2020

Bridge over troubled water

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Can anyone else believe we are in November already and can count on one hand the number of people who have been to your house in the last 8 months?  It’s been quite a year and one in which we really need to pull together…but, oh, wait, that is one of the things that has […]

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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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Mama

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One of the lovely things about being a mum is there is this unspoken understanding and acceptance that we are all in the same boat. I was walking around the park with Awena in the pram the other day and passed 3 mums together with their little ones. They gave me a polite smile as […]

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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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We never change

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Daf and I have never been particularly good at “date night”.  Early on the pressure to do something super original and fun or ensure we had a great time was too much.  We now often struggle to think of something to do, forget, put other things first, don’t want to do what the other wants, […]

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Make a memory

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So here we are again.  The days are long, the weeks even longer, but the moments are still there.  As we battle through this time together I cannot encourage you more to keep tracking your “highs and lows” of the day (a wonderful dinner time conversation introduced to us by some very dear friends).  The […]

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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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Learnin’ the game

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Today I am sitting looking at the laptop and having what I’m going to call a “blogging blank”.  I feel that this winter has zapped me of creativity and outside joy.  I was thinking only the other day, I’ve done well staying positive through all this rain, but now March has arrived I guess I […]