There wasn’t a moment during my daughter’s first few months when I thought, “I should really be at work.” Because I WAS working. Taking care of a newborn, especially as a first-time parent, is the most challenging work there is. I treated it like my job – and I got paid for it like a job. […]
You may have seen the article, ‘The myth of the painful birth – and why it’s not nearly so bad as women believe,’ doing the rounds on social media recently. As someone who has given birth – drug-free, because I’m an idiot – I can report that this article is total bollocks for a number […]
Hey there, John Shimkus. Nice surname, by the way. It’s fun to say. Shimkus. Shimkus. Shimkus. It just kind of gets all stuck behind your teeth, doesn’t it? Anyway, I hear that you don’t support the Affordable Care Act, primarily because it requires all healthcare plans to cover maternity services. At a recent House Energy […]
So everyone has been going nuts over Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement photo. You know, the one where she’s kneeling amongst a bunch of flowers while wearing silky pants with a piece of green tulle draped over her head. As you do. She looks great, of course. Totally weird, but great. She’s Beyoncé – of course she looks […]
Image © Gage Skidmore Let’s talk about vaginas. If you have one, I assume you think you should be in charge of what goes into and comes out of it. If you don’t have one, you’d probably agree that it’s not your place to tell someone who does have one what they can do with it. Unless […]
Why do baby clothes have to be so stupidly adorable? I pondered this as I started to go through the first of six bin bags of clothes the Popple had outgrown. The little animals on the bums of little onesies. The teeny tiny hats. The doll-like dresses. They were too stinkin’ cute and it wasn’t fair, […]
Imagine this scenario: You’ve just had a baby via c-section. The nurse places your baby on your chest for some skin-to-skin. You gaze into your newborn’s eyes, amazed that you finally get to meet this person who you’ve been growing inside you for the past nine months. “Errr, that’ll be $39.35,” the nurse says. “I’m […]
Like most new parents, I bought WAY too much stuff.