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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Using my maternity leave wisely

Maternity Leave however long you have off, is pretty much spent up by feeding, changing, comforting or running after the baby. But very occasionally you may get some time to yourself and try not to waste it. I plan ahead and will do one of several things.

Have a pamper

I absolutely love a facemask and painting my nails but this is definitely a once every so often thing nowadays. Whenever I know I have some free time or if Freya is unexpectedly still asleep, I treat myself to a quick pamper to perk myself up a little from the day-to-day routine.

Blog

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve been writing my blog for 3 years now and it’s definitely flown. I love writing up my thoughts or sharing products with you that I’ve tried out and this is something I continue to do even with a 10 week old baby. It’s hard sometimes but very rewarding and I’ve had some amazing experiences from it.

Play Online Games

I’ve spoken before about online gaming and betting and recently I discovered Boomtown Bingo. It’s important to know your limits with anything like this and set yourself a maximum spend if you are going to take part in online slots or games. If this is your cup of tea then it’s a nice relaxing pastime as long as you don’t get overly obsessed.

Read

I absolutely love reading and started reading more as soon as my maternity leave started. Freya decided to arrive 2 weeks early so I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked but I’m determined to get back into it after Christmas.

Exercise

I have a huge love/hate relationship with this one. I always thought that a few weeks after giving birth, I’d be able to get back into my skinny jeans again. The reality is that I still don’t fit them, and probably won’t again. My hips are wider and my stomach is still a little wobbly but every day, I try to walk at least 10’000-12’500 steps and do some toning exercises as well. I feel healthier and hopefully after Christmas, will see results.

These are just a few of my maternity leave ideas so if you manage to get some quiet time, then take full advantage.

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post*

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