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Win a pediatric first aid course from Safety Skills Training Worldwide!

Win a pediatric first aid course from Safety Skills Training Worldwide!

15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

Five to try: ladies’ nights (that actually feed you)

Five to try: ladies’ nights (that actually feed you)

Discovering baby-friendly Bali

Discovering baby-friendly Bali

Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

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A letter to my firstborn, before she becomes a big sister

Little face, Soon yours will not be the littlest face in the house, as your sister comes home in a few short weeks. You’ve just turned two, and I don’t think you realise that your world is about to turn upside down, though hopefully in the most wonderful way. It’s going to take some time […]


Dear mums, please be kind with your words

Recently, before a prenatal pilates class, I got chatting to one of the other mums-to-be. ”How many weeks are you?” I asked, because, well, it’s the easiest starting point. “I’m 25” she replied. And without thinking I exclaimed “Oh wow! Your bump is so neat!”, which then haunted me through the next hour as we […]


The one parenting technique we SHOULD judge other mums on

As mums, we’re meant to support each other. We’re supposed to have this all-inclusive ‘Hey! We’re all doing our best!’ mentality, whether we’re working or staying at home, breast or formula feeding, co-sleeping or joyfully putting them in their own rooms, baby-led weaning or pureeing, baby wearing or stroller loving. While there are definitely tribes […]


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Babywearing for beginners (and how it’s helping me)

  Recently, when I posted a photo of me struggling to do the supermarket shopping with a toddler (sitting in the trolley) and a newborn (in a car seat in the trolley), I had loads of comments with one suggestion in common: babywearing. “You need a stretchy wrap!” “I couldn’t have survived the early months with […]


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 […]

ABOUT ME

the mothership

I’m Helen Farmer, an editor and journalist, mum to 2-year-old Phoebe and baby Tabitha, 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). I’ve been living in the Middle East for the last 10 years, working in books, magazines and online, 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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