Some thoughts on Parenthood...

Tuesday, October 27

I frequently have ideas about blog posts that I would like to write. 

And then taking care of my baby and going on coffee dates and doing loads of washing and replying to emails and doing admin for my business and trying to catch up on sleep and planning what we should have for dinner and ENTERTAINING HER ALL DAY LONG gets in the way of me getting anything written down.

Here are a few of the thoughts that if I ever have time again I would like to expand on.

1. Caring for a baby is the most rewarding, exhausting, exciting, terrifying and repetitive thing that I have ever attempted.

2. I have an "easy baby" and see point 1. How on earth do people do it with a colicky, non sleeping or screaming baby?

3. Anyone who has a baby to try and 'fix' a relationship is in serious trouble.  Having a baby is so full on that if you and your partner aren't already in a very good place - it must be hell.

4.  As much as people say, "nothing can prepare you" for being a Parent. Nothing can.

5.  Knowing that I am her absolute everything and that she would rather be in my arms rather than anywhere else in the world is both flattering and overwhelming.

6.  This is FOREVER.

7.  I never wanted to be one of those people that stuck to a routine or insisted on being at home for nap times. BUT the reality is that on the days where the sleeps and feeds do work out well, we are all happier and better off. 

8. Breastfeeding is hell to start with (cracked and bleeding nipples are no fun) and then becomes the easiest and most wonderful bonding experience you could have with your baby.  And it burns up to 500 calories a day (insert happy dancing emoji here).      

9. Seeing her face light up when I walk into the room or pick her up from a nap or make a silly face or wiggle my head weirdly is THE BEST FEELING in the world.

10. Giggles and happy screeches are the best sound on earth. (Except at 4am. Even at 4am).

11.  RESPECT to all the full time Mum's out there.  Especially those with more than one child.

12.  As much as you don't want to be a pushy Parent trying to pave the way to an easy and perfect life for your child. You want the BEST for the human you have created. So you will be. 

13.  Watching your child's face as they experience the shock and pain of being vaccinated may make you want to take your baby and RUN away from the nurse (even though you believe 100% in vaccinations).

14. The NHS is the greatest institution on earth.  Imagine if every Mum and baby in the whole world could have access to it?

15.  I can be a fiercely protective Mamma Bear. I can point out her chubbiness and her mullet, but you daren't.

16.  A dummy can be both your biggest life saver and greatest nightmare in one night.

17.   The amount of dried vomit on my clothes that I find it acceptable to leave the house in, seems to increase as the weeks go by.

18.  All the negative opinions that I ever voiced regarding co sleeping. I retract. Especially at 3am when I am exhausted and I know that she will go back to sleep immediately if she can lie against me instead of being unsettled in her crib.

19. Mummy guilt is a REAL thing.

20. Should I OR shouldn't I share pictures and stories about my baby on social media is AN ONGOING WAR IN MY MIND.

21. Keeping you own identity while wading through the trials and tribulations of being a new Mum is difficult. (Currently pondering this hard).

23.  Having grown and birthed this smiley, giggly, beautiful scrumptious human has been such a privilege and a blessing and she has already bought so much to joy to us. Not only to Pete and I, but to our families and friends too. 

24. Most baby related stuff is manageable after a good nights sleep.  But when you are exhausted, it can all seem impossible.

25. Being married to Pete has made this journey all the more wonderful.  Seeing him interact with her and care for her makes me love him even more. I just ADORE my little family! And I would love to have loads more children (and a housekeeper!)

Life according to Poppy (3 months)

Thursday, October 1

After 3 days of relentless practicing on my play mat, I finally succeeded in rolling all the way onto my tummy from my back yesterday morning!

Dad saw my debut roll and then took this photo to show Mummy as she was all attached to the milk expressing machine in the bedroom.

Fortunately once I had mastered that first roll I was able to do loads more to show her quite easily.

