Hope is a classic girls name that is both pretty and meaningful. If you’ve chosen it for your daughter, here are some great middle names for Hope. Top ten middle names for Hope: Hope Harmony Hope Primrose Hope Rosalie Hope Pandora Hope Honey Hope Imogen Hope Joy Hope Opal Hope Liliana Hope Sophia Scroll down […]
Life with Babies and Toddlers
I found the baby years challenging to say the least. I had postnatal depression, struggled to bind with my babies and found the sleep deprivation very hard to cope with. Both of my babies had colic which meant hours of screaming every night and one was particularly sicky so I smelt of vomit for a good six months.
By the time they were toddlers I was coping a bit better but still found parenting relentless. As an introvert, I need a certain amount of alone time to function and unfortunately toddlers, who like to keep you company even on the toilet, don’t really allow for that.
Despite the challenges, we did have some good times. After my second was born I knew it was important for me to get out of the house so started attending a toddler group. I made friends and eventually ended up running the group which gave me a sense of purpose.
Society still pushes the image of women who are happy and fulfilled simply because they have had a baby however this isn’t the case for most women. Motherhood manages somehow to be both the hardest thing I’ve done as well as being mind numbingly boring for much of the time.
There is a big difference between loving your baby and loving motherhood. While I did slowly fall in love with my babies, I’ve never fallen in love with motherhood, and that’s ok. There are a hundred different ways to be a good mum, finding parenthood so tough in the early years has taught me not to judge others and I hope people afford me the same courtesy.
I found that the best way to cope with motherhood was through honestly and humour so many of the posts in this section laugh at the challenges or give honest accounts of them along with some advice on how to cope.
Josephine is a classic girls name that has stood the test of time, having remained in use since the 1800s. If you’ve chosen it for your daughter, here are some great middle names to go with Josephine. Top ten middle names for Josephine: Josephine Jasmine Josephine Phoebe Josephine Serena Josephine Natalie Josephine Noa Josephine Daphne […]
Ezekiel is a biblical boys name that has lots of great options for nicknames. If you’ve chosen it for your son, here are some great middle names for Ezekiel. Top ten middle names for Ezekiel: Ezekiel Elias Ezekiel Colson Ezekiel Leo Ezekiel Lorenzo Ezekiel Theodore Ezekiel Creed Ezekiel Declan Ezekiel Samuel Ezekiel Alonzo Ezekiel Lazurus […]
Max is a great boys name that has stood the test of time, remaining popular for many years. While it is sometimes an abbreviation for a longer name, usually Maxwell, Maximillion or Maximus, it is regularly used as a name in its own right. If you’ve chosen it for your son, here are some great […]
The name Blair started out as a surname (and in fact features in my own family tree) but has since gained popularity as a first name. While it is a unisex name, it is more Popular for girls than boys. If you plan to use it for your little girl, here are some great middle […]