The more stressed I get, the more tired I get. Yet when I reach the point of stress-induced exhaustion, I can’t sleep. Isn’t it such a nasty trick for my body to play on me? I’m sure I’m not alone in this, and the frustration just exacerbates the problem until a myriad of other physical and mental health issues start to raise their ugly heads.
“When women support each other, incredible things happen” Sarah – the incredible photographer behind Red Shoe Makeovers – uses this quote when she shares the stunning photographs she takes of her Red Shoe Girls, and it has fast become one of my favourite quotes. A couple of weeks ago I headed up to Chester with a bag full of clothes and a belly full of nerves, to meet Sarah and make up artist Mandy and have my makeover photo shoot. This is what happens when women support each other…
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you’ll know that sleeping has been a bit of an issue for us for approximately 3 years and 9 months. Can you guess how long we’ve been parents for…? One thing that does help when it comes to getting both Toby and Martha to sleep, is a consistent bedtime routine. They may not stay asleep for the 12 hours we daydream about, but on the whole both children are actually really good at going to bed in the first place.
On mine and Phil’s first date, he paid. Was Phil’s desire to pay a sign of a patriarchal society in which I as a female am considered a lesser person than he? Does my acceptance of him paying show that I am stifled by the constraints enforced upon my gender? Was he asserting himself as the alpha in the relationship before it had even truly started?
In my heart, I became a mother on November 1st 2013, when the words ‘Pregnant 2-3 weeks’ appeared on the test I took at 5am. In the eyes of the law, I became a mother at 11:58 on July 8th 2014. Yet it is now, a second baby later and in mid-March 2018, that the pieces of the puzzle are fitting together and I truly feel like a proper mummy.