As F is nearing five months old, it’s time to sit back and take stock of all that’s happened in that time. The expectations, the advice, the highs, the lows; has it been all I thought it would be or not? Here’s my experience of the fourth trimester – the bits no one warns you about.
This time last year, all I wanted for Christmas was a baby cooking nicely inside my tummy; and wonderfully I found out on the 30th of December 2015 that there was. However, way back then, the pre-baby me had no idea how much my motherhood life would be ruled by bodily functions. Did I ever envisage myself taking a picture of my baby’s poo filled nappy to show the health visitor? Or Googling the words ‘baby’s green poo’? Or being delighted to hear a burp multiple times a day? No! My pre-baby self is thinking, ‘What kind of weirdo have you turned into? Stop it right now!’
Along with the obligatory sun, sea and sand, pre-baby holidays for me and my hubby were all about adventure, tanning time, a book or two, and of course sampling of the local tipples – but was that all about to change? I knew post-baby travel was bound to be different, but how? Here’s my 5 top tips for travelling abroad with a little one.
There’s no arguing about the scientific benefits of breastmilk for babies. What I want to know is whether it is always best for mummies and what affect can it have on their mental health? What is it like to deal with the pressures of feeding baby all by yourself? And what are the consequences when it just doesn’t work out?
There are endless baby themed apps available making it a minefield choosing which ones are really worth the effort. Here’s a quick guide to some top freebies!
How soon can you take a newborn swimming? Well – whenever your ready is the simple answer. But what essentials do you need?
I’m steadily growing myself a collection of ideas on Pinterest about how to play with and engage my newborn baby in the first few weeks and months of his life. Currently feeling very excited at the prospect of trying them out… and will keep updating this post with how successful/fun they’ve been! Plus any new ideas that have been thrown into the mix as we’ve go along. Exciting times ahead…