pregnancy and parenting

anxiety, Faith, pregnancy and parenting

Here I am, I’m a Mess: Why it’s okay not to be perfect


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The midwife’s wisdom She said it loud and clear as she paced the shiny white hospital floor, her solid black shoes tapping an inarguable beat: ‘Women are competitive, and scared. They all think they should be further along than they are.’ The room of new mothers nodded quiet, stunned into silence by the simultaneous exhilaration and exhaustion that

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pregnancy and parenting

Milestone moments: When kids (and parents) enter new phases


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New Beginnings, conflicted feelings… “Put me down!” she said. “But I just want to look at you.” I squeezed her hard, spun her around to the semi-melancholic soundtrack of her (current) favourite film, Inside Out. She’d woken early, and the boys were still sleeping. I could see she was tired, but too restless to go back to sleep,

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Faith, pregnancy and parenting, Seasonal

The Glory in Inefficiency: A New Year post for Parents and Perfectionists


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Like any good (recovering) perfectionist I began 2016 all thirty-six hours ago with plans and intentions. The official, grown-up name: resolutions. Precariously perched on the freshly painted, unsullied doorstep of a new year, I looked back over my shoulder nostalgically at all that had now passed, the beautiful and the baffling, the tried and the trying, the welcome

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endometriosis, pregnancy and parenting

Endometriosis: The inside story coming out


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It’s known in the medical world (or at least the patient-doctor version of it) by its cute little nickname: endo.  Until fairly recently, it seems, endometriosis has been relatively quiet. But a just released story in The Guardian circulating social media is speaking out. When I read it today in my living room while feeding my third

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