Guest Blogging

On this page you can find posts that I’ve written for other blogs. New posts will be added to the top of the list as I go along.

To date, I have written for Brazen Mom, Bump Bliss, Blog Share Connect and Edenvale Baptist Church. Also, make sure to take a look at my other blog Confessions of a Zombie Mom.

2015-08-27 Someone Else’s Plan – As I look back on my life so far, I can see how he was guiding me all along, even when I wasn’t paying attention. I can see how has used the people he brought into my life to grow me, to encourage me, and to teach me.

2015-05-29 Ten Reasons Not To Have Another Baby – I always thought I’d like a big family. I thought I’d have glowing, energetic pregnancies like my mom, who taught aerobics even while in labour with my brother. (True story.)

2015-05-16 Finding Moments (A Mom’s ‘Quiet’ Time) – How could I be teaching my children to love Jesus when I couldn’t manage a “proper” quiet time every day? It took me a while to get over this feeling, to understand that God knew exactly where I was at that point, and that I wasn’t a failure as a Christ-follower or mother because I wasn’t having a daily, sit-down quiet time.

2014-11-04 When You Give Birth To A Daredevil – I wish Pixie would ease up on the circus antics, but short of wrapping her in cotton wool or decorating the entire house as a padded cell, all I can do is hold my breathe as she leaps, then laugh with her or soothe her tears, depending on the outcome.

2014-10-10 4 Tips For Co-Sleeping – It doesn’t happen every night, but they grow so fast and I know that one day, all too soon, these moments will be gone for good.  I’ll take them whenever I can get them.

2014-09-19 4 Ways Birth Surprised Me – There comes a time when it no longer matters how the baby comes out. After 18 hours of labour, I was not even halfway dilated. I’d been stuck on a bed for at least eight of those hours. I was, quite frankly, sick of being pregnant. I wanted to meet my baby.

2014-05-30 Unintentional Parenting – What am I teaching my children about Jesus when I’m not actively trying to teach them anything? Am I modelling the gospel enough so that there’s no difference between the times when we’re learning about God and the times when I’m just being me?

2014-04-25 Perfect, Precious Love – If there is one thing I have learned since becoming a mother, it is that I cannot make my children do something they do not want to do. For most things, that’s absolutely fine. But I cannot make them love Jesus – and the possibility that they won’t terrifies me.

2011-05-18 Tick Tock – When a young woman reaches a certain age, she begins to feel the pressure as her biological clock ticks louder and faster.

2011-05-17 Still learning – No one tells you that this whole learning to walk thing is going to be murder on your back.

2011-04-26 Not for sissies – Forget about labour and the actual birth, it’s what comes afterwards that really tests your strength.

2011-03-28 The Purple Peril – Children screamed in delight and parents groaned in agony every time He Who Shall Not Be Named took the stage and danced to his theme music.  There was no escape. It was traumatic, and cemented my decision to ban the creature from our house.

2011-03-15 Bath time mayhem – At one of our antenatal classes we were shown how to bath a newborn baby. Our teacher used a plastic doll who was, of course, obligingly still.

2011-02-28 There’s always tomorrow – Once upon a time, my baby slept through the night and had nice, long midday naps. Now those days seem like a distant dream. Sigh.

2011-02-16 Mission Impossible – There we were, sitting in the backseat, trying not to melt in the sweltering summer heat. (Someone should really look into better ventilation for underground parking, you know.) The windows were open so I couldn’t put a blanket up for cover. As Murphy’s Law would have it, the family who were parked next to me decided that was the perfect time to return to their car.

2011-02-03 Mom’s best friend – “What is a preggy roll?” you ask. Picture a large banana-shaped pillow. You sleep with one end between your legs, one end under your head, and the curve supporting your belly. It sounds a bit strange, but it’s amazing.

2011-01-20 Water Baby – To say bath duty has become more complicated is an understatement. A wriggly, wet baby is extremely slippery. I have this perpetual fear that she’s going to wriggle herself right out of my hands and then I’m going to have to explain to Hubby exactly how I managed to drop the baby.

2011-01-10 Night of the Living Dead – I once had a baby who slept through the night. It was bliss. For those few weeks I was happy and rested – and I should have known it was too good to last.

2010-12-21 Entertaining Angels – I like to imagine four of them standing sentry at each corner of her cot, their wings outstretched to cover her as she sleeps. I hope that when she gets old enough to understand, she will also picture her angels watching over her as she sleeps.

2010-12-01 Bring out the snot sucker! – What the packaging neglects to advise is how to hold a squirming baby’s head still while keeping her from wriggling off your lap and jabbing the tip of the aspirator too far into the nostril. The snot sucker should come with a set of extra arms so moms can actually use it.

2010-11-24 Shut your pie-hole! – Here’s a word of advice: no pregnant woman wants to hear the word ‘big’ in relation to her body.

2010-11-17 Epidurals are a girl’s best friend – Poor hubby returned just in time to see another man aiming what looked like a large crochet needle at my nether regions. After the amniotomy the contractions came hard and fast. I threw my birth plan out the window and asked very nicely for an epidural.

2010-11-10 Whose boobs are they anyway? – A group of women entered, wanting to see the baby. One by one, they reached for the blanket. Horrified, I gasped out, “She’s feeding!” All but one accepted my refusal and stood back. One determined woman shook her head in amusement (and a touch of condescension) and said, “It’s not like I haven’t seen breasts before.”

2010-11-04 Gym, shmym – Last month I got an email from my medical aid telling me that if I didn’t go to gym seven times before the end of the month, my gym membership would be terminated and to reinstate it I would have to pay monthly fees. I don’t know if they were trying to scare me into exercising again, because it didn’t work.

2010-10-28 Princess Poopypants – But even Jedi reflexes are no match for early morning leaky nappies. {First blog post ever!}