Maia on modern motherhood
If you look a shambles and people ask when you had your baby, be careful with the answer. Say two weeks and they’ll say “That’s amazing!” Say 17 weeks and you get a look that says you really need to pull yourself together.
Dealing with sleep deprivation
People say things like ‘nap when the baby naps’, but I couldn’t do that, so I would just say, there’s no shame in going to bed early. If Tom goes to bed at 7.30pm, I’m often in bed at 9pm.
Dealing with teething
We’re still going through this and luckily, we haven’t had red cheeks and screaming — yet! I recommend muslin cloths and lots of little dribble bibs.
When I hear about kids who have one favourite teddy that can’t be replaced, I feel sick to my core. I made over 100 blankies, just squares of fabric with ribbon, and Dublin and London must be littered with them by now.
Lose the guilt. Last weekend, Johnny took Tom out for the day, so I put on Netflix and watched half the first series of Dr Foster with a big bar of chocolate and a cup of tea, guilt-free.