The do I don’t I edit.

Let’s talk about work baby…

I had my mind set on never EVER going back to work ever again. I thought I’d paid my dues to the working world and I could just stay at home forever with Ada. Well…. a strange turn up for the books is I kinda wanna work again! Say what?!?!

A little bit of adult conversation along side parenthood would be the absolute dream πŸ™ŒπŸ»

However, what no one told me was how bloody expensive childcare is. Actually that’s a lie it’s all everyone told me I just didn’t listen πŸ™„ If only I got paid that much for being a stay at home Mum hey?? πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

I don’t know how everyone else deals/dealt with the the idea of returning to work but it’s taken me this long to realise I think I need to for my own sanity, it’s such a catch 22. Ada was copying me all day today cleaning, we did a bit of exercise and practising the word “duck” and I thought “how can I not be here 24/7 with you?” But then I remembered I’m going on about 85 abroad hen dos this year and I ain’t got no dollar y’all!!!!

Saying that the financial side for me isn’t the most important thing. I just need a little adult interaction and to talk about something other than nap time and salt content of foods (although I didn’t realise how much salt was in a lot of foods soooo thanks to my bestie for the heads up on that πŸ˜‚) BUT the extra money won’t go a miss on a cheeky trip to Zara && I can get my parcels delivered to work rather than home and Jamie won’t ever have to know. πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ (this is for another blog, but I’m not actually buying anything new until i’ve worn everything in my wardrobe at least once 😳)

I haven’t even brought up the thought of dropping my little pickle off at nursery with her bag and saying goodbye for the day. I’m not sure my heart would hack it 😫 it’s so tough isn’t it?! I’m being awfully dramatic I know, and I know she’ll absolutely bloody love destroying a brand new environment but it’s tough.

What will be will be huh? I’ll keep you posted if & when the transition to work happens 😬 Wish me luck.

Thanks for reading.

peace xx

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The sleep edit.

Sleep Thief πŸ‘†πŸΌ

So the only explanation that I can think of is our daughter hates us as doesn’t want us to sleep a solid 8 hours again, actually I’d take 7, 6 or even 5 hours in a row. Naaaaaah, Soz Mum I wanna just wake up for 3 hours and look cute.

Remember when you just used to go bed? That was nice. Now we live in fear, we walk round our house like silent Assassins. We don’t dare talk, don’t even think about making a cuppa because our kettle is louder than an aircraft engine oh and if you want a little snack, plan ahead you get that out and ready way before she falls asleep we can’t risk opening a bag of peanuts. TOO LOUD!

Honestly we’ll be lucky to get 3 hours out of her. She has a routine for food, naps and playtimes even. She just loves a rave for a few hours in the middle of the night. My google search is literally ” 1 year not sleeping, not crying but awake?” “How much is a night Nanny?” “Can you die from lack of sleep?”

People have given me heaps of advice which is brilliant BUT! I’ve tried it all πŸ˜‚I think she’s just a stupidly active bubs who can’t quite grasp that sleep is the best thing in the world. I’ll get my own back when she’s 15 don’t worry πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‘

The thing is your mind wanders to the strangest place at 2am when you’re awake and not drunk. One minute “I don’t even need sleep, like it’s not a real problem is it. We’re all healthy and well it’s just sleep” the next minute “IF I do not go to sleep within the next 10 minutes I’m definitely going to have a breakdown”

I’ve honestly tried everything, cry it out (can’t handle that our kid is waaaaaaay to stubborn, she’s still be crying now if we did it. Honest. I’ve tried the no talk, no nothing approach, tried an extra bottle, tried the endless positive thinking that’s Its defo teeth and she’ll be sleeping again when she’s 12 when all her adult ones come in. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

However, when you do get the rare one night of sleep, you wake up and literally think “shit what’s wrong with her?” *run in her room, checks breathing* and then the next thought “babe, shall we have another baby it’s not so hard?!” *she never sleeps again πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚”*

Thanks for reading.

peace xx

The Mum Gunt EditΒ 


Probably one of the hardest things about being a new Mum is dealing with the Mum bod. After the initial few weeks of overwhelming tiredness and LOVE you then actually have to get dressed out of trackies, leave the house & start living that Mum life 😳
Well…aside from the obvious baby drama of leaving the house. You actually have the internal battle of YOU leaving the house! So you’re not big enough to wear maternity jeans anymore (well you kinda are but won’t let yourself) your normal jeans are waaaaaaaay waaaaaaay to small and you’re so f*cking fed up of wearing leggings that you just come to the realisation that pjs will be your new norm now πŸ™ˆ

The worst is that you’re a completely different shape, you still have an insatiable appetite, you’re hormonal and nothing seems to FIT YOU ANYMORE!!! You smell like baby sick, your mum Gunt is just flapping around and you have to tuck it into your leggings &  your boobs look like a disaster and to be quite honest Its totally overwhelming when you have to look in the mirror. I remember getting out of the shower and thinking WTF?! My C section scar was all red, everything is bigger, it’s just so so hard to take in & deal with! Don’t get me wrong I obviously know that it’s for an amazing reason and you’re holding your gorge bubba BUT after birth body absolutely sucks! 

