Monthly Archives: June 2011

Social Distortion

I’ve really struggled this weekend, and the most ridiculous thing about it all is I’ve struggled with things that should be enjoyable, relaxing and not hard work.  But they have been hard work, and now I’m writing it all down and I’m not sure why.  Or what I hope to achieve by writing it down.  Actually, I do know that writing does help, I’ve known it for a long time… Continue reading


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Run, Run As Fast As You Can

I remember trying to decipher the look on my friend’s face as she sat talking in my living room, cuddling my two week old baby.  Was that panic?  Was it horror?  I now know it was both.  And more; stress, alarm, fear and weariness, all right there in her eyes.  I smiled as she spoke, and nodded, and responded with a well-meant ‘Yes, I can imagine’, but actually, I


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Government Removes Support for National Breastfeeding Week

I originally wrote this article for Real Parenting Magazine on 5 May 2011.

National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2011, which was due to run from 19 – 25th June, has had its government funding withdrawn. This announcement was made on 7th April on the NHS Local website, but seemed to have escaped the attention of the national press; a quick search of both the top four broadsheets and… Continue reading


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Me? Mum?

I wrote this a few weeks ago, but hesitated to post it as there are people who may read this blog who don’t know about bits of my life.  But then I thought, 1 they probably don’t read it anyway, 2 it’s my blog and my space and my writing and 3 it’s my life, and if there’s stuff people don’t like, well, tough.  They haven’t lived it.

I… Continue reading


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Just A Moment

I’ve always had a bit of a wandering mind, and a low boredom threshold.  This means that I usually have to be doing two things at once, whilst also thinking about other things I could or should be doing, like wiping round the sink while I’m brushing my teeth and thinking about what to wear that day, what The Baby will wear that day, whether the washing basket is collapsing… Continue reading


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Me, Me, Me Meme

The very articulate and lovely Susan K Mann has tagged me in this meme, all about ME!  Some of these questions were actually real head-scratchers, and I still think most of my answers are total crap.  Anyway, here it is:

If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be?

I really can’t answer this.  I don’t think I’d like to do anything… Continue reading


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Sleeping, Feeding, Playing, and a bit of Nappy Rash

So, to recap.

The Baby had regressed to the sleep-loathing child of old, she hated going to nursery, reducing me to tears every time I left her sobbing and breaking her heart in the arms of the nursery staff, and she was redecorating our dining room with tomato, avocado and pasta (as opposed to eating them; she is not an avant-garde artistic prodigy).

And now?

All change!… Continue reading


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