The Guilt Trip

As mums, we spend a lot of time feeling guilty, when we probably shouldn’t. We feel guilty for feeling tired, for wanting to eat a meal that hasn’t gone cold, for wanting a couple of minutes of silence. We shouldn’t feel guilty for those things – they’re not a lot of ask for, but we push them aside in favour of holding our babies when they’re crying or doing the laundry because we’ve run out of clothes.

Since we’ve got plenty of self-created reasons to feel guilty, we really don’t need anyone else to give us more. Continue reading

Tips for expressing milk

Being able to express breastmilk can bring you a little bit of freedom when looking after an infant. Whether it is so that you can get someone else to feed your baby so that you can have a break or get stuff done, or to give your boobs some respite during those periods where your little one seems to eat all day, giving your baby expressed breastmilk ensures that they have the best source of nourishment possible. Continue reading

The delusion of time

I don’t know about you, but I get mildly excited when my baby plays happily in his activity centre or motion gym for longer than five minutes, because it means I can actually heat up my lunch, or do some laundry, or take a decent shower. And when he naps, it almost feels like a reward – a small portion of your day that’s just for you. You don’t necessarily get one of these every day, so when you do, you make the most of it. Continue reading

Fingernail Fancies

Yes, it’s a bit of a strange topic, but until I had a baby, I’d significantly underestimated just how useful having long – or longish – fingernails can be.

I don’t have particularly strong fingernails, so when they get a tad long they sometimes break along the side, close to where the nail joins the skin. It hurts! When this happens, obviously I clip the broken nail, and then inevitably trim them all to avoid any others breaking. Simple, right? Wrong. When you have short nails, so many things become that much more difficult. Continue reading

“Mummy benefits” of naps vs. overnight sleeping

I know I’m pretty lucky. When my baby was about 3 months old, he started sleeping through the night. He’d go down around 11pm and sleep until around 5am. I thought that was excellent. He didn’t even really go through the dreaded sleep regression at 4 months (although there were a few days around that time when he’d sleep only three or four hours and then wake up for a feed). After this, his sleep improved, and he started sleeping from 10/10:30pm until 6/6:30am (or waking up quietly and letting me grab a few extra winks). I don’t always feel rested, but it’s great to be able to sleep through the night myself.

The thing is, my little man doesn’t like napping. Continue reading