My Biggest Struggle

IMG_6903I’m writing this at 3.38am, I’ve been trying to get Darcie back to sleep for a couple of hours now, feeding her and rocking her, whilst using the rest of my energy not to fall asleep. She has been up 4 times so far since she went to bed at 8 which was an hour later than her usual bed time at 7. Our problems with sleep are extensive in this house, on any one night she might be hard to put to bed, wake up anywhere up to 5 or 6 times and sometimes she’ll decide that 2am is playtime and take up to 2 hours to go back to sleep. The 4 month sleep regression hit us hard and at nearly 10 months it still hasn’t got much better. Whoever came up with the phrase ‘sleep like a baby’ definitely didn’t have kids! Continue reading

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Mummy Gets Fit// My First Buggy Fit Class

With the summer steadily approaching I’m sure I’m not the only Mum that is ready to shed the last few pounds and get back into my pre-baby Summer clothes. I’ve been on the look out for Mum and Baby workout classes for a while so when I saw a Buggy Fit class on Southampton Common advertised online I signed up straight away. I wasn’t sure exactly what the class was going to be but I’m at the point now where I’m actually craving to do exercise so I thought I’d just go along and see. When I was at college we used to go to The Common for free periods and at lunch time and we would always see these groups of Mums jogging along and as much as I found them amusing at the time I always knew that when I became a Mum I was likely to end up exactly like them. Continue reading

Life As We Know It Has Changed! The Girl Can Crawl…

At the grand old age of 9 months and 5 days old, Darcie has started to crawl. After weeks of wriggling backwards on her tummy, rocking back and forth on her hands and knees and then about a week of being able to crawl but only two paces, she has finally cracked it. I actually think she’s had the ability for a while but has inherited my lazy gene and milked the whole ‘I’m a helpless baby’ thing for as long as possible until the urge to put her fingers in the plug socket got too strong for her to resist any longer. Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned About Myself Since Becoming a Mum

I don’t care about my appearance as much as I thought.
Sure it’s nice to look nice but sometimes it’s even nicer to be comfortable or to have ten minutes spent watching telly not straightening my hair.

Nobody else really cares either.
The days when I make an effort are the same as days when I don’t. Nobody heckles me in the street for not wearing make up and I have never been shunned at a baby group for my messy hair. Continue reading

A Day at the Farm

We did something a bit different this morning and went to a new baby group that is held on a small farm nearby. This was only it’s second week running (I meant to go last week but completely forgot, blame the baby brain!) and I really enjoyed it. For anyone reading this in Southampton it was at the Oasis Down to Earth Farm, the group is called Little Lambs and is held on Fridays 10-12am.

It takes Darcie a little while to warm up to new groups but I think for our first time going it was a complete success. They have an indoor area that is turned into a soft play and you can wander around the farm as you please, for only £3 I think it’s a bargain compared to what you pay for some baby groups! When we first arrived we could only see the small animals like the rabbits and guinea pigs but after a bit more exploring we found the real farm animals. There were sheep, goats and at least one cow. They also have chickens but they are on lockdown for bird flu at the moment so we couldn’t see them. 

Considering that Darcie can be very aloof to anything out of the ordinary like a trip to the farm, she seemed quite interested in some of the bigger animals and even got quite excited at some points, kicking her little legs around in her adorable Pocahontas boots. It was a very cold day so she was well wrapped up in her fluffy coat and hat, shame she objects to the mittens so much as her hands were freezing by the time we went inside. It will be even better to go there in the summer!

The indoor soft play was pretty good too, with a good selection of toys for the little ones as well as for the older children. The group is aimed at 0-4 years old so is a really good one for all the family. We actually went with Dan’s Mum (hi Sarah!) and it was a really lovely outing for us to have together. Equally there were a lot of mums there just with their children so it’s a great place to meet other mums too. I will definitely be going again and would really recommend it to anyone in the area. 

Here are a couple more pictures from the day mainly because I’m so pleased that Sarah got some nice photos of Darcie and I! Do any other Mums have so many good pictures of everyone else with your baby but hardly any with you?

Baby Led Weaning Tips

15380647_10154666633381501_2266954660285765886_nWe started baby led weaning almost three months ago and as I feel I have pretty much got to grips with it I thought I would be able to give some tips to anyone thinking about trying it, or to somebody just starting out. Because it is a relatively new idea to a lot of people, there are many different concerns that you could have. You might be panicking about them choking on something you give them or you might be put off by inevitable mess that comes with allowing a 6 month old baby to be let loose on cheesy spaghetti or natural yoghurt. I’m not going to sugar coat it, there are moments my heart has stopped at the size of food that Darcie has in her mouth and it will be messy, so messy. But it is also amazing, and so incredible to cook something that your baby enjoys and to know that they are getting a full range of textures and flavours. Continue reading

Slow Down, Baby Girl

You are only nearly nine months old and yet already I have a bittersweet taste of your growing up. You are growing in independence and confidence each day which is so amazing and exactly what I wanted for you but I can’t help but long for the newborn bundle who needed me so strongly. I carried you with me for 9 months and now you sleep in your own room at night. I nursed you for 6 months and now you love to tuck into cheesy spaghetti and juicy tomatoes. Continue reading

The Baby Blues

Before I had a baby the term ‘baby blues’ had a very different meaning to me than it does now. ‘Baby blues’ used to just conjure up an image like this:

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But since giving birth and experiencing the surreal craziness of post partum life, it has a completely different meaning to me now. (Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous my daughter is!) Continue reading