How AMAZING and fun is being able to switch from your back to your belly on your own? I can only do it towards my right hand side at the moment, but who needs to be able to roll both ways anyway? The only problem is that I'm unable to roll back onto my back, so I shout for someone to roll me back over, and then promptly return to my belly and repeat the whole experience! 

But rolling can seriously make you vomit up your milk though.

I was 13 weeks yesterday-and today I am 3 whole calendar months old!

I am also getting so much stronger on my tummy, I've said it before, but having a Mummy that is a physio means you have to do sooo much tummy time. Phew, at least it's getting easier now.

You Guys - how awesome are hands? I have been very into sucking them for a while, but in the past week I've worked out to reach for things, mainly to test out how they feel in my mouth (I've even caught hold of Mummy's hair a few times!).  I especially love the plastic ball that my Auntie Judy gave me.  I can get my fingers through it to hold onto and its really light. The only thing that I don't like about the ball is that I can't roll over while holding it (yet!).  Mummy also got me an awesome new doll this week called Cora, it plays so many little songs and I love it, especially the introductory song that also seems to play randomly in-between other songs.  I really don't understand why Mummy says it's going to drive her mad.

I've also tried sitting in my bumbo chair a few times this week, it's quite nice, but I usually end up just staring longingly at my play mat until Mummy lifts me and gives me a cuddle or lets me get back to my rolling on my mat.

(Mummy thinks that this photo of me in my bumbo seat is hilarious).

Oh my goodness but my Daddy has invented the GREATEST GAME EVER. He holds me on my tummy and then flies me towards the mirror. It is SO funny, and I shriek with laughter each time my face gets close to the mirror! I really could play that game all day.

(How handsome is my Dad!)

Today we were monkeys at baby sensory, it really is one of the best hours of my week.  We sing and look at all the fun toys that the teacher Kimmy has. The big gold sequinned fabric sun that we hold onto and move up and down is still my favourite though.

We missed yoga this week as they sneakily took me for more injections.  Those things are the absolute worst.  I was just looking and smiling at Mummy and then the horrible nurse stuck the needle into my leg. I SCREAMED. And then she even gave me a second one.  After the initial shock and pain I didn't react as badly to these ones though, and I didn't get a temperature (so I didn't get to try any more of that nice calpol stuff).

We also went to buggy fit in the park this week, Mummy is still on her diet and weight loss mission and so I had to hang out in the buggy while she did all these exercises. It was funny watching her in the beginning (she looked so tired!) and I was giggling at her but then it got SO boring that I cried. 

I'm still not a fan of being in the buggy much.  Personally I prefer it if Mummy carries me, and then pushes the buggy with her other hand. But this evening Dad put the big girl seat on instead of the bassinet so at least I should be able to sit more upright and see a bit more than just the boring old sky when I'm in there. We haven't tried it outside of the flat yet, so I will keep you posted.

We got some BRILLIANT news last night! My uncle Paddy is going to marry his beautiful Claire! I love those two, and I got to have such lovely cuddles with them when I was in South Africa.  Mummy has not stopped talking about it all day! YAY, I love Weddings!

My Granny Ann has been here for the past 10 days and I've been having such fun with her. My Grampa John arrives tomorrow for the world cup rugby.  I am a baby Bok and love watching rugby with my Dad.  But Mummy and I aren't going to Newcastle to watch the Scotland game this weekend anymore.  They somehow forget to mention to me that it was a 5 HOUR DRIVE to get there.  And as you guys know, I don't do the car seat for more than a few minutes without screaming so I said 'no ways' and Mum and I are staying right here.

Sleep wise, I seem to be getting quite hungry during the night again, so I've been waking Mummy once and occasionally twice to feed.  Mummy says she doesn't understand how I only used to wake once as a newborn and then was even sleeping through, but I just say 'what can I do if I'm starving??'.  

I'm also really into selfies now. I hate how every time I do something cute or clever Mum or Dad aim their phones at me.  So now I just stop whatever I was doing that prompted them to pick up their phone and stop engaging with me.  Selfies are awesome though - it's like looking in the mirror!

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