10 Ways I’m #RockingMotherhood

I’ll be honest, being a mum, although it was the only thing I ever wanted in the world, has not been a majorly easy ride. Parenting is hard, so hard. And although, some things have come fairly easy to me, I’ve also struggled a bit. I don’t feel like I should be admitting that but I should be honest. I’m forever putting myself down and feeling bad about myself as a person, a parent and a family woman.  I’m so grateful for Naomi over at Me Becoming Mum for tagging me in the #RockingMotherhood tag, it’s been helping me to realise that actually, I’m doing great!  View Post

3 Tips for Feeding a Family on a Budget

I’m always on the lookout for how to help my family and I with working on a tight budget. However, I’m always looking for ways to help us even more. Whether that is with; food, gifts, shopping, days out etc. I’m always switching where we shop for food due to whats the most affordable, most deals etc. but here are my basic methods for feeding a family on a budget. View Post

The End of our Journey

I shared previously, on my blog, about how our breastfeeding journey began. (You can view that HERE). But now I’m going to talk about how it ended.

As I’d said previously, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. It was the one thing I was most certain about before Bear arrived. It was important to me that I tried as hard as I could to face and defeat any difficulties we encountered before saying “I can’t do this anymore”. And hand on heart, I did just that. I tried so damn hard. Something nobody tells you about breastfeeding is how passionate you become about it before you begin. You become passionate about helping others who are struggling, seeking mutual support or just a friend you can talk to who understands (I’m not for one second discriminating anybody who doesn’t breastfeed or saying you need somebody else who breastfeeds as a friend). You also become passionate about fighting to do what you want, for whatever reasons you may have, for you and your baby. View Post

Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump Review*

I was recently contacted by Haakaa, who asked me if I’d like to try out their new breast pump and of course I jumped at the chance! I have been using a manual and an electric pump on and off, and with either struggling to find the time to express or having all the faffing of making sure each part is working and connected, the Haakaa pump was just the tool I needed. View Post

Showering with a Newborn Baby

We all know or have known that trying to do anything with a Newborn can be pretty difficult or at least challenging.

You have a hot meal, baby wants feeding and the meal is cold when you get to it.

You have an appointment; baby inevitably has a poonami and/or wants a feed so you either miss the appointment or have to apologise for tardiness.

There are many scenarios or activities we can hand on heart say “I never thought I could have dealt with this before now” or even “well, this is a new way of doing things”. Certainly makes you question why you were ever stressed out or rushing to do these things before baby was here.

Picture from when I actually managed to complete a full shower.

 

As parents, we have a knack of figuring out how things are done or even, an alternative way of doing something. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks how much I took having a shower or a hot meal for granted. I digress.

Here are my 10 tips on how to have a shower with a Newborn  (yes I am taking the piss but I couldn’t not write this).

  1. Baby wants feeding. You’re sat there thinking “what should I do once they’ve fed? Cleaning, a shower, a nap” you settle on the shower ’cause let’s face it, we all know the dry shampoo isn’t gonna have much effect for long.
  2. Baby has inevitably fallen asleep. You go to put them in their crib/cot/basket but the minute you lower them in, they begin to stir or even let out a full blown screech. You sit back down with them soothing them or even offering another feed until they drift back off to sleep.
  3. Baby is in their bed napping, you realise you forgot to take food out of the freezer to defrost for dinner. Whilst in the kitchen, you realise there’s a mountain of washing and you should probably put a load on.
  4. Baby starts stirring, “it’s only been 10 minutes, why you do this to me child?” Go to settle them and you could probably still have that shower now.
  5. Start preparing for a shower, realise all the towels are in the wash and you have no knickers, bugger. You find some underwear that doesn’t belong to you but it’s clean and it fits so it’ll definitely do. You’ve found a towel but it’s wet, must have been hubby’s from his shower, realise this is the reason dryers were invented and throw it in.
  6. Towel dry (ish) time for a shower. As you’re getting undressed, you notice a mark on your back you’d never noticed before. Spend a good few minutes analysing it in the mirror. The water’s running and your boobs start leaking milk, better get in.
  7. Start to wash your hair, maybe you could get away with shaving your legs..they haven’t been tamed in a while, hubby is starting to wonder if you’ve been looking up ‘naturism’.
  8. Shampoo on, you hear baby begin to stir but maybe they’ll drift back off again so you start to apply shaving cream to your legs.
  9. Nope, the baby did not drift back off and is definitely having what sounds link a full blown meltdown in the other room. You’ve only shaved one leg and still haven’t conditioned your hair yet.
  10. That’s it, baby is crying, the water has gone cold due to all of your faffing with that Mark, you’ve shaved one leg and haven’t even conditioned your hair. You run to the baby and you can’t even keep your towel on, then realising your boobs have leaked everywhere. Maybe you’ll have to try and shower later or hope nobody notices you have one shaved leg and only shampooed your hair today.

Can anyone relate to this or have an even funnier scenario we can all definitely relate to as parents?