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March 17, 2017

Since I have become I mother I have discovered whole new worlds I did not know existed. Underground Facebook support groups of knackered women. Breastfeeding ‘you can do this even though your nipples are falling off and you haven’t closed your eyes to sleep in 6 weeks’...

January 29, 2017

It happens every day. All over the world. To every kind of woman, different races, ages, religions.

And yet every birth is uniquely magical.

Aria was born a cold and grey, yet beautiful January winter’s afternoon at Derby Royal Infirmary.

I met Charlie and Martin in Augus...

January 26, 2017

It must be the middle of the night. It must be. It can’t be morning yet. It is pitch black. And yet, there is a toddler in my bed, pulling my hair and punching me in the face. MAMAMAMAMAMAMAMAMAAAAAAAAA etc etc.

FFS. IT IS THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! Just 5 more minutes…


September 19, 2016

It is the middle of the night, I open my eyes with a start. That sinking feeling washes over me like a tidal wave. I failed. At the one thing my body is supposed to be good at. The one thing it was designed to do well. The one thing I am on this planet to do. Give birt...

August 3, 2016

Guilt. Yes I feel guilty. I feel guilty for working and leaving my child. I feel guilty for not working and not contributing financially to the family home. I feel guilty for neglecting my husband. I feel guilty for wishing it was Theo’s bedtime and / or nap time RIGHT...

July 5, 2016

Ok you, stop googling ‘colour of baby poo’ and ‘how soon should my baby sleep though the night at 2 days old’. And look at your baby. Because your baby doesn’t care what google thinks about his bowel movements and how long he goes between feeds. Your baby only sees you...

June 7, 2016




When child is asleep, I can’t believe I made him (I gaze lovingly at him with those Roger Rabbit cartoon love hearts in my eyes. He is amazing. He is my world)


When child is awake, I wonder why I made him (‘just stop the fuck crying!’, ‘I...

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