I’ve heard it so often from parents, about the love that you have for your children, how it’s like no other love, and a lot of the time when they’ve said it I’ve thought, “yeah, yeah … whatever.”  Until today.  Perhaps it’s that surge of oxytocin from this morning’s breastfeeding session, who knows, who cares? … when you’re deeply in love is there any need to find the reason? Last night I went to Rodney’s...

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 tummy and made the sound...

So far the stroller we bought a few weeks ago is the biggest waste of money ever.  For the first four months of Joshi’s life, whenever we went anywhere, either Simon or I would wear Joshi. At first we used the hug-a-bub the most.  It was just perfect when he was a newborn.  It cocooned him beautifully and really simulated the safe and warm environment in which he’d been hanging out for the previous nine months.   After a few weeks, as he got a bit bigger, we...

When a lovely friend of ours, Kate, was recently preparing to birth her baby at home in a birth pool, I asked Simon (hubby) if he could shoot Kate and Art, (her hubby) an email with some useful ‘pool tips’.  You know, a list of things he wished he’d been told before our water-birth at home.  Because they found his tips useful I thought I’d post them here so that if you, or anyone you know, is planning the same you can benefit from them too.  This is...

When I was pregnant with Joshi I did heaps of ocean swimming. It was just great.  I loved being in the water, feeling weightless and free despite this growing bump.  I also really wanted a waterbirth for Joshi, which we got.  It was beautiful.   Him coming out straight into the water and into my arms.  What a moment that was.  Right from the start Joshi was destined to be a waterbaby. So last week was Joshi’s first swimming lesson. He was 18 weeks old.  It went...

I wasn’t so sure about it at first, breastfeeding that is, partly because I wasn’t breastfed as a baby.  And partly because for so many years I wasn’t interested in having kids!  So I’d never given it much thought.  But when I was pregnant and lying around like a beached whale, I read about it.  And the more I read, the more committed I became to breastfeeding my baby. Of course everyone knows about the benefits breastfeeding has for baby.  For...

We nearly didn’t make it to Joshi’s first Gymbaroo class yesterday because we ended up spending the morning in hospital. When Simon left for work I was feeding Joshi. Joshi was so relaxed he soon fell asleep.  In his sleep his head tilted backwards, exposing the usually hidden areas that lie between his lovely chubby neck rolls.  I noticed something there.  It looked like a piece of fluff rolled into a little ball.  When I tried removing it, it wouldn’t...

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, life before parenting...

I first heard about EC (Elimination Communication) from a friend of mine, Kate. She started practising it with her daughter, Margo, when Margo was just 11 days old.  Kate sent me a link about EC when I was pregnant.  She said it was interesting reading. It was.  And it really inspired me. It was perfect timing as I’d been wondering what to do about my ‘pursuit of nappiness.’ A few factors concerned me: 1. I didn’t want my child to be sitting in his...

Joshua is now 15 1/2 weeks old. By this stage things are much, much easier than they were in the first six weeks. For one, he’s only waking up 2 to 3 times during the night for a feed.  Basically every 2 to 3 hours. This morning he woke up at 2:30am. I fed him. Then I checked his nappy. It was wet, so I changed it. Then I put him back to bed, up near the headboard between Simon and me.  At this point he usually goes straight back to sleep. But this morning he just wouldn’t...

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