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March 8, 2017

Calling Bullshit On…My Boobs And Fanny

How many times have we heard from our mothers, aunts, sisters, friends ‘it’s hard to be a woman?’ This is normally extolled when a period has arrived or discussing childbirth or smear/ breast exams. I normally answer with ‘thankfully I have three boys and they won’t have to suffer, apart […]
March 7, 2017

When Sleep Doesn’t Come

When my eldest child was born seven years ago, I was blessed with a right little sleeper. After 10–12 weeks, she was sleeping through the night and we never looked back. She went to bed smiling and got up smiling again every morning. During the day, she also napped well. […]
March 7, 2017

Can We Talk About How Hard It Is During The Holidays?

So here we are, into week four of a six-week summer break from school in the land of the long white cloud New Zealand. Before Christmas I was surviving on gin and tonics because hey, it was Christmas and summer at the same time, that’s reason enough to drink every […]
March 6, 2017

A Special Reaction To Calling Bullshit On ‘Special’ Parents

So a few weeks ago I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and spotted a post with that godforsaken phrase ‘Special children are only sent to special parents’. I had been mulling over what my ‘Calling Bullshit On…’ article for The M Word might be about and as soon as […]
March 5, 2017

Six Ways To Not Give A Crap About Fitting Into Those Pre-pregnancy Jeans

Now you’re probably thinking the obvious answer here is to bury those bad boys deep in your closet, like Narnia deep, where they will hang at the back of your conscience like a denim skeleton. But no, I say!! Hang them out loud and proud, and don’t be afraid to […]
March 5, 2017

My Baby Lost Me, I Lost My Mother

On the 19 of July 2014 I went to bed in tears, devastated with the news that my much longed for baby had no heart beat. Myself and my husband had been for a scan the day before, I watched him get out of his car, all suited and shades […]


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