Breastfeeding has been one of the loveliest and most challenging parts of motherhood for me. I went into it a bit gung ho, merely attending an NHS breastfeeding antenatal class and thinking, “If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t, we tried”. But, from the moment Milla was popped on my chest in … More Breastfeeding: bonding, blocked ducts and toddlerdom
A post popped up towards the end of last week in an Attachment Parenting group that we belong to on Facebook. Reading it was heartbreaking. Here was a woman, a mother, not dissimilar to us, feeling frightened about leaving the house. The comments that followed were unswervingly supportive, of course, from like-minded, rational folk who haven’t … More How It Feels: Being a Muslim mother in Britain today
Whether you want to change jobs, progress your career, get the qualification you always dreamt of, or simply keep your brain ticking over, studying is a great way to achieve this. There are so many courses, colleges and universities around now that are geared up to help people study around life. But, in reality, how … More Tips for studying while raising a family
Tomorrow marks the 12th International Widows’ Day. Originally set up by The Loomba Foundation but, since 2010 it has been recognised by the United Nations and celebrated as an official ‘awareness day’. Much of the work done by the UN centres on the developing world, where widows and their children struggle to survive after the … More How it Feels: Becoming a Widowed Parent
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)
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
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.
When asked if we were prepared for our impending new arrivals, we were similar in our responses: – Yes, all prepared for the labour, thanks to our hypnobirth sessions. – Yes, we have a car seat and a pram and the nursery is almost ready. – Yes, we have lots of lovely clothes all freshly … More Ready, Steady… Boob!