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DRINK ME! Author: Rebecca Maberly Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 Shit…. I nearly just poured wine on my 2 years olds Weetabix! But wait, don’t call social services just yet because I’m not a proper alcoholic, I’m just a mother. Don’t tell me you haven’t ever done the same. As you open the fridge at blurry O’clock in the morning, you catch a glimpse of some Sauvignon Blanc in the shelf of the door, nestled in between the milk and the orange juice and the half bottle of flat Diet Coke, a little tear of condensation running down its long smooth green neck. […]
After a particularly horrible fortnight involving a non-breathing baby, a trip to A and E, a husband in Mauritius, a normally angelic toddler malfunctioning, and averaging 4 hours sleep a night I have discovered two things to help me through the darkest of times with small children. They are both so blindingly obvious and maybe I am way behind you all, but I thought I would share them in case you are having a bad week too! If like me, you are a bit of a control freak, with punctuality, tidiness and routine, then maybe this will help! 1. IT […]
If you are planing to breastfeed, here are some products that really helped. Medela Hand Pump – perfect when out and about or to pump quickly at night Medela Swing Electric Pump – the most effective and quietest we found on the market Lansinoh Nipple Cream – a lifesaver. Expensive but worth it. Nipple Shields – the thinnest we found Warm and Cool Breast Pads – to help mastitis and engorgement Breast Pads for leaky boobs Muslins – an essential!
Double Grandpa! Wilf 9 days and Daisy 0 days! It had been a long day at the Hospital, and that first cold beer was top of my “to do” list when I got home on that warm September evening. ! I was surprised (and delighted) to find both my daughters waiting for me. Both giggling. And both NOT clutching a large glass of chilled rose. I should have known! I was instructed to sit down, close my eyes and hold out both my hands. A plastic, stick-like object was placed in each open palm. What were they? I was mystified. […]
Read what my mother has to say about being a Granny as she guest blogs for the Selfish Mother! The Selfish Granny? You get the call. Daughter: “Mother… you’re going to be a Granny!” “Wow!” you say, gulping back tears of joy and wonderment, “How WONDERFUL. Aren’t you CLEVER! When? When?” Daughter: “I’ve done 10 tests today and they’re ALL positive, so we’ve worked out it will be September.” (It is at the moment January)…”we’re not telling a soul until 3 months, so I SUPPOSE we shouldn’t get excited yet.” You: “Absolutely, darling – let’s keep calm and wait till […]
It goes without saying that every mother wants the best for her baby. It also goes without saying that most educated women know that breastmilk is indeed the best form of nourishment you can give your child. But time and time again we hear health workers, politicians and journalists commentating on the unsatisfactorily low breastfeeding rates in this country. The pros of breastfeeding are obvious. It is free, (compared with £10 a week on formula for 12 months – £500), natural (there are stories of crushed fish bones in formula, incidents of glass shavings in the powder, the possibility of […]
In a word…NO! That’s me! Some people seem to love being pregnant. They report seeing a glow in their skin and fullness in their hair, a spring in their step, a special warm feeling as they grow life inside them while they smugly fulfil their evolutionary purpose. I tend to think those women are either lying or recounting their pregnancy in retrospect with a sprinkling of false memory syndrome brought on by the passage of time! However, I think its only fair to acknowledge that not everyone feels the same. It’s a bit of a taboo to say that you […]