For some, the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is notorious for being like something close to torture. Your body shuts down, you’re puking, exhausted, EVERYTHING hurts and to say your emotions are running high would be an understatement. And yet your brain keeps telling you […]
With just 70 days until Christmas I’ve teamed up with Uncommon Goods to share some of my top gift picks for the person in your life who has one of everything already! We all know at least one of those don’t we? For Her – […]
You know those photographs people post of you online that make you squirm? Well, after a weekend spent with Bloggers, quite a few of them have popped up over the last couple of weeks. A little over four months ago, I bought our beautiful baby girl into […]
I cannot believe just how much you have grown over the last six weeks. It seems like you are learning something new every single day. You are sitting up unsupported for longer lengths of time, are so much happier and willing to play on your tummy, have learned to blow raspberries, perfected your giggles (though you only save them for Aunty Libby and the dog, despite Mummy & Daddy’s best efforts to make you laugh!) and are chatting more than ever!
At around 3 and a half months you started to become quite unsettled and while we tried a few different things, it soon became evident that you were getting hungry more quickly. We added an extra bottle into your days but that still didn’t quite do the trick and so at 16.5 weeks old, you had your first taste of food! It’s safe to say weaning is going well – You LOVE food, and get so excited when you see me coming from the kitchen with your little bowl. You bash the table on your Bumbo with such ferocity if I’ve taken too long to get the next spoonful ready. I didn’t realise just how much I would enjoy your weaning journey, but I love preparing your food and seeing your reactions to different flavors. The only one you’re not overly sure on yet is Broccoli.
Keen to be a part of the action, you’ve had one of your Christmas presents early – a Jumperoo, which you LOVE. It’s so funny watching you bounce up and down with your little legs going ten to the dozen. Along with your Bumbo, this is probably where you spend the majority of your time if not being cuddled. You love being upright and higher up, feeling more involved in the conversation. It would seem laying down is soooooo overrated.
They are the perfect Alfie stalking spots too! You love to watch him and keep an eye on what he’s up to and it’s so lovely to watch your relationship with him grow. You love to stroke him and just rest your hands on his back and he is more than happy to let you. He is your number one protector, very rarely far from your side.
You’re quite the Mummy’s girl at the moment Flo and I suppose considering we spend every single day together, it’s no suprise just lately that you’re struggling a little bit when I am out of sight. With those pesky teeth causing you trouble and as you’re riding the waves of the latest leap it seems you can settle few places other than Mama’s arms. Poor Daddy hardly gets a look in what with work and your evening grumps! Though you do light up as he enters the room and apparently he’s the perfect audience for your raspberry blowing performances. It’s also quite fun to watch him play Crash Bandicoot on the Play Station.
It’s been a fairly quiet few weeks in between your Christening, our trip to London and a couple of visits to Little Fant Farm. We’ve spent our days mainly playing at home with the occasional trip out with Aunty Donna & Joshua – who by the way is your number one fan!
You are still as funny & cheeky as ever, never failing to brighten up our days – even when you decide 3 am is the best time to party. (Thank you 4 month sleep regression!) Being your Mum is by far the best thing I’ve everdone and I can’t wait to watch you grow & learn some more.
This weekend just gone, I attended my first ever blogging conference. It had taken me an age to get enough balls to buy the ticket – with all that’s going on in the world lately I am even more nervous about travelling in London and […]
I’d never heard of Skip Hop as a brand before, until my friend Jennie told me all about their baby toys. I’ve ogled at her Camping Cubs Play Mat each time we’ve visited! Last week, while on the hunt for toys to add to our […]
There’s no doubt about it, life changes a whole lot the second you become a mother. Your days are suddenly split into four hourly chunks of changing dirty nappies, feeding the baby and tiptoeing around the house in the hope that they’ll nap for just ten more minutes. With children comes mess and washing and stuff. You are suddenly responsible for a teeny tiny person who relies on you to cater for her every need and so inevitably this journey we call motherhood has an impact on you as a person too. Inspired by the lovely Lyndsey’s recent post, I thought I would share with you some of the ways I have changed since becoming a parent.
I am more confident
In so many ways! First off, I am confident in my decisions – every single one of them. Before when faced with a big decision I would spend unspoken amount of times going over and over which way to go and whether I was doing the right thing. These days I am much better at just trusting my gut instincts and getting things done. Just like I did when deciding to wean Florence at 4 months old.
Secondly, other than in a professional capacity, I have never been any good at meeting new people or talking to strangers. Likewise, until recently I never really felt comfortable in a room of friends – I would constantly be worrying about making a fool of myself and questioning whether they actually wanted me there or not. A lot of that lends itself to being bullied as a child I think, but while sometimes those niggles make an appearance here and there, motherhood has really given me the confidence to be a bit more self assured. I happily chat to people in the queue in Tesco who I’ve never met before, I’ve made new friends at baby groups and I’ve reconnected with old ones who I let drift away.
I don’t have time for nonsense
Before Florence was born so much of each was filled with worrying about office politics and he said she said dramas and getting worked up over things people would say and do that perhaps were not fair or quite frankly just ridiculous. Now though, between nappy changes, play dates and baby cuddles I really just don’t have time for all the nonsense and drama.
I can do all sorts with just one hand
Oh my goodness, the list of things you learn to do with one hand while the other one is busy holding the baby is endless. Washing up, cooking, showering and shopping are some (definitely not all!) examples of this.
I worry more
This one sort of comes with the territory of motherhood. While somethings I used to worry about seem so insignificant to me now, I stress over all sorts of things and can be quite irrational sometimes. It’s mostly about some form of harm coming to my family and suddenly I am terrified of death. Take the other day for example – I had a coughing fit which lasted about an hour and then got all hot and itchy. I immediately googled my symptoms and was convinced I was dying of an aggressive case of Lymphoma. I spent the entire night worrying that I had not made a will or have anything worth leaving in one, how life would be for Florence growing up without her Mum & how Sean would cope as a widower. Turns out I was just having an allergic reaction to the new air freshener.
I can put myself in the shoes of others more
I’ve always considered myself to be quite a caring person. I am a good friend, work hard for causes that I believe in and hate the thought of hurting anybodies feelings. However, before I became a Mama I would get quite impatient with people who seemed to swet the small stuff. Lately though I am definitely more compassionate – if something is bothering somebody or is impacting their lives in a negative way, it’s important and that person has every right to sweat it, regardless of how big or small a deal it may seem to me. If I can help or offer some words of kindness then I will instead of just rolling my eyes and moving on.
I am grateful for every day (even the bad ones!)
From as early as I can remember I always wanted to be a Mum. The very fact that I have been given this chance to raise a beautiful little girl is by far the greatest gift anyone could have ever given me and for that I am truly thankful. There have been so many tragedies over the last few months, both close to home and further afield resulting in the loss of lvoed ones, loss of homes and loss of health. On those days when the baby just won’t settle or I’ve had it up to here with the constant mess of our house or when someone has just put a right downer on my day I am reminded of how lucky I am to have all that I do and am truly grateful.
I realise Life is too short
This links in quite closely to my last point. I am learning all to quickly how short life can be and so am living in the moment more than I ever have done before. I also no longer take the little things for granted or go to bed angry with an argument unsolved.
So there you have it, motherhood has changed me and I really am okay with that.
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