Why I’m no #MumBoss

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There’s much talk about the loneliness new mum’s can face in the first few days, weeks and months of parenting. Being stranded at home alone with a newborn can be a daunting and isolating prospect. However, for me, the loneliness eventually came when I ventured back to work.

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Chicken Pox: The Survival Kit

I’m writing this on day five of our chicken pox ordeal (and I mean ORDEAL!) We’re just beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel thanks to some bear essentials- cue The Survival Kit.

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Surviving without sleep

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I was a lover of sleep.

It had to be dark, not even a slight crack in the curtains.

It had to be silent, no ticking clocks or traffic noises.

It had to be flat out on my stomach in full starfish pose.

It most definitely was MY side of the bed (so back off!)

Now it’s a completely different story. But every now and then, I dare to think back to the good old days – or more specifically – nights. Where sleep was exactly that – sleep. Simple. Calm. Relaxing. I still am a great lover of sleep – but it’s not dark; it’s not silent; it’s not starfish and it most definitely is NOT my side. Just where did it all go wrong? A long, long time ago we decided to have a baby…

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#rockingmotherhood

I got tagged by the lovely miss_mummy_life to write a blog post about rocking motherhood. I’m really glad she tagged me as it’s made me look for the positives in my motherhood journey so far and give myself a pat on the back! (It’s far too easy to be constantly critical).

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Sweet potato and bean bake

I’m not claiming this yummy recipe as my own (it’s straight out of the Cow and Gate Weaning book) but for those of you that don’t have the (free!) weaning book I thought I’d share it with you…

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A Lovely Cream Tea at Harpur and Finch

For my mum’s birthday, my sister and I decided to treat her to a cream tea at Harpur and Finch – and what a treat it was!

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You got a friend in me

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So think ‘Toy Story’ (the original one, which is obviously still the best); along comes Buzz, a shiny, new, exciting toy that everyone loves and wants to get to know: leaving Woody feeling out-of-place, unwanted, hurt, forgotten, alone, confused; maybe even all of the above. Personally, rightly or wrongly, I found that it’s easy as a new mummy to feel a bit, well, ’Woody’. Relationships I had with those around me had altered, even if only every so slightly, because of my Buzz – sorry baby, would had innocently come along. For me, I have my mummy mates and baby buddies to thank for helping me through my ‘Woody’ period and literally saving my sanity.

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First night in his own room…

Asleep in his OWN room – all night (nearly)! How did that happen? Well, by accident. I’m aware that sounds like a ridiculous thing to say seem as the baby can’t put himself to bed in his own room, so yes, we absolutely, definitely put him in there… but truly it was accidental. How you ask…

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The Working Conspiracy

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I take a deep breath, plaster a smile on my face and then cheerily proceed with the hello’s and how are you’s. However, I know it won’t take long. I can feel myself getting agitated before I hear a single one of those words. I’m waiting, thinking, ‘Go on then, say it!’

‘Not long ’til you go back to work is it?’

Boom. There it is, hitting me square between the eyes. Those ten little words. One dreaded phrase that is following me round from house to house. Wherever I go – hello, there it is – again.

WORK. WORK! Why would I want to talk about that?

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Essential packing for a weekend away with baby

It used to be so simple to go away for a couple of nights – stick some clothes and a toothbrush in a bag and head out the door. Not any more. Here’s my essential packing guide for a weekend away with baby (I’m talking in England where it’s usually/always cold-ish!)

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