Let’s face it. Nobody really wants to see the practical side of what you pack in a hospital bag, but even third time around I have still found myself checking online, to see if I have everything I think I might need. This is the key word: think. Some people think packing certain things is ridiculous, while others couldn’t leave the house without their tinted moisturiser. It’s SUCH a personal thing, but for general purposes, it’s great to see what other expectant mamas pack in theirs – as a guide, and a reminder (considering before reading some lists this time around, I had forgotten maternity pads eeeek).
Guest post: Anonymous
Did you read ‘A surrogacy story: Part 1?’
“Hi, total stranger! I feel like I’ve asked you a million questions since we’ve been Internet ‘dating’ for the past few weeks. I feel so lucky that you chose us, the agency did so well in the matching process! So, would you babysit my baby for 9 months? I also need you to drive (8 hours return) for obstetrician visits, it’s probably best you get your children babysat, you’ll get poked and prodded with needles for blood tests and then you’ll need to inject lots of hormones into yourself! I may even start sending you supplements and all sorts of green smoothie, bone broth and fertility diet recipes…”
The beautiful pool at Sister Villas Canggu
If you follow my Instagram you might have seen that my family has just spent almost six weeks in Bali, and while I am in no way a Bali expert I’ve had quite a few people ask for my tips – so I thought I’d put it all together in a post for The Merge Journal.
1. Number one is a doozy. When all of my mum friends were sharing how they were toilet training or how their children were ‘toilet trained’ I thought that meant they were toilet trained. As in every wee and every poo successfully landed in the toilet. Upon experience it actually just means they are not wearing nappies and they probably still do have accidents. Ok there are a few children who, once commenced toilet training, never had any accidents (pretty sure this was me; did I mention I was a genius albeit tantrum throwing baby?) but for the vast majority when they say toilet trained/training, it means yes there are accidents, it is a process. It is just that talking about scraping poo from your kids undies isn’t really a latte sipping mama conversation starter. Go figure.
Oh I love me some cute wooden beaded necklaces, bracelets and anklets with tassels. I also love seeing those adorable photos of mama and babes (always with a cup of tea) laying in bed with matching tie-dye socks! It’s one of my IG bucket list photos to get with Isla; (though I have to be honest I’ve always wondered how do mamas take that photo and how do they not spill the tea?)
But not really. This headline had me laughing out loud. For most people the struggle is in the falling asleep part, less than the staying asleep. There are countless obstacles (especially in this social media fuelled world) that can disrupt our circadian rhythms, and prevent an easy get-to-sleep-quick regime. But fear not. After countless years of dealing with this problem, I have found my top five solutions. And they probably aren’t things you’ve read elsewhere. Ok, some of them are standard, but some might just surprise you. 8pm is my ‘turn off’ time. It’s not my go to bed time, but it’s the time I like to start thinking about bed … and how I can help myself get to sleep sooner. Here are my five non negotiables when it comes to snooze o’clock.
“Put your hat on!” This must be the most used phrase I say when we are at the beach. I feel like a robot constantly alternating between “Oliver put your hat on” and “Isla put your hat on”.
Isla (my 4.5 year old) was given her first scooter last Christmas and took to scooting like a duck to water. She scoots while I walk with the pram and when we’re at home she just scoots around and around on our deck. She’s obsessed. So needless to say, she was excited when I told her that she was getting a new scooter to trial from Reid Cycles. Her little sister Clover (who is 1.5 years old) was also going to get a scooter to try so it was excitement all round!
It is no secret that us TMJ mamas absolutely adore companies that are socially responsible and aim to make a positive impact in our world. There is so much sadness on every news network at the moment and even more sadness that does not actually make the nightly news. A lot of times I find myself asking questions, can I really make a difference? What could I possibly do to help people? How can tiny me, Emmy, actually make a positive change? But then I read about companies who actually give back to communities and individuals in need and I feel positive. I feel like perhaps I can positively contribute to making the world a better place. I can consciously choose to support companies, which give back. One of these companies that is striving to make a difference in the world is Baby Dino. Today I’m chatting with Co-Founder and #mumboss Dominique Perri.
Photo by Emmy
Photo by Jessie
Photo by Jessie
Everything in the room was styled to perfection. Hanging foliage from the ceiling. Candles and flowers on the low table; which was surrounded by the softest sheep-skin mats and crisp white walls (I’m a sucker for white walls). It was literally like I had walked into a pinterest board. I was in love.