How to prepare for baby no.2

I have noticed, with more than a hint of envy, that some women seem to be especially gifted at motherhood. Whether a breezy pregnancy and birth, outstanding confidence with babies and toddlers, or simply the possession of an otherworldly patience—I look upon the lives of these extraordinarily gifted mums with awe. And the disappointing feeling…

What we don’t tell first-time mums

A well-documented phenomenon occurs regularly around pregnant first-time mums and I can’t help but take part. Let’s call it The Realism Checklist. Maybe it’s because pregnant women glow too much from all those pregnancy hormones? Never fear, we—your fellow mums and card-carrying, seasoned professionals—are overwhelmed by the need to prepare you for what’s ahead. I…

The Mum in My Head

There is a mum who lives inside my head. She is silently judging, always offering opinions about my parenting. I hear her cautions daily and I second guess my steps. I catch myself before making decisions, wondering what she would do instead. Sometimes she is a distorted version of my own mother, my mother-in-law or…