Guest post: The stuff dreams are made of

Molly formerly-Forbes-now-Weaver-except-for-professional-gigs blogs hilariously and thoughtfully at Mother’s Always Right. I’ve been stalking reading Molly for quite some time and was thrilled when she agreed to throw some words our way. Here she tries to decipher the meaning of her non-toddling toddler Frog’s dreams. The stuff dreams are made of. Or not. My daughter has started dreaming. I know this fact with unwavering certainty because I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in more than a week. The dreams began with the occasional cry in the middle of the night. Nothing major, just a little shout here and there. The…

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Guest post: “Breastfeeding through postnatal depression”

Ella from Purple Mum is mother to three children and has had to deal with Postnatal Depression after each of their births. The illness has impacted her breastfeeding experience differently each time. She’s currently battling through and blogging about PND for the third time but generously took the time to share a thing or two about breastfeeding through it. I have experienced postnatal depression following the birth of all three of my babies. During treatment for my illness it has been necessary for me to receive inpatient treatment. During this treatment I have met many mothers who have stopped breastfeeding…

Taking drugs to keep breastfeeding

When the question of how long we breastfeed goes hand in hand with how long we can afford to take Domperidone.

Guest post: “I breastfed through tongue-tie and low milk supply …

When Liska from New Mum Online mentioned that her son Aaron, like my daughter, had a tongue-tie that was cut late enough to cause long-term milk supply problems, I had to hear her story. I was particularly intrigued that she managed to breastfeed him for thirteen months despite their profound difficulties. When I read this post I could have cried for her, especially because of the horrific hospital experience. I found her perseverance so inspiring that I asked her to share her breastfeeding journey with us. ————————————– I have never written my breast-feeding story, and so many times I have…

Baby’s first Christmas album

I know it’s too early for Talitha to know what’s going on but I’m really looking forward to celebrating her first Christmas. I’m already imagining showing her the lights blinking on the tree, reading her the Nativity story and watching her get more excited about the wrapping paper than her presents. A Christmas post in November? How commercial am I? I think it’s my trip home for the holidays that has got me in the mood (Trinidad is still “home”? That’s a whole other post). So, as I pack my things and try to get the house under control so…

Circus Queen Photoshoot

The blog’s being given a facelift with new images. Lots has been changing around here as I work out what I’m doing with this space. I want to produce hot writing and Circus Queen’s appearance needs to match it. Also, we figured a photoshoot would be a bit of fun. So we hired the Watermill Studio on the outskirts of Bath. Laurence got behind the camera and I donned outfits by Fanny Adams Vintage Clothing and necklaces by Sarah Jarrett-Kerr. Let me know what you think of the results. This picture was taken when the shoot was supposedly over and…

Travel with baby Part One: Preparing to fly

Just when I’ve sort of started getting the hang of keeping a tiny human fed, clean, entertained and relatively rested on a daily basis, the time has come to do it all on a transatlantic flight. God help me. I mean it. This Thursday, I am taking my five-and-a-half-month-old baby and a pared back selection of our belongings on a journey from London Gatwick to Piarco Trinidad. Since I wanted to make the most of being on “maternity leave” by visiting Trinidad for a month, I will be conducting this feat sans husband. So, with gritted teeth and a deep…