My Minute

It’s almost ten. As I’m sitting down writing this, the kitchen counter is still full of dirty dishes and laundry is still waiting to be transferred to the dryer. Unfolded clothes have been on standby for quite a while and the ironing board has been resting vertically against the wall too long for comfort. E-mails are…

Book recommendations from 2016 reads

Quantitatively, 2016 wasn’t a year of many books in our household. The parenthood package included a whole lot of worry, never-ending lists of new things, and an almost automatic lead to the holy grail that are other mummy blogs. Reading moved online, in 5 minute mini-breaks and in-between the rest of life. If anything though, I’ve…

To my one year old

Mummy can’t help but feel nostalgic. Listening to others sing you happy birthday sends me into a rapid flight back to the day of your birth. I never felt as empowered – or as vulnerable – as that perfect Sunday morning. It also sends me into a frenzy of emotions. Here you are, much loved…

Sweating Through Summer with a Baby

The 10-minute process of putting on a swimsuit, grabbing a towel and driving to the beach has now become an hour long procedure of packing half the house and chasing a fast-crawling ten month old with a swimming pull up and frilly swimsuit. Oh, and did I mention? Apparently swimming diapers don’t hold pee.

Mummy, why didn’t you do anything?

Baby, you were born in August 2015, at the height of the refugee crisis in Europe. The war in Syria was well into its fifth year and IS militants in their Toyota trucks very well used to ravaging and scarring humanity. In January of that same year, ridden with all day nausea, I dragged myself…

The Messy Truth about Flying with a Baby

Remember the time when the space between seats seemed incongruous to your ever expanding belly or when the person seated next to you could not look more frustrated at your wobbly exit for your tenth toilet trip? If you thought that flying whilst pregnant was particularly inconvenient, well, think again. Compared to flying with a…

Judged Either Way: Mums on Trial

The stress on new mums continues to mount. As a substantial part of the population has made it a point to inundate the rest with the breastfeeding in public debate, one reality is left in the void: Mums who formula-feed in public are pressured too. No one prepares new mums for the probable emotional rollercoaster…

Make Coffee Not War

For the past three years, our home has been The Hague: the renowned City of Peace and Justice, a beacon of hope against unfairness, violence and threats. A plethora of courts dot the city’s skyline, some clothed in impressive architecture as is the Peace Palace, others housed in an eyesore, as is the ex-KPN building….

Wedding Do’s and Don’ts – Part 1 of x

Our wedding is a now a sweet, great, wide-smile-generating, warmth-creating, heart-bursting, ripe on fondness memory. (I can continue with the adjectives but it goes beyond the scope of this post 🙂 ) Whilst the memories are still fresh and the day and its run up not too engulfed with the glittery covering of nostalgia, I…