Tag «motherhood»

A Tale Of Three C-Sections

I’m not sure why other people are so interested in a woman’s birth choice, and why you’re seen as less of a mom if you’ve had a C-section. (I was going to link to an article about this, but I don’t want to give the writer any more attention.) An acquaintance asked me the other …

Right Place, Right Time

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. I would have liked to be a medieval princess in a castle – but not bathing, washing my hair or shaving frequently, never mind the absence of modern plumbing, electricity or libraries – makes me admit I would not have coped very well. And it’s …

Things I Never Knew

Motherhood is full of surprises. I never knew that it was possible to survive, never mind function, on so little sleep. Angie has always been a great sleeper, so I foolishly assumed Emmy would be the same. Boy, was I wrong! Even in the hospital that first night, the nurses brought her from the nursery …

Badge of Honour

I wrote this a while ago and it’s been sitting untouched in a folder on my hard drive. It never felt like the right time to post it until now. I hope it encourages you.   There is no relationship more complicated than that of a woman with her body. Some days it’s love-love when …

At His Feet

Life is busy, especially when you have children. Two weeks into the school holiday, I am yet to feel like I’m on holiday. I wake up tired and go to bed exhausted, and I struggle to keep my frustration from bubbling over as the day progresses. “What are we doing today? Where are we going? …

The Sweetest Thing

Sweet Baby Girl, I suppose I should stop referring to you as Baby now that you’re two years old. Happy birthday, darling girl! What a whirlwind these last two years have been. I should have suspected it when you were such a wriggly worm in my belly, but I was fervently hoping you would be …

A Love Letter To My Firstborn

Dearest Elsa (since that is the name you are currently answering to), Happy birthday, sweetheart! Today you are four – FOUR! And I’m not only celebrating your birthday today, but also the anniversary of me becoming a mom. I remember when you were first placed in my arms – exhausted, drugged, emotional (me) and red, …

All I Can Do Is Pray (my response to #YesAllWomen)

The #YesAllWomen stream has exploded on Twitter over the last few days. It began as a reaction to the Isla Vista murders and was intended to be a place for women to speak out about the harassment and abuse that we have been shamed into keeping secret or conditioned into accepting as a normal part …