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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

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/jun/25/working-247-how-to-improve-your-work-life-balance-live-chat?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Oh, the irony of being invited to join a @guardian careers panel for a live chat about work life balance (today, at 1-2.30pm - link in bio) but having to cram in an emergency doctor's appointment, attempt to adjust the baby's naps so that he'll be in synch with the three-year-old, plan to drive 40 minutes for help from my husband during his lunch break (in case one of them wakes up) - via a friend's house and then realising I'm trying to do too much.
So I cancelled meeting the (understanding, thanks Danni!) friend, decided to return home and keep it simple. I then asked my husband to come home for an hour instead. It eats into his working day, and it isn't what he wants to be doing, but sometimes you gotta just ask for a favour. As he said - I would do it for him, if he asked.
We're lucky that we are both self-employed so have the flexibility... if we didn't, I'd have to turn down opportunities like this. The last time I attempted to look after both kids while being interviewed for a podcast, it was a disaster. Both woke up half way through, both did massive shits, both cried. Quite a lot.
So I've learned my lesson: work when they sleep, in evenings and at weekends. But if an opportunity arises that you can't turn down, ask for help. Call in a favour. That's how I balance work and life. It may be a juggle/struggle but I get to do both - and in the past two days, have earned enough $$$ to pay my way for a month while getting plenty of family time. So it's worth it. Tune in at 1pm for more pearls of work-life wisdom (ha!). .
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#worklife #career #workingmum #working #freelance #doingitforthekids #guardian #guardiancareers #thejuggle #thestruggle #theearlyhour

"Mad morning rush feeding and dropping off my daughter. Meetings where I noticed yoghurt stains on my carefully planned ‘dress to impress’ outfit. The exhausting bedtime routine." Tracy Buchanan's account of becoming an author, while in the depths of new motherhood... link in bio.
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#author #tracybuchanan #books #literature #novelist #write #amwriting #qanda #authorinterview #motherhood #mother #working #workingmum #career #theeatlyhour

'In 1930 economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that our generation would be working for just 15 hours a week and living a life of leisure. Needless to say, he was mistaken.
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With the rise of non-stop emails and a 24-hour work culture, the average working week in the UK has actually risen to 42.7 hours for full-time employees, with research suggesting millennials are even more likely than their elders to blur the line between work and home.'
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If, like me, you're obsessed with work-life balance, head over to @guardian tomorrow - 1-2.30pm - for a Live Chat on just that. I'm on the panel, alongside a career coach, employment law specialist and others. Link in bio (will put it up again tomorrow, nearer the time). #worklife #theearlyhour

A moment of calm while the babes sleep. Amazing how moods can differ so wildly from day-to-day when our activities remain so similar (coffee, park, friends, shopping, occasional classes). Yesterday was happy, calm and full of excitement and high energy. Today we all feel a bit on edge, lethargic and snappy.
After tears, tantrums and lots of whining, I sat down to have lunch with both kids. It was quiet and calm. I enjoyed the stillness for a few moments and then asked the three-year-old if she thought I was happy or sad. She said happy. And then asked if I was calm or angry. She said calm. It reminded me that moods can be fleeting and are always shifting; because I snap one minute, it doesn't mean I'll be angry all day - or that I'm an 'angry person'. I'm pleased that she has instinctively grasped this.
This afternoon we are off to see my friend who has a two-year-old and ten-month-old twins... I'm sure she'll be able to relate to the inconsistencies of every day life as a full time mum.
How are you getting along today? #theearlyhour

Krissy Chapala Barker (@oftheeveryday) - a corporate solicitor turned full time mum - found herself struggling. "I felt lonely, tired, frustrated, guilty, overwhelmed and most of all just very empty," she says. So she started posting beautiful photos of her 'everyday' on Instagram - one a day, every day, for a year... link to an inspiring interview with her in bio.
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#oftheeveryday #mindfulness #meditation #motherhood #thejuggle #thestruggle #mum #mummyblogger #mumlife #modernmotherhood #parenting #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughinstagram #instamums #instakid #instaparent #mummy #motherhoodrising #mamaalive #momswithcameras #mamalife #dayslikethese #celebratingmotherhoodig
#mommyblogger #ig_motherhood #livebeautifully #simplethings #familiesofinstagram #theearlyhour

When you google 'best swimsuits for post-birth bodies' and this is the first site you come across. For fuck's sake - why can't you use some actual just-given-birth mums, rather than models who've probably not even had a bloody baby? It only serves as a means of making new mums feel shit(ter) about their bodies.
Postnatal bodies are beautiful, but they are different to what they were like before. And we're made to feel - by photos like these - that this is a bad thing. I'm not even sure if it's 'ok' to be searching for a swimsuit to '*hide* my mum tum, but I am doing it anyway.
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What are your thoughts on postnatal bodies, and using models like the ones above in an article promoting postnatal swimwear? Also, any tips for postnatal swimsuits to make a new mum feel good about her changed body??
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#postnatal #postnatalbodies #postnatalbody #mumtum #swimwear #swimsuit #swimmincostume #beachbody #newmum #motherhood #fashion #style #theearlyhour

"If the girls have nursery we get them scrubbed up and ready to leave the house. It’s a chaotic process that rarely goes to plan and usually results in Nathan being late for work." Lulu Watts, founder of @luluandnat, on juggling a homewares business with raising two kids... link in bio.
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#luluandnat #homewares #textiles #business #entrepreneur #mumpreneur #mumboss #careerwoman #mother #motherhood #workingmum #theearlyhour

Looking forward to pulling this beauty out of the freezer - made by @mouseanddelotz owner, and my lovely friend, Nadya. The mother of twin babies and a two-year-old, as well as coffee shop owner and air hostess... and she still manages to bake the most beautiful, delicious cakes. Who's coming round to help me out with this? #putthekettleon #cakeoclock #birthday #theearlyhour

Shortly after becoming pregnant, Cherie Hodge had the idea for a luxury but affordable women's activewear label. Not one to let something like a baby get in the way, she set up shop and is now running a successful business - @cheriebumble. She shares her entrepreneurial journey (and some tips)... link in bio.
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#cheriebumble #fitness #health #activewear #mother #motherhood #postnatal #postnatalworkout #fitnessgear #style #fashion #workout #workoutgear #theearlyhour

He founded multi-million pound baby food empire @ellaskitchenuk and is now pumping his energy into improving the lives of children around the world. Paul Lindley talks entrepreneurship, work/life balance and morning habits… link in bio.
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#babyfood #ellaskitchen #entrepreneur #worklife #business #businessowner #creative #organic #organicbabyfood #green #theearlyhour

This weekend, I'm writing the copy for a VERY EXCITING new app (not my own, but one I'll definitely be using). Being woken up around 5am means I'll have done a day's work by lunch time so..... swings and roundabouts. What time were you up? Working or playing today? #myearlyhour #theearlyhour

If you're pregnant - or a new mum - and feeling panicked about returning to work after maternity leave, this advice from Ruth Roan, detailing the various options, should ease your anxiety... link in bio.
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#maternity #maternityleave #workingmum #newmum #pregnancy #parentalleave #motherhood #worklife #theearlyhour

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