Hello from the Inside: A Love Letter

Hello from the Inside: A Love Letter

March 11. That was the last time I was on the outside. For work, anyway. It seems so long ago now, a world away. I had just finished chairing a symposium of >100 people – an unimaginable number of people! It seemed like we were 

Nine Reasons Why I Exercise (That Have Nothing To Do With Health)

Nine Reasons Why I Exercise (That Have Nothing To Do With Health)

Years ago I certainly did not do any regular exercise. Admittedly I was a junior doctor working stupidly long hours at the time, but the truth is I didn’t like exercise, or perhaps I didn’t understand the immediate benefits it could have on my life. 

I Don’t Know If I’m Brave Enough

I Don’t Know If I’m Brave Enough

I don’t know if I’m brave enough to love you, only to have to let you go. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to wake up without seeing your little heads next to mine on my pillow. I don’t know if I’m brave enough 

Why Parenting Is Harder Than An Office Job

Why Parenting Is Harder Than An Office Job

I started writing this and could keep going forever. Note the caveat of “office job” that is, as opposed to working in an Emergency Department, customer retail, or any environment that involves unpredictability and the likelihood of having to deal with cranky, irrational people. You 

Have baby will go out for meals!

Have baby will go out for meals!

We don’t have any babysitters unless Mum comes to stay with us. So if we want to have a meal outside, Star needs to come with! We’ve developed a kind of radar for the places that are kid-friendly, but, you know, the ones that aren’t 

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Toddlerhood is a journey of discovering amazing new skills every day. And of late, Star has taken to two new skills that delight me immensely. One – Going to sleep on her own, night AND day. Two – Sleeping for longer than half an hour 

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there are sometimes free trips to the beach…

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there are sometimes free trips to the beach…

We just got home from an NHMRC-funded trip to Byron Bay. Now I think that MIGHT actually be a first! One of our Chief Investigators is the lovely Prof Stephen Myers from Southern Cross University in Lismore. He roped in, err, recruited two wonderful acupuncturists, 

Crawling and sleep

Crawling and sleep

And now for a subject dear to my heart… I came across a fascinating article entitled “Crawling in and out of sleep”. The authors conducted a study on two sets of 8 month olds – one set were crawling, the other weren’t yet. They measured 

The big move

The big move

Star slept in her own room last night. She had been in her bassinet next to our bed since she was about 6 weeks old. Prior to that she often slept (or didn’t sleep) out in the loungeroom with one of us doing “night shift”. 

Baby sleep milestones

Baby sleep milestones

Star was a poor sleeper from birth. Or should I say she was a great waker. We never had that sleepy newborn phase where they sleep 20 hours a day. As a newborn she would frequently stay awake most of the day. When she hit