Heart day

Content note: discussion of hospital, medical issues, baby illness Today is the first anniversary of baby’s heart surgery. It’s a very weird sentence to type. It’s probably a revelation to a lot of people reading this – even the ones who know me offline. I ran into someone just over the weekend, where I was…Continue reading »

A farewell to breastfeeding

There’s been a lot of discussion online around the US formula shortage, and the petty, kneejerk, unthinking, callous response from many to “just” breastfeed. “What did we do before you pampered ingrates had (expensive, complicated, emotionally fraught) formula???” some sneered. “Well, a lot of babies just died” was the understandably angry response. Breastfeeding just isn’t…Continue reading »

Lessons from the first year

It is a very “newspaper columnist who’s running out of proper ideas” understatement, but: you learn a hell of a lot in the first year of a baby’s life. At least, I did. Some of it was stuff I already thought I knew! Obviously, I can only speak to my own experience, but it’s difficult…Continue reading »

A(nother) year ago today

A year ago today, I woke up a mother. If I’d been a bit more organised about writing this post, I would’ve published it yesterday and phrased it, “A year ago today, baby was born.” But things are obviously a bit unpredictable and complicated with a one-year-old. A hell of a lot has changed in…Continue reading »

In the COVID queue

I had a COVID test this week – after being notified via the tracing app that I was a close contact last week. I’ve been self-isolating, monitoring for symptoms, and trying very hard not to freak the heck out about the worst-case scenario. I’m double-vaccinated, I wear KN95 masks whenever I go out (baby pink…Continue reading »

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