Yup. I'm aware I've already shared my potty training disasters with you. Sorry about that, but as any blogger will know, I have to work with what I have. And what I currently have in abundance are stories about wee.
I hadn't heard of birth trauma until after I gave birth to my daughter and was googling what on earth might be wrong with me. I certainly had no idea its possible to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following childbirth, that was something I'd only associated with people returning from war.
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I felt pretty bad at first, before I got real and came to the conclusion that - unlike people would have you believe - letting your kids watch a *little* bit too much TV is not going to kill them.
I had had it all figured out before I left work - I was going to be a 4-day a week Mama powerhouse. And then I was told I couldn't be a 4-day a week working Mama and with that I started to lose my power, my confidence and the balance I thought I had all planned out.
I try to make the most of my time with my daughter, like most parents do. Usually it's not hard. Now that she's pretty much over her I-hate-everything-including-sleep phase, it's mostly fun to hang out with her. But sometimes it's boring. Reeaallly boring.
Are you the parent of a toddler? Than you are probably shaking your head in disbelief at the title of this piece. But stick with me, I might just convince you! Yes temper tantrums are awful, frustrating, humiliating (delete as appropriate) but they do serve a purpose.
I kept thinking, 'Wow, its lucky this is not my first baby. This would definitely have given me post natal depression.' I did cry sometimes, as I held her each evening until she cried herself to sleep in my arms. There's not really a good way to describe how powerless you feel when you can't comfort your own baby.
I started to wonder how my husband was feeling about this lack of interest, and I began to feel guilty about putting him through it. I told myself it was better to be true to myself and not just 'do it' to please him. But then, one day, I changed my mind...
With hindsight we made mistakes in the early days of our son's adoption by allowing too much access from friends and family. My mother in law stayed for a long weekend. After the first day there was a small, but perceptible shift in our son's attitude towards me. He became less tactile, less cooperative.
I was delighted. Nervous about the unknown, but absolutely thrilled nonetheless. From day one I saw raising a boy as an opportunity. I saw it as a special assignment. I mean here I was, a new mum, presented with the task of raising this little person.
The next time before I jump into the shower I am going to stop and look at myself and show a little respect to the body that has been home to my 4 babies, has nursed them, carried and rocked them despite of exhaustion, despite a sore hip and an aching back and say "Thank you!"
This post is for all mums and dads. This is for all those who are fearless and have the audacity to be honest. With themselves. With their peers. With everyone around them. Us parents are terrible in the sense that we are constantly trying to outdo each other and be better than the person next to us.
Oh I've had the comments, even from strangers, about having 'that thing' in his mouth and I've had to defend it many a time, each time with me thinking 'why should I have to?!' Why do others think it is ok to judge the way we do things and our parenting choices?
I am not ungrateful or resentful about having Arlo, I want to make that incredibly clear. He is the light of my life but I am more than simply Arlo's mum, but being a mum doesn't make the rest of the world disappear.
The Beckhams had Harper when their youngest son was six, and Jamie Oliver's adorable new baby has just arrived after countless nappy-free years. I feel I must break it to them however, that although this Gap Baby brings untold joy, the stork also delivers a few surprises.