Body image, BMI & bacon sarnies

Last week on social media I noticed a post about size 20 model Tess Holliday. There she was, covered in only a white sheet, a tattooed vision of chunky-thighed, red-haired, confident pregnant woman. Most commenters were praising her for having a positive body image and for promoting the notion that ‘big is beautiful’. However there…

Threenagers: The Awful Truth

When De La Soul sang “3, that’s the magic number”, they clearly hadn’t experienced life with a three year old child. Magical is a far cry from where we are at right now. I just want to preface this blog with a note to say: I love my daughter very much. So much it hurts….

Pink for a girl, blue for a boy… 

“Aww he’s so cute!!” “She, actually, but thank you. Her name is Willow” “Oh well, forgive me but she isn’t wearing pink!!” “And?!?” Research tells me that in the 1800s all babies wore white. Pastel baby clothes were introduced gradually throughout the mid-nineteenth century but the colours weren’t gender-specific at first. In fact:    It…

Making a New Mum Friend: 5 easy steps

Meeting like-minded Mums and forging new friendships can be a challenge, particularly if you’re from a small town or village and people are a bit set in their ways/cliquey/knobheadish – however, Mum friends are essential to surviving parenthood and every now and again you might just spot someone who you think could be well worth…

A woman’s smile

A bottle-feeding mother sees a breastfeeding mother and smiles. She thinks ‘I wish I had stuck at breastfeeding, she looks so serene and Earth-Motherly, knowing she is doing the best for her child, but it was just too hard’.  The breastfeeding mother smiles back at the bottle-feeding mother and thinks ‘If only I’d introduced a…