The Art of Staying Present – Lessons from the Little Ones

I used to think of joy and pain as opposing forces, like light and dark, impossible for them to co-exist without one overpowering the other. In my mind it was as if these two emotional experiences were in a cosmic battle for dominance, each seeking to make a life experience either good or bad. I … Continue reading The Art of Staying Present – Lessons from the Little Ones

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Maternity Leave Eve – here’s what I’ve learned so far. 

It’s maternity leave eve today. I am at the end of almost 7 months of maternity leave, a gift I recognize and appreciate. I have been able to be the primary daytime caregiver for my son for these months and have been paid to do so, and although I think of maternity leave as a … Continue reading Maternity Leave Eve – here’s what I’ve learned so far. 

Catch the moments one by one

There is a certain degree of mindfulness needed to survive and thrive on maternity leave in Mwanza. Mwanza is not a booming metropolis and as a result there are scant opportunities for Mum and Baby entertainment. Some entertaining activities can be created through one’s own initiative; others can be adapted to fit into something beneficial … Continue reading Catch the moments one by one

It takes a village … To quell the fears of motherhood

It takes a village... Such an oft used phrase in this short form and used in its entirety argues for the community that is necessary to raise a child. But what this pithy phrase fails to say is why we need this village. A variety of interpretations exist, many people say that children need a … Continue reading It takes a village … To quell the fears of motherhood

Tell me the whole truth, the good and the struggle.

People like to tell war stories, especially when they’ve been through something hard. It is validating and liberating to speak about the pain, to break the silence. Mamas especially love to tell a good war story. Whether it’s a blood and guts tale of labour and delivery or a jaw-dropping story about the trials of … Continue reading Tell me the whole truth, the good and the struggle.