Motherhood

An Ode to my Post-Baby Body

When I look in the mirror, I do not see my cesarean scar as a sign of failure; an inability for my body to deliver my children naturally into the world. I choose to see this scar as a mark of my resilience and tenacity. It is a reminder that I will do anything necessary for the health and safety of my children. It is a scar that I will look upon with pride.

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I am not just ‘Mummy’. I am also ‘Me’.

Modern motherhood has reached a critical juncture. There is such a spotlight on us now. We are expected to work, be the perfect Mum, have a thriving sex life, a clean and organised house (fuck you Marie Kondo), have perfectly behaved and well rounded children and also present to the world as being put together and healthy.

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Dear First Time Mum: This Is What You Need To Know

The utter joy that comes from being a second time Mum is knowing what to expect. There is a lot let second guessing, a lot more confidence in what we are doing. I feel wise as a second time Mum. And I just want to take the first time Mum into my arms and give her the biggest hug and tell her not to worry. So to the first time Mum, to the new Mum in the hospital bed next to mine, I want to say this.

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When Only Mummy Will Do: Toddler Parent Favouritism

Having your toddler showing favouritism to one parent is completely normal. But it is also extremely challenging. My son is so attached to me that even having me leave the room can send him in a meltdown. I hear the words “I want Mummy” at least twenty times a day. Poor Daddy has to deal with him screaming “I don’t want you, I want Mummy” also at least twenty times a day. Here are some ways we have learnt to cope in our household.

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How Pregnancy feels after a Miscarriage

As I looked at those two little pink lines appear on the pregnancy test, those lines I so desperately wanted to see, I should have felt excitement. But instead, I was gripped with terror. Pregnancy for me had recently proven to be fragile, slipping away in a flood of tears and anguish. The instant I saw those lines, I was connected to the life growing inside of me. And petrified that it too would be lost.

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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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