Is it even appropriate to say “Happy International Women’s Day”? They are both questions I have been thinking about since International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020… a day when I saw lots of amazing social media posts about all the wonderfully inspiring women in our own personal lives and not too much else. Honestly, I feltContinue reading “Should International Women’s Day be a reason to “celebrate”?”
Author Archives: Mumderstanding
Being a Daddy’s girl, raising a Daddy’s girl.
I’ve always wanted to write about my Dad but I just didn’t know how. It isn’t necessarily a topic that applies to the masses or is of interest to many, but it is incredibly important to me. By not writing about my relationship with my Dad, especially now I am a parent myself, I feltContinue reading “Being a Daddy’s girl, raising a Daddy’s girl.”
Ready for a second baby?
Let me start by saying I AM NOT PREGNANT… nor will I be any time soon. Now isn’t the the time for us but I am feeling confused as to whether I am even ready or not. When will I be ready? Before Isabelle turned 1 it wasn’t even something I considered but now sheContinue reading “Ready for a second baby?”
Everyday parenting with autoimmune conditions.
Autoimmune conditions and many other conditions, including those linked with our fertility, can be severely debilitating. An autoimmune condition, simply put, occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells. Conditions include type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Graves’ disease, Sjogrens, Sarcoidosis, Pernicious Anaemia, and many, many others. The list is long and varied andContinue reading “Everyday parenting with autoimmune conditions.”
Creating healthy space as a couple, in lockdown.
In normal circumstances we have created boundaries and systems which means as a couple, and as parents, we have established space and distance but how does this work when we are always at home? Boundaries, space and distance… sounds super romantic! But it was just a normal part of everyday life – we went toContinue reading “Creating healthy space as a couple, in lockdown.”
Why I am grateful for the lockdown.
It was never my plan to write about Covid-19, isolation or our time in lockdown. It is a subject that we CANNOT escape from right now, it is wherever you look. On the news, when you go to the shop for essentials, when you go for your one walk a day, on social media… theContinue reading “Why I am grateful for the lockdown.”
The impact of sleep deprivation on mental health.
I love my sleep. Who doesn’t? Before becoming a Mum, I would sleep anywhere, anytime, for any amount of time. I was known for my lie ins and always struggled to get up in the mornings. I am not a morning person… When you’re pregnant, you are told to “enjoy your sleep whilst you can”,Continue reading “The impact of sleep deprivation on mental health.”
Reminiscing, celebrating, isolating and managing expectations. I was originally going to write a blog post about the lead up to my daughter’s first birthday, my emotions and feelings about it and how we celebrated. It was going to be a light-hearted piece about surviving a year, having high expectations of her party (which is soContinue reading “First birthday”
I lost myself after having a baby.
Who am I? What is my new purpose? When will I feel like myself again? I have admitted many times that I underestimated how hard it would be to have a baby. I also underestimated how much it would change me as a person. I wanted a baby, we had planned and prepared for herContinue reading “I lost myself after having a baby.”
After a miscarriage.
A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy before 23 weeks gestation. According to the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) website, statistics in the UK show prior to 4 weeks gestation, the percentage chance of losing a pregnancy is 25% percent, that is 1 in 4 women. The rate could be much higher when considering veryContinue reading “After a miscarriage.”