A New Year

7 am, 1st January 2014. New year, new start, new adventures, new – MOTHER OF GOD, OW.

There I was, lounging in bed with Stella, playing a happy if slightly exuberant game of ‘Where’s your nose?’ (THERE IT IS! BOOP!) when ohmigodmyeyeImblindmyeyeohmigodHELPME. Either it was a genuine accident or she’s inherited her dad’s fierce competitiveness. Whichever it was, she definitely won that game of ‘Where’s your nose?’ by poking me square in the eyeball with her stabby little ninja finger. Though I suppose, technically, she lost. That definitely wasn’t my nose, Stellabella. Whatever, I’m not looking for a rematch.

A quick trip to A&E confirmed that yes, she’d taken a chunk of my pupil, iris and cornea away with her and no, there was nothing they could do about it. Bah.

Who, me?

‘Never mind, it’s just an eyeball. Here, have some awesome drugs. Just be thankful that your baby didn’t catch rotavirus whilst you were in A&E for that half hour….oh…no….wait a minute. Scrap that. Your kid has rotavirus.’ *thumbs up*


It could have been worse. I know that. It really could have been. Thank god we weren’t in A&E for Stella, thank god it wasn’t her eye, thank god she didn’t get dehydrated from the non-stop vomiting that just about broke my heart. It was pretty rubbish though. 2014 has a fair bit of making up to do. That’ll teach me for bragging about 2013. Hmph.

Wha? Me? Sick? No, you must have the wrong kid. I'm AWESOME!

2014′s first act of penance starts in Paperchase with the new stationery I’ll be treating myself to on Thursday before my breastfeeding peer supporter training starts. I’m so, so excited to be taking this first step towards what may become a new career for me, in the far away future. I feel anxious (new people! What if they don’t like me?!) and nervous (what if I’m not ‘good’ at supporting new mums I don’t know?) but most of all I’m delighted that I have this chance and determined not to waste it.

On Sunday Phil and I are going to see The Lion King. In London. Just us two. Excuse me whilst I waaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh for our first Stella-free day/date/any amount of time since the moment she was born. It’s a weird thing to look forward to – being without your child – but I can’t wait for it to be just ‘us’. We first saw The Lion King in 2005 when we’d been together for just 6 weeks…I know this weekend won’t hold the same starry-eyed gazes and whispering kisses but I’m giddy nonetheless. (I have a new top. I*think* it’s a blouse. Grown-up, non? Cream silk with a black feathery-checky design, in case you were interested. Should I wear black skinnies or burgundy ones?)

In case you haven’t sussed already, I’ve been majorly filling time and dragging things out with this post. Because there’s really only one thing I have to tell you today. And when I do, you will all be doing this face -


‘What could make me pull such a face?’ you ask. Well, readers. We have a wee surprise for you. Whilst Anna is off on maternity leave (squee) and Clare is here in the UK on a well-deserved holiday (squeeagain), I’m getting a little help on the ol’ blog. From someone AMAZE. Someone you all love and admire and have, on more than one occasion, declared your undying love for.

Guess who?

She bakes.

She has lovely hair.

She is the cleverest person I know.

She’s a stonker of a writer.

She’s kinder than a stable full of unicorns.

She’s one of the bestest people I know for the above reasons and so many more.

She is….


(aka Katielase, but Clare, Anna and I were feeling grown-up and all profesh when we asked her to help us out/save my bacon. *sensible blogger face*)

You’ll see Katie’s first AOW post on Friday, her very first Any Other Photo. Not only is the AOP a total stunner, you can be twentytrillion percent sure that the intro will kncok your socks off too. Katie’s going to be hanging around the blog, much like the smell of fresh bread, brightening things up and generally making life more pleasant. She’ll also be heading up the Facebook page for the next few weeks and we want to say a huge, ginormous, elephantine THANK YOU to her in advance. KL, you’re the very best.

So all that’s left to say is welcome to Katie! Oh, and that you can send your submissions to us anytime you want. Anytime at all. Middle of the night is fiiiiine. (submissions@anyotherwoman.com) Just in case.

Categories: Behind the Scenes at AOW, Written By Aisling
21 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted January 15, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Yaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy! Super, super news! Waft some baking in my direction please – I can’t eat any, but the smell alone will suffice! xxx

  2. Fee
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Hooray for Katielase! Not so much for Stella’s pokey tiny fingers.

    Although the photos are so cute that I think we can all forgive her for her ninja ways.

    Looking forward to hearing lots more of KL, yipee! Xxx

  3. ChirstyMac
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 8:08 am | Permalink


    Though she will not be aware of it I LOVE Katielase as she was responsible for The Blog Post That Maybe Even Actually Changed My Life. (I might even write about that one day).
    But until then, WELCOME wonderful Katie!

    Does this mean we get more science too? (Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes) :)

    • Katielase
      Posted January 15, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Can I just say that this is the most amazing and incredibly lovely comment and I’ve actually welled up on the train (okay, maybe I actually cried a little).

      Please PLEASE PLEASE write about it. Please.

      And there may indeed be science. Let’s face it, there usually is. Science and cake.

      KL x

  4. Sarah
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Yaaaaaay!!!!! Welcome Katie!!!! V excited for your AOP!!! Also excited for more science posts & the smell of baking!! Xxx

    Stella is so adorable!!! I agree that we could forgive her for her ninja ways… Sounds pretty painful though!!

    Big hugs to all xxxx

  5. Posted January 15, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Best decision you have ever made. Best. Ever.


  6. gemma c-s
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Yay! Hooray! Best news of 2014! Xxx

  7. Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    All hail Katielase!

  8. Emma
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Brilliant news! xx

  9. Sharon
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Hurrah for Katie! Good luck for your course too, I know from your support how fabulous you will be, nerves not required xxxx

  10. Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Been a rubbish commenter recently (I blame my phone!) but since I’m reading this one at work, sssshhhh, Yay for KL! x

  11. Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    You kept that quiet last night K!!! Amazing news. Anna- any news yet on BabyK?

  12. Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Boo to pokey ninja fingers.

    Boo to rotavirus.

    Yay to the Lion King (we went last night, I was so overwhelmed by the opening scene that I cried! I then moaned because some twat decided it was a good idea to make Zazu Scottish… just, why?!) and



  13. Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    My comment disappeared. Hmph.

    In summary;
    - boo to eye poking ninja fingers
    - boo to rotavirus
    - yay for Lion King and baby free time together!!

    I went to see the Lion King with my mum last night. I was so overwhelmed by the opening scene that I cried. I then moaned because someone decided to make Zazu Scottish. Why? I’ll never know.

    • Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      Turns out my summary was longer than my original… which WAS there I just couldn’t see it.

      Technology fail.

  14. Yanthé
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink



  15. Liz
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Whoop whoop!!
    (except the bit about eyes and vomiting…)

  16. Caroline
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Whooo hooo.

  17. Katielase
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    I mega love you all!

    This photo of me is a fair representation of my face when the AOW ladies asked me to help out for a few weeks, I am incredibly flattered and excited. And I love you all, did I mention that?!

    Now please all send in submissions. We need you!

    KL x

  18. Posted January 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Yay for KL :) xxx

  19. Posted January 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Hooray KATIELASE! AOW girls you couldn’t have picked better. So excited to read KL’s posts. Well deserved. xxx

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