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Joshi’s first sighting of a big plane The night before we flew out on our first ever family holiday I looked up ‘travelling with a toddler’ in one of those baby books I’ve still not read.   The first thing it said is that if you’re planning on going on holiday with your toddler “either you have temporarily lost your mind or you don’t have a choice.”  It was easy enough not to take the author’s opinion on board because this...

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. ...

Simon and Joshi asleep on Saturday morning I don’t know what we’d do without Saturdays. Before I became a mamma I had no idea that sleep deprivation was going to be such a big part of the equation. Joshi is now 10 months old and waking anywhere between three and eight times a night.   Apparently that’s entirely normal and healthy, for Joshi.  During Joshi’s night-time wakes he usually just needs a wee and a small drink (of boobie milk) and then goes...

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...

Joshi asleep in his comfy training pants When Joshi was 8 months old it suddenly occurred to me that I didn’t need to put a nappy on him at night. (The fact that it took a few months for me to realise this probably has something to do with the sleep deprivation that comes with mammahood).  I realised that for the past few months I’d been waking up, removing his dry cloth nappy, taking him to the potty, putting his dry nappy back on and going back to sleep. ...

At The Beach With Joshi We had our first car-boot-potty-experience last week!  It was such fun! I was taking Joshi to the beach and as soon as I’d parked the car I looked back at him and clocked that “I really need a number 2 mum” look on his face! I did a little dance in a my head, similar to the live one I do at home when I need to come up with a spontaneous plan of action, fast. I didn’t want to take him in the bush right next to where we were parked...

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...

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