Category Archives: Pregnancy

Can’t be too long…

Today I’ve officially got 6 weeks to go until Baby is born. I’d know it wasn’t too far off anyway, because I have been overtaken by some very strange impulses…namely, cleaning impulses. Usually I’m not a very tidy person. Last time, before I had my daughter, I drove my poor husband wild. I tried to […]

Illjury prone

A friend from uni dubbed me “illjury prone”: meaning illness and injury prone. I can’t really defend myself from this claim with any confidence. I do have a tendency to get into scrapes of one sort and another. Anyway, unfortunately, I’ve had a bit of trouble with my legs and hips over the last two […]

The Wisdom of Solomon

And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her […]

Pregnancy is not an illness II

I’m going to have to go on maternity leave early. Today was my last day of teaching. That’s the thing; pregnancy is not an illness, but it does put a lot of strain on the body, and it’s undeniable that it affects one’s capacity to work effectively. I had to finish early last time too, […]

Good people

I’ve had a lot on my plate lately: marking a stack of exams, a conference paper that was supposed to be due in yesterday (erm…they’ll have to wait), amending another paper for publication, doing a PhD, looking after a 2 year old, another child on the way, as well as a terrible cold and cough which […]

It’s a boy…I can prove it!

In comments on the Bill Henson post, Deus Ex Macintosh said: Pr*n is a definition of taste rather than fact (see my previous comment). Nowt wrong with naked kids and in the bath is fine, just don’t flash the ones with their legs wide open in public. Thanks to digital photography it’s now easy to […]

Belated Mother’s Day post

I don’t feel like the best mother today. My daughter was sick last week, and didn’t have to go to creche. I don’t think she had quite realised that she would have to go back this week now that she was better. She screamed “NO CRECHE, WANT TO STAY HOME WITH MUMMY!” and kicked the […]


Yes, it’s official now – I am expecting Baby No. 2. Well, most of you probably guessed from my post “Pregnancy is not an illness“. This now explains why I had to quit Missing Link a few months back. I have been finding it very hard to operate normally with “morning” sickness and the debilitating tiredness […]

Pregnancy is not an illness…

…but sometimes it sure as hell feels like it. Boom tish! When I was having my daughter, we had a trainee midwife attending us as one of her “case studies” for qualification. She had a sticker or something with the motto “Pregnancy is not an illness”. From this you could tell she was young, idealistic, […]

Ginger kids are human too

My husband has red hair and I used to have hair with a bit of ginger in it, so it was pretty much inevitable that our children would have red hair. Funnily enough all the red went out of my hair when I got pregnant, and it’s never come back. Now I have to dye […]