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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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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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The Short waddle of freedom 

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What does a condemned woman do in her last hours of freedom? Condemned in so much as in two days she will be the mother of not only a toddler… but also a new born baby; a mother of two boys, and therefore, probably not be able to leave the house until 2017. Yesterday, two […]

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Who’s afraid of the big, bad, health visitor?

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Me! Me – I am afraid of the health visitor. Not all health visitors that is – just my specific one. I wasn’t always terrified of her – before I met her I was very excited to meet her. I had no clue what a health visitor was, but I was new to the city, […]

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The Wild Life 

We don’t see many animals in the city where we are tense, in our terrace filled with years consumed with breeding rearing earning cleaning lack of sleeping worrying. So, we go to the country We see baby pheasants rabbits, ducks and swans sheep, cows and lambs. The only wildlife you’ll find at home Is a […]

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Loocation, Loocation, Loocation – Blast from the past

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Originally posted in my ‘The Confinement Chronicles’ at 30 weeks pregnant with first baby.    If there are any entrepreneurial business investors reading – I have a proposal for you. It’s a new App/ software proposal. The names I’m working with at the moment are ‘Google Pee Earth‘, ‘Loocation Loocation, Loocation‘, ‘To pee or not to pee‘ […]

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Hell is a child friendly caravan park holiday -part 4 – The Grand Finale

Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3  We return home and swing open the caravan door to reveal two sights at our feet. One small bin with a dodgy, luminous orange, sweet and sour mess crawling out of the sides and a three time wrapped shady nappy laying next to it. Mother is slumped in […]

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Hell is a child friendly caravan park holiday – NOT a review. Part 1.

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I hadn’t been to a child friendly/ family friendly caravan holiday park since I was a child myself. But the promotional video looked so promising: The smiley parents with their smiley children skipping along the beach in their khaki outfits, frolicking in the near empty soft play, splashing in the near empty swimming pool, playing […]