The truth about having children

Cons:   You have to pee in the dark unless you want to undo two hours of whining and crying and rocking and bargaining. Also ideally you need a silent flush and the bathroom to be at the other end of the house completely. See ‘Toddler plus pregnancy’ on this issue. Motherhood is relentless and…

Toddler plus pregnancy – Trimester 3

Malfunctioning.  It seems the singular most apt word for what I am going through right now in my life. I have the utmost respect for those that are coping with two under two, or have a toddler and another on the way. While I am still holding onto my distant hopes and dreams of children…

Toddler plus pregnancy – Trimester 2

I swore that I would never let my home go, you know you go to some people’s homes and it looks like something big happened. Not just a little mess in one room but a full on explosion in every crevice, nook and cranny. Somewhere flubber would have felt right at home and who knows…

Toddler Plus Pregnancy

I always imagined if I ever had children it would be as easy as saying ‘be’ and they ‘are’, and when the time came to start having them I would have two close together like my sister and I because nothing is closer than the bond two siblings close in age….right? So here I am,…

Give an inch, take a mile

Oh child of my heart, you don’t know that your mamma didn’t eat today. She is growing a little sibling for you and that sibling doesn’t agree with the food that was available so she didn’t eat. But that doesn’t matter, as soon as she fell asleep you awoke and would not be soothed. You…

It is okay to give Formula

This baby thing is an emotional wringer! Every stage we reach hardly seems as though we are climbing that ladder but rather suspended from it, barely holding on, moments from slipping away into the abyss below. I was unfortunate enough to have several close family and friends who had babies of similar age who all seemed…

Baby doesn’t sleep

It is so hard to understand the magnitude of how much a little person can affect your lives without the added factor of feeling like you are the only person in the universe awake with this little bundle of not-so-cuteness. It is so hard to understand the toll it takes on relationships, on marriages, because…

Teething troubles

For the first six months or so you will find your baby drooling a lot and think ‘oh that’s early for teeth to come through’ but actually it is just their gums hardening in preparation for those pearly whites. You will know when their teeth start to come through because the gnawing will become more…

Raising a hermit

For the first time I went to a party today, for two hours, in the evening, when my child had not slept properly the whole day. I came home and I cried! It was awful watching all the other kids have fun and interacting while mine just sat and watched because he was too tired…

The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Listen hard enough and it will tell you wonderful and heartbreaking things alike. Whispers of how fun it is having your own child to hold as long as you wish. Yet, whispers of how much you miss your old life and resent your lack of freedom. Whispers of how unconditionally you will defend your child…

Things I wish I knew

No matter how many Kegals you do, your pelvic floor is bust the moment you have that baby. Drinking one Coke or one coffee or one soft scoop ice cream won’t do anything to your foetus. Babies cry….a lot, for everything going. When they fine tune the art of talking, they talk…a lot. Offers to…

How to get a baby to drink water

My partner and I have been fantastic at buying the bare minimum that our child will require to develop and function in life, but the bane of our finances has been beakers. We were doing oh so well at buying the correct amount of clothes and toys and nappies per age range but our track…