4 weeks ago I found out my body failed me. Failed us. It made a baby and it grew in the wrong place. It grew a baby in my fallopian tube and not in my uterus. It got so big. It was approximately 7 weeks old, and then there was no room for it and it had to be removed, along with my tube. And I was pretty upset at first that I was pregnant. Because I’m a planner,...

This is a paid post for RACV sponsored by Nuffnang We are a roadtripping kind of family. Even before kids, my husband and I have always opted for long drives, taking in a corner of the state we haven’t seen before, and occasionally driving interstate. Our first roadtrip with kids was to Apollo Bay when Tom was just 5 months old. It was a bit of a shock. The packing,...

Lately people say to me, “and how are you going? Are YOU ok?” and every syllable that rolls off their tongue is weighted with the word ‘miscarriage’ And I don’t know what to say. I am ok. I guess. Sometimes I’m not. And is it ok to be ok by now? Because this was not my first and I have two happy, healthy boys to remind me that I...

If you follow along the blog you know I’m all for activities that take minutes to set up. They are real and doable in amongst the chaos that comes with having a family. This activity would be fantastic in classrooms but my aim is to keep things realistic and simple at home! What you need: * A box or shallow tray with edges * A handful of Marbles * Paint * Paper...

I thought 2015 was going to be THE year. It’s only the end of March and already I’ve battled two surgeries (see here and here), emotional stress and well, I’m just really tired. But I did just say it’s ONLY March, and that means I’ve gotten most of the crap stuff out of the way because only good things are going to happen from here on...

This is a review of ASG’s Little Learner Pack. Visit their website here. Tom has been interacting with children and adults for a long time, trying to learn what socially acceptable and appropriate behaviour with others is. I’ve really noticed the need for this increase as he now attends a semi-structured environment that is 3 year old kinder. Suddenly he is required...

Trigger Warning: This blog post discusses miscarriage/pregnancy loss   scar skɑː/ noun a mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely and fibrous connective tissue has developed. “a faint scar ran the length of his left cheek” How many physical and/or metaphorical scars do you have? I have a few. Ones from cuts, burns, bullying and heartbreak. They are minor in the scheme of things, really. I’ve been lucky. At the start of last week I found out I was...

I’m sorry that this has to end when we’re not ready. It was supposed to fade away at just the right speed for you and me. I’m not sorry that we made it this far. Not a bottle or sip of anything but breastmilk and water for just beyond 12 months. Some don’t understand what it’s like. “Just give him a sippy cup, he’ll be right” They’re not here to hear you cry when all you want is a suck through the night. Some people say breastmilk isn’t as nutritious after 12 months. They think...

Have you seen them on Facebook today? You can’t miss them – crisp, pressed uniforms, clips in hair, white socks and black shoes. They are holding signs and have a picture perfect grin on their face. Behind the lens, parents are eager to capture this moment, frame a time of enthusiasm and a step into independence and education. Today I was walking with Tom. “We are going to get a kinder shirt for when Kinder starts!” “No! I don’t want to wear kinder shirt! I’m wear THIS SHIRT” *points to Lightning...

This is a guest post in collaboration with Super Amart A child’s bedroom is much more than just a place to sleep; it’s also a play area and a place to do homework. However, creating a space that is both functional and fun for your child can be a challenge. Here’s a list of five tips that will help you create an awesome bedroom for your child that will provide years of fun and functionality. Give Your Child a Space to Express Themselves Hang a chalkboard on the wall or place a drawing board in the corner of your child’s bedroom...

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