What I Read 47

Welcome to another week of What I Read, I have six more fantastic posts for you.

LP lost his first tooth on Wednesday and I promptly set a reminder on my phone so I wouldn't forget to play "tooth fairy" later that night. I have not always been this organised though and on many occasions have forgotten to do it for BP. That's why I loved Prabs' post 5 reasons why the tooth fairy never came. This entertaining and funny post had me nodding along and laughing as I read.

With a diagnosis of depression or anxiety comes not only the stigma attached but also the fact that people then treat you differently. Ruebi wrote a brilliant post, Diagnosis Ruebi, in which she discusses how people treat her and how frustrating it can be. A diagnosis does not define who you are, says Ruebi.

As a mum of two boys I often find I can relate to other mums with boys, they understand, they know the frustrations and annoyances. And as a mum of boys I recently connected with @mumswithsons. She shared one of her posts with me and I knew as soon as I read it that I wanted to share. Brothers... a cameraderie that cannot be broken was a lovely post about the relationship between siblings and how she wanted her boys to be close when they grew up. I think this not only relates to boys, but girls too. Do you have siblings? Are you close now? Check out the post and let @mumswithsons know what you think.

Giving birth can be a wonderful experience, when you meet your child for the very first time and know instantly that you will love them forever it is an amazing thing. But giving birth can also be a traumatic experience and leave you feeling upset and alone. A post that touched my heart was Jenny's entitled Trauma, Guilt, and Time: How I finally came to terms with my c-section. In this post Jenny tells the story of her baby's birth and how she struggled with many things afterwards. I was glued to this post and felt so sorry for Jenny when I'd finished reading. Giving birth takes so much from us and we need to learn to take time to look after ourselves afterwards.

Breast vs Bottle. A never-ending battle between the views of mothers and fathers around the world. Which is best? Are you a bad mum for not breast-feeding? I've always thought that this kind of disagreement between mums and dads the world over is ridiculous. You are a mum, a dad, who cares how you feed your child as long as they are being fed? Well it seems I am not alone in my opinion and I was happy to read Collette's post: Breast-feeding VS Bottle-feeding. The Debate... and why it really doesn't matter. I'm glad that some people think we should forget about this and just get on with raising our children.

When I was a teenager the last thing I wanted was to become a mum. I thought mums were uncool, stupid, and did nothing but sit on their bums all day. It turns out that the coolest thing you can do with your life is become a mum (or dad) and that mums certainly aren't stupid. In fact they're probably the smartest people you know. Not only did they go to school, university, and have a job, but now they corral toddlers or tackle teens into submission. They're a super-race. Okay, so I may be overdoing it a bit but really, mums are awesome aren't they? One of the many reasons I loved Sarah's post, Belonging to the Motherhood, is because she agrees with me. The whole post is brilliant and it makes me proud to belong.

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