I didn’t even attempt dieting or exercise for a good 3 months after Ada (obvs I wasn’t eating the pack of custard creams an hour) but to be honest you kinda live in that new mum bubble when you tell yourself you’re totes allowed to still be bigger because you know your babe is so tiny! BUT after 12 weeks I remember thinking “oh! So I still can’t do my jeans up properly & I weigh 1.5 stone more than I did pre Ada wtf is up with that?!” I thought naively maybe that it would just fall off as everyone says it will, so you just believe them! Before I could just eat an apple a day for a week (I’m exaggerating, kinda 😳) and lose half a stone! Yeaaaaa, that doesn’t work anymore! You’re tired, need energy and because you’re now suddenly at home all the time you have access to your fridge 24/7! 

So jamie (The Huz) is being fantastic through this post baby bod biz, he won’t mind me saying but he piled on the lbs with me through pregnancy. I 100% hand on heart blame chicken nuggets… we were ploughing through a box of 20 in like a minute NO JOKE then washing that down with a sausage roll chaser! πŸ˜‚ 

It helps that he’s also been on a health kick with me. All praise to him he totally complements me and tells me not to be so hard on myself because I’ve had a baby that’s why I look different blah blah blah….. BUT I just can’t explain it, no amount of uptalking yourself and repeating “I’ve just had a baby this is why you look like this” does any good. Like seriously when I first looked in the mirror …. my GAWD! 😱😱😱😱

So after living up the mumlife for a few months I started to exercise again. Let me tell you I felt sooo amazing for it. I salute Joe Wicks, his YouTube Chanel is my absolute JAM! (Mmmmmmm jam πŸ˜‹) HIIT workouts are my saviour! I try to do one a day and chuck a few sit ups in there and SLOWLY but surely it started to come off! I also turned Vegan. Did I mention I’m all about that Vegan life now πŸ˜‚ It’s done wonders for me, I’m less bloated, I dropped the last stubborn few lbs and have loads more energy. (Although, it’s not treating my skin well.. but that’s another subject! πŸ˜‚) &&& ACTIVEWEAR is the absolute shiz, it’s so comfy if you put it on in the morning there’s a better chance you’ll do some kind of exercise (not 100% though) & I feel all kinds of sass wearing it because it’s actually now nicer than normal clothes I swear! 

Ada will be 9 months next week and I have only just reached my pre baby weight! I piled on 4 stone through pregnancy, which tbh I think 2 stone of which was biscuits, chocolate spread and nugs! I know for sure if we do this baby thing again, I’ll probs just do exactly the same I think πŸ˜‚


Annoyling I found a documentary only like 2 weeks ago, which would have really done wonders for me if I’d watched just after Ada at the beginning of my body shaming stint. It’s called Embrace. It’s bloody brilliant and completely changed my outlook on everything body related! Watch it! 

All I will say is whatever you’re thinking about your bod, no one else will be! Stick with it, it takes time and except for the likes of Tammy Hembrow I don’t think anyone bounces back that quick & every new Mum has this thought at least once. 

Sooo I say give yourself a break, concentrate on the things you love about yourself & count yourself lucky for what you’ve made! Also…go shopping! 😬 Your bods a different shape now you need new clothes πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 

Thanks for reading. 

peace xx

The Weaning EditΒ 

Happy Sunday! 

..let’s talk about weaning. So I don’t know if it’s just me but when it came to Ada starting to eat I literally had no idea at all what I was doing. I felt like you had loads of info and help from Health visitors and midwifes about Formulas and Breast feeding at the beginning, but then….

 *insert tumbleweed* 

Literally nothing. 
So the next logical step was to google. Did that and found Annabel Karmel * ahhhh all hail queen Karmel πŸ™ŒπŸ» * aka the Queen of Wean! 

