I believe every parent has the right to have access to their health visitor. The right to ask questions; The right to be reassured; The right to be heard.
"You've got a great post-baby body" is something I hear quite often. Even saying it, that whole sentence, the acknowledgement that it's actually said - believed in, bought into, vocally endorsed - makes me cringe.
You make it to the car with no scrapes - your food shopping has all fallen out of the bags, you have rice cakes stuck in your hair and you can't find your keys... but you're free, you've made it and you are on the home stretch.
Maybe I'm over-sensitive or too vain about my mum- tum, ugh, I hate the phrase even. You will never find me doing the whole standing proudly in my knickers taking selfies, proudly declaring allegiance to my body. Although, I like it when others have the courage to do it.
As a feminist, I used to talk about the abilities and powers of women, our right to education, access to the professions and about equal pay. Of course, all these things still matter to me. But something I had neglected before I became a mother was the birthing room. I was too busy talking about the boardroom.
Mothers or Mothers to be, would I be right in assuming you have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to your baby's nursery décor? Hundreds of pins of gorgeous luxurious nurseries? What's your favourite colour scheme? Pastels? Neutrals? Bold pinks or blues?
And, as sods law dictates, you can almost guarantee that when they finally do need a poo, they will do it in the sodding paddling pool. I have worked out that this is when they go quiet, look like they are settling down to actually bob around in a relaxed fashion and the scene that pre-paddling pool experienced you had in mind looks like it might be happening.
The birth of my baby boy at just 30 weeks gestation happened quickly and with little warning. I was numb and the process felt surreal - it happened in a blur, yet I still remember those moments as if they were only yesterday.
However, being a first time twin mum is a different ball game to those first time singleton mummas. I've been chatting with my twin mum friends and we can't help but notice we're all thinking the same things
Now they're walking around and look like people instead of undercooked prawns but I even miss those moments of trying to figure out what they will look like and their silly tongues poking out and that head banging things hungry newborns do. But the first year isn't a complete love fest. It's actually very challenging and nothing can prepare you for becoming a mum (or having twins).
Parents of pre-school children have often spoken to me to ask how soon they can begin to teach their child to read. My answer has been simple - from the moment they are born.
Walking out of the room and not going back while a baby cries, potentially for hours, I feel is damaging to both baby and parents. Routine is everything and my Babyopathy programme helps you to create this in a number of ways and in particular using sensory and biophilia influences
Breastfeeding feels like one of those media myths akin to the labour that takes five minutes and is well just a wee bit painful but then you get this lovely clean calm baby at the end. From my limited experience I've come to the conclusion that every labour experience is so personal and unique and I'm beginning to wonder if the same can be said of breastfeeding.
After a bit of a false start back around Christmas time, and the dawning realisation that (contrary to what I had hoped) she probably wasn't going to wake up one morning and decide to use the toilet of her own volition with no effort at all required on my part, I thought it was probably time to crack on with potty training with the big one.
Attachment Parenting (AP) isn't something parents can follow - it's simply our default setting. AP isn't prescriptive because it doesn't see problems that need fixing - instead it's a return to something we already know to feel good - that's why parents who do it, continue to do it.
So we all know the overwhelming joy and love yadda yadda yadda that comes with having a baby but what about the other lesser talked about, but undeniable perks about owning a tiny person? We all know how parenting is a 24/7 job with no paid holiday or annual leave, but that doesn't mean to say there aren't some hidden benefits...