Motherhood

A Letter To My Darling First Born: I Miss You Already

My darling first born. I feel the new life growing inside of me. The soft butterfly flutters moving around inside of my slowly expanding belly. The familiar sensations from when I was pregnant with you, all comes flooding back to me. While I am filled with joy at the prospect of bringing another child into the world, my darling first born, I miss you already.

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The Secret to Candid Family Photos

I have always found the idea of family portraits to be a bit daunting.  You know the ones I mean. The whole family perched neatly in a row, coordinated outfits, awkward smiles on faces. Since becoming a mum, I have looked at these posed photos with a new sense of bewilderment. How on earth did […]

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Guide to Modern Mum Style: The Rise of the Slogan Tee and the Top Knot

According to the fashion world, New York City Fashion Week sets the trends for the upcoming seasons. If this is the case, Australian Women in Spring 2018 should be furiously adding to their online shopping carts balloon sleeved blouses, statement slides, hoop earrings, powersuits and mini bags.

None of those trends sounds particularly cohesive to motherhood though am I right?

Australian Mums have another idea of what will suit our personal style. We are revolting from uncomfortable and often unwearable fashion trends. We have taken back the ‘term mum jean’, wearing our jeans with pride. We want clothes and accessories that are cute, comfortable and functional enough to wear an actual bra with.

Enter: The rise of the slogan tee and the top knot.

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Parenting with Anxiety: How it Feels and Ways to Cope

As I stood in the play centre, I had one eye on my toddler who was furiously attempting to climb up a slide meant for much older kids, while also trying to concentrate on the conversation I was having with another Mum. I could feel my pulse start to quicken. While I knew I was in a conversation, the words were starting to sound muffled and I could not concentrate on what the other Mum was saying. The deafening noise of the play centre started to buzz and I tried to take some long deep breaths in to calm down, while simultaneously keep the conversation going and being poised to chase my son.

This is what the onset of an anxiety attack feels like.

Motherhood is a dizzying journey of highs and lows. Of poop and pumpkin puree being smeared across walls. I have no doubt that I am an excellent Mum. I have always wanted to have babies, and I have a well developed maternal side.

But I also have anxiety.

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Packing For a Beach Trip With a Toddler: Your Ultimate List Of What To Take.

Having recently returned from a week long beach holiday at a self serviced apartment with my 20 month old, I learnt a thing or two about what you need to pack for a holiday with a toddler, and what is being over kill. I thought that I would share my words of wisdom, and harness my crazy organised obsessive list personality for the greater good. Here is your ultimate list of what to pack for a beach trip with a toddler.

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Toddler Tantrums: Six Steps to Help Handle the Heat

There will come a day in every parent’s life, when their sweet little angel will turn around and have a completely over the top reaction to a seemingly small occurrence. The most inconsequential thing can set them off. Your toddler’s tantrums may embarrass you. Annoy you. Fluster you. Maybe even slightly scare you. Any parent who tells you their child has never had a tantrum is lying. I am here to tell you that it is okay to be completely overwhelmed with how to handle it. After all, we never think our perfect child will one day take off their mask to reveal a tiny monster. Here are six steps on how to handle the heat, with a strong emphasis on The Power of Positive Parenting! x

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It’s Natural to Be a Judgy Mum

Hands up if you have ever felt judged by another mum? All of us, right? Ok, now hands up if you are guilty of having ever judged another mum? If your hand isn’t up, I’m calling bullshit! Can you honestly say that you have never had a single moment, even fleetingly, when you thought to […]

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The “Mean Girls” of Mum Blogs

I recently joined the world of Mum Blogs. Dewy eyed and optimistic, I set out to conquer this new world. The website was launched, content was published and social media platforms were created. Starting an Instagram account for the blog, whilst exciting, felt disconcertingly similar to being a 14-year-old girl starting high school all over […]

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Breastfeeding Mothers: Set up to Fail

Recently, a bout of mastitis landed me in an after-hours medical clinic with an unfamiliar GP. I described the problem and he dutifully prescribed me antibiotics. Having not had mastitis in over 12 months I was unfamiliar with how often I should be feeding from the affected breast, so I asked the Doctor. My question […]

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Raising a Feminist: Teaching Our Boys New Values

Let’s make something very clear. You can be both a man and a feminist. I am the mother to a boy. A bright and beautiful little toddler, still completely innocent. I want to raise him to be happy, confident and secure. I also want to raise him to be a feminist. It is my hope that in my son’s generation, women and men will be politically, economically, personally and socially equal. It is up to us as parents to instil the values of feminism into our children. Especially our boys. Time’s up.

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The Definition of a Mummy Moment

What is the Definition of a Mummy Moment? It is that moment of complete calm that washes over you when you strap your screaming child into the carseat and close the door. It is peeing with the door closed. Those first sips of an excellent coffee after a sleepless night. I don’t class a Mummy Moment as unloading a dishwasher, choking down a sandwich or squeezing in some work. Want to know more? Read on…

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