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No matter how difficult or challenging my day of mammahood may have been, no matter how disharmonious or exhausting, when we have a family bedtime satsang it helps to gracefully dissolve the after effect of the day’s challenges.  So some months ago I decided to have regular family satsangs.  Just the three of us.  I’d light a candle, lay a blanket on the floor, put some cushions out, gather together all the musical instruments (sometimes with Joshi’s...

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...

I know of mums who dealt with their kids’ cradle cap really early and others who never did anything about it. You really don’t need to do anything unless it becomes itchy and starts bleeding, (which is very rare) or if bothers you of course. Treatment: I waited until Joshi was 15 months before I did anything about his.  You couldn’t see it because it was hidden under his hair and I wasn’t bothered by it, but I reached a stage where thought it would...

If you’re not sleeping well at night then you’re probably spending a lot of your days feeling irritable and wishing you had more energy.  It’s not rocket science and you’ve probably heard it before – but getting high-quality sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  So, as a parent who regularly wakes through the night to attend to your child, what can you do to reduce the debilitating feeling of having your body’s natural...

Twelve years ago when I was traveling around India I spent a few weeks with a group of travellers in this really beautiful, remote place. We were living in caves or tents in the middle of nowhere. For food, a couple of us would hike a few hours down to the nearest village and bring back supplies on the back of a donkey. At that time, I’d just started becoming more aware of what goes into the products I’d been using on my body for years, such at the sodium lauryl...

Joshi Running Bare When Joshi first started walking I was in no hurry to get him shoes.  It felt right to be ensuring that he got 3 months of running around totally barefoot, mostly on the grass and down at the beach. So three months passed before I went shoe shopping.  Somehow, when he reached 14 months the need for protective shoes seemed to get a little urgent because suddenly he was running everywhere, including over some really rough surfaces. After a few weeks of procrastination...

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. ...

Sun-drying the thrush right out of those cloth nappies If you think I’m just leading a life of leisure, hanging out with my very cute little baby boy, making cooing sounds, you’re WRONG!  I’m sure I’m working harder now than I’ve ever done before, in my new role as mamma.  Cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, feeding him, feeding me, washing up, cooking again, folding laundry, bathing him, dressing him, undressing him, etc.  (On this note,  if...

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...

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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