Moved by the Environment

It was four years ago, when I did my first “Plastic Free July” and made the move of eradicating plastic wraps and food covers from the cupboard. We invested in Bees wax wraps and fabric covers, elasticated around the sides, and reusable sandwich wraps to cover and...

Motherhood reflections at 18 months old

Today, Nahlo, for the first time, said “I love you” before coming up to me and giving me a huge hug and a kiss on the shoulder. He loves balls and being outside. In fact, he doesn’t love being inside. Inside, things can get rather intense but as soon as we are out in...

The Stigma around Therapy

I’ve been in therapy for over six years. Every month, I sit down and talk my shit out for 90 minutes to a listening and supportive ear. Rarely, we do some breathing and we often talk a lot about the methods I use to overcome any forms of anxiety or depression, which...

Tackling bedtime alone

Brendan has put Nahlo to sleep in the evening for as long as I can remember, and whilst I knew I would be able to do it, the real thing going on was that I really wanted to be able to do it without using my boob. I wanted to be able to be a part of being able to watch...

My first year as a mother

Wow – this is a hard one to sum up. Every emotion I have felt in the last year has been tipped over the edge. I have felt the extremes of every emotion, which has ever run through my veins. I have also experienced new emotions, which I had not yet felt. It’s been...

Revisiting Mysore after over two years off

The last time I was in that hot and sweaty room, I was frustrated. I felt like I was pushing shit up hill, but it was the kind of shit that lasted for way too long and wouldn’t shift. Something massive had to shift. I had been doing my best to soften in the practice...

The sleep thing

Babies and sleep are serious business and can turn into a constant discussion. I’ve been asked soooo many times about sleep. It can be a controversial topic and I'm certainly no expert, however, I do know that following your intuition always goes well, so... I'll...

Travelling Tasmania with a Baby

After a 12 day drive down the east coast of OZ and a few days spent with family in Melbourne, we were stoked to have arrived at the ferry. Nahlo isn’t keen to be in an unmoving car and it took some persuading for Brendan to let him sit on my lap in the front before we...

East Coast of Australia with a 6 month old

From early in my pregnancy, I knew I wanted to travel with our baby - before they started to become mobile. I did everything in my power to convince Brendan to hire an RV and travel through the US and Canada, with a side trip through Europe on the way home. He...

Our first Christmas

As the end of the year looms, this crazy energy starts to pick up around us. Stress levels rise and business kicks in more than ever. Personally, we don't buy into it. At this time of the year, we choose to vacate busy; in replacement for maximum mellow-ness. We chill...

Depression as a new mum

Most of us feel it. That staggering sense of love which completely fucking floors us. So much that it brings up an almost crushing and overwhelming fear. For me, it was a fear I had never experienced; as I struggled with the gripping impression that this was something...

First camping trip and festival with Nahlo

As he lay on top of me and the rain came down around us, he waited for me to go to sleep. His dark eyes looked gently up at me, wide and alert, while his body was heavily relaxed into mine. He would not go to sleep until I had. Gazing into my son’s eyes with a fierce...

Why I let my baby cry (while holding him)

We had our first bath a little while back. Since Nahlo was tiny we have taken him in the shower with us. He loves it and doesn’t mind being put all the way under. His soft skin, his wonder at the sensations as I allow the water to hit different parts of him at...

Fourth Trimester ~ The Final Month

If there is any advice I can give new mums, it is to take any advice from books and well-meaning people in those first couple of months with a grain of salt. I look back at those first two delicate months and there was sooo much going on. I was grasping for...

Fourth Trimester ~ Month Two

Well, this gets easier! Mind you, I don’t want to get too excited because just when you think you’ve nailed it, it all changes and you’re a beginner again. A bit like Yoga. A bit like life, actually. Did I say recently that navigating motherhood is no walk in the...

The Magnificence of Meltdowns

In the not too distant past, I would choose to get really angry over crying. I would choose to fly off the handle and chuck a tantrum over being seen as vulnerable. Angry seemed to be stronger. Seemed to be more in control. How naive I was. Anger was the easy easy way...

The Fourth Trimester ~ Month One

As I type this entry, Nahlo is sleeping on my chest in a bubba sling as Counting Crows plays in the background. It’s an album I pulled out in my pregnancy and Nahlo seems to go to sleep every time it plays. He is four weeks old today. Brendan had four weeks off and...

Placenta Smoothie Recipe

At first I wasn’t really into this idea but not for reasons you may think. Eating my placenta didn’t freak me out. Not with all the yummy benefits that I knew my baby and I would get from doing this. It was more the fact that I was giving birth in winter and I don’t...

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