Two and Done. 

In my (limited) experience, there is something about your child’s first birthday which makes your womb yelp “Helloooooo!! I’m still here!! And I’m empty!!” We only ever wanted two children. We have two children. We are incredibly lucky to have two children. (I like to remind myself of this quite frequently).  Bar any potential mishaps…

Social Media Salt

About a year ago, I ‘unfriended’ an old school acquaintance on Facebook. My reason for this cull from the life inside my phone? She was just so damn happy. She lives abroad, has a rich husband and two beautiful children who she gets to raise herself (thanks to the rich husband, I’m assuming) and spends…

Willow Olive: A birth story

“With you being overdue and having reduced movements we would like to induce on Friday this week…” My heart sank. I had been induced with my first baby, and things had not gone well. I’d ended up with an infected episiotomy, a painful third degree tear and a postpartum haemorrhage which caused me to need…

Rose Audrey: A birth story

As I lay my hand on my blooming belly I grinned at myself in the mirror and pressed the photo button on my phone. I was ready for my aqua natal class and really hoped it would be the last one before I met our baby daughter. It was Friday 7th June 2013 and although…

A miscarriage of justice: the brutal unfairness of losing a baby

(Written on Nov 6th 2015) One year ago today, we went to see a firework display with our then 16 month old daughter, Rose. It was our first month of trying for our second baby and as we walked into the local school’s playground I got a stomach ache and instantly felt disappointed – I…

Fifteen to One (Mummy-to-be): My tricks of the trade…

Not all pregnant women enjoy the experience, but I personally found being an expectant mother a wonderful and fulfilling time in my life, on both occasions. Of course, along with the magic and wonder of the life growing inside you comes advice. TRUCKLOADS of it. It’ll come at you like your female work colleagues hands…