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Why your friend with a new born didn’t text you back

I saw you both, from the buggy area on the train; Scarborough bound. I put you both at around eighteen – or at least that stage in your life where nothing sags, everything is pert, and you can rock a tattoo like the one you had, of a busty burlesque girl on your calf, and […]

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Your window to ‘run away’ has passed : My Elective Cesarean

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In the future, when I look back on my elective cesarean I will remember the times we laughed, the moments of naturally occurring comedy during such a serious procedure; I will remember the human beings behind the scrubs and hearing my little boy cry for the very first time. When I think about my planned […]

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Never being part of the natural ‘birth’ club: Cesareans, Birth Trauma and PTSD

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Let’s get a few things out of the way first, before we get going. We are grateful. Grateful we have a son. I am grateful I was able to conceive, I am grateful we had a healthy baby. I am grateful that my son and I lived to tell the tale of my first birth […]

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How to Cope with Antenatal Depression : in my second pregnancy

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I understand that when it comes to depression (and antenatal depression) ‘One size’ does not fit all. I also understand that surface/aesthetic solutions are definitely not solutions – but perhaps small rungs on a very long ladder to being ‘better‘ – whatever that means to you. Here is what is currently helping me: 1. Being honest. […]

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Dear Mother and son watching Cinderella together (Sunday 19th April/ 3pm showing / Kirkstall Leeds, Row L)

My sister* found her husband wouldn’t go with her to watch Cinderella. Who could blame him? Disney, Fairy Tale, Prince Charming, Chick Flick! It doesn’t really scream ‘Target Audience: Northern lad in his thirties’. So she asked me, and even I wasn’t too excited about seeing it. We all know the story and I have […]

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Mummy’s Writing, Darling – a new home

As a new year approaches, my breeding concludes and my writing continues I am excited to tell you that I have moved blogging house. It’s still me – still writing the same old dribble – just at a different address. I hope you’ll pop over for a cup of tea and a giggle any time […]

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Why running is like childbirth

A month ago I started running. Which is a sentence I never thought I’d write. And it wasn’t to the corner shop for another bottle of red and a packet of wotsits, or for the bus, or away from my children. Baby number two was three months and I had started a diet in an […]

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How to spot your mummy soulmate 

Lonely is a word often used when describing being a new mum but a word is just a word. Often I think “lonely” doesn’t do it justice. I thought that having a child would mean my lonely days would be over. I have a partner too! All the things we assume will make us “whole”. […]