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The Early Hour  Online parenting & lifestyle magazine with articles published at 5am (for the night feeders and early risers). Edited & Instagrammed by Annie Ridout

http://theearlyhour.com/2017/08/16/the-creative-parents-katharine-cooke-illustrator/

Where does creativity stem from: school, our parents or are we born with it? In this new series, we ask creative parents about their art practice, upbringing and making a living as an artist. Today, it's illustrator and mum-of-two @katharinecooke... link in bio.
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#thecreativeparents #creativity #art #artist #illustrator #mum #µother #motherhood #workingmum #theearlyhour

The baby is now 7 months old and has been feeding to sleep since birth. This is only at nighttime - naps he goes down in the car/cot/buggy without a fuss. But in the evening, he has his dinner (5pm), bath (5.45pm) and then feeds for an hour and I transfer him to the cot at 7pm. I don't mind our little routine, as the hour-long feed gives me some time to write. BUT I can't go out until 7pm, once he's down. And I want to be able to leave the house earlier.
These are ideas I've had that I don't want to do:
Express a bottle
Make last feed formula
So I need your help, please. How do I stop the hour-long 6pm feed, while ensuring he still has enough milk? He's too distracted in the day to drink much but has a long morning feed, snacky milk feeds here and there and three massive food meals a day (so shouldn't be hungry). I'm sure the answer's simple - but it hasn't come to me yet. Thanks!
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#breastfeeding #sleep #cherishthesemoments #parenting #motherhood #simplethings #newborn #baby #milk #sleep #nighttime #theearlyhour

She runs @edithjoandesigns - an online shop selling funky textiles - alongside owning a cafe and a roastery. And being a mum to two young children. Adeline Vining talks home life, work life, mornings and the danger of taking on too much... link in bio.
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#edithjoan #etsy #textiles #fashion #style #mother #motherhood #myearlyhour #theearlyhour

The founder of holistic education company @tomatotutors (and my lovely friend) Laura Alvarado is all about positivity and mantras. She shares hers and we talk Mondays - and the working week - with a young son and a puppy to look after... link in bio.
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#tomatotutors #mondaymorningmantra #holistic #holisticeducation #myearlyhour #theearlyhour

"There came a point where I realised that rather than expecting them to change, I had to find a way to embrace the early hour." Sam Toon (@breakingwavesmindfulness) on using mindfulness techniques to stop feeling annoyed (and to actually feel good) about being woken early by your children...link in bio.
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#mindfulness #mornings #upearly #crackofdawn #5amclub #myearlyhour #theearlyhour #positivity

After asking hundreds of interviewees over the past two years what they think the secret to success is, I've come to my own conclusion. And it's really quite simple. If you want to know the secret, read on... link in bio.
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Photo by @emilygrayphoto .
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#success #secrettosuccess #quote #positivity #thesecret #mumboss #womeninbusiness #theearlyhour

Lifelong dream: to write novels from a shed in the garden. So hearing that Mark Sennen is doing just that makes me wonder if it's time to up sticks, move to the countryside and get myself set up with some land and a SHED. There will be no wifi - nay, no computers! I'll hand-write my manuscript. And maybe I'll have a rocking chair like Virginia Woolf/ Roald Dahl.
Anyway - enough about my dream. Here's what went up on The Early Hour this morning...
"I work in a log cabin (really just a glorified shed) in the garden. That’s great because the commute is approximately ten seconds." Bestselling author and dad-of-two Mark Sennen on his writing life in Devon and being an involved father... link in bio.
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#author #writer #writingshed #devon #novelist #marksennen #theearlyhour

After battling his way through cancer while raising two boys singlehandedly, Damian Lee became fixated on healthy eating. He also had a penchant for cup noodles so decided to invent healthy, fast-food style noodles - and @mrleesnoodles was born. Here, he talks fatherhood and innovating in business... link in bio.
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#mrless #noodles #healthynoodles #cleaneating #rawfood #rawfooddiet #cancer #vcancersurvivor #singledad #dad #daddy #entrepreneur #food #foodie #yum #yummy #theearlyhour

After buying a bubblegum pink high chair for my daughter, I got "mum guilt" about the fact that I wouldn't have bought it for my son - and asked all of you for your thoughts on boys and pink. Your answers were varied and brill, as always, so I compiled them in an article for The Early Hour. Link in bio.
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Thank you for your contributions @billiesyoga @zoecoak @claramellor @danimaysie @ricci.timber @lindsaykolkstudio @drjessamy @_lhobbs. And to @indikidual - mentioned in the article - for making brilliant unisex clothes.
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#clothes #clothing #fashion #style #kidsstyle #pink #pinkstinks #feminism #womensissues #equality #blueforboys #pinkforegirls #girly #masculine #feminine #motherhood #fatherhood #parenting #genderneutralparenting #theearlyhour

"My ideal weekend? A lazy morning followed by coffee and croissants. I’d then go for a ride, play with the kids in the garden and visit friends in the evening. Either that, or I’d be away somewhere exciting. I always have wanderlust," says Rebecca, the founder of @honeywellbakes (delicious sweet biscuits)... link in bio.
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#honeywellbakes #etsy #myearlyhour #theearlyhour

Today's Monday Morning Mantra is from ME. And there's an old photo of me with it, because this mantra's from back in early 2016, long before baby #2 was even in my belly. But I still feel it's a good quote to start the week... DREAM BIG.
What mantra are you starting your week with? For a very quick read about me, my working week and my mantra, click the link in bio. .
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#quote #mantra #positivity #positive #positivequote #empowering #empowerment #happytobealive #dreambig #mondaymorningmantra #theearlyhour

Just been caravanning in France for two weeks, stopping off at a beautiful chateau for a night en route - and in higgledy piggledy Rouen on the way back (for a flash of Flaubert). What I learned is this:
Small spaces en famille are fine by me, if kept tidy/clean.
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It is impossible to keep a caravan tidy/clean when sharing with my family.
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Children as young as three can be as exhilarated and inspired by visiting a new city as I am. Joni skipped around Rouen like it was Disneyland - ogling the wonky buildings, cobbled back alleys and the Cathedral.
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Babies don't give a shit where they are, as long as they can eat and sleep.
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Long car journeys are fine if you're prepared: packed lunch, snacks, loads of water, LOADS of games (physical and verbal: I Spy, Shopping List etc).
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My bladder is pea-sized. We had to stop numerous times for me to pee. I *may* have done one in a nappy.
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There will be disagreements/bad vibes occasionally when living in a confined space - take a breather.
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I need time alone. Even just a 10-minute walk every other day (but my hour-long early morning beach strolls - dipping my toes in the sea, writing poetry, stretching on the sand - were HEAVENLY when they happened. Twice).
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It is possible to return feeling better, not worse, if you limit your booze intake. But good wine really does make an evening a whole lot more fun.
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Baby sleep gets even worse on holiday. The past three nights, he has been a terror. But prob because we took the kids for dinner at 8pm. No routine = shitstorm.
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Time away to contemplate, remember, reunite, laugh, write, eat healthily and experience a different culture is invaluable. It really was a blast.
And that's the first and last you'll hear about my holiday.
How is your summer going? Vacation/staycation/none of the above? #hols #lols #theearlyhour

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