My Birth Experience

We are all just a little apprehensive about giving birth – aren’t we?Especially for the first time. So, women want to hear real birth stories, right? All blood, placenta and episiotomies, yeah? (But then again, I wanted to bury my head in the sand and go into labour with my comfort blanket made of naivety and optimism.) Anyway, for those of you (crazy people) who want to hear real – this is my birth experience.

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Hooray, it’s my blogging birthday!

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

Happy birthday to My Mummy Manual – officially one years old!

I can’t believe I’ve kept both a tiny human and a blog alive, and thriving, for one whole year. That’s a definite #mummywin right there!

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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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Freddie travels to… Kefaloni

I’m not sure Freddie remembers our first trip to Kefaloni, but I’ll let him off as he was only a bump back then! This time around however, I’m sure he had a fantastic time; even if it was certainly a very different holiday experience for us!

Here’s Freddie’s Top 3 Holiday Rules when travelling with a nearly toddler…

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Baby, Mummy and The Blog – ten month update

Wow, we’re in double figures now – this is F at 10 months old! How on Earth did that happen? Here’s July’s run down…

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I suffer from milestone envy

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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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Baby, Mummy and the Blog – nine month update

Another monthly round up is ready. Late again… but better late than never! Thanks June, you’ve been great.

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Guest Post -What you really need in your hospital bag!

I’m delighted to be able to share with you my first ever collaboration and guest post by the lovely Lucy at miss_mummy_life   (blog link here). She’s done a fabulous post giving out much needed advice for mums-to-be about What you really need in your hospital bag!

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Baby, Mummy and The Blog – Seven month update

Time for another monthly round up… and it’s been a month of great highs and massive lows.

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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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