15. Born in Lockdown – 277 New Mothers. One Shared Story.

Born in Lockdown, a creative collaborative writing project initiated as part of Mothership Writers by author Emylia Hall, has been such a raw and emotional read for me. Each paragraph, each story, each reflection on pregnancy, birth and post-birth during lockdown had me hooked, and at the same time filled with so much emotion. AndContinue reading “15. Born in Lockdown – 277 New Mothers. One Shared Story.”

14. …And she’s TWO 🥳

I had always imagined ‘motherhood’ would just come to me, and once I’d had a child everything would simply fall into place and I’d be planning on the next one….but that’s not quite what happened! After a 4 year battle with infertility, and having to accept this may not happen for us, finding out IContinue reading “14. …And she’s TWO 🥳”

13. Working from Home… With a Toddler… During a Pandemic

My scheduled work week looks like this, and in theory I should be working 2.5 days in the week… Monday – work day Tuesday – half day at work Wednesday – day off Thursday – work day Friday – day off Saturday / Sunday – weekend …the reality of my working week, and day, isContinue reading “13. Working from Home… With a Toddler… During a Pandemic”

9: Baby A’s Story – Congenital Heart Defect

The day of baby A’s birth was a calm and happy day. All staff involved in the c-section were positive and extremely supportive, and I was completely relaxed as a result. It wasn’t long before baby A was shown to me over the screen and all I remember is a head full of dark hair.Continue reading “9: Baby A’s Story – Congenital Heart Defect”

6: The Pressure to Procreate

I always wanted a big family, ever since I can remember, and I used to wonder why my parents only had 4 children especially when they married so young. I had envisioned that after finishing studying, I would get married and have lots of children, and it never crossed my mind that things might notContinue reading “6: The Pressure to Procreate”

5: Work-Life Balance

I’ve spent the last 16yrs working in some form or another, bar 9 months I spent learning Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt. I’m a trained secondary mathematics teacher, but have worked across the phases (primary, secondary and college), and have spent a decade or so in Teacher Education. Working in HEI (university) has always suited myContinue reading “5: Work-Life Balance”

2: Weaning

There really should be more support in weaning babies. I know there are some mother and baby classes for this in my area, but I really think there should be more support out there for those babies who don’t enjoy food or just don’t tend to gravitate towards it as much as we do asContinue reading “2: Weaning”