First month with Delilah

It’s crazy to think Delilah has been here four weeks already. A month. A month with three children. A month as a family of five. It’s strange to think that a tiny person who mainly sleeps, feeds and excretes has taken up so much space in our lives. Talitha and Ophelia are besotted with her. I wondered if their interest in her would wane but it hasn’t and, thinking about it, it never did between them either. They continue to be in love with each other, always wanting to know where the other is and what the other is doing.…

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Choosing organic for babies’ skin – a night with Neal’s Yard

“People are realising what goes on our bodies goes in our bodies,” said Elisabeth Winkler, speaking on behalf of Neal’s Yard Remedies. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. We put a lot of crap on our skin, most of us. We slap on creams and potions willy-nilly with no care for parabens or whatever kind of scary, synthetic thing might be in them. It seriously hasn’t bothered me much in the past. I only wanted to know that my mascara would stay put no matter what, not about what was actually in it. Then a few…

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Hama Beads

While Talitha napped (!) one day, I fancied doing something fun with the time instead of stealing an opportunity to wash dishes/hoover/do a million other things I probably should be doing. So I got out a set of Hama Beads sent to me by CraftMerrily. Creating with Hama Beads involves following a pattern by placing beads on a board. In this case, the beads were so tiny I used a pair of tweezers to place the beads. It’s kind of like cross stitch, without the stress of having to rip thread out if you make a mistake – which I…

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Our babywearing journey so far

When I heard that this week was International Babywearing Week, my first thought was that some people take pieces of cloth a little too seriously. A public awareness week for slings, carriers and such things? Really? But actually, I can’t believe how passionate I’ve become about the subject myself. What began as a mode of transport has become a lifestyle for Talitha and me. She has, quite literally, attached herself to me. Back in April I asked for a woven wrap for my birthday merely as an alternative to the pram. When it arrived, a gift from my parents, I…

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No tummy time, Mummy

My daughter hates tummy time. I know, I should probably be a good mother and push her to achieve her developmental goals. But you know what? Life is too short for those ten minutes she’s supposed to be on her tummy. For a start, when is this tummy time supposed to happen? She’s never awake for more than two or three hours and she spends about an hour of that feeding. See where I’m going with this? Tummy time equals baby puke. Not worth it. Sign up for my newsletter

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What should I do with my placenta?

Don’t let me send you on rummage through my freezer if you’re squeamish. You might stumble across my placenta. Or maybe I should call it Talitha’s placenta? Just when you thought I’d never stop talking about my boobs and the breastfeeding battle they’re engaged in, I bring this in. I know. Sorry. Before getting pregnant I didn’t even know what a placenta was. In fact, I didn’t figure it out until I started writing the birth plan and read about the third stage where you pass this floppy organ the size of a dinner plate out. The more I learned…

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My three babies – The kittens have lost their happy bits

Now I know why when I told everyone I was getting kittens a few weeks before the baby was due they said, “Wow” or “Are you sure?” I get why my husband kept saying: “It’s a lot of responsibility all at once.” But I’d just point to my burgeoning belly and scoff: “We’re no strangers to responsibility.” Oh naïve, pre-baby Adele. Sign up for my newsletter

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