THE MAMA FILES: Attached at the hip.

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I knew about the relentlessness that came with having a baby. My lovely mate Mrs Hanksy told me all about it years before Charlie Bear was even a twinkle in my eye. She’s done the kid thing three times so she knows what she’s talking about. Even so, I swore blind that any child of mine would fit in with my life, rather than making me fit in with his. But no good can ever come of being a smug know-it-all when it comes to babies. I knew nothing. I know nothing. Because on day one, Charlie took over our house and told us he would be running shit around …

Get Lucky, the first RC book, is available now!

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SO excited to announce that the first Reality Chick book is now on sale (with a print edition planned in February). Writing with my former Reality Chick, fellow journo and author Pip Harry, was truly a fun ride. I absolutely love collaborating with this gal and let’s face it, it’s hard NOT to have fun penning an entire book about sex, sex and more sex. Those of you new to RC might not know that I started the site with Pip in 2006 and for many years we tag-teamed it, answering reader questions and writing posts about our dating lives. We even had a magazine advice column in NW for …

THE MAMA FILES: A day in the life of Charlie + me

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I used to do a LOT during my day. Writing articles, interviewing people, dealing with three websites. I was looking forward to a change of pace having Charlie. But I also thought I’d have time to do stuff. BAHAHAHAHA. Was I deluded. You actually don’t have time to do anything when you’re caring for a newborn. Here’s a typical day in my life right now. Mental. 12-midnight: Give Charlie his first feed of the day. Technically, it’s the last feed of the previous day, but I’m too tired to split hairs. He takes around 30 minutes to drink his bottle and we are both nodding off the whole time. 12.30am: …

He needs a lot of sex for medical reasons, and I can’t keep up. Help!

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My boyfriend has a much high sex drive than I do. Medically speaking he has to have a lot of sex. Before we got together he wasn’t having sex as much and he overproduced and blew out one of his testicles. Our sex life has been fine up until now. We were having sex almost everyday, yet earlier this week he was in the ER because he was overproducing and blew out a tube. I work two jobs and am utterly exhausted when I come home…

The Mama Files: Charlie’s here! And, how we’re doing three weeks in.

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Yep, Mr Chick and I have finally welcomed baby Charlie into the world – as revealed in the last Up The Duff column. Isn’t he delicious? This post is the start of a new series I’ll be writing about motherhood. (Beware: some gushing ahead.) When I was pregnant, Charlie actually being here in the flesh felt so surreal. I often felt I couldn’t connect my expanding belly and his movements with a real live baby; it just felt so abstract and while of course I knew logically a baby was at the end of it all, it’s impossible to really get a sense of what it’ll be like until the …

UP THE DUFF Week 41: Meet baby Charlie!

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I’m back people! And, I’m so happy to introduce you to Charlie the chicklet, who arrived in the world a couple of weeks ago weighing 8 pounds and measuring 50.5cm. For me, it feels like a lifetime ago, but in a good way. Sleep deprivation and explosive nappies aside, I’m loving getting to know my little guy after so long waiting for his arrival. And, I’m finishing my Up The Duff series with his birth story. Those of you who’ve followed the columns are probably keen to hear how it all panned out, but if you’re at all squeamish or just would rather not know, I won’t be at all …

UP THE DUFF Week 40: And yep, still pregnant.

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Last Saturday I was convinced the chicklet was coming. I had a slight show. I had cramps. I had flu-like symptoms. And I had the kind of back pain that required a heat pack constantly and only eased when I sat down. I felt restless and cranky and didn’t quite know where to put myself. I told Mr Chick I thought it might be happening, and we did a little squeeeee, packed our bags and got snacks for the labour and put my sister on standby. On Sunday – the day before my due date – I had some waters breaking and the hospital asked me to come in and …

UP THE DUFF Week 38 + 39: The waiting game.

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Very cheeky of me, I know, cramming two weeks of Up The Duff into one, but allow me a little leeway (I barely know my own name at the moment). Mr Chick took me for a Last Hurrah / babymoon / belated birthday weekend at my favourite hotel in Sydney last weekend, which was awesome, although I was very nervous the chicklet was going to come on the Friday night after we’d checked in. He was so low down and walking was tricky. When I sit still and he rolls around, I realise just how much of a BABY he is now. He’s a big boy. The doppler always shows …