Musings with P-boo the Cheeky Toddler: Part 3 – Ijeoma Okolo

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Image Source: Valenbutec, Accessed 13/05/2017 Me: So, do you have any words of wisdom for me? I say this as an obvious joke. My obvious joke sails over his curly head. P-boo: I think you need to get a life. Aunty Efua says Fridays are for going out. Mummy and daddy have gone out, but you’re sitting here talking to me. Me: Buddy, your parents begged me to baby-sit so I’m doing you and them a favour. In fact I’m taking you to bed. Next time they can force Efua to take care of you. Nonsense. P-boo: Aunty Efua is sad now. It makes me sad. She was crying yesterday because that man that fixes our lights was angry with […]

Musings with P-boo the Cheeky Toddler: Part 2 – Ijeoma Okolo

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Image Source: Valenbutac, Accessed 13/05/2017 P-boo: What else should I know to prepare me for the world? Me: Your parents are building a good foundation for you to understand and have respect for females. You need to develop that foundation. Women have come a long way in the last six decades, but we still deal with many issues that you may not notice because they are not part of your daily struggle. We have to be careful where we walk at night and even when you say “No” politely to a man who wants to take you for a walk, he may call you an ugly name for saying “No.” There are even more terrible things that you will find […]

Musings with P-boo the Cheeky Toddler: Part 1 – Ijeoma Okolo

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Image Source: Valenbutec, Accessed 13/05/2017 “You have to see things from my perspective. You wail and cry really loudly. It’s frustrating and uncomfortable for me.” It’s Friday night. I should have been out enjoying the social scene somewhere, but my boring self had been home alone with a bottle of wine and a documentary about post-colonial Africa. I had foolishly said as much to my friend when she called and casually asked what I was doing. That was a big mistake. She had a favour to ask. She and her husband had been dying for a night out. Their two older children were at sleepovers, the live-in help had had to pay an emergency visit to her sick mother, and […]

WhatsApp Discussion Series: Transferring Gastric Illness Through Breastfeeding

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In our WhatsApp discussion group, we share our experiences and knowledge about real time issues that come up in our everyday lives. Posts in the WhatsApp Discussion Series are snapshots of these conversations. Certain words or phrases may occasionally be modified to make them more readable and names are removed for confidentiality purposes. However, the conversations we post are mostly verbatim for authenticity. Guys I need help. So Nana has been screaming his head off.Yesterday I ate from outside and had a really bad tummy ache. I kept feeding him my milk as usual, but I think he is reacting to my milk.Is that possible? COMMENT 1: Do you have Infacol? COMMENT 2: Yeah I gave him Infacol and it’s […]

Other People’s Children – Ijeoma Okolo

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A few days ago, I read an article about the safest ways for parents to create Instagram pages for their young children. However, it wasn’t the article itself that caught my attention; it was the scenario that led to it. The writer had been discussing with a friend why she thought it was a bad idea for Nigerian celebrities to have Instagram accounts for their children. She was told by her friend to mind her business; it was not in her place to dictate how to raise other people’s children. I was instinctively annoyed by that response. I instantly thought, “The day I give a friend well-meaning advice about their child and they tell me to mind my business, I […]

Breastfeeding as a First Time Mother – Sheena Schwartz

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When my son was 1 week old I started going to a support group called La Leche League (LLL) and talked to other women who were in the same position as me – struggling with breastfeeding. Any issue you can think of, someone there was going through it – inverted nipples, cracked sore nipples, painful latch, low supply.  Just going back to the group each week and discussing my pain and struggles gave me the strength I needed to make it through to the next week.  I had developed a bleb on my right nipple. It basically looks like a pimple on your nipple. (Talk about painful!) Our LLL leader suggested pumping on that nipple and nursing on the other while […]

DOD: Did you suffer from dysmenorrhea (menstrual pains) before birth and did it stop after you gave birth? 

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Everyday we have very interesting topics come up during our Whatsapp conversations. A few are shared here to spread the knowledge and or to continue the discussion.  ​Question:Good morning, Please is there anyone here who suffered dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain) before birth, did it stop after child birth or are you still experiencing it? Comment 1 : 🙋🏼…it has improved tremendously…now all I use is a hot water bottle and then I’m good to go. But before childbirth I was that girl in school who was admitted to the sick bay once a month every month because of menstrual pain…THAT bad! Comment 2 : Same. Used to leave the office and go home because of the pain. But none after. Comment […]

Family time at The Urbanbox Farmers Market, Mmfora Park Dzorwulu 

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The Farmers Market Last week I stumbled on this wonderful family event with Tess. The urbanbox farmers market! Not only was it located at one of my all time favorite Mmfora park (possibly the only kids park in Ghana) but also served delicious crepes for breakfast! Have you ever tried a prawn crepe? Oh my it’s orgasmic! I got some shopping done, met up with friends over breakfast and Tess had a blast running all around the park playing games.  The Urbanbox, – “buy local, eat fresh” Owned by a lovely and inspiring Ghanaian  and Ivorian couple, The Urbanbox  is an online grocery store aiming to bridge the gap between local farmers and the metropolis consumer; you and me! Everything is […]

QOD Baby Sleep Training

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We have a very active parents Whatsapp group discussing all sorts of topics daily. Expect different topics in our question of the day all derived from our Whatsapp group.  Question: Hi Mummys, I hv a 10 month old who won’t sleep through the night. He wakes up about 3 times n goes bk to bed on the breast. I’m trying to wean him off bm but he doesn’t drink from bottle no matter what we tried. So the issue is, if I succeed at weaning him, what does He drink when he wakes up at night? A few things to consider:  1. You can teach your baby the difference between day and night. For the first few days you won’t […]

Discussion of the day: What are your thoughts on spanking your kids?

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Spare the rod and spoil the child is an adage that appears in the Bible (Proverbs 13:24). What does this mean to you? What is acceptable and what is not? Some of us grew up being spanked as kids. Some claim it made them stronger and others have chosen new age methods. What other methods can we use to discipline our kids?   Comments from @everythingbaby whatsapp forum: Comment 1 :  I spank mine cos sometimes they misbehave intentionally. Comment  2 : It’s just important to be calm. And not do it out of anger Comment 3:  U’re the same person who will feel sad by their tears and have to treat them if they get hurt. It’s always good […]