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What Might Be

I initially wrote this a few months ago as I solo-parented, and my husband attempted to alter our family’s future. A few weeks ago we danced the exact same dance again. Then waited, again. Soon now we can answer that simple question of what might be ahead for our family. 8.30pm. The zenith of the bedtime process, and I’m […]

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Featured | Parenting | Sleep

Bedtime – an Interlude

PJs are on. Teeth are brushed. Favourite toys are in their ritual sleeping spots. Bedtime stories have been read (and re-read). Lights turned out. And so the nightly battle for sleep begins in earnest. The accidental kicks and punches. The not so accidental ones. The kissing of Ows. The straightening of bedclothes. The discussions about why […]

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Toddlers

Life with a toddler – How’s your day going?

I’ve had great intentions for this week.  Eating better, exercising more, not being driven completely demented by a whingey little toddler.  It all sounds great in theory, but it’s not working out too well so far.  My parents/babysitters took off to the country overnight putting paid to plans of going to my weekly yoga class […]

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Sleep | Toddlers

Sleeping like a baby

There was a time last year where I worried that feeding my baby to sleep was a terrible habit that I’d regret in the future. Hah! I couldn’t have been more wrong. Feeding to sleep has been the surefire method of helping the Rascal relax off to slumberland, and it rarely failed me up until […]

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Featured | Parenting | Sleep

Nap Time

Nap Time Sleepy baby snuggled at my breast Head drops back, mouth agape Soft snores into my face Sinks deeper into slumber Carefully, slowly, laid down by my side A rare silence descends. Restless toddler stirs, delicate eyelids flutter, Bleary eyes search, lock gaze A murmured ‘Mama’, and rolls my way Reattaches chubby arms around […]

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Sleep

A Long Week: Tantrums and sleep deprivation

What’s been happening recently in our house? Well, we finally got that second stair gate installed at the top of the stairs. It’s only been months since we actually bought it, after all. And weeks of daily palpitations as the new walker stomped back and forth, past the dangerous drop at ever increasing speeds. Diverting […]

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Sleep | Toddlers

Toddler naps: A Roller Coaster ride

This parenting journey is never a steady one. Drug addicts enjoy more stability on a day to day basis. The week is full of dizzy highs, and agonising lows. You never know which is around the next bend. You have an unexpectedly good day with your child when everything seems like it just might work […]

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