Tiny Book Club Book : March 2017

I’m pleased to announce The Tiny Book Club now has it’s very own Instagram page. To celebrate this, I am giving away copy of the Tiny Book Club’s book of the month…’Nibbles the Book Monster’ by Emma Yarlett. All you have to do is follow @stateofmama@thetinybookclub and comment ‘I love books’ on @stateofmama. Winner will be announced on Friday 31st March. *

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You can’t hurry l-abour…

A year ago today was my due date. To be honest, I had almost forgotten what it felt like to be pregnant. I know, how could I have forgotten *insert monkey holding head in hands emoji* but all the amazing, positive memories I’ve had since seem to have blocked out all my painful pregnancy and birth-related memories. Good job, otherwise I don’t think I could even consider having any more children. Continue reading

A false start…The reality of returning to work after maternity leave

This year, I was lucky enough to be able to take eight months maternity leave from work. Whilst this precious time off with my daughter was absolutely the best time of my life so far,  I was also keen to get back to ‘reality’ and the job that I love and had worked hard to get. I went along to regular keeping-in-touch meetings and childcare was sorted beforehand, as was my ‘set in stone’ return to work date so I felt super organised, in control and as ready to go back as I possibly could be. I wasn’t prepared for was how hard I would find it once I was back.

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