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Sometimes you need the Internet

I thought I was on top of my acid indigestion. I thought that chewing gum had saved me. After dreading the social engagements of the weekend for fear that all the food provided would set it off and then some and discovering that the chewing kept me sane, I thought that I had found the panacea. Then last night happened. Hubs had had a bad day at work and, unusually for him, chose to talk it out which I was very pleased about. We went to the...

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My Mum, my pregnancy and worries I don’t need.

When I announced that I was pregnant, my mother wasn’t excited, she wasn’t even pleased. My Dad was dismissive, ‘women have been getting pregnant for thousands of years’ with rolled eyes. They had no time for NHS eating guidelines and treated me like I was being some kind of precious princess because obviously other mothers wouldn’t be following them. My mother told me to my face that she was worried because...

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Not all tiredness and tearfulness in pregnancy is normal.

Over the last two or three weeks or so I’ve been increasingly emotional.  My husband had been proud of me for taking pregnancy hormones in my stride up until that point.  I had lost my temper a little worse than might be usual he said,  but not about anything that wouldn’t have made me angry under other circumstances.  My tempers had largely, in his opinion, been rational and none had been directed at him.  Recently however, it...

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Bullying

When I was a child, I remember going out for a meal with my parents and a friend of theirs in guernsey.  She was talking about her children.  She was considering the prospect of their going to school and wondering what kind of time they might have.  If they were like her, she said, they would not be bullied, if they were like their father, they would. Pete and I are a similar partnership, only our experiences fall in the reverse.  Pete was...

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Nearly a year alcohol free…

I gave up alcohol around this time last year.  My obvious reason was that while trying for a baby alcohol was unwise, but that wasn’t the only reason and it wasn’t the public reason.  I fell off the wagon for a brief period after my grandmother died, a vow to remain booze free suddenly seeming of little consequence in the face of a horrible loss and a blow that was sending destructive shock waves through my family firmament.  I...

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