• My second birth story

    Léon is nearly eight weeks old and finally in bed for the night, as is his big brother. Witching hour (s) is in full effect in this house as Jean and I tag team depending on our children’s needs. So far, Léon has been a little easier than his brother was but still intense as he discovers his body through colic pains and the world through developmental leaps. I’m tired. Exhausted actually. Hormones and fatigue aren’t a great combination. I’m quite high functioning but my emotional regulation leaves a little to be desired. I can find myself oscillating between being content and laughing to tears and frustration remarkably quickly. Despite…

  • My birth story

    Louis is now six weeks old and fast asleep beside me. He makes loud grunting noises as he sleeps, sometimes interspersed by soft squeaking and cooing. He’s lying on his back, tightly swaddled to contain his startle reflex. He frowns and smiles, letting out a little cry occasionally when the wind in his tummy gets too much. Last night he fed nearly every hour. We’ve been told he’s going through his first developmental leap, so he’s needing lots of mummy time and feeds. I found myself gently crying after a feed and toilet trip. I was tired. I had started thinking about my birth after feeling how tender my scars…

  • Coming out – or more about who we are…

    Dear readers, First of all, let us thank you for you interest in Making Sense of Things. We are in particular grateful for the comments you leave us, as they inevitably stir further thinking and exchanges. Balancing openess with privacy is always tricky on the Web, but given your overwhelming welcoming, positive and constructive response, CJG and I have decided to be a bit more open about ourselves. So in reality our names are Carly and Jean. We’ve just moved out from Brisbane (Australia) where we’ve stayed for the last 10 months and have flown back to London UK, where we’ll be staying for a couple of months. Carly is 31, has worked…

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