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Laura Westbrook

Laura Westbrook

My name is Laura and I am an exhaustedly proud stay-at-home mother of a content, sweet natured one year old and an obstreperous three year old.

I've been married to my handsome hubby for five years, together for ten and committed to at least another five if he continues to keep up with the ever-growing laundry pile.

I had my first child at twenty-four and was the only one of my friends to have children back then which I found extremely isolating. Couple that with a difficult pregnancy and a baby who screamed day and night I found myself seeking guidance and reassurance from social media. Seeing all the perfect parents with their complimentary colour schemes, sleeping babies and flattering lighting frequenting my newsfeed had me feeling like a failure so I endeavoured to make sure that my social media presence wouldn't be so.

Life as a Mum isn't often glamorous, it's raw and it's real and customarily challenging. If I can help just one Mum feel like she is less alone as she sits in the dark at 2am covered in someone else's vomit after spending a day contemplating the movements of a bowel that doesn't belong to her then I will call it a win.

Wine helps too.

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Articles

Travelling Long Haul with Children

Every so often an idea strikes you and even though a nagging voice at the back of your mind screams at you to take a second to think it over, you ignore it. That’s what happened to me recently when… Continue Reading >

HYPEREMESIS

hʌɪpəˈrɛməsɪs/ noun MEDICINE 1. severe or prolonged vomiting. “The clinical practicability is limited by a higher degree of side effects, especially hyperemesis.” • persistent severe vomiting leading to weight loss and dehydration, as a condition occurring during pregnancy. noun: hyperemesis… Continue Reading >

“An open letter to my son, on his fifth birthday.”

To my baby boy on your fifth birthday, “No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you’re the only one who knows the sound of my heart from the inside.” – Kristen Proby…. Continue Reading >

Finding me time…

It’s hard to listen to sometimes, isn’t it? All these parents moaning and groaning all day long about the unrelenting reality of parenting young children? How they never get any time to themselves? Never have any time to shower or… Continue Reading >

5 Survival Tips for when your child STILL won’t sleep.

Sleep Deprivation: The voluntary or involuntary disruption or insufficient quantity of sleep.  It is said that sleep is crucial to the adequate functioning of the human body. It is said that a distinct lack of proper sleep can lead to… Continue Reading >

Things that became a luxury after having kids

It’s the little things, after having kids, that I never truly appreciated before. Things that seemed mundane or even boring that nowadays feel like a trip to the day spa. Don’t get me wrong, I love those two little beasts… Continue Reading >

Is being kind to our partners really a feminist issue?

This month is my husband’s birthday month so I felt it only appropriate to write on the subject of husbands and fathers. As a whole, we as women have spent such a long time trying to fight for gender equality…. Continue Reading >

Pregnancy Loss

Trigger: This article deals with the experiences of pregnancy loss. It’s the club nobody wants to be a part of and it can often be treated a bit like a secret society – a taboo that should be spoken about… Continue Reading >

Mum Guilt: We’ve all been there.

As a parent you’re often reminded of the recommendation where an emergency situation requires that you  put the theoretical oxygen mask on your own theoretical face before administering it to the other theoretical person involved. Theoretically. However, as is so… Continue Reading >

Five times I knew sleep deprivation was starting to get the upper hand:

I’m sleep deprived. My toddler has obstructive sleep apnoea and wakes hourly if not more frequently and then there’s the four-year-old – no further explanation required. Sleep deprivation is my Achille’s heel. It is as Kryptonite is to Superman, as… Continue Reading >

Opinion Piece: Raising Boys Today

“Slugs and snails and puppy dogs tails; that’s what little boys are made of.”   “Boys will be boys.”   “Man up.”   “You throw, like a girl.”   “You cry, like a girl.”   It is constantly built in… Continue Reading >

Stay-At-Home-Mum: A Day in the Life.

‘But, what do you do all day?’  It is a question that plagues nearly all stay-at-home parents and stems mostly from a place of curiosity but can often be intoned with an undercurrent of accusation, assumption and condescension.  In light… Continue Reading >

Firstborn Vs. Secondborn

It is inevitable that parenting your firstborn will be vastly different to any and all subsequent children. With your first child you are completely and utterly thrown in the deep end. Sure you read all the books, attended parenting classes,… Continue Reading >

Our experience attending a Sleep Study.

Does your child frequently wake in the night? Do you feel as though you have tried every trick in the book and you’re still walking around like a zombie all day after being up all night with a crying, unsettled… Continue Reading >

Foundation for understanding: Communicating the loss of the family pet

It’s 8pm on a Friday night and my three year old still hasn’t gone to sleep, tomorrow I will discover that he has developed a 38.8 fever as explanation for his recent bout of objectionable behaviour but right now I… Continue Reading >

Why its ok not to “just enjoy it”.

This month is a very busy month for babies with my extended family welcoming three new little bundles into the fold! Baby Fever has ensued, and nobody is safe. Except me, because: I couldn’t be less clucky if I tried…. Continue Reading >

Let your kids be bored these holidays.

School Holidays – for many it can mark a period of relief for parents, a break from the constant daily grind of getting children up and ready for school, packed lunches, early morning arguments about brushing teeth and putting socks… Continue Reading >

Public vs Private: Which do you choose?

One of the biggest decisions you encounter when first seeing those two pink lines on the pregnancy test is what to name the little thing suddenly taking up residence in your uterus. Trying to avoid naming it after all the… Continue Reading >

 

 

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