The Circle of Milk

My breastfeeding journey started when I was a child. When I was four, my mother gave birth to my younger sister, and breastfed her until she was one. My mother has always been an advocate for breastfeeding, and was never shy about breastfeeding in front of anyone, in any setting. My first memory of seeing…

On Adulting

“Adulting is hard,” Matt sighed as we whizzed through the Wednesday evening jobs. Wednesday nights are always busy, with a daycare bag to unpack and repack as well as the usual evening jobs, but every second Wednesday we also have to tidy up for the cleaner to come on Thursday morning(1). It’s true, adulting is…

Word of the day: Compassion

I have been having a hard time lately, struggling to cope with the everyday demands of my life. I haven’t felt like myself, as a person or as a mother. I have been snapping at my husband and son. That’s not who I am. I resolved to enjoy Finley more, to take time to have special…

Five things you might not know about breastmilk

Happy World Breastfeeding Week everyone! To celebrate, here are some knowledge nuggets about breastmilk. 1. The milk is not just the milk. Back when Finley was tiny, I spent almost as much time telling people about breastfeeding as I did actually breastfeeding. Being an Aspie mum, I didn’t always read the room. One time I told…

Where is sleep?

(Written in March, when Finley was 12 months old – before sleep training)   The gap between awake and asleep is at once so tiny and yet so huge, I think, as I rock my child to sleep. He is a baby (baby?) who fights sleep Maybe it is because he is enjoying our close…

Outlander: not all (fictional) rape is equal

Spoiler warning: Outlander (the first book). Content warning: discussion of rape, including marital rape. “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.” – The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde People keep talking about how good the Outlander novels are, and it just makes me bristle. I just want…