So read her book, well that was confusing in itself, you’ve got babyled weaning,  spoon fed weaning, spoonfed and babyled combo weaning. WTF?!                                                
Then I went to the HV to get Ada weighed and she told me to just feed her what I ate?! WHAT! She can’t eat Belvitas & Diet Coke, so that confused me more. 
OMG but wait before any food even enters their mouth you have to buy the bloody Highchair. The hours I spent reviewing these was a joke! We wanted the Stokke Tripp Trapp but you literallly need a second mortgage to buy one of these with all the accessories, sooooo went with the Β£15 IKEA one & let me just say what a bloody amaze buy that was! It’s perfect, wipe clean, she’s super comfy and it fits perfectly under the dining table πŸ™ŒπŸ» anyway back to the food…

Luckily, I have a lot of friends who have already done the weaning bit, so I basically just did what they did πŸ˜‚ 
I’m technically speaking ‘spoon fed weaning’ why? Because I don’t like mess πŸ˜‚ also Ziggy (the dog) was getting the majority of the food! 
I thought pre Ada I was going to be like the film Baby Boom and start making homegrown, organic purΓ©e that I put into pots I’ve kilned & glazed myself all the while I’m burning sage & wearing a hemp sack! BUT I went for Ella’s pouches! Couldn’t be bov’ed to be honest. I tried to make her something once and she literally heaved so I won’t subject her to it again πŸ˜‚

But I digress my point is, I felt very alone and bloody terrified when Ada started eating. It’s like a minefield, I mean the help is there if you need it but I felt a bit silly. Like, ummmm Soz I totally don’t get it? What’s she supposed to eat πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ™‹πŸΌ help me! Also, I swear Jamie (the huz) actually thought I had actually attended a secret parent course about how to do all this shit because he totes just assumed I had it on lockdown! 
Luckily Ada literally eats everything (except peas, she’s not a fan of them) oh & we’re bringing her up Pescatarian (πŸ™„ of course we are πŸ˜‚) so that’s brought up new challenges as we have to make sure she’s getting what she needs nutrient wise. 😳 I mean it’s tough #mumlife is tough! 
Then there’s all the treats… let’s talk Rusks. You’ve got a handful of people that are like “yeap no bigs, i mean they have loads of sugar but we had them and we’re a ok” then you have the other camp “Rusks are POISON, do not feed your child poison, they’ll choke, catch a rusk disease and their arm will fall off” 

I went with let’s give her a little rusk to see if she likes them, obvs she does because they’re delicious! πŸ˜‚

Looking back when I first started the weaning process I was terrified & somehow don’t ask me how but you just know what to do next. Ask friends, google and follow a book if it helps! I just somehow stopped stressing so much and now BIG BRUCE will eat anything. It totes doesn’t matter if you buy your food ready made or purΓ©e your own. Makes zero difference really, come 4 years they’ll all be stuffing party rings into their faces at parties & eating stuff off the floor anyway πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Thanks for reading

Next week – The Mum Gunt Edit 😳

peace xx 

Oh! The here she is Edit. ο»Ώ


Oh hi πŸ‘‹πŸΌ I’m back! 

Soz about the 7 month break I was busy muming, drinking coffee &  doing a gazillion Joe Wicks’ hiits to try and get rid of the mum gunt (I’ll save that for another post 😳) 

Slowly but surely getting into the swing of this Mum thing and then BAM something else happens and you’re like πŸ€” did I miss “a how to Mum course?!” because I am not equipt to deal with this…..

Let me catch you up real real quick. Ada Evs is nearly 9 months old … can you even believe that?! She now does not sit still, AT ALL! She’s on the move for a full 13 hours a day 😳 Wants to grab everything and move everywhere she’s army crawling, eating everything ( I mean everything…. she’s currently gnawin’ on the coffee table) she’s got a toothypeg and her favourite word & person is MAMA! (no bigs πŸ’πŸΌ)

Let me catch you up on me real quick. Well hastag mumlife is 100% the funnest & hardest job in the world. Not gonna lie some days I’ve absolutely got it nailed (like painting my nails whilst she’s asleep on me nailed… omg did I just pun?!) Then others I need my Mum and want to hide in the garage. πŸ˜…πŸ˜° *Disclaimer* this totes happened i drank a glass of rose hiding in the garage, you know for a little break πŸ˜‚

Best thing about Mummyhood – pretty much everything! Not being too clichΓ© BUT Ada laughing is legit the most amazing sound ever! 
Worst thing about Mummyhood – This teething lark. Not a fan! It makes for a tough long day! 

Anywho I’m going to get back to this blog every week, I’ll catch you up on the weekly dramas of me and the milestones of Ada. 

