Week 1 Breastfeeding Essentials

Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2020! I’m now 10 days into my breastfeeding journey with my second baby. It’s been different this time round and I am feeling more confident; that’s not to say it’s been an easy ride. There have been tears over spilt breast milk, exhaustion and pain. One thing I have found helpful is having the right tools around me from the get go. Hopefully you find this list handy to get yourself all setup if you’re hoping to give breastfeeding a go with your Little.

Recipe – Doubly Decadent Tiramisu

As a family, we are full of wanderlust and truly missing exploring the world. So last night, the world came to us! The past couple of weeks we have had a lockdown date night and this time it was my turn to cook. This Tiramisu recipe took me right back to the cooking course we did on our mini moon in Florence, nearly 4 years ago now. As we ate I remembered the sounds of the bustling food markets where we picked up the ingredients that morning.

How Channel 4’s ‘Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency’ Gets to the Heart of Why We Need to Help Our Children Understand Their Mental Health

I’ve been catching up on the first episode of Channel 4’s ‘Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency’ and it got me thinking about my relationship with my daughter and the attitudes to mental health I want her to have. Read on for my synopsis of the show, reaction and thoughts on the current childhood Mental Health epidemic facing the UK.

Recipe – Autumnal Roast Chicken Soup

It’s official… making soup is good for the soul. This Autumnal Roast Chicken Soup is a great big hug in a mug and a cost effective way to use up your leftovers. A Sunday Roast has become a family ritual in the Earwicker home. I love it for 2 main reasons:

5 Ways Being More ‘Toddler’ Will Improve Your Mental Wellness

Toddlers -little balls of energy! Certainly spirited at times… well, Miss EEE certainly is. The first steps of ‘toddler’ stage have been quite often exhausting for us as parents. We have spent a lot of time trying to negotiate with our little girl, navigating tantrums that I thought would be reserved for the ‘terrible twos’ and taking it in turns to settle her through yet another sleep regression. Quite often I hear myself saying this stage has been a ‘challenge’. Today I thought I would try and draw some positives from our current situation and have a think about what I can learn from Miss EEE. Yes, she’s a little firecracker at times, but she certainly has a zest for life that I would like to get a bit more of for myself. Read on for 5 top tips on how being ‘more toddler’ could improve your mental wellness.

Let’s Cut the BS on World Mental Health Day 2019

When was the last time, if ever, you asked a friend, family member, colleague or neighbour about their mental health? Are you recoiling in embarrassment at the very thought of it? It’s a tricky topic isn’t it and I think a lot of the awkwardness we feel probably stems from the fact we don’t know what the right thing to say is. Perhaps you feel comfortable with starting the conversation but dread what you would do if the person you’re talking to actually isn’t ‘ok’? Or maybe you just don’t know how to begin to ask in the first place? Well we are all adults here and it’s time we cut the BS and educate ourselves as to what is helpful and will be supportive of our loved ones.

Today is World Mental Health Day 2019. Yes, a further chance to raise awareness of mental health. But actually, more than that, a signal for us all to start

Recipe – Grown Up Teddy Bear’s Picnic Cauliflower Salad

The trusty Cauliflower has had a bit of a comeback in the past few years and it’s got a fresh new look. Gone are the days of over boiled mush. It’s time for it to shine with all it’s nutritional wonder. Packed with a nutrient called ‘Choline’, essential for brain development, Cauliflower has super powers! What’s more, some studies have linked it to neural and cognitive development during the prenatal period. Move over Kale… there’s an OLD kid in town. 😉 Add to this some Pomegranate seeds, which are very rich in antioxidants, reduce inflammation (and some believe stress). What have you got? A nutritional wonder Salad! Before Autumn sets in, make the most of the last rays of summer and try this very grown up Cauliflower Salad for your next Teddy Bear’s Picnic. It got the thumbs up from Paddington Bear round ours!

Mother, unimpeded.

Last week I was diagnosed with Mixed Anxiety and Depressive Disorder and PTSD. It was not unexpected but still I have a whole mixture of emotions about it. One conclusion I have drawn, is that being a good mother and having a mental illness are not mutually exclusive. Our babies just see Mama. For them you are everything. Nothing changes that. As many of you may know, due to the nature of the beast, that’s not always easy to remember! Today is one of those days when I needed to remind myself of that.

Our Experiment at The Science Museum

Here is a little photo story of the fun day me and Miss EEE had at the Science Museum in London last week. The trip was an experiment in itself. I was very anxious before I left – nervous about the tube, the weather, how she would nap! But I pushed myself to feel the fear and do it anyway. I accepted the invite by another NCT mum and her gorgeous little lady. I learnt during CBT that in order to alter our belief system sometimes the only thing that will work is to test out our beliefs. Do ‘experiments’ of a sort.

Want Guilt Free Self Care? Read this Mama.

‘Mum guilt’ – the struggle is real! I was recently asked by a supporter of Mamas Mind Menu to post on ideas for guilt free self care. This mum feels guilty when she tries to do anything self care related beyond keeping her water intake up and washing her hair a few times a week. I can totally relate. On Monday night I was feeling low. About to start another working week with lots of time away from my baby girl, the ‘mum guilt’ was winning. By bedtime, despite avoiding screen time and alcohol and doing all the right things, I wasn’t feeling relaxed at all. I needed a self care pick me up with instant gratification that was both quick and guilt free. This got me thinking about how we can enjoy guilt free Mama self care with minimum effort and maximum impact. Here’s my conclusions…