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Joshi’s first trip in the stroller Mammahood can be a real lesson in letting go. For the past 9 months we’ve been carrying Joshi in the baby carrier whenever we walk anywhere – going to the shops, while gardening or taking out the compost, putting out the laundry, walking along the beach with our feet in the water, and going for our evening walks around the neighborhood. It’s felt really special and intimate, having him so close and snug, hugged up against...

All I want for Christmas is an empty cardboard fruit box! It’s 4.15am on our first Christmas with Joshi and I’m wide awake. And so is he. He woke coz he needed the potty and then after I’d taken him he was far too wide awake to go back to sleep. (This is very rare by the way – he usually goes back to sleep within five to ten minutes of a night wake). Well, I thought “there’s no point in resisting this,” so I got up, put him in the ergo...

I’m wondering what it’s going to be like – leaving this bundle of cuteness for an entire day This is one of the strangest days for me … going back to work.  It’s just for one full, single, stand alone day, but it’s my first full day away from my 8 month old baby.   Ahhhh!  Sure, I’ve been away from Joshua every Wednesday night when I go for long kriya, and also for many Saturdays when I’ve popped out for a massage, but that’s...

The slumber party’s at our place Last Sunday we were planning on attending a Christmas tea party down at a really beautiful dam near our home.  It had been in my diary for weeks:  10am,  Sunday 2nd December. I really wanted us to go.  I love being in nature and I’m especially fond of this particular spot because it’s the dam is just gorgeous to swim in.  Plus there’d be some really cool people for us to hang out with, including a few little ones Joshi’s...

Sweet, uniterrupted, blissful sleep … Again, (and this probably won’t be the last time you hear me say this), I have no idea what was going on or what caused it, but this is what happened… On Thursday night I got home at 9pm after attending my weekly session of yoga, sudarshan kriya and meditation, my weekly prana hit.   Joshi was fast asleep.   Simon and him had been for a walk while I was out and he’d fallen asleep in the baby carrier.   Anyway,...

Fenugreek seeds – my boobies’ NBF (new best friend) I had this day last week when, by the end of it, my boobie milk was really low.  And while we’ve started Joshi on solids he’s hardly getting a whole lot of non-boobie milk food down that little hole called ‘mouth.’  I was at a bit of loose end though, coz he was obviously hungry and my low supply just wasn’t cutting the grade.  Time to go surfing with Dr Google … I typed...

Simon and Joshi passed out on the Sofa at 10am on Saturday morning No matter how bad you think you have it, there’s always someone worse off than you. I know of one mamma whose little baby just didn’t sleep much at all. She could often be found wandering the streets at all hours of the night, carrying her crying baby in a sling.  There was only so much walking that mamma could do, so when her feet simply wouldn’t carry them anymore she’d take refuge...

There are a lot of things no one told me about mammahood. One of them is that I would lose so much hair! For the first few months after Joshi was born I lost a lot of hair. Not enough for anyone to notice and comment on, but I really noticed it. My hair would come out in chunks in the shower simply by running my hand through it … and then, just when I thought I had lost as much hair as I could in one day, more would come out when I brushed it after my shower. I was...

Joshi Eating Rock Melon For The First Time Ever I really didn’t feel drawn to giving Joshi something like rice porridge on a spoon as a way of introducing him to solids, so I was pleased as when I came across the idea of baby-led weaning (BLW).  Rather than mashing, processing or pureing foods and feeding them to your baby on a spoon, BLW is more about putting food (often in a wedge-like shape) in front of them.  Then they can decide whether they’d like to...

A few months ago, when Joshi was three months old, I decided that there is such a thing as too many toys. My intuition was telling me to reduce, reduce, reduce. So I gathered up most of Joshi’s toys (and honestly, there weren’t that many) and put them away (mean mum?!). (My plan was to bring them out slowly over the months ahead.) Then I gave him just one toy at a time (typically his wooden teether or just a cloth) and he was quite content and fully absorbed in it....

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