6 Things Breastfeeding Taught Me About My Body

1. My Body is Amazing. It’s just created a whole new life and now it’s a walking vending machine (or a cow with udders as one of my friends likes to call it.) I was stunned by how much that dribble of golden goo (colostrum) could nourish my baby. It was like a superfood on steroids and I created it. 2. My Body…

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Genuinely Moved & Overwhelmed. Where to Now?

I was going to compose a funny little post about school cake sales today but i’ve spent all morning chatting to friends and strangers about my postnatal depression blog. I was genuinely moved and overwhelmed by your messages of support. But i’m also furious and heart-broken that so many of you have endured similar experiences. I’ve never considered myself a crusader (I generally have my head…

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How the NHS Contributed to my Postnatal Depression

My waters broke two weeks early with Emily. I was admitted to hospital but my contractions were feeble and intermittent. In the end I was hooked up to an intravenous drug called Syntocinon (essentially rocket fuel for the cervix) and five hours later I had a baby in my arms. We were discharged and left the hospital a deliriously happy,…

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Embracing the Disney Magic: How Mickey Makes Memories

I took my girls to see Disney’s new Beauty & The Beast film on Sunday. Good job too. Our home life would have descended into anarchy if I hadn’t. Ever since the trailers emerged last year my two daughters have been tiny pinwheels of excitement. But embracing Disney is a lesson in patience. And money. Have you visited your local supermarket…

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Days out: Hope Nature Centre

We’re not short on things to do in Wiltshire. We have fields and woodland on our doorstep and National Trust Properties down the road, but if I give my kids the choice there’s only ever one answer: ‘Hope Nature Centre please, mummy!’ Situated in Southwick Country Park, Hope Nature Centre is a fantastic place for children to roam and explore, and there are…

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Hatley: A springtime love affair

There’s a reason why spring is my favourite season… it’s time to crack open the kids’ Hatley raincoats again – hurrah! I first discovered Hatley when Emily was eighteen months old. I was making a beeline for the café in my local John Lewis when an explosion of colour diverted me… There they were. Every print as gorgeous as the…

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6 Reasons why ‘Parenthood’ is the Best Movie Ever… (if you have kids)

There’s been a sizable (monumental) shift in my appreciation of this movie since my children came along. Before then I tolerated it. I even found it amusing in parts – a bit far-fetched but there was always Keanu Reeves to drool over when things got silly. Three weeks ago, Matt and I were channel surfing and Parenthood popped up. Oh. My. God.…

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