On Mental Health and Dealing with Our Demons for the Sake of Our Kids

On Mental Health and Dealing with Our Demons for the Sake of Our Kids

  I’ve wanted to write this so many times, but have always been afraid to, just in case it was taken the wrong way and there was a backlash. This fear of others misconstruing my words has led to censorship, which is ridiculous. I can’t call myself a pro-blogger and allow myself to be censored at the same time, so I’ll be taking a big deep breath as I press the publish button. I’d like to credit Alice who writes at The Filling Glass. After reading her brilliant piece The Chicken and Egg of Positive Parenting, these words started swirling around in my head. So here they are, …

The Things This Sleep Deprived Mama Does to Get Through Her Day

The Things This Sleep Deprived Mama Does to Get Through Her Day

“How do you function?” This is the most common question I’m asked. When people learn that I’ve spent the last six years plus existing on a minuscule amount of sleep, they are shocked, because I always seem so energetic apparently (they should see me at 3am!) I used to love my sleep, and in my younger days had an uncanny ability to nod off just about anywhere – as demonstrated in the photo below. Nowadays, because I’m so very sleep deprived, there are lots of little things I do to get through my day. So here we go… in no …

It’s Official. She’s on the Spectrum. Now What?

It’s Official. She’s on the Spectrum. Now What?

There has been something going on with my eldest daughter Polly since she was a tiny baby. First it was reflux and eczema covering her face – related to reacting to dairy coming through my breast milk. Then came the multitude of food sensitivities which we discovered at two and a half. A few months previous to that she stopped sleeping (both during the day and at night) and was waking up ten times plus. Even now she hardly ever sleeps through, and she is six next month. On top of all this she never outgrew the toddler meltdowns, and …

Mission: Get baby off the boob at night!!

Mission: Get baby off the boob at night!!

“You’ve got your hands full” This phrase is the one hubby and I most commonly hear at the moment. And yes *does sarcastic voice* I always love the bloody obvious being pointed out, especially by complete strangers! If working on our 5yo becoming a less defiant child, and potty training our almost 3yo (more on that another time) wasn’t enough, this weekend 5yo went to our friends for a sleepover so we pounced on the opportunity to move baby boy into his own room and stop his night time comfort snacks. At 11 months old he eats at least three solid meals …

can you die of sleep deprivation

WANTED: SLEEP! Can You Help?

I’ve really tried to be positive and keep a lid on my bubbling emotions, even make light of the situation, but if I’m being honest my mood of late has been glum. The root of all trouble for my family is a teeny tiny five letter word, and the fact that our 4yo daughter hasn’t slept through the night in almost three months. Not once. Needless to say it is taking its toll, and since starting school things have gone from bad to worse. She wakes at various times for various things, there are no patterns. Sometimes it’s simple to …