Relaxing my approach to parenting…

Approaching parenting is a fraught process with judgment at every turn. Chances are that your own approach will contrast with someone close around you – Your friend, your sister, your mother, your mother-in-law, your sister’s neighbour’s mother-in-law’s friend… and you will probably become closely acquainted with ALL their opinions on the subject. It’s logical that…

Body love?

This week I decided to finally get back into a gym. Tonight was my second visit since I signed up to a 10 day trial period and it was hard won – last night I got 3 hours sleep, I worked all day today my Zumba class was cancelled and I very nearly threw in the towel.  Instead…

I’m so lucky – but…

I’m so lucky. As a mum in Australia with an education and a secure job with good conditions, I’m so lucky. Here are some of the reasons why I’m so lucky: I took 14 months maternity leave and through a combination of paid maternity leave and paid annual leave I received pay throughout the full…

What is me time? 

The concept of ‘me time’ is one of the most strongly emphasised important needs of a person and never more so than after you become a parent. I honestly don’t think at this point that I could accurately describe what me time was to me before I had Baby B. I suppose if I allow myself…

Baby B’s 1st Birthday!

The 22nd of July2016. This time last year I was lying on a hospital bed with an epidural in my back dreamily snoozing in a morphine haze. I new that soon I’d meet Baby B but I had no idea what a ride the next 365 days was going to be. I’ll do more of…

Summer in the South of France…

As our European adventure starts to wind down I finally have a moment to recap a little on the last 7 weeks here in the South of France. We are very very lucky that the Husband’s parents bought a little holiday property in a tiny village in France about 90 mins drive from Toulouse in…

At home in France, some thoughts…

It has been a little while since my last update but that is because I’ve been taking a bit of a break. We arrived back in France and are staying at the Husband’s parent’s house in the Lot department of France. We’ve been here since the 16th of May and will stay for 2 months…

Our month in Paris…

Tonight as I start writing this post, it is our last night in Paris. I’m filled with a curious mix of happiness that we’ve had so much time here and sadness that it’s already time to leave. I’ve always wanted to live in Paris and figured that this month would be a good tester to see…

A day in the Marais and a trip to the Cat Cafe!

Yesterday we did one of my favourite things to do in Paris. We spent the day wandering around the Marais. We are staying in the Marais in the 2nd Arrondissement of Paris. It is probably one of my favourite areas of Paris and I’ve made a concerted effort to stay here the last few times…

Baby B’s 9 month update…

In 4 days we will be marking 9 months in, 9 months out – wow! This seems like such a huge milestone and Baby B has done some growing to match. Since his 6 month update his life has been such a whirlwind. He’s travelled halfway around the world to London, Cardiff and Paris and…

A turn around the Tuileries…

Today Spring has definitely sprung in Paris – how do I know? Not because the weather is nice, it’s been pretty nice on and off for the last few weeks. I know because finally the parisiennes are appearing in short blazers and denim jackets instead of big long wool coats and massive scarves. It is…

Motherlove

The idea that all mothers experience some amazing rush of love the second they meet their newborn babies is well known to be one of the great untruths of motherhood. I’m sure some mothers experience it and yay for them, but many don’t and that’s ok too. When Baby B was born I was surprised…