Maternity Leave: 5 months in

I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve finally got my blogging mojo back and am trying to stay on top of writing up posts now. Unfortunately I now have a teething 5 month old to contend with so blogging is purely done when she’s in bed as mum life takes priority.

I love sharing new mama life with you and thought I’d share what my first 5 months of maternity leave has consisted of.

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Cleaning hahaha this is laughable in the first 10 weeks or so. I literally stressed my head off thinking about the cleanliness of my house and frantically running round at the weekend when Bob was at home to get it done. Eventually I remembered what everyone kept telling me; the cleaning would still be there and I needed to enjoy my time with Freya. I can confirm my house is generally pretty clean nowadays as I’ve got into a decent routine but it was extremely difficult.

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Sleepyhead Deluxe+ Pod Review

After what feels like a lifetime, I’m finally catching up on blogging and reviewing some of the wonderful products we purchased for Freya. To kick things off, I’m reviewing the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ Pod.

Initially we didn’t buy into the hype of the Sleepyhead and chose not to purchase one before she was born. Thankfully when Freya arrived into the world 2 weeks early, she settled extremely quickly into her Bassinet. Fast forward 4 weeks later, we were struggling with where to put her for daytime naps and decided to purchase one so she could lie downstairs with us and nap during the day.

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8 things I’ve learnt since having a baby

I’ve been wanting to sit down and write this post for a while, and I’ll be completely frank; I’m going to make it a very honest post but try to inject some funny.

Now let’s start from the beginning.

  • I count myself lucky to have had a straightforward labour and birth with Freya that required no medical intervention or drugs. Great I thought when it was all over and Freya was placed in my arms. What I didn’t realise was that I wouldn’t walk properly for around 2 weeks and going for a wee meant the fear of my womb dropping out of me. I’m not even exaggerating, the feeling is hard to describe but crikey it’s horrible.
  • When you finally go for a number 2 (yes I just said that), you feel fear but then suddenly super proud of the fact that your body can still function that way and nothing fell out. (yes you’ll probably have a look just to check because the sensation is so freaky).
  • The first day on your own with a newborn baby when your husband/partner returns to work is truly terrifying. One minute you think you’re bossing it and the next both the baby and you are crying and you don’t know what to do next. Bob had to go back to work after 1 week so I think it made it slightly harder but he left work early that day to take over for me and let me have a 2 hour nap. (good husband points)
  • When people tell you to sleep when the baby sleeps, take advantage if you can especially in those early days. I tried to use my time to do housework and ended up exhausted some days. I soon realised the house could be cleaned when Bob got home and I should take advantage of sleeping as much as possible.

  • There’s nothing quite like your first poonami and the smell is like nothing you’ve ever smelt before. The minute it hits you, you want to vomit but you’ve got to get your own crap together and sort this little human out. Have lots of wipes to hand and several nappy bags to bag up those really bad ones multiple times.
  • You might remember to eat once a day. I am not even kidding about this one. Those first 4-5 weeks, I had to really make an effort to grab lunch even if it was a slice of toast . Even now at 4 months postpartum, I have to prep for the week so I don’t miss a meal. The older these little ones get, the more energy you need to look after them so eating 3 good meals a day is vital.
  • It’s super easy to gain weight during pregnancy but losing those pounds after is flaming hard. I gained 3 stone during my pregnancy and I’ve finally managed to fit into a couple of pairs of my pre-pregnancy jeans (the stretchy ones obvs). My hips are wider and I’ve probably gained muscle as I stayed reasonably fit during pregnancy but I am still almost 1 stone heavier than I was before I got pregnant, and I’m ok with that. My aim is to lose around 6lbs but I’m doing it healthily and not rushing myself.
  • Being a mum is amazing. Those first 6 weeks are hard and nothing really prepares you for how upside down your life gets for a while. But after they pass, you start getting smiles and giggles from that little human and it’s incredible. Freya sleeps fantastically and started sleeping through from 10 weeks. She has a good feeding routine during the day and naps are generally at the same time most days. This has been thrown out the window the last few days due to teething but I know it will go back to normal at some point.

If you can relate to any of the above then I’d love to hear about them so leave links to posts or comments below.

Laura x

 

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