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 in “what to do when your breast milk dries up.” ...

I really don’t know what was going on last night. It could’ve been because Joshi’s nose was slightly blocked. Or because he was too hot. Or maybe that third tooth is coming through and he’s teething. Who knows? Buts this is what happened … I wasn’t feeling so sleepy last night because I had just been to long kriya … my weekly prana hit, so rejuvenating.  So I only got to bed at 11pm. Half an hour later Joshi woke up, so I fed him and...

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 in the swing so it wasn’t unusual for them to be sitting on...

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...

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 pick up and chew on it.  It’s usually...

  I can’t tell you how sore it was, my boob, that day I got mastitis. Ouch!  It felt incredibly tender and bruised.  Fortunately we were at Korin’s home for afternoon tea (Korin’s our friend as well as our doula, and is a wealth of information).  She said I should feed him with his chin pressing into the sore bit.  OMG.   So I lay down on the bed on my back and Joshi lay facedown with his chin on the sore area of my boob. It must have looked...

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....

For the first few months after birthing my baby boy my back really hurt.  I mean really hurt. I found it difficult to move and especially difficult to stand up.  Sometimes I’d literally be stuck on the couch, unable to stand up without help.  And even with help it really hurt and had to happen ultra slowly.  By the end of each day I was simply knackered.  By 4pm I’d really be hanging out for Simon to come home so he could take over the lifting-and-putting-down-thing...

Joshi has been teething on and off for a few months now.  Each bout came with irritation, excessive drooling and red cheeks and Joshi would make his hand into a fist and rub it along his gums with a certain air of frustration.   But still there were no sign of teeth.   Until a few days ago … when his first little tooth appeared through the skin on his bottom gums.  Simon and I were pretty excited about the arrival of this little mouth pearl, but unsurprisingly Joshi...

I’m no expert, but I’ve been asked to write a blog for women in labour.  So I’ve decided to share my story with you.  Hopefully it will contain a few useful tips for those of you pregnant for the first time.  Bearing in mind of course, that labouring and birth is so different from woman to woman and birth to birth. Anyway, here’s my story… I’ve always had this thing about the full moon. I just love it.  I love being under its light and staring...

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