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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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September 14, 2016
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Hey, Merlot. We Need To Talk

A few years ago I unwittingly became a poster girl for “women and drinking”. I hadn’t intended to, but I made a documentary called Merlot & Me where I discussed my own drinking in relation to new national statistics, and alongside other women who were candid about their own alcohol […]
August 30, 2016
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The Politics Of Borrowing Baby Stuff

Neither a borrower nor a lender be. I’m sure most of you have heard that at least once in your lives (usually from the kind of family member who starts the sing song at a wedding). It was Shakespeare who coined the phrase, the advice being that to borrow something from, […]
August 16, 2016
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The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Mother

I don’t want to go all semi-serious on you all, but there’s something I wanted to bring up now that we’re all pals and you won’t think I’m a friendless loser….Being a Mum can be incredibly lonely. It was something I had heard mentioned in vaguely hushed tones, but as someone […]
August 9, 2016
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The ‘Problem’ With Having An Only Child

I thought I was finally done with the unsolicited questions at this stage in my life: “Do you not want to get married?” (When I was still not bothered about marriage at 30). “At last! So when is the big day?” (When I got engaged). “So are you going to have children?” […]
July 6, 2016
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And The Fifth Horseman Of The Apocalypse Shall Be Called…Baby Squits

Today I had my first unwelcome experience of the baby-squits. The term may be an unfamiliar one, but the explanation won’t be. I have seen friends and colleagues who are mums, wiped out by gastroenteritis, floored by their sixth cold of the year by March, and telling me about grim […]
July 1, 2016
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Why I Didn’t Break The Bank For My Baby’s First Birthday

My baby turned one last weekend. I can’t quite believe it; despite all the clichés of “it’s like he’s been here forever”, it still feels like yesterday that we brought him home and I peered into his little basket and thought “shit….what do I do now?!”. Those of you who have two […]

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