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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Why does my husband find parenting so easy?

A few months after giving birth I asked my husband how he thought I was doing at this whole motherhood thing. “I always knew you’d be a good mother. You’re good at everything you do, you’re such a perfectionist”. He complimented me. He comforted me. He stroked my ego. But (me being me) I didn’t…

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Why working mother guilt may not be such a bad thing after all…

The guilt, my god the guilt. The confidence and conviction exhibited in first-time mothers about how they will cope/react/adjust when their baby arrives can only be compared to that of a 16-year-old teenager and their approach to, well, just about everything. They pretty much know it all, okay? They’ve read the books. They’ve watched the…

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The Yellow Wallpaper

Prompted by the recommendation of a friend of mine I re-read The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I first read the short story while studying feminist literature at university. In a TLDR snapshot, the story was¬†written in 1892 and is a first person account by a new mother detailing her own what would now…

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A very bad week…

I haven’t had a chance to write anything for a while now primarily because I’ve been so fucking tired. And, also, because there’s no time to do anything other than baby stuff. I’m not complaining about that believe me. I’m just saying; the idea of being able to do things that are not baby related…

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