On average, one in five people will experience depression at some point in their lives. Admitting depression and seeking help for it is becoming more socially accepted. However, post-natal depression (PND) does not share the same openness – especially since mothers are expected to be elated at the birth of their beautiful baby. Having a baby is an exciting time. But for some women, it … Continue reading Post Natal Depression: Five ways to ease the strain
I have five beautiful friends who are pregnant. Each friend is at various weeks along; one at the very beginning, three in the middle and one is at the I’m-ready-to-drop-at-any-minute-cos-my-vagina-is-hanging-on-the-ground stage. The one at the beginning and the one at the end are expecting their first baby. The three in the middle are expecting their second (one of them is expecting twins!). I find myself … Continue reading Motherhood – Is it all worth it?
I’ve been on holidays – holidays with family; holidays from writing and holidays from myself. There’s been so much happening and not happening that finding time to write or to balance what’s mine and what is required from me has not only been difficult; I’ve found it darn right impossible. The other times I just couldn’t be bothered. Sorry dear readers. So it was that … Continue reading Going to big school – managing the school run with the rest of the family in tow
Master 1 has been my easiest, most placid and easy-going baby. He has a gentle nature and is curious and friendly. He’s happy to play with others or just entertain himself pottering around the house pulling things out of the cupboards and putting them where they shouldn’t be. His older brothers have long taken advantage of his kind nature to snatch toys off him, make … Continue reading My one-year-old can fight back – what to do when siblings fight
Nudity is very common in our house. It’s not gratuitous; it’s just that we’re just not that fussed about it. Parenthood does that to you; there’s no time to be prudish when giving birth, quickly shoving a breast into the mouth of a screaming baby in the middle of the shopping centre or changing clothes after being spewed or poo-ed on. It seems to have … Continue reading The big cover up – when do you start covering you body in front of your children?
I am often bemoaning the difficulties of raising three boys under four years old. It seemed that as soon as I stopped breastfeeding one baby I was pregnant with the next; falling pregnant was not a problem. So each boy is 19-months apart in age and people like to comment on the fact. Strangers say things to me like: It’s hard now, but they will … Continue reading Oh it gets better! My arse it does!
For four years I’ve wanted to cull all the baby clothes I have accumulated. This partly because I want to put babyhood behind me and look forward to each new future stage of development that my children will reach; but on a practical side, our house is very small and I feel suffocated by the clutter. Each year I looked at the plastic storage tubs … Continue reading How to sort through baby clothes and emotions; how to de-clutter your life and house!