March 5th -11th is Hip Health Week, run by Steps Charity Worldwide to raise awareness of hip instability in 15% of babies born each year. Tonight, Mother Sider Fen shares her account of daughter Ida’s birth and subsequent diagnosis with DDH, and the months that followed… “OK. I’m going to ask you to take a … More How It Feels: Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
My parents gave me a love of reading; of words, books and language, from an early age. Being an only child meant I often had to come up with imaginative ideas for things to do and I believe it was reading so much that aided that. As an English graduate and secondary English teacher, instilling … More Ten Reasons Why You Can Never Read Too Much With Children.
A friend has just had her second baby. A message she sent me the other night brought back memories of those early postpartum days and weeks here – now 6 months ago. Of course, it feels like a lifetime ago but, at the time, when you’re living it, sore, bleeding, exhausted and engorged, with hormones … More What’s Invaluable in the Fourth Trimester when you have a Toddler too?
Despite the WHO’s recommendation that donated breast milk is the next best alternative to breastfeeding your own baby, many people don’t know that it is an option. Others find it strange, which seems odd, given that we rely on others for blood donations, stem cells, bone marrow and organs. There are currently 17 milk banks … More How it Feels: Using Donated Breast Milk and Becoming A Donor
Many of our posts over the last year and a bit have mentioned the African proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and I’ve previously talked about the importance of having a tribe and a ‘mayday mama‘. Now I don’t live in a traditional tribal village. Neither do I have my extended family close … More It’s a village, girls, but not as we know it…
It’s no secret that we love pretty much anything published by Pinter & Martin here at TFTMS. They’re (partly) responsible for bringing us The Positive Birth Book, which Jo reviewed back in the summer, as well as The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – the La Leche League book that contains everything you could ever wish … More Review: Growing Up Pregnant
It’s been a year since the launch of Tales from The Mother Side and what a year we’ve had. Those of you who’ve been with us since the beginning will remember our pledge not to consign ourselves to the cyber graveyard of blogs gone by, and we’ve stuck to it. However, there have been inevitable … More Happy Birthday to Us!
Christmas, books, Christmas, books…two of our favourite things! So we’ve been to the library and chosen a few children’s Christmas books to road test with our toddlers. Here are their favourites (and not so favourites). Lauren: Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd This is a lovely book by the author of Hairy Maclary from … More Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Books for Toddlers.
When we were preparing Primrose for Wilf’s arrival, we tried to cover all bases. You can read about it here, if you like. This paid off. From the moment he arrived, she was besotted. She ‘reads’ to him, shows him toys, lays with him, sings to him, makes him chuckle, and her first question in … More Toddler See, Toddler Do
We are BIG fans of Sketchy Muma here at TFTMS. She always seems to release an image at *just* the right moment to resonate with our current mood or feelings. Anna has been so kind in letting us use her sketches to accompany some of our posts and her work has provided Jo with the … More Q&A with Anna Lewis AKA ‘Sketchy Muma’