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How Could He Be Hard To Buy For? A friend of mine recently asked me to write a post on suitable gifts for newborns.  She suggested that many people who visit new parents take gifts that are not at all helpful or things that parents will like.”  I must say, I have to agree with her.  Before I had a child I was completely clueless about what to buy for a newborn.  I so wanted to take something that would be used and appreciated, but always felt really stuck.  If you’re...

According to the chiropractor, this is the best position for healthy hips – your baby’s thighs are supported to the knee, with the main weight of their body on their bum, not their crotch, unlike in the Baby Bjorn. I came so close to buying a Baby Bjorn baby carrier. Another mum had shown me hers and told me how easy it was to clip on and off.  It looked great … and seemed easy to use.  What mum isn’t drawn to something practical that could make her...

Does Your Kid’s Crying Make You Uncomfortable? If you were a child and something happened to you which really hurt, like you hit your head or kicked your toe and it was so sore you felt like crying, how’d you like your parents to be? I was with Joshi in a park a few weeks ago, when this kid, about 6 years old, slid face-first down a slide.   Although not visually injured, he was clearly sore and started crying when he reached his mum at the bottom.  His mum was...

Smiling despite the chaos! I’ve always loved a neat and tidy home. Now I wonder if I’ll ever have one again.   I know I will, but for now our apartment feels as though everything’s completely upside-down most of the time. On Sunday Joshi turned 1. When he was 5 months old he started cruising (walking around while taking support of the furniture). And then last month he finally let go of the furniture and started walking, hands free! Now he’s all over...

Joshi sleeping after a big car cry It probably all looks so lovely and cute to any unsuspecting outsider who’s never taken care of a newborn baby of their own, but the truth is – taking care of and responding to the needs of your little darling in those first 6 weeks may be one of the most stressful things you ever do.  It was for me. Now that Joshi is 11 months old things are so much easier. Not only have we had some practice at being parents, he’s also...

Things that helped me get over nipple thrush I’m so glad I persevered with breastfeeding, because for the past 4 months it’s been dead easy.  For the first 6 months it wasn’t.   One night Simon came home to find Joshi and I on the couch, crying.  I was in pain everytime he fed and he was feeding a lot.  As it turned out, I had nipple thrush.   I got it in the first couple of weeks only to have it disappear and then return again.  It was horrible. ...

Looking after my newborn baby There’s no denying it – there’s something incredibly precious about being in the presence of a newborn baby. And so naturally, when your little one’s born, your friends and family will be longing to visit.  The only catch is, in those first few weeks, while you’ll be needing all the help you can get, a stream of excited visitors may be the last thing you want. We weren’t sure how we’d feel about an influx...

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 EC’ing Joshi I’m so pleased with how well this EC’ing thing (elimination communication) is working for us. We started EC’ing Joshi (holding him over the lid of a potty) when he was 10 days old.  For some unknown reason it didn’t work straight away, but we kept at it.  Four days later we had our first successful EC’ing experience.  We simply held Joshi under his thighs, hovering above the potty lid, with his back resting on our...

Joshi Out For A Nature Walk Before I became a mum my life was mostly about me.   Even when I was teaching the Art of Living courses, (Art of Living teachers and organisers volunteer don’t earn money from this), it was still mostly about me.  Sure, others were getting the benefits, but so was I.  Huge.  The high you get from seeing people really letting go of their stress is incredible.  The glow on their faces by the end of the course. Priceless. But basically,...

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