We’re going to be doing things differently around here.
I have expressed my frustration most recently that I don’t have enough space in an Instagram caption to fully articulate my thoughts and processes.
Image: Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz
Breastfeeding a newborn:
"Ohhh, nothing of more comfort than mum, hey? Do you need some water beside you?"
Breastfeeding a toddler:
"Oh, she's just doing that for comfort."
*preschooler yells for a snack and rips a book, washing sits wet in the basket, dinner burns, kind of need to go to the toilet, start walking around with toddler attached doing things one-handed, world implodes*
Image: Melissa Askew
I talk about this a lot and I'm nearly always met with a bit of resistance. And that's totally okay.
Becoming a parent CAN be traumatic.
The thing about trauma is that it is SO personal and so individual.
My kids looooove colouring in competitions.
Download this bad boy below, print it out and have your kids go to town. Be as creative as you like! Colour outside the lines, stick bits of glitter if you are that way inclined. (You brave, mama.)
And - submit by posting to your Instagram feed for your chance to WIN a $50 voucher to spend on digital products. Yep, everyone has a good time with this one!
Here's some inspo - my daughter inspired this idea!
Conditions of entry:
If you have any questions, flick me an email. Happy colouring and creating!
Did anyone see this poem by Annie Ridout?!
"I've just had a baby -
I was standing in front of Parliament House in Canberra in February of this year.
It was early in the morning and my teeth were chattering from the nerves and the cold. My alarm went off at 5am but I hadn’t slept. I’d breastfed and soothed a 12 month old through the night. I was due to be on live TV any moment. I was in Canberra after being selected as a Trailblazer as part of the ABC Heywire program. It was already an epic adventure - and to have this opportunity to talk about The Postnatal Project on primetime TV was massive.
Emma is doing some great work in the chronic pain and pelvic health space. I was so excited to Zoom with her and chat about what she's been up to and how she approaches her work. Luckily, the interview is here for you to read too!
A post by @bymariandrew on Instagram struck a chord with me this week. And I've been thinking about it ever since.
Mari wrote about the different types of loneliness. Check it out here.
The thing is, loneliness is so relative. What feels lonely to one person can feel like positive solitude for another. Motherhood is no exception. And there is no weakness in struggling with loneliness.
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Feeling overwhelmed… I don’t think there would be one parent on earth who hasn’t felt this way from time to time.
Why is this such a common and shared experience?
It’s actually so simple.
We were never designed to do this alone. And by “this” I mean conceive (obviously), birth, nourish, parent, sleep with and emotionally support a child.