I'm not a writer and I don't have any parenting, medical or childcare qualifications but I am a mummy and have my own experience. I totally adore being a mum. It's amazing. Don't get me wrong, I have my bad days: my not showered or brushed hair days, my why the hell am I doing this? days, and my everything hurts days.
I wanted to document my experiences as a new mum before it blurrs into a big mush in my mummy brain. Who knows, in the future I may have another little one and I can't be sure I'll have remembered everything. And, in the last few months I've had a surprising number of fellow new mums asking me for advice. Me?! Asking me for advice?! Yes it's true. I feel rather encouraged and flattered that friends are coming to me for advice and I quite enjoy helping - or at least trying to help - and for people to benefit from my trials and errors.
I have had some great (and terrible!) advice passed onto me which I would like to pass onto other new parents and I would have found someone telling me some of this stuff very useful but found out a lot for myself.
I'm a reader and researcher. Some maybe mistake it for know-it-all-ness but I'm just super curious, like to know how and why things happen and hate being unprepared for things. I'm a planner, what can I say. And I love making lists. Ok, I'm a geek. And maybe a bit of a know-it-all...
I didn't think that I had a maternal bone in my body until I became pregnant. But it turns out I am. I was never a 'baby' person. I played with teddies and cuddly animals not dolls as a kid and as an adult couldn't really see myself as a mother figure. Looking back I see I always had a nurturing side: gardening: always growing from seed, creating with crafts, in the kitchen and looking after animals.
I'm a slightly older mum, mid 30s which seems pretty standard these days actually. Sometimes I think 'why didn't I do this sooner?' But I wasn't ready. Simple as that. It's come at the right time for me and I couldn't be happier.
It might sound mental but the turning point for me was getting a puppy. All that getting up in the middle of the night to let doggy 'evacuate', house training, teething, mopping up sick, wee and poop it's like a switch flicked in my brain and suddenly I felt ready to have a baby.
I'm a breastfeeding, babywearing, baby-led weaning, cloth bum, semi-co sleeping mum. Some would call me a hippy but I simply see it as natural, informed parenting that works for me and my family.
I'm lucky enough to have an amazingly supportive partner who respects my views, helps me through the hard times and keeps me smiling.
So that's it really. I'll be posting about various things including useful products, nice places to go, parenting techniques and general ramblings. I hope you find at least some of it interesting.