I suffer from milestone envy

(This post first appeared on www.meetothermums.com)

I’m not a ‘Competitive Mummy’ (I don’t think so anyway!) but I do suffer from milestone envy. This is the constant worry that my baby is somehow falling behind in his milestones as I watch other babies conquer them one after the other. I tell people that he’ll do it when he’s ready, but who am I really trying to convince?

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Surviving without sleep

(This post first appeared on www.meetothermums.com)

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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Baby, Mummy and The Blog: six month update

As time ticks on, things keep happening, places get visited, milestones are being reached and I’m loosing track of it all; therefore I’ve decided to start doing a monthly update (published at the end of each month). Here’s what’s been happening with baby, mummy and the blog during March.

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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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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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What to do with a frustrated 5 month old

It can be hard facing a long day with a frustrated baby. He wants to crawl – but can’t. He wants to walk – but can’t. He wants to eat EVERYTHING – but can’t. So what can you do to keep baby entertained all day? Here’s 5 things that have worked for me (I hope it helps!)

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Those first three months… the fourth trimester

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.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Is it really New Years Resolution time? Maybe going to the gym at least 3 times a week? No. Not eating as much chocolate? Definitely not. This year my only resolution is to have no New Years Resolutions. Why? Because I know that it’d get to the second week of January and they’d already have fallen by the wayside.

Neither will I spend Christmas looking back over 2016, worrying about how fast the time is flying, how I’m yet another year older with extra wrinkles seemingly appearing every day. So what I’ve decided to do instead is think of my Top 5 reasons for looking forward to 2017…

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Feeding baby – Is breast always best?

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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?

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