As a mother, I feel I take up too much space. We are too loud; we are unruly; we are not welcome in this place. Any place. A public space. A space created for old and young a like, and neither you nor I decide who is in and who is out. But I feel… Continue reading The Children Will Not Shrink
When you have children, everyone is suddenly your best friend and guidance counsellor. They know everything there is to know about babies and you ought to know, too. I understand that most have the best intentions and are genuinely nice people. But could everyone just stop, please?! Here's my list of some generic parenting advice that… Continue reading The Worst Advice for New Parents
"I don't know how you do it." A lovely older woman said this to me in a waiting room on Friday. I was holding the baby, keeping an eye on a toddler and pleading with the pre-schooler to return back to me, while the school kid read a book in the corner. "I don't know… Continue reading Raw Motherhood: peering through the cracks of a sometimes-together mama.
It's been a week since we welcomed little 'Fred into the world, and it has been ... intense. In other words: "flipping insane; really who thought four small people (including three under-four) would be a good idea?!" We did. Suckers. I've found myself reduced to being nothing but a walking life support machine; the sole purpose of… Continue reading Being Mama to Four: My First Week of Parenting Too Many Children.
Today I cancelled my child's birthday party. Well, technically it was the 'small afternoon tea' at the park that had already replaced a cancelled birthday party. Never the less, it is cancelled and there will be no birthday celebrations with friends this year. I should feel awful about it, but I don't. In fact, I… Continue reading Being The Big Bad Mum
Hello, friends! I've neglected you again. Sorry-not-sorry and all that. Here's where we're up to in the life of Being Wifekins: >> Life with children is bananas. >> I know it's a little late, but I'm just starting to freak out about having this fourth kid. I mean, that's a lot of kids. >> I'm… Continue reading I’m A Giant Whale Mum With No Chill
Six o'clock this morning and all three children (plus the house panther) have decided to begin their day. That means it's time for fighting, screaming, crying, running, manic laughter, high demands and the token sullen child trying to zombie out in front of the television. Amongst all this, I'm seated on the couch, clutching a… Continue reading Things My Kids Taught Me
I had a birthday on the weekend. The past two years I've celebrated by posting some reflections on aging, but not this time. My birthday this year was the absolute worst - and it had surprisingly little to do with growing old. No late-twenties crisis for me, thank you. Heck, bring on thirty I say… Continue reading Life Without Kids
I'm just going to say it outright: children are ridiculous. The things that come out of those tiny mouths make no sense what-so-ever. Sometimes it's hilarious. Other times it is incredibly painful, and you suddenly realise what it is that has made you slowly lose your mind (i.e. years of nonsensical waffling). But sometimes it's hilarious.… Continue reading Stuff My Kid Says (why I’m a little crazy)
Okay, I'll admit it: I've been in hiding lately. I haven't been out to visit anyone; not one friend nor family member (excluding my parents) has been visited since ... Christmas, I think. I haven't really picked up the phone for anyone, or sent out lots of messages. I haven't posted a great deal on social… Continue reading Self Care (get on it, mama)