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Candle in the wind

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I’m a bit unsure as to how to introduce today’s blog.  I think all I can do is allow the words below to do the work.  As many of you are probably aware last week was a remembrance week for all those who have lost a baby at whatever stage of pregnancy or life.  I […]

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Into the Unknown

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There are so many instances in life where we venture out blindly hoping that we make it through.  A new job, buying a new car, getting married, buying a house…the list goes on.  Sure, we do our research, but theory and reviews can not prepare you physically and emotionally for all you are about to […]

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To boob or not to boob

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Too much, too little, on-demand, engorged, painful, sore nipples, forever hungry, mastitis, blocked ducts, embarrassing leakage, breast pads, exhausting, emotional, frantic feeds, expressing, pumping and dumping, scratched necks and chests, pulled hair…any of this sound familiar? Why would anyone want to breastfeed?  This week is world breastfeeding week and I think we should either pat […]

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You just gotta ride it

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Neonates.  What an all-encompassing, all-consuming, emotionally exhausting experience.  I’m finding it hard to find the words to say to describe the 19 days Awena spent in the neonatal unit.  I think I have to start by thanking the amazing staff who made the whole experience so much more manageable.  Without their reassurance, confidence and general chats I am convinced […]

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Life is a Rollercoaster

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On the 21st May, I started preparing to write a blog entitled Life is a Rollercoaster.  Seven weeks later, I am finally writing it.  I had planned to discuss the ups and downs of managing kids behaviour during lockdown.  Poppi had been doing amazingly well and then it was as if a switch had been […]

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Canvas of Life

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After a chat with my family last night and having been asked the question “have you got any news” and finding the answer was “no, not really…pretty much same old, same old” I thought to myself, perhaps this week it is time to share some news!  If you read last weeks blog you would have […]

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What I go to school for

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To encourage you all, this week has been significantly better.  Having taken my own advice last week we have gotten off to a much better start.  I’m in no fairy-tale way thinking that this is it now, we’re sorted, but that with different expectations we are more prepared for the long game. Today, I thought […]

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Whatever next?

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I have been reminded this week of the importance of journeying through parenthood with others.  It’s something I’ve mentioned before (maybe on a few occasions) but each stage we face with our little ones brings new challenges which need not be faced alone. We currently have a four-and-a-half-year-old (going on 14).  The Jekyll and Hyde, […]

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Sunday Blues

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Sunday afternoon blues…how many of us get that weird sinking feeling as the weekend draws to a close and the impending week looms around the corner?  I, generally, love my job, but I still, most definitely, get Sunday blues.  I remember Sunday blues on maternity leave too.  Monday was always a bit of a nothing […]

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Sweet Dreams

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“I love sleep.  My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” Ernest Hemingway Anyone else feel like that?!  Sleep is a funny old thing but something, that as parents, is so crucial and yet so unobtainable.  Why is that?  Why is the hardest job of our lives one we have […]