Posts Tagged "mother"

Practices of Parenting

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Parenting | 5 comments

Practices of Parenting

A blogger I read regularly, Sarah Bessey, has been hosting a Practices of Parenting Carnival this week, where she invited readers to submit posts on their practices of parenting via a link-up. (You can find all of Sarah’s original practices of parenthood posts here.) The response was extraordinary – 117 posts and counting! I linked up my Peace Like A River post, and over the last couple of days I’ve looked at all of the other posts that bloggers linked to on Sarah’s site.  They were heart-felt and moving and some were gorgeous. Here are seven that stood out to me. Making Mama...

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24 things that have surprised me about motherhood: I never thought I would…

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Parenting | 16 comments

24 things that have surprised me about motherhood: I never thought I would…

Everyone says motherhood is full of surprises. They’re right. Here are 24 of mine. I never thought I would… 1. Leak milk at the sight of a puppy. 2. Wipe up baby spew with clothing that I am wearing. 3. Consider 6 a.m. on a Sunday almost a sleep-in. 4. Refer to my spouse as “daddy” more frequently than I call him by name. 5. Still have my child sleeping right beside my bed 5 months after his birth. 6. Still want my child to sleep right beside my bed 5 months after his birth. 7. Catch poo with my bare hands. 8.Find myself physically incapable of letting the baby cry for longer than 57...

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More than a brighter shade of happiness

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Parenting | 12 comments

More than a brighter shade of happiness

“What have you been thinking about joy recently?” Mike asked me over lunch the other day. “I’ve been thinking about that research suggesting that people are happier before they have children,” I said. “And about how happiness and joy are different.” “Are you going to write the easy post about how you often feel less happy on a moment to moment basis since Dominic’s birth, but you have more joy in your life?” Mike asked. “No,” I said. “Because, although I would like to think that this is true, I’m not actually sure that it is.” Despite the fact that joy is the...

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30 great gifts for pregnant women and new parents

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Pregnancy | 12 comments

30 great gifts for pregnant women and new parents

I get more referrals to my blog at present on the topic of gifts for pregnant women than anything else. So in the spirit of giving readers what they want, I thought I’d do a comprehensive post on presents for pregnant women and new parents. (Sidenote: This “giving readers what they want” will not extend to addressing certain other mystifying search terms that have recently led people to my blog, including “humans breastfeeding monkeys” and “koalas drinking beer”.) So without further ado, here are 30 great gifts for pregnant women or new parents. I’ll start with...

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Looking Like Love: A Letter To My Parents

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Parenting | 15 comments

Looking Like Love: A Letter To My Parents

It’s been five months since I stepped off the plane from Asia, roundly pregnant at 28 weeks, and saw you both there waiting for me and smiling. The hills here were green, the cool air smelled of wet eucalyptus and the pancakes that we stopped for on the way home were heaped with berries, tiny crimson waterfalls falling from the stack. As I unpacked in this bedroom later that morning I thought that five months seemed like an eternity. So many milestones in life had to come and go before I would depart – Mike’s arrival after ten weeks apart, the baby’s arrival, then...

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Seeking The Fruits Of Motherhood

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Parenting | 25 comments

Seeking The Fruits Of Motherhood

Three weeks after my first child was born, my uncle leaned towards my husband, Mike, over the dinner table. “It would be nice,” he said, “to see something positive on Lisa’s blog about the baby.” This comment was directed at Mike because I wasn’t actually at the dinner table with everyone else; I was sitting on the couch with my breast firmly planted in the mouth of the small and needy mammal that was under discussion. And the reason I was sitting on the couch was because the little mammal had been almost inconsolable after we fed him just before leaving for dinner, let him sleep...

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It takes a village

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Parenting | 13 comments

It takes a village

I wrote the following on Tuesday. It’s now Thursday. C’est la vie at the moment… This time last week I was still two hours and 15 minutes from giving birth. Last night as I was up between midnight and 2, and again from 5AM, I was somewhat comforted by the thought that as hard as the night was feeling, it wasn’t a patch on how difficult that night of labouring had been the previous week. Mike and I have been flooded with cyber love in the past week – receiving hundreds of notes and comments congratulating us and wishing us well as we embark upon parenthood. One of those emails said,...

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Family talk about the memoir

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Writing | 17 comments

Family talk about the memoir

It started shortly after I arrived here four weeks ago. Mum was asking me where I was up to with my next book, and I told her that my agent, Chip, had it and was getting ready to send it to interested publishers next month. “And how many of those are there?” She asked. “I don’t exactly know,” I said. “But he said there are at least half a dozen people who’d like to see the full manuscript when we’re ready.” Mum looked… well, “doubtful” is too strong a word. More like “slightly confused.” “But… why?” She asked. “What do you mean, why?” I repeated. “Well...

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Koi maan luuk (or, “I am pregnant”)

Posted by on Jan 28, 2011 in Pregnancy | 77 comments

Koi maan luuk (or, “I am pregnant”)

Koi maan luuk was the first Lao phrase I learned in the new year, and you would have already known this piece of news for at least a month if you lived in Laos. You would know this because you would be the deceptively reserved-looking Vietnamese woman who runs our favourite grocery store and you would ask me the first time you saw me after I’d been away for Christmas: “So, any news to tell me? Any news about a baby?” And I would look totally stunned at being accosted with this query over a basket full of milk and pasta, and then shrug and tell you. Or you would be Mike’s work...

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