Howdy, and welcome to 2017. I hope the New Year is treating you well.
The last time I was writing on this site, I thought that I had 8 more sleeps until I had a baby, so it was time to slow down, turn my attention to other things and maybe get a bit organised. Turns out I had 2 more sleeps and hadn't actually got around to converting my study into a nursery before my daughter was born. Oh well, it all worked out in the end.
The ‘This Is What Happens After’ research project is back up and running, and we’re keen for more people to let us know what has been helpful and unhelpful when recovering from a disaster. I’ll aim to keep this sit updated as the year goes on so that those of you who have already participated can keep up to date with the progress of the project.
Some of you may have ready the great piece that the excellent Jolie Wills wrote a few years ago about why first time parenting is a little bit like working in disaster recovery. Jolie is from Christchurch, a mother of two, and just a generally very wise woman, so I read it and reread it in the months before having my baby. Mid last year, after having a chat to her, I wrote a follow up piece to it, which I’ve published below.