Posts in Parenthood
Connection

Connection and community. It’s what we really all crave. To have connection with people around us and to feel like we belong. To know that we are apart of something bigger than us. I am not a religious person but often I see these big religious gatherings and feel envious of their connection and sense of meaning. So what about those who don’t share in the religion or belief, how exactly do we gain a community around us?

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It’s the hardest job you’ll ever do...

Often I heard these words from parents, “it’s the hardest job you’ll ever do”...that word hard is left ringing in your ears. Often a word associated with negativity. It’s too hard, too difficult, too challenging. So it begs the question if parenting is so hard, if this is everyone’s go to word to describe their parenting experience, why on earth are so many people embarking on a parenting journey?

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Ultimate Best Friends

It might shock you to think that I was petrified about getting a dog. A big, giant, scary Labrador. The thought of having a big dog actually gave me many anxiety attacks. Having grown up with labs, Michael was set on the fact we would have our own. I only ever had little dogs growing up so the thought of big, slobbery, dog with giant teeth actually scared me.

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One more sleep and my baby turns 1.

365 days, 365 sleepless nights, more than 2000 breastfeeds, 3000 nappy changes, endless cuddles, an infinite amount of kisses and a love that grows more each and everyday. The first year of parenthood is done. My little baby, that was once curled up in my tummy is now a walking, talking (read: wobbling, babbling) one year old boy as of tomorrow morning. Blink and you'd miss it. 

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The Resilience Project - Failure is vital to our Success

It is in the face of adversity where you see the most personal growth. There were many take home messages from the The Resilience Project PD but this was what resonated most with me. As a teacher I have always known that adversity and challenges is where we see children make the most growth but it hasn't been until becoming a parent that I have realised how important this really is. 

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We finally made it to the NGV

On Saturday we finally made it the NGV Triennial exhibition in the city. It didn’t disappoint. We were a little late to the party, it’s been open since December and I think everyone I know in Melbourne has been. If you haven’t, you have a few days until it closes. A few words made me super keen to go, “interactive” and “free”. 

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Worth it?

11 strangers in a room. Different ages, different interests, completely different lives. Nothing in common but one thing: our babies were born in the same month. Mother’s group. New parents group. What ever you want to call it. It’s a bunch of women thrust together because their waters broke at the same time. 

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Off duty for 36hrs...

This weekend we were child free. First night without Hunter. We dropped him off at my parents house and we were off. Off the clock. No baby to watch, no nappies to change, no late night feeds! We had a wedding to attend and had planned some hikes to do as well - making the most of the weekend. 

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Starting Solids

Starting solids can often be quite stressful for new mums. Unsure of what and how much to feed them. Whether to purée your own food or buy pre-made items from the supermarket. What if there was an even a simpler solution? That took no more effort than what you were already doing. A solution that was fun and enjoyable for everyone and put the baby in charge of meal time. Well that’s exactly what we did when we ventured on our Baby Led Weaning (BLW) journey with Hunter Feeding has been such a stress free and fun experience with Hunter and it could be for you too...

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Back to Work

School starts back tomorrow and I’ll be working three days a week. Hunter will have two days with my Mum and a Daddy day with Michael. We are very lucky that we don’t have to send him to child care. I 110% trust who is looking after him and, bonus, we save money or the money I earn can actually go to fun things like...bills and a mortgage - reality. 

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