Why the best memories of motherhood are the ones you can never plan

The other night I was lying in bed with my daughter and husband. Yes, we bed share and it works for us. No, thank you, I’m not interested in why this might be the wrong decision. By force of habit I like to rest my hand on her back (she’s a tummy sleeper). Slowly, slowly…

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The day Georgia met Paddington Bear

Due to my job I’m lucky to be invited to some extraordinary events. Case in point:  The Paddington Bear 2 DVD release in Australia. The event was held at VIVE Cooking School in Rosebery, which, by the way, is becoming something of a hub for foodies thanks to places like The Grounds and Messina setting…

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Guess what? I’m a neurotic mum and I’m completely fine with that

I am not a cool mum by any means. I’m a neurotic mum, a worried mum, a paranoid mum, a ‘worst-case-scenario’mum and hey, I’m OK with that. This is my first baby and, like riding a bike, I’m nervous and trying to figure it out as I go along. It’s a balancing act.   As…

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I will never get over the fact that my grandmother died before meeting my child

I didn’t want to write about this for a long while because I simply wasn’t ready to. I still don’t think I’m ready to write about it. I still think I am struggling to process a lot of grief and anger. But I think there’s an element about my grandmother’s passing that I’m ready to…

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Tried and Tested: Nurofen FeverSmart Temperature Monitor AKA The best temperature device thingy for kids who HATE having their temperature taken

Georgia absolutely hates having her temperature taken. I mean really, really hates it. It’s actually only a recent thing, to be honest. When she was little and couldn’t wriggle her way out of our arms it was easy to just shove a thermometer under her armpit. Then she grew, and she got feisty. When she…

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What am I going to tell my daughter about makeup?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I wear makeup. I know, I know. I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor. Got it? *deep breath* OK, well get ready for another clanger: I love wearing makeup.   Sorry, that was probably a little cruel of me…

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Traveling with a baby can be hellish. Here are my tips for making it easier.

Look, I know there are a helluva lot of advice columns out there about what parents should and shouldn’t do when travelling with children. I’m not going to do that here. I don’t know the BEST tips for travelling with a child. If I did, I sure as hell wouldn’t be carrying a packet of…

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Why mothers need to stop apologising for needing some ‘me time’

It’s one of the most-oft recited lines in every new mother’s repertoire: I never get anymore me time.  Heck, I know if I don’t expressly say it I’m at least thinking it around 5000,0000 times a day. When mums talk me time they’re not talking about anything spectacular (although an all-expenses paid trip to Paris would be…

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Why no child is ever ‘too young’ to experience art

Long before my daughter was born and long before I had even met my husband I vowed to myself that if I had a child I would ensure I exposed her to art at an early age. I would read to her from my favourite works, play Marriage of Figaro as I rocked her to…

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Stop asking me when we’re having another child…

Let me preface this post by emphatically stressing that I love, love, LOVE my daughter. I love her. I love everything about her. I worship her. She is my reason for living. But fuck me, being a first time parent is hard. Like, really hard. I’ve worked in live TV news and let me tell…

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