Finding the real me again – feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

Freya went to a fourth birthday party at the weekend - the first one she's really been old enough to take part in. The excitement had been mounting for weeks, even though she's not really sure what a party involves (apart from cake). It doesn't matter, she thrives on new places or experiences. Nothing phases her. … Continue reading Finding the real me again – feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

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Giving birth – was it the best experience I could have hoped for?

I wrote this the week before Freya's third birthday but didn't post it. I held back partly because I didn't want to cast a shadow over her celebrations but mostly because I was worried it might seem like I didn't realise how lucky I was to give birth in a safe place to a healthy baby, which couldn't be … Continue reading Giving birth – was it the best experience I could have hoped for?

What to say to people who ask: “Do you want any more children?”

Almost as soon as we brought Freya home from the hospital people began asking: "So, do you think you'll have any more?" Back then it seemed more like a sneaky way of discovering whether we were finding new parenthood appropriately difficult (we were). The immediate and resounding "NO!" from both of us gained a few knowing … Continue reading What to say to people who ask: “Do you want any more children?”