Joanna Ellner baby

Diary of a Mum part three: Joining the ‘mum’ tribe

In her latest column, Joanna Ellner celebrates the kindness of the motherhood community "Hello, I’m Bernadette. Do you mind if I…?” “No, no, go ahead.” Stood in front of me, Bernadette brusquely hoists my left...
Joanna McGarry and baby Noah

Diary of a Mum part two: Baby Noah comes home

Joanna Ellner and baby Noah arrive home to discover nothing is quite the same as before We’re home. We shut the front door as two and returned five days later as a three. I had decorated...

Diary of a Mum part one: Joanna Ellner

In her first Diary of a Mum column, Joanna Ellner talks labour, Lucozade and life lessons... “Did you pack the Blu-Tak?” I wailed at my husband from the spare room. “Er, no…?” he replied. “I’ll get...
Martha Alexander and her daughter Robin

Diary of a Mum part 14: Robin the chatterbox

It seems Martha Alexander has met her match, as baby daughter Robin can't stop talking "Hello, darlin’.” This is how Robin bids me good morning  from inside her cot these days. She sits holding court to...

Diary of a Mum part 13: A sickly situation

Martha Alexander and baby Robin find themselves in a rather sickly situation For anyone interested in experiencing the fiery infernos of hell on earth, may I suggest what I assume to be a close comparison: having...

Diary of a Mum part 12: Raising a girl

Martha Alexander ponders competitive parenting and the politics of raising a girl How old?” A mother in the park assesses Robin, who is dragging herself along with her arms like a mermaid washed up on...

Diary of a Mum part 11: Back to work

Martha Alexander is in need of some normality, so she heads back to the office When people ask me if I’m back at work yet, I love saying, “Well I never really stopped”, as if...

Diary of a Mum part 10: Baby’s first holiday

Diary of a Mum's Martha Alexander tackles new heights as she takes baby Robin on her first holiday This comes to you from the aisle seat of a budget airline: Robin is asleep, koala-style on...

Diary of a Mum part nine: Tackling weaning

Martha Alexander, our resident Diary of a Mum, is in a food frenzy as Robin and the kitchen floor propel into their weaning journey Will Robin have a lamb chop?” said my father, wearing an...

Diary of a Mum part eight: Getting my body back

As baby Robin begins sleeping through, Martha Alexander is on a mission to ditch the baggy shirts I’m ready to exercise again. I don’t really want to. I feel like a car that’s failed its...