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Four of the best nursing bras (and how to shop for one)

Four of the best nursing bras (and how to shop for one)

A family photoshoot with Natalie Robinson

A family photoshoot with Natalie Robinson

Book vs real life: 39 weeks pregnant

Book vs real life: 39 weeks pregnant

Book vs real life: 38 weeks pregnant

Book vs real life: 38 weeks pregnant

The mum-to-be must-do: personal shopping at Mamas & Papas

The mum-to-be must-do: personal shopping at Mamas & Papas

Book vs real life: 37 weeks pregnant

Book vs real life: 37 weeks pregnant

Tried and tested: the new Ocarro stroller from Mama & Papas

Tried and tested: the new Ocarro stroller from Mama & Papas

Book vs real life: 36 weeks pregnant

Book vs real life: 36 weeks pregnant

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FREE downloadable 2017 family wall planner!

  Confession time: I mock my husband A LOT for his planning. He’s the king of Excel, with our holidays, family meet-ups and more, all plotted out in colour-coded glory. But guess what? It works. So that shuts me up. Last year he created a huge (A0) wall planner for our kitchen, and it helped […]


Four of the best nursing bras (and how to shop for one)

  When the nesting started in my pregnancy, one part of the house that got hit hard was my underwear drawer. Lurking in the back were my nursing bras from two years ago, and they were very VERY sad looking. One bra, a white stretchy number, accidentally offered a peek-a-boo design, where months of applying nipple […]


A family photoshoot with Natalie Robinson

When I had our first daughter we had a newborn photoshoot out of a sense of, well, duty, and while I was thrilled with the results (read about what was involved and see the photos here) it was quite a stressful experience e.g. getting a week-old baby into the car, driving to a studio and […]


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Book vs real life: 39 weeks pregnant

  Yes. Still pregnant. It’s a funny feeling, knowing that the baby could arrive at any moment, and indeed that if things were different, she could have been with us for weeks, thriving on the outside.   As it happens, she’s thriving on the inside eg getting bigger and bigger, which is a good thing, […]


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Book vs real life: 38 weeks pregnant

  I look back on the weeks when I felt huge and want to laugh – at 38 weeks now I am truly enormous. Then I was barely showing. I was a NYMPH.   Walking/waddling for more than 10 minutes hurts.   There are lots of involuntary noises when sitting, standing, rolling, breathing etc.   […]


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The mum-to-be must-do: personal shopping at Mamas & Papas

    I know, I know. 38 weeks pregnant is NOT the ideal time for a mall trawl, but as you might have gathered from previous posts, I’m in a small (major) bit of denial about the imminent arrival of my second child, which means I’m totally unprepared.   And she is due next week. […]


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Book vs real life: 37 weeks pregnant

    Now, I don’t want to jinx things, but I’m feeling pretty good… 37 weeks pregnant is officially the ‘fully cooked’ stage and if this one comes early, then her lungs should be mature enough to function without help.   At my last scan the doctor said her head was down, but she wasn’t […]


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Tried and tested: the new Ocarro stroller from Mama & Papas

    I consider myself something of a pushchair aficionado. Much like after the summer I spent selling sunglasses when I couldn’t help but check out what shades everyone was wearing (I can still identify a pair of polarised Oakleys at 20 paces), since becoming a mum, I can’t resist eyeing up what wheels fellow […]


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Book vs real life: 36 weeks pregnant

    I’m not quite at the ‘get this baby out of me NOW’ stage, but at 36 weeks pregnant I’m not far off. Soon I’ll be 37 weeks, and the baby will be fully cooked, which will put my mind at ease somewhat, even though that means I actually have to give birth and […]


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How to have a stress-free kid’s birthday party

  I hate to break it to you, but there’s no such thing a stress-free kid’s birthday party – but please keep reading, because there ARE things you do, and people you can contact, who can make it considerably less painful. Even if you’re on a budget.   At the weekend we celebrated Phoebe’s second […]


Book vs real life: 35 weeks pregnant

    This is going to be a quick update, because I really need a nap. And have a two-year-old’s party to organise. What was I thinking…?   Highlights of this week included:   Discovering the best hot chocolate in Dubai (photo here), which is covered in burnt marshmallows and salted caramel sauce. Can you […]

ABOUT ME

the mothership

I’m Helen Farmer, an editor and journalist, mum to 2-year-old Phoebe, wife to Nick and a mummy blogger in Dubai (even though I don’t really identify as one, but I blog, and I’m a mum, so there you go). And there’s another kid on the way! I must be mad… I’ve been living in the Middle East for the last 10 years, working in books, magazines and radio, and now online, with this website shedding some light on the good and bad of life, work and motherhood in the UAE.

ABOUT THE BLOG

The Mothership is for you if you’re a busy, active mum who can’t stand small talk, bad info and twee blogs that make out that mothering is all unicorns and rose petals, instead of admitting that you can love your child so much it terrifies you – while still wanting a night in alone watching The Great British Bake Off with a double G&T or a night out pretending you don’t have children.

 

Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2016 - Winner - Parent Blog of 2016

 

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Tried and tested: the new Ocarro stroller from Mama & Papas

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