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Maia

Maia Dunphy naively thought working from home once she had a baby would be easy. She was wrong…

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June 9, 2017
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The Problem With Banning Babies

There are hardy perennials for the Press: stories of various cafés and other establishments banning buggies or babies. I have always respected the right of business owners to decide whether or not children are welcome, but sometimes you wonder if they know who their demographic is at all. I remember […]
June 2, 2017
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What Is So Wrong About Dressing Like A Mum?

Baby clothes are cute, no matter what colour, size or style. Not so Mum clothes apparently. But what even ARE Mum clothes? I thought I just wore clothes, full stop. But it would seem not. I bumped into an old neighbour during the week, and admittedly, I was running to […]
May 30, 2017
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Why I Really Co-Sleep With My Baby

I knew nothing about co-sleeping before I had a baby (frankly, it would have been weird as hell if I did). But countless people asked me what my plans vis a vis the baby’s sleeping arrangements were whilst I was pregnant. I’d stare at them blankly and mutter something about […]
May 25, 2017
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This Tiredness Is Really Starting To Piss Me Off

I don’t think I need to tell any parent about tiredness. We’re bored of being warned about it by exhausted parent-friends before we even have kids. Then we’re pissed off with well-meaning folk asking us all manner of questions related to sleep after a baby arrives. We get it. Babies […]
May 24, 2017
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Why It’s Good To Be A Baby Scrooge

When a new baby (especially a first baby) arrives home, the presents you receive may seem as numerous as the dirty nappies. I tried to take note of who sent what so as to be able to thank people, but in those early, hazy days, it’s easy to forget another […]
May 23, 2017
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Calling Bullshit On… Baby Classes

I did a few of the now ubiquitous “baby classes” with Tom when he was younger. We did the early-learners swimming classes (and paid for the insanely overpriced underwater photo shoot), we showed our faces at a few crawler and explorer afternoons (but acknowledged he was a bit too young when […]

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