June 17, 2013
It's funny how in life sometimes things come together at the same time isn't it? For me this has come in the form of reading Sheryl Sandberg's excellent book, Lean In, and attending the first ever Mumsnet Workfest this weekend.
June 12, 2013
Look up 'conundrum' and this is one of the definitions you get. 1. A confusing and difficult problem or question. 2. A question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle. It also conjures up images of that clock ticking away for 30 seconds on Countdown. And whilst I maybe being am being over-dramatic, this is what sorting out 3YO's 'wrap-around childcare' (recently learned phrase) for when she starts school in September feels like.
May 29, 2013
.... us!!! Well, what an exciting week or so for Contented Calf!! First of all we are VERY excited to announce that The Contented Calf Cookbook has been shortlisted for The Best Innovative Gift under £50 in the Lovedbyparents Awards 2013. But that wasn't the only piece of good news we received. We just heard today that the Contented Calf website has won a Mumpreneur UK Silver Website Award!!
April 02, 2013
Within minutes of being born our first daughter latched on to feed beautifully. After the shock of the initial soreness of having your nipples sucked the whole time (plus having to recover from a Day One nip), within a few weeks my nipples had gotten used to it and I was able to feed in comfort. (Until teeth and biting become an issue that is!) So when our second daughter was born, I expected things to go the same way. They more or less did. But that ‘initial soreness’ didn’t seem to go away as quickly – especially on my right side. She was five weeks old and I was still in a fair amount of pain when I was feeding. I took her to see Nargis to see what she thought.
March 26, 2013
Dear 11MO, very very soon you're not going to be a 'MO' any longer, but a big, grown-up 'YO'. You'll be 1YO. Wow. How time flies. I know it's what every parent says. But it's true. Over the last week or so I seem to keep having moments when I think "this time last year...." And I know on your actual birthday those thoughts will be even stronger.
March 20, 2013
For a website that sells a cookbook containing 'Nourishing recipes for breastfeeding mums', you might have noticed a low level, in particular on the blog, of breastfeeding information, news and opinion. Slightly strange, yes. But deliberate. My aim has always been for a website and product with the tone of "We're here if you want us".
March 12, 2013
Day Four was tough. For some reason I'd woken up at 3:40am and could not go back to sleep. Then 11MO woke at 5am, needing a change, feed and settle, and then 3YO woke around 5:20 with a bad dream, needing a hug, song and settle. By the time all that was done, it was very very tempting to creep back into bed. But I decided to push on through, and was very pleased I did. On days four and five, having learnt the standard punches, and three-punch combinations, we moved on to more difficult four, five and six punch combinations. Thankfully for my tired brain seemingly unable to count to five consistently, we no longer did five repetitions of a combination and five jumps/squats.
March 06, 2013
Day Three and I'm starting to get into my stride. Woke at 5:29, grabbed remote, turned the power off as soon as I heard the *pubp*, grabbed phone AND hair band and normal clips and snuck downstairs. Freshened up, clothes on, fruit juice drunk and I was out the door at 5:45. AND I'd finally found the yoga mat. I am in the zone!
March 05, 2013
As I start to type it's 8:15am and my arms feel a little bit weak and shaky. Yes, it was Day Two of Boxing Boot Camp this morning. So how is it going so far? Well, the last 36 hours or so have had an incredible dream-like quality to them. On Sunday night I headed upstairs about 9:30pm and was in bed by 10ish. I fell asleep fairly easily, as is my norm post-children. But I did keep waking to check the time, worrying that my alarm wouldn't go off in time and I would over-sleep. And when I did sleep I had very strange dreams. It was very much like when you have to get up at ridiculous-o'clock to catch an early flight to go holiday, but without the holiday!
March 04, 2013
*pubp* My radio alarm powers up. I lean over, grab the remote and turn it off before it actually starts. I gently push back the covers and tiptoe out of bed. I un-plug my phone and use the light to find my hair brush and a hair band and creep out of the room, softly pulling the bedroom door to. It's 5:30am and I'm awake. Out of choice. What the **** am I doing?? Today is the first day of my Boxing Boot Camp with Deb Townsend. I have four more to go.
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