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A Mother From The Beginning

A Mother From The Beginning

  When I was pregnant with our first baby our parish priest at the time brought around a relic of St Gerard Majella to our house. Whilst he was very generous in lending us the relic so that we mighty prayerfully accompany our pregnancy it was what he said leading up to it that was […]

DIY Maternity Rashie

DIY Maternity Rashie

  A recent holiday saw me 6 months pregnant and in need of a maternity rashie but rather than spending $80 for an item I’ll probably wear a handful of times at best I made my own and you can do it too. And my DIY Maternity Rashie cost me about $7!   What you’ll need: A […]

Falling In Love With An Ultrasound

Falling In Love With An Ultrasound

    Ok, I’ll admit it. As soon as I see that little baby on the ultrasound machine I go to pieces. You’d think that after seeing countless images of my children in utero – this baby is my fifth – it would get a little less exciting. But it doesn’t. I’m almost halfway in […]

God’s Plans Are Not Ours

God’s Plans Are Not Ours

  You might recall that I recently wrote about the fickleness of fertility recently in this post where I discussed my anovulatory cycles and a family history of early menopause. I had begun to wonder if my family was complete. But God has had other plans. My husband and I are now expecting our fifth […]

Letter To A Mum Expecting Baby Number 2

Letter To A Mum Expecting Baby Number 2

  First of all, congratulations. Some of this will feel really familiar and some will be worse. People will start asking you questions about the size of your family and whether or not you’ll stop after this one. Get ready and try to respond charitably, even though it is none of their business. You will […]

Contraception and NFP Part Two

Contraception and NFP Part Two

  We continue our discussion with Dr Emma Vieira. For the preceding article find the link here.   Natural family planning – what is it? Natural family planning (NFP) is the avoidance of intercourse during known fertile times, in order to avoid pregnancy. There are several methods: Billings method – cervical mucus pattern Sympto-thermal method […]

Contraception And NFP Part One

Contraception And NFP Part One

  In the wake of recent discussions surrounding Natural Family Planning, I sat down with Dr Emma Vieira to look at the Catholic Church’s position on birth control, in all forms.   Dr Vieira, thank you so much for agreeing to talk with me on this issue. It is certainly a contentious and controversial one. […]

The Pregnancy Monster

The Pregnancy Monster

  Looking through my computer, I found an old article I wrote last year when I realised I was pregnant with my fourth and was a little nervous because of the hormones I experienced in previous pregnancies. I thought I would share it for a laugh.. *** The Pregnancy Monster I decided to write this […]

The Twelve Week Secret

The Twelve Week Secret

  When we recently found out that I was pregnant, I was really unsure about when I should make our news public. My parents and in-laws were notified immediately, followed closely afterwards with a small handful of close family and friends. And gradually over the coming weeks, I told various friends and family as I […]

Fumbling With Fertility

Fumbling With Fertility

  There have been two times in my life where I’ve really reflected on the gift of children and the profound sadness of not being able to conceive. The first time was about a month before my wedding. I visited a local GP to ask a few questions about my ever irregular cycles and other […]