Maia on mod­ern moth­er­hood

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Step­ping out

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.

Se­cu­rity blan­kets

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.

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