The dawning new year... It’s an exciting time; like standing in the sea watching a wave roll towards you. The sky is bright, families flock to the seaside to close off the year in each other’s full-bellied presence. Santa has been generous; the promenade is aflood with yummy mummies in matching hat/mitten combos, daddies with … Continue reading Why 2017 will be the best year yet
My little one is no longer my own. And yours probably isn’t either. If this is “old news” to you, then please forgive me whilst I waffle; cover your eyes to the cutting of my maternal strings, and divert your attention elsewhere. But if any part of you wonders with apprehension whether you are in … Continue reading Letting go of baby
Parenting far away from the place you call 'home' – and the support network of family and friends that you have there – can be tough. It can also be exciting, terrifying, empowering, and hugely satisfying - sometimes all at once! The Faraway Files (a regular series on http://www.thefarawaymum.com) aims to give a glimpse into … Continue reading Parenting far from home: the faraway mum interview
My household has been plagued. So much so, that it would probably be prudent to sanitize the letter box to keep the poor postman from catching one of our many ailments. My husband gallantly kicked things off when his “man flu” (not actually a thing, surely) developed into full blown shingles. Upon receiving his diagnosis … Continue reading Bugs, drugs and chickenpox: When your entire family is ill
4:30pm- Pick up from nursery. I’ve missed him so much today it's as though I left for work without my kidneys. Sometimes I fantasize about quitting work in a Bridget Jones-esque spectacle and marching home for big sloppy toddler kisses. 4:35pm- Kiss mummy? Maybe not? Ok, ummm hug mummy? …OR just hit mummy over the head with … Continue reading 3 hours in toddler life (save me!)
Music has an unbelievable knack for bringing you back to vivid moments of your life. Earlier this year, my husband and I gently placed the baby into Grandma's arms and scampered off to London for the Coldplay gig. During the opening chords of "Magic" I was instantly transported to a moment years ago, listening to the very … Continue reading “The M Word”: Three reasons to talk about miscarriage
“Motherhood is hard sometimes, especially when other women seem so much better at it than you.” Have you ever felt this way? Don’t worry, I have too. In fact I have felt this way on SO MANY occasions that after much thought (and a few vino-assisted discussions with other mums)...I've discovered the solution to this problem!!! How to … Continue reading Feeling intimidated by other mothers?