The Subtle Suffragette



I am now 33 weeks. That is DD minus 7 weeks. 7 is not a very big number. I know this because when only 7 people are put on a rugby pitch there is an inordinate amount of space. I currently have a similar sense of fear as I would if asked to actually play [...]


Eight years


8 years ago, I hung up my England rugby boots. This now means that I have been retired from international duty for longer than my playing career of 7 years. I am not quite sure how I feel about this. Mixed I think is the word. But one thing I do know is that even [...]

Eight years2020-02-16T11:37:09+00:00

Modern art, more pushchairs and International Men’s Day


Tomorrow – Friday 8th March – is International Women’s Day. I own and run a company called Inspiring Women and I am going away to spend time with friends for a few days. I am taking two days off work at what really is the busiest time of year for us. Am I really silly [...]

Modern art, more pushchairs and International Men’s Day2020-02-16T11:37:30+00:00



So, at 27 weeks I am due to experience what has been described by one website as ‘Snissing’. Put ‘eezing’ on the end of ‘Sn’ and a ‘P’ in front of ‘issing’ and you can work this out. Oh joy. On a positive I have had plenty of time to prepare myself for this and [...]




Valentine’s day is like chocolate or wine. When you know you can’t quite reach it you want it more. During my secondary school years, my school, which was an all-girls school (state school before any of you make any assumptions) would partner in a money-making enterprise with the nearby boy’s school. We could buy roses [...]


Definition of Insanity


Baby Bear is now twenty-four weeks old and apparently about a foot long. A foot long already? And I still have another 16 weeks to go. How big is this thing going to get? How does it fit? I don’t really want my belly to get any bigger – well maybe just a little bit [...]

Definition of Insanity2020-02-16T11:38:28+00:00

Inverted Commas


So, I have now been demoted. I am no longer a high-risk pregnancy, I have not got younger or lighter but it seems that the risk boundaries have changed. So, I am low risk; low risk of what? Having a baby? Not having a baby? I have no idea, but it means that I don’t [...]

Inverted Commas2020-02-16T11:38:51+00:00

Swimming through treacle


So, I only went and did it! I, Catherine, went swimming. I went to my local leisure centre, I put a swimming costume on and I actually paid my own money to get in a very large tank of water and swim. I was anxious but with the support of my friend it was actually [...]

Swimming through treacle2020-02-16T11:39:37+00:00

New Years Revolution


On 4th January 2016 I posted a blog on Inspiring Women, I listed my New Years Resolutions. Today, two years on it is the first time I have looked back on them. Such is the ineffectiveness of New Year’s Resolutions for the majority of us who chose to make them. I listed 8 resolutions as [...]

New Years Revolution2020-02-16T11:39:56+00:00

Baby Bear and Jeff


So, Baby Bear’s heartbeat sounds like a fast-moving train! We listened to this during our midwife visit this week. J was smiling, I was smiling. I was smiling because J was smiling, he says he was smiling because I was smiling. So, which one of us smiled first? And was it because there were actually [...]

Baby Bear and Jeff2020-02-16T11:40:11+00:00
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