We have put together some useful tips for those all important days after you have had your baby. Things that google or your friends don’t tell you. (Great pic from the very clever Sketchy Mama.) We are kicking off the list with… Bleeding.. It is normal to bleed up to 6 weeks after having a baby and in the first few days it can be heavy. There are brilliant things for this called Tena pants. They are disposable knickers with giant pads in them. They are great, comfortable, disposable and… View Post

Lost That Loving Feeling?

Lost That Loving Feeling?

Sex. Does it remain a distant memory? Do you even know whether you care? Lots of couples find that after childbirth the marital mojo goes astray (possibly hidden under piles of breast pads and Ewan the Dream Sheep?) This isn’t surprising really. You are both exhausted. At times it can feel like your baby needs almost constant attachment, so when you finally do get a break you crave some space to yourself, not time with your partner. Recovering from pregnancy and birth can leave women with hormonal ups and downs,… View Post

Maman Pages Have Landed

Maman Pages Have Landed

Does anyone actually get a copy of the Yellow Pages any more? I remember how they used to sit proudly alongside the old telephone in the hallway in my childhood home. Need a haircut – check out the pages, want to do an exercise class…. it was the place to go. But now? …… not so much. I get loads of emails and messages via the site and social media from mums who are moving or have recently moved to the area. There is so much information on the internet,… View Post

Parenthood Requires Love, Not DNA

Parenthood Requires Love, Not DNA

I’m pretty sure that it is safe to say that the words… “when I grow up I want to be a step-parent” have never been said in any language or in any location. But at this time it’s roughly estimated that 1 in 3 of all families are now step-families. It’s also accurate that history/fairy tales and the entertainment industry have not been that kind to step-parents…which, to be honest, means the bar is set low for the job. In my experience though, any step-parents that I know are doing… View Post

One Family, Three Continents

One Family, Three Continents

I was 18 and perusing the careers library at my school (Pates) for some gap year adventures with my heart set on America, preferably California. I’d never been there but pretty much my whole being longed and pined for a high school experience like ‘Saved by the Bell’ or 90210 (I also blame my mum for letting me watch Dallas and Dynasty as a late night treat! Gosh I’m showing my age here!). I didn’t get to the west coast that year, having to settle for au pairing in Maryland… View Post