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First Birthdays…

Such a day of big feelings as my littlest person turned one.A crazy year. But one in which she grew beautifully. Strong and clever and affectionate.Such a feeling of pride, elation, sadness, nostalgia and unbridled joy. Knowing my little baby is gone. But is replaced...

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Overcompensating

There’s a tiny person turning 1 in the morning. In lockdown. One year ago I was wandering around our old place in labour. I’d bought a bunny snuggly that day since the shops had JUST reopened. My husband was setting up the birth pool. Bubba was on the way, and so were...

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Big Questions and Honesty

My kids started asking questions about sex, death, illness, bodies, relationships and god waaaay earlier than I perhaps imagined. And I was surprised at how giggly and awkward and tongue tied I became at some of these topics. I was surprised at how much my script on...

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Taking off the Good-Girl Shoes

When first working in birth, given my personal experience- I really believed the main thing a person needed when entering the birth space was a solid education in childbirth. And I loved to teach it too. Well- I still teach. I still love it and see the value in it. I...

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Play before Work

My house is often a wreck because of the importance of play. I have criticised and punished myself internally a million times for the fact that I often have a sink full of dishes/ a machine full of wet washing/ an unswept floor/ four baskets expectantly waiting for...

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So the Yelling thing…

I’m not what you’d call an advocate for yelling at kids. Or really any sort of shame, intimidation or punishment as a means of managing behaviour.The reason being that when this is the go to approach... it just flat out doesn’t work. These sorts of responses to...

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Disco Bowling

Disco Bowling

Disco bowling with the family on the eve of our girl’s first day of school.I snapped this photo in one of those moments where your life seems to freeze in total clarity around you. They’re rare enough these days but nonetheless there I was.See, around 6 months ago...

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New Baby Bliss

New Baby Bliss

This photo was taken of me and my tiniest baby coming up on 6 months ago. She was roughly 2 hours old.  We’re cuddled up on the couch at home getting breastfeeding set up. I’m wearing the beautiful necklace that my women’s circle gifted to me with their positive...

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Location

Ballarat, Victoria