Perhaps it was the day I spent 45 minutes, and more than 50 photos, trying to get a good newborn shot for my Instagram (despite the baby being asleep the whole time).
Perhaps it was the mums and bubs yoga class that felt like a cross between Play School and an ashram.
Or perhaps it was the infant swimming lesson run by an instructor who would’ve had General Pinochet shaking in his floaties.
Whatever the moment, it didn’t take long into my first year as a mother to realise the world of 21st century parenting was truly stranger than fiction.
To capture a lot of the sheer ridiculousness of those early months as an inexperienced new mum (and to keep my brain from atrophying on maternity leave), I wrote Group — a novel which is available now on Amazon as a Kindle ebook and paperback (the free Kindle app is also available for iPhone/iPad).
In a nutshell, Group is about female friendships (and the highs and lows therein) and finding your own place in the Mummy Tribes. The transition from busy career woman to glorified milk machine, held to ransom daily by the whims of a tiny tyrant, is a stark adjustment for anyone to make — but made that tiny bit easier by the support networks we build around us.
Call it ‘Mum Lit’… or call it ‘Chick Lit plus 10 years, a mortgage, a baby, and a lot less sex’, the book aims to give a belly laugh to anyone with kids (or thinking about kids, or just been baled up by a double pram in a cafe), while also dishing up a bit of mystery and scandal.