Eurgh! Current status: Sweaty Mess. 7.5 months of sweaty mess, in Jo’s case. Nursing a sweaty toddler in Lauren’s case. It’s fair to say that this heatwave, though welcomed in a wider sense (Yay for summer!) is causing some difficulty for us here at The Mother Side! So, whilst we’re not claiming to be staying … More Hot Stuff: Staying Cool And Safe
If you haven’t already, do read Part 1 of Mother Sider Claire’s post from Thursday night before reading tonight’s post. If you’ve read it already, prepare for further feelings of admiration and respect as she brings us up to present day and shares daily routines and insights into Charlie’s condition. We are proud to share … More How it Feels: A baby with Type 1 Diabetes (Part 2)
Hands up if, like us, your knowledge of diabetes (in all its different guises) is limited. Well, it’s currently Diabetes Week, so now’s your opportunity to understand it a little better. This incredible guest post will be split over two nights, with the second instalment due to be posted on Sunday evening. Mother Sider Claire … More How it Feels: A baby with Type 1 Diabetes (Part 1)
June 7th – 15th is British Heart Week. Mother Sider Helen is one of three mums we know whose baby was born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), a condition affecting one baby born every two minutes in the UK. Currently, only 50% of these cases are detected during pregnancy, meaning many families have no time … More How it Feels: Congenital Heart Disease
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.