January 7, 2019

There was a time when every time I put him down, he woke up.

There was a time when the only place he would sleep was on my chest.

There was a time when he would only nap attached to my breast.

There was a time when, if I tried to remove my breast, he would wake up.

There w...

December 20, 2018

Here I am enjoying a mini-break on the Gold Coast with my little family.

Funny story - back in 2011 my husband (then my boyfriend) and I went on an amazing holiday to Hawaii. As we lounged by the pool, sipping on cocktails, I remember watching a family hanging out in th...

December 6, 2018

For the past 5 days I have been battling bloody mastitis. And believe it or not, it’s my first ever bout. My virgin run, if you will... 

I place the blame on sheer exhaustion and stress, after a long month of my husband going back and forth to Brisbane for work, often s...

November 22, 2018

My sweet babies - you are safe. 

That is why I love this so much. 

That is why I love you both sleeping beside me. Because when you are right here, in this bed, you are safe from the world and I know exactly where you are. 

I can hold you in my arms and know that you feel...

October 24, 2018

This is me *comforting* myself. With an iced coffee. Why?

Well first of all, it’s a brilliant way to enjoy ice cream without sharing with your children (“oh sorry sweetie, it’s *coffee*, you wouldn’t like it...”)

But more importantly, it’s because I’m a grown up and I am...

September 27, 2018

It seems like the measure of a competent parent is one who manages to get their baby to nap independently, in their cot, for at least an hour or more...

Yikes. If that’s the case, I am seriously incompetent! 

With an older sister who likes to be out and about when she is...

August 28, 2018

I had an email recently, in which a first time mother of a wakeful (though normal) baby asked me the question: “do you think we should start some sort of sleep training?” To this mother, and to others who have asked me similar questions, I always have the same respons...

August 8, 2018

• “Your baby needs to learn how to sleep out of your arms...”

• “Your baby needs to learn how to settle in the cot...”

• ”Your baby needs to learn to self-soothe...”

WRONG! 

Your baby actually needs to learn:

• That she can trust you. 

• That you are reliable. 

• That you are...

July 31, 2018

Today my sweet baby boy turns 1. So I thought it was fitting to finally publish his birth story.

My son's birth proved to me once again that birth is an unpredictable force of nature. It can’t be controlled, it can’t be planned. All we can do is get our heads into the r...

May 29, 2018

Sleep training is a hot topic. You might feel that in order to get a good night’s sleep, you need to train your baby to sleep better. 

But what if you could train yourself to become a better sleeper instead, thus avoiding the stressful process of trying to force your ba...

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