Women, What We Wear & How the World Sees Us

Women, What We Wear & How the World Sees Us

I caught an episode of Trinny & Susannah this past weekend and watched with interest as they waved their magic wand over the women of Australia.
For those who’ve never watched this show it centres around two posh Brits, Trinny (tall and skinny) and Susannah (shorter and curvy) who tell it like it is. They find people (normally women) in desperate need of a physical makeover and proceed to transform them. Although they do go shopping, cut hair and poke and prod these women through a bra fitting, they also go into the emotional reasons… Read more

New Girl at School

New Girl at School

I’m not talking about Rachel this time, I’m talking about me. No one tells you that when your child starts playgroup/pre-school/big school, that YOU’LL end up feeling like the new girl at school. It’s like break time by the jungle gyms all over again: you have to shake off that inherent shyness, share your sandwiches, smile and try your hardest to make friends.
I was one of the first of my friends to have kids, which ultimately meant that I had to be a bit of a pioneer. There’s no one to ask for suggestions… Read more

Big Girl Pants

Big Girl Pants

Yesterday I had to choose Rachel’s first ever “big girl pants”. I was almost in tears as I bought them, because I realised that she’s no longer my baby, she’s now a proper little girl. I bought them in bright colours, with cute little apples, rainbows and hearts all over them – they’re gorgeous and I hope she likes them.
This weekend the first day of potty training will roll around and I’m both nervous and excited. This is how I’ve prepared:

On recommendation from my sister-in-law I got a copy of Gina Ford’s “Potty… Read more

Pink or Blue?

Pink or Blue?

So yesterday we had our twelve week scan, which is always a bit nerve-wracking. But leading up to it, all anyone could ask us is “are you going to find out?”. For us it was all about knowing our baby was growing the way it should be, that development was all on track and that any tests gave us good news. Finding out the gender was way down our list of priorities.
All of this has really made me think a lot about the gender debate though. We have a little girl already and she’s… Read more

Airs and Graces

Airs and Graces

Although I realised early on that things had changed irrevocably, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I finally had to admit to myself that I had completely let go of any previous airs and graces. The moment came as I was exiting a jumping castle head first, with my skirt above my neck, while clutching a screaming two-year-old’s right ankle, as I attempted to persuade her that it was indeed time to leave the party and go home.
I’ll admit that I’m a little bit A-type. But before I had kids I simply… Read more

Letter to my Mother

Letter to my Mother

Dear Mom
It’s strange how the world works. I’d been struggling to think of the topic for my very first blog post and because of that I’ve been putting it off. I know there’s nothing too momentous about it, after all, it’s just a beginning. But still, it feels like a birth of sorts.
Today is the anniversary of your death – it’s been two years since we lost you. I remember the day of course, which dawned like any other day. I remember that in the end, the end was a release. No one… Read more