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A letter to my first born

A letter to my first born

Dear Popple, I’m sitting here, exhausted and covered in breastmilk, mourning our Fridays. My postpartum hormones are probably to blame for this sudden nostalgia for what was generally a very ordinary day. For the past few years, I didn’t work on Fridays so I could […]

Why I don’t believe in birth plans

Why I don’t believe in birth plans

I’m a planner. I’m forever thinking several steps ahead, preparing for events that will probably never happen and leaving as little to chance as possible. And yet when it came to giving birth, I refused to plan a single thing. To me, birth didn’t seem […]

I’m entitled to a year of maternity leave, but I’m not taking it all: here’s why

I’m entitled to a year of maternity leave, but I’m not taking it all: here’s why

“Are you taking the full year?” I can’t count the number of times my work colleagues have asked me that this week. What they meant is, “Are you taking a full year of maternity leave?” My answer: no, probably not. And this blows people minds. […]

How I reclaimed my mornings with a Groclock

How I reclaimed my mornings with a Groclock

I wake up to see my three-year-old standing next to my bed. I check the time on my phone. 4:15am. “It’s the middle of the night, sweetie,” I say. “I didn’t know if it was day or night,” she says. Understandable, given that it’s as […]

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s Baby Box

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s Baby Box

Since August 2017, the Scottish Government has been sending expectant parents like me a Baby Box, which is full of loads of useful stuff to get you through those first few months. What do you actually get in the Baby Box? Scratch mittens Newborn short-sleeved […]

How can I raise my daughter to be a boss?

How can I raise my daughter to be a boss?

“When I grow up, I’m going to be a boss just like you!” my daughter said. I should point out that I’m not an ACTUAL boss. I don’t run my own company or even manage a team. However, as far as my daughter knows, I’m […]

I don’t share a last name with my child and it doesn’t matter

I don’t share a last name with my child and it doesn’t matter

My three-year-old recently informed me that her new baby sister won’t be able to have the same last name as her. “There are already two of us,” she said. “Me and Daddy. She’ll need a different name.” I wasn’t included, of course, because my last […]

Ruth Davidson gave birth to a baby boy, and it’s a bigger deal than you think

Ruth Davidson gave birth to a baby boy, and it’s a bigger deal than you think

I was really happy to hear the news that Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson recently gave birth to a baby boy. Not because news about new babies is generally happy news (although it is), and not because I’m a big Ruth Davidson fan (she is […]