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The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received

2019-02-22T13:48:59+11:00

People give you a lot of advice when you are a parent. And to be honest, sometimes the advice even starts before you fall pregnant. The best parenting advice I ever received came from my parent's group facilitator. But first I should explain what parents group is. I’m lucky enough to live in a fantastic area that provides government-run groups for first-time parents. I was placed in a group in my local area with parents that had similarly aged children. My daughter was nine weeks old at our first meeting, along with all but one older baby. There was a [...]

The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received2019-02-22T13:48:59+11:00

After the birth

2020-09-17T21:42:42+10:00

After a total of four nights in the hospital, I was I was finally discharged. Armed with my birth notes, and a referral for a colorectal surgeon, we left the hospital. And boy, was I surprised at how hard the walk to the car was. All up it was about 100 metres but felt more like a 5k! Physical healing After being discharged I kept an eye on my stitches so I could see how things were improving. Ten days after the birth of my daughter it didn’t look right down there. My mum is a nurse so I asked [...]

After the birth2020-09-17T21:42:42+10:00

My Birth Story

2018-11-06T09:14:35+11:00

After childbirth, everyone wants to hear your birth story. What you expected, what you experienced and of course what pain medication you had. My number one goal for the birth of my daughter was to avoid a cesarean. The next goal was to avoid an induced labour. But I was given an induction date at my 40-week appointment. Which was 12 days after my due date. I honestly didn’t try to interfere too much but I felt confident that I could avoid being induced. I had two ‘stretch and sweeps’, the second being a bit more vigorous than the first. [...]

My Birth Story2018-11-06T09:14:35+11:00

6 Lessons I Learned From IVF

2020-09-17T21:42:22+10:00

Going through IVF isn't easy. Three is so much new information about the reproductive system that you never learned at school. The added physical and mental strain of something so invasive. Not to mention all of the money involved. So here are the 6 lessons I learned from IVF. How the menstrual cycle actually works Sure I learned about the menstrual cycle at school, but that really only covers the basics. Now I know that your body often gives you signs of what’s happening on the inside. From hormonal acne to cravings to cervical mucus, I know my body better [...]

6 Lessons I Learned From IVF2020-09-17T21:42:22+10:00

But I’m Not An Old Mum

2018-09-17T21:56:47+10:00

I recently read an article about why Sarah from Sarah’s Sage Advice waited to have children. It got me thinking about what my plan was for when I wanted to have children. I never wanted to be an old mum. When I was a kid I always considered my mother to be old. But in comparison to my friend's parents, she wasn’t old. She is around the same age as most of them. She is the same age as my mother in law. In fact, they are only 5 days apart. Mind you I never saw my dad as old, [...]

But I’m Not An Old Mum2018-09-17T21:56:47+10:00

When Pregnancy Announcements Are Too Much

2020-09-17T21:42:47+10:00

Every new pregnancy announcement still sends my brain into a whirl. I thought after getting pregnant with my daughter those feelings would go away. My daughter is now 21 months, and my initial feelings are still the same. My heart jumps into my throat, and my knees go weak. I can’t look away from the screen. I hope that it's all just a silly prank. If I'm honest, I also think they are an idiot, but that's a story for another day. I can’t help but take it personally. It’s like the universe is constantly reminding me. I know they [...]

When Pregnancy Announcements Are Too Much2020-09-17T21:42:47+10:00

Pregnancy Surprises

2018-11-06T21:19:32+11:00

I was one of the lucky ones. I had it really easy, with no pregnancy surprises. I didn't have experience high blood pressure, gestational diabetes or Hyperemesis Gravidarum. You could even say that I enjoyed it. That's not to say there weren't a few things that surprised me about being pregnant. Morning Sickness For me, morning sickness was not what I was expecting it to be. I only actually threw up about 10 times, and only once did I throw up twice in one day. But I constantly felt sick, like I was going to throw up. This made it [...]

Pregnancy Surprises2018-11-06T21:19:32+11:00

Things I Didn’t Experience During Pregnancy

2018-11-06T21:20:31+11:00

Pregnancy is different for everyone. It's even different with each child. Here are some of the common things women experience during pregnancy that I didn't encounter. Cravings Sure I had cravings. But it wasn’t a case of "I must not stop until I get this". It was more like a regular craving that would pass without having to give in. And while I don’t think it’s considered a craving, I found milk was often the only thing that would satiate my thirst. I would get up in the middle of the night and chug some milk. Being warm I did [...]

Things I Didn’t Experience During Pregnancy2018-11-06T21:20:31+11:00

Breastfeeding Struggles, Advice, Success

2019-02-25T19:39:52+11:00

I always wanted to breastfeed. But am ashamed to admit I honestly thought those that said it was too hard or hurt too much weren’t trying hard enough. How amazing is hindsight? I now know how hard breastfeeding is. I left the hospital with cracked, bleeding and scabby nipples. When the midwife visited, she was able to leave me with a loan great pump to see if that would help. After returning the loan pump to the hospital I borrowed one from my sister in law, and it was a godsend, especially when I returned to work. Breastfeeding Advice The best [...]

Breastfeeding Struggles, Advice, Success2019-02-25T19:39:52+11:00
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