If you haven’t already, do read the first part of Mother Sider Phoebe’s post here. She has written these two brilliant posts for us as part of Deaf Awareness Week 2017. Back to Phoebe… I have dated hearing guys in the past and struggled, especially when we were with their friends as they would talk … More How it feels: A Deaf Mama’s Journey through Pregnancy, Labour and Motherhood
Yesterday saw the start of Deaf Awareness Week, which sees multiple organisations participating each year, in order to raise awareness and understanding. Each of them focuses on a different theme or area of importance. For example, The UK Council on Deafness are using it to ‘Celebrate’ collaborations on Awareness, Education, Employment, Information, Services and Prevention, and … More How it feels: Growing up deaf
Somehow I’m 27 weeks pregnant. It seems like about a fortnight since we announced that we’re expecting a baby boy in August and now, with just three months to go and a week before entering the THIRD trimester, I’m finally getting around to an update about the second. This time during my last pregnancy, I … More Second Trimester (in the nick of time)
Today’s guest post comes courtesy of a Mother Sider who has asked to remain anonymous as, apart from her husband, nobody knows of her experience. Sadly, the stigma associated with abortion means many woman are unable to confide in their friends and family – often for cultural or religious reasons (as is the case here), … More How it Feels: Abortion
When I hear stories from friends who work in primary schools about ‘Nurture Groups’, it makes my heart weep. Young children who need to be taught to smile and how to be affectionate, or show emotion, not because they’ve experienced a life changing event and are traumatised, but because they haven’t been shown affection at … More Our messed up society AKA The suppression of maternal instinct.
Yesterday marked the start of Allergy UK’s Allergy Awareness Week 2017. Mother Sider Lindsay is a real inspiration to us, and to all parents dealing with the ignorance surrounding allergies. We’re not talking intolerances here, though they come with their own set of hurdles; we’re talking serious, scary, life-threatening allergies. Both her girls have them … More How it feels: To Have a Child with Life Threatening Allergies.
Wondering why your baby is a bit cranky, not sleeping, wants more cuddles, to be carried more, or to be left alone? Has your smiling, bouncing small person suddenly switched personality? Have you been through the usual list of wind, teething, discomfort, tiredness, full nappy etc and nothing seems to be working? Yep, sometimes there … More Cranky and sleep averse baby? It could be a developmental leap…
Mother Sider Kelly is due her second baby any day now. The excitement of her impending new arrival has been overshadowed by the fact she hasn’t enjoyed her pregnancy at all. The fact that she and her baby are both healthy has made her feel terribly guilty. Pregnancy is a physical and emotional rollercoaster. Your baby … More How it Feels: To hate being pregnant.
I remember reading this article when Primrose was about 9 months old. I felt like I’d come out the other side of the anxiety I’d been struggling with and was finally relaxing (most of the time) into motherhood. I wanted to hug the author and congratulate her on her ‘the strength is in asking for … More The Invaluable Asset of a ‘Mayday Mama’.
‘You cannot pour from an empty cup’ sounds like one of those trite aphorisms that used to make us baulk. Now though, it seems apt. A baby’s needs are simple: to be warm, clean, safe, fed and secure. A mother (and father) need to feel emotionally and physically capable of providing for these needs. Whilst exhaustion … More ‘You cannot pour from an empty cup’