I continued feeding her for 19 months and 2 weeks, I can tell you that on day 2, when my nipples started bleeding and I fed her in absolute agony, I would never have believed that would happen. I had a love-hate relationship with breastfeeding and here's why.
When a new baby comes into the world it seems inconceivable that this little creature will one day be walking around in the world on his own, but it does happen, and sooner than we think, and there is lots we can do to help them develop and grow in the best way possible. A simple, good quality baby toy can make a wonderful gift
Having a full blown row with your partner in front of your baby is reprehensible but sadly sometimes inevitable. And in the heat of a particularly vir...
The world is changing for your baby, so try to 'go with the flow', at least for now. What worked yesterday may not work well today, so be prepared to try a few different options to get her to sleep.
It's all very well saying, 'Is there anything I can do to help?' when visiting a baby and his or her knackered, shell-shocked parents, but sometimes it's better just to get stuck in, or be so specific with your offer of help that you're greeted with a 'hell yes!', and tears of gratitude and relief.
Giving birth to a beautiful baby should be such a joyous time. I can say what followed the birth of my son was far from the best time of my life. It was the worst. 12 hours post birth Elijah began to go purple and have 'dusky episodes'. He was admitted to NICU where he was diagnosed with a serious heart defect.
Ten years ago, heavily pregnant, I said goodbye to a regular monthly social group that I knew I wouldn't be coming back to for a little while. 'Make sure you get out as a couple as soon as you can,' was their parting advice. Looking forward to meeting my baby, and anticipating the tired and intense times to come, the advice fell on stony ground.
Well, it has begun. I've heard it talked about so many times by other parents, usually prefixed by a swear word. Our baby is teething! We are now proud members of the club of exhausted parents who can't understand quite why evolution still hasn't made teething less painful for the poor little blighters. Surely there's got to be a better way?!
Almost a year ago today I found out I was pregnant. As you can tell from the title, my pregnancy was unplanned. VERY unplanned. I say 'very' with umph because in my heart of hearts I do not think I was ready...
I was crying over a few pairs of trousers. I needed to have a word with myself. This body has grown and birthed a beautiful baby boy. It now feeds that boy, keeps him growing and healthy and strong.
What do Mums of newborns really need? The baby product industry is booming. There's everything available, from silver topped dummies to little tubes that suck bogies out of your offspring's dinky nostrils*. But what do you really need when you have a newborn?
Many people keep asking me how I managed to get them to sleep through the night at such a young age, so I thought I should share some of my tried and tested tips. Here they are:
So small, so perfect, so fragile... Yes. Take a moment to remember your vagina the way it was. Then re-grow all your pubic hair to form a secret forest around it, destroy every handheld mirror in the land, and NEVER THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN.
If the reports are correct, it's been just 10 days since Mendes gave birth to her second child. A mere 10 days where I'm pretty sure she has a lot of other things on her mind rather than rushing to Twitter to share the news. And I can imagine 10 days of privacy was no doubt pure bliss for the family.
I've never been one to read Celebrity weekly magazines or the infamous Sidebar Of Shame (unless for work purposes, obvs), but the coverage of Teigen's pregnancy and existence since giving birth to baby Luna has been unavoidable and totally infuriating.
When you have a baby you think that you and your other half will immediately be in tune with each other. That you will be the dream co-parent duo. Other couples will be amazed at how well you are coping. Cue two weeks in and you are screaming "IT'S YOUR F*CKING TURN TO CHANGE THE NAPPY" and throwing a sterilisation bowl off their head. So here are a few ways I have survived the last five years being in charge of small children... with another adult.