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Ten years ago, I could think of nothing more exciting than living in New York City. A new restaurant every three steps, every possible convenience at my fingertips, a different activity to do and a new person to meet every minute of the day.

Now, however, I feel a little differently. In fact, it's not even NYC that's getting me down, it's the seemingly idyllic inner west of Sydney. But with 2.5 children, a somewhat-painful mortgage, bulging storage spaces and trips that involve an hour in the car to cross two suburbs … It's starting to feel a little tiring. And I know I'm far from alone.

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Doctor Preeya Alexander shares with us what happens behind the closed doors of a general practice, and why you're never (ever) alone...

"As a GP, I often reassure my patients that what they're feeling is normal – how do I know? Because many women have disclosed this to me over time and I had similar emotions as a new mother. I can assure you the loss of sense of self is something I commonly encounter in my consulting room," Preeya said.

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Let's get straight to the facts. Parents (particularly of babies) are obsessed with sleep.

How much they're receiving (or not). How to optimise their children's sleep environments. How do dress them correctly for the season. How to make sure every second of shut-eye counts. Need we go on? Now in this environment when we're all forced to stay at home … Let's just say that obsession has been stepped up a notch. Which is why ergoPouch – always our go-to for all things child sleep-related – has become even more of a staple in the homes of The Grace Tales team.

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Imagine taking your one-year-old daughter for a walk in the pram and having garbage thrown at you because of the colour of your skin.

Or being attacked as a teenager because of the colour of your skin. Or feeling like you must contribute and participate contently in a society where your life is not valued, respected or recognised and remain unconfrontational about it, because of the colour of your skin. This is the experience of racism. And it's something many of our readers – myself included – have so much to learn about. To make changes and fully understand white privilege, we need to listen more. We need to educate ourselves. And as Simone Bevan points out here, the fact that black culture is something we profit from and are entertained by daily, but Black death and the value of Black life is suddenly a new thing, is not good enough. "It literally took a video of George Floyd being choked to death.

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Trusty linen blouses from Worn Store, cosy knit pants from St. Agni, cashmere jumpers, bassike cotton jersey pants…

Ella McCabe Barton is listing her maternity wear staples (and we're taking note). The mother-to-be grew up in England and moved to Australia three years ago. She met her partner and that was that – Australia is now home. After deciding that she didn't want to just holiday in Byron Bay – she wanted to call it her home – she tapped into the creative community and landed a job at Tigmi Trading (one of our favourite home goods brands). Here, we catch up on everything from how she's navigating pregnancy to her love of swimwear brand Hakea Swim (worn throughout this story).

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The Grace Tales is a global lifestyle platform for mothers searching for style, substance, and solidarity. Driven by creating content, community and connection, we celebrate the paradox of modern motherhood; the struggle and the beauty, the joy and the relentlessness.

Here's a truth bomb, pregnancy is not all insta-perfection, with green smoothies and baby bump selfies...

It's a time for all sorts of new experiences and, unfortunately, waddling around with back pain is a common one. This is a subject close to my heart, as it's a condition I treat frequently, as well as something I've experienced firsthand with both pregnancies. I had to be especially vigilant looking after my back with my second pregnancy, where I was carrying out physical work both at home with a mischievous toddler and in my clinic treating.

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When London-based Laura Roso Vidrequin - a senior buyer at Harvey Nichols and mother to baby boy Albert – became a mother for the first time, she noticed that while there were changes in the adult market, the circular economy for children's garments remained largely the same...

She also noticed that second-hand clothes had been deemed as "dirty" for a long time. "Consumers are used to associating second-hand with thrift shops, that are not always taken care of and are often full of old, discarded items that have not been cleaned or organized," she says. It inspired her to launch Kids Oclock, a fashion resale platform where you'll find the best of pre-loved for your babies and toddlers (sizes go from newborn to three years old) and where you can sell, rent, or buy clothes. Because as Laura recently posted on her Instagram account @kids_oclock, there is no planet B.

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