Lifebulb Moment – Do something you loved doing as a child

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Want to tap into your strengths? Want to play more but lost touch with how or where to start? Want to just do something a bit less serious and parent like? Think back to what you enjoyed doing as a child. You know before pressure to conform, time restrictions, money, fear of failure all took hold. It turns out this can be pretty interesting. I have been trying it for the last month and remembered all sorts. Like the family walking … Read More

Claire’s return to work story: part 2

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I detailed some of my thoughts about my return to work over a year ago and, my, how time has flown. When Lifebulb asked me to write the sequel, it seemed like a useful exercise in taking stock. I’m pleased to report that the tone of the rest of this post is positive and, I hope, reassuring to those starting the journey back into their former career or a new one after a break to look after children. It has … Read More

Breastfeeding – why we should manage expectations!

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So on World Breastfeeding Week I have decided to write about how hard it is when you start breastfeeding. My goal is not to put people off, in fact quite the opposite, I am a huge breastfeeding fan. I write because in hindsight I don’t feel that I was prepared for it being tough, because all the professional advice describes how natural it is, how wonderful, how easy. Lots of this is true of course but not at the beginning … Read More

Lifebulb Moment – Play to your Strengths

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I’ll be totally honest, sometimes I find playing with our children a bit boring. This is normally when the play involves train tracks, Lego and sometimes even the play area of a park. There’s only so long I enjoy pushing a swing and I have no interest in trains. None. I used to feel bad about this fact, surely I should love every moment, I should be grateful for these moments. However, saying that I find it boring doesn’t mean … Read More

Pregnancy discrimination – can anything be done?

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A report by the Equality Commission has today revealed that around 54,000 women a year may face discrimination at work due to pregnancy. It’s a scary statistic but one that at least 50% of the population won’t be surprised about. The website Pregnantthenscrewed has been flooded with stories from women sharing their experiences, ask around any toddler group and you will hear plenty more. The really blatant cases that you read about in the news and then the inherent discrimination … Read More

Meditation during pregnancy and labour

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Who knew that just 10 minutes could have such a positive effect on my labour and pregnancy… During my third pregnancy we were going through some pretty big changes; moving house twice in the space of four months with two children under four. I was 6 weeks pregnant with pretty awful morning sickness (ahh fond memories of throwing up in the sink during bath time) and the accompanying tiredness. For the first time in my life I felt stress affecting … Read More

Lifebulb Moment – Use it now or never!

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So you know the phrase, “Don’t die with champagne in your fridge”? Well we had a few bottles knocking around. Don’t get me wrong this is not normal. These were around from a) our wedding 5 years ago and b) when GBK worked for Majestic Wine, now 10 years ago. Now, I have been pregnant or breastfeeding for what feels like the last century (o.k it has only been half that time) so it is kind of understandable that they … Read More

Capture the memory…

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Recently my Mum gave me this hand written note describing my birth story. It shares all the small details; her hopes and fears and how she felt when I arrived. It is a pretty special thing to have. With M & W I wrote a blog throughout my pregnancies and for most of their early years. I have kept memory boxes with first shoes, hair cuts, pictures. I have video footage of first steps, first words (well kind of) and … Read More