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My name is Julie, I’m thirty-something years old, married and the (happy) mama to one toddler.

I’m a restorative exercise specialist (in training) and work mainly with women during pregnancy and post-partum (although if you’re a guy and your back hurts I’m happy to help you too!).

I’ve also been known to translate, teach English and dabble in website development. Hey, life’s too short for only one career, right?

The blog started during pregnancy (as the minimalist mum) and continues as a place to store my ideas on birth, pregnancy and parenthood as well as a platform for my work as a restorative exercise specialist (soon to be certified, I hope!)

I can also be found on Instagram, where I mainly post pictures of pancakes and/or coffee. Riveting, I know.

If you have a question, comment or just want to say Hi e-mail me at julie (at) happymamahappybaby (dot) net or fill out the contact form.

IMG_20405 things you didn’t know about me:
  1. I am fascinated by languages. I speak 3 fluently, 2 badly and have dabbled in countless others (biggest accomplishment: spelling my name in Arabic)
  2. My father is German and my mother is English, however, my English grandmother was not only German but also born in the same German city as me. Go figure.
  3. I love swimming but can’t stand being wet. Natural birth, yes please, water birth, thanks but no….
  4. I’m a sucker for categories: I’m a Libra, Rat, INFJ, Pitta-Vata and I use a PC.
  5. If stuck on a desert island I’d hope to have my kindle, “Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke on a scratchy record player and raspberries to eat.
About happy mama happy baby

The happy mama manifesto

  1. Start with a happy mama: I’m sure you know the quotes about “putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others” and all that. Well, happy mama happy baby believes the same goes for being a mother. Because mum being OK is the foundation to everyone else being OK.
  2. Follow your instincts: parenting is often made to look incredibly complex, as if you and your baby wouldn’t survive the first year without a host of experts, products and books. Happy mama happy mama believes that every mother knows what works for her family (once she learns to listen to her gut and filter out the noise)
  3. There is no such thing as best: enough with the parenting advice admonishing us to do what is “best” for our babies – as if parents had anything BUT their children’s best interest at heart! In the end the only thing that really matters is whether something works for your family
  4. Happy mamas need support: from a biological perspective a lot of childcare naturally falls on the mother’s shoulders. That doesn’t mean other family members and friends aren’t important. A happy mama needs a strong tribe around her. No woman is an island and all that.
  5. Families are to be enjoyed right now: Whether you spend 24 hours a day with your children or only a handful – do whatever it takes to make that time enjoyable. Waiting for the “next easy stage” might be a pipe dream

What happy mama happy baby is NOT

  1. An excuse to do what you like “because it makes you happy” and to hell with the baby. The happy baby is still a part of the equation…
  2. A celebration of Pinterest-perfect SAHMs. Happy mamas come in all shapes, sizes and formats, they work, stay-at-home, cook, use ready-meals, etc. You get the picture.
  3. A negation that parenting can be difficult, hard and even depressing. Happy mamas try to see the positive side to parenting, while acknowledging that there are bumps and bruises along the way
  4.  A manual on the one, unique, correct way for a mama and her baby to be happy. This mama might enjoy parenting on The Fringe but there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the good old mainstream if it works for you.