reassure An Expectant Mother

I don’t know about you but I had a lot of pre-conceived notions about childbirth. I thought it would hurt like hell, I assumed the ‘pushing part’ would be over in seconds, and there was no way I’d be losing control and mooing like a cow (which I did apparently, thanks Matt). Here are 8 things I wish I could…

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Thanks to the lovely @Trinimamabebe for tagging me into the ’20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me’ thread. Here are my answers;   1. I studied for my degree at Cardiff University where I learnt to appreciate rugby, leeks and daffodils. 2. My first TV job was on ‘Blind Date’ with Cilla Black. I was a Production Runner fetching teas…

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