You see, it is a very different situation when baby arrives. It's generally not until you've had more than one child that you get a bit of confidence in you to voice what you want and what's going to be best for you and baby.
Why am I making excuses for my baby crying? Babies cry don't they? The do don't they? Mine cry, other people's cry. I'm sure other peoples' cry. Other peoples cry, don't they? Enough of the second guessing: Babies cry. End of. Sometimes you know why, sometimes you don't.
There are many other things that I have done as a mother, that frankly are probably not cricket. Sometimes in order to stay yourself, with the smallest amount of dignity, you have got to make the best of the tools you have at your disposal.
The first thing I realised was that you don't need a whole load of fancy equipment to capture good shots - a DSLR is good, but the tips below apply equally well to shooting with a compact digital camera or even a phone with a good camera.
All that said; even though you couldn't pay me to do it all over again; and even though I'd rather pick my own eyeballs out with a garden trowel than go through childbirth again - lately, I've noticed the odd seemingly broody feeling wash over me from time to time. WHAT?? No seriously, WHAT?
Yeah I'm a feminist, if that means supporting and promoting the best interests of womankind. But it's more about equality. I'm an 'Equalatist' if that words exists, and if it doesn't I'm submitting it to the Oxford Dictionary!
If you co-sleep when you do not want to co-sleep, but your baby makes you co-sleep, then your night may go a little something like this. Although for your sake, I hope that it does not.
Having held the title "Mummy" for just over two and a half years I have been around the block with the baby groups and coffee mornings. Probably even more so given the fact I emigrated when the Toddler was six months old and all the work I had put into meeting Mum friends had to be re-done.
Babies don't sleep. And anyone who has somehow managed to acquire one that does, I can assure you it's either 'pure luck', or that you've now become so delirious from the sleep deprivation (and accompanying gin-habit) that you've actually stopped noticing when you're awake...
Seriously, who are the people who do this stuff? Is it women who haven't had babies yet? Is it men who have never watched their partner be consumed by the pressure and anxiety that goes with 'getting her baby body back'?
Saturday 20 June marks the start of National Breastfeeding Week , a week-long campaign by Unicef which aims to create awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding, increase public acceptance and promote support for breastfeeding mother's across the UK.
The leap from two to three is hard. In my humble opinion. Having that third child takes you into uncomfortable territory that takes some getting used to. At least six months of transition. After which you work out that the secret is never to have three kids together, too often.
When time is at a premium, the first thing to go will be personal maintenance. You may have prided yourself on your beauty regime, pre-birth, but be prepared for legs, underarms and a bikini line that it will take a lawnmower to tackle. Dry shampoo is your friend.
You've started to talk in code to your partner when discussing dirty nappies. "A five-wiper or more?", "Curry or Marmite?". Never has the discussion of poop interested you so much.
It is estimated that 60,000 women a year are pushed out of their jobs from the moment they get pregnant and this doesn't account for the thousands of women who suffer harassment, are demoted or don't get the promotions they deserve.
Second time around things are different... Good different... bad different... sometimes 'I'm gonna have to stop breast-feeding right now because my toddler just took a shit in the middle of Costa' different... but definitely different.