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On the 30th July my twins, Embla and Olympia, were born. On Monday I returned to work; they were sixteen days old. In the months leading up to the girls’ birth, and then especially once they were here, the subject of my short maternity leave has been a frequently-visited topic of ...

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Blue skies. Sunlight dappling through trees. My toddlers, with dirty feet and bare legs. Sliced carrots and hummus, polystyrene cups of ‘yaya’ – nothing fancy, but enough. Armfuls of baby, my grey shadow curled at my feet. This is the maternity leave that I have been waiting ...

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