Thanks for reading.

peace xx

The 3 month edit.

So I haven’t written anything for a few weeks, because if I’m honest in my free time I’m either asleep, washing or drinking wine! πŸ˜‚

But I thought I’m due a post and somehow Ada is 3 months old already!
So I thought I would write a post about things I’d wish I’d known before she turned up;  

1. Big one! Losing weight is HARD! I genuinely thought I’d  diet for 2 weeks and drop the weight! WRONG… it’s a long tough slog. I don’t get it, I used to be able to survive on maybe 12 cuppa soups for the week and lose half a stone πŸ˜‚ But ooooohhhhh no….I’ve still got 16lbs to go 😱 Oh! And for the mums who do drop weight really quick… stop bragging and eat a biscuit πŸ˜‚

2. When people say sleep when she sleeps?! WRONG! Why? As I have to get shit done! Otherwise the house would look like a hovel, I’d be constantly living in pjs, i’d never drink a hot drink again & well I would never ever get to speak to Jamie.

3. Never say never; I genuinely never thought I’d let Ada sleep in my bed BUT when you are running off so little you will do ANYTHING for an extra hour. I mean anything? YouTube sound effects of hairdryers, washing machines and aeroplanes πŸ˜‚

4. Mum Guilt: I didn’t realise how much this would affect me but it totes has. It’s a real thing & it isn’t fair. You will feel it whether you think you will or not. The second you leave your bundle with anyone else you’ll feel like you’ve abandoned your post. I cried because I felt like she’d know and think I didn’t love her. πŸ˜‚ 

5. You time. Hand in hand with the above. The importance of time alone is essential! Even if just for an evening in the bath with a book. Don’t lose yourself, it’s easy to do. BUT you’re totes still a person not just a feeding, cleaning, napping machine! 

6. Life adjustment. BIG one this. I had no idea how much life would change. All be it for the absolute better but be prepared you are no longer number one! It’s an overwhelming feeling.

7. Booze. Justifying that 3rd class of wine…Because a hangover and a baby is NOT COOL! 

8. Every baby is different. Don’t compare absolutely no point! End of discussion. 

9. Hand in hand with above. Every Mum is different. So what if one Mum is using organic formula and nappies & you’re using formula and aldi specials!

10. Don’t sweat the small stuff.  In a non patronising way literally nothing is as important anymore. Baby love takes up so much in your life and you’re too tired to bother with anything trivial. Let it go πŸ™πŸ» (aka. Arguing about who’s turn it is too wash up πŸ˜‚)

11. You will be ridic emosh. Like a mental person. Your nail polish is chipped .. cry. You burn toast..cry. Watch This is Us holding your baby..cry for hours! It’s ridiculous you are a mental patient! Evens out tho.. thank the lord.

12. The nesting truly begins when you’re at home alone with bubs. Be prepared I’ve started getting all kinds of excited over Zoflora & steam mops. πŸ˜‚ 

13. The appreciation for your parents is at an all time high. I now feel so awful for every time I shouted at my Mum. The thought that Ada could ever do that literally breaks my heart. Soz Mum. 

14. It’s the hardest job in the world. Everyone says it and I never believed it but it’s true. 

15. You’ve totes got this! πŸ’πŸΌ

peace xx

The ill edit.Β 

Ok let me catch you up… Ada and I have the lurgi. It all started last week when I started feeling a bit off so naturally I stocked up on Lemsip capsules, lemsip drinks, berocca, iron supplements, eating my weight in kale and litres of orange juice (with bits!! for extra goodness naturally) BUT it crept up and bam πŸ’₯ worse cold ever!!!! Made all the worse because I’m getting like 3 hours sleep a night …. which brings me onto Ada. 

Our lovely poppet is full of it, blocked up, coughy and congested. Even her little eyes look sore. 😞 Not only this but she also had to have her first set of jabs & her little health check too… it’s probably been the hardest few days yet (ever 😰) But huge shout out to the nurse who did them, she was ridic speedy! Health check went well, I obviously had a list of stuff for the dr to check. The only thing we have to go back for is Adas little heart, she didn’t know if there was maybe a little murmur there so going back in 2 weeks for her to double check – just for absolute 100% clarity that’s she’s fine! 

One thing I have realised since she’s been poorly is the importance of our little daily routine && now we’ve had a tough week it’s quickly becoming undone, she isn’t sleeping very well & is super clingy. She will only be settled by me or my mum too which is odd because she’s normally such a Daddy’s girl for the evening cuds. My Mum only popped in from work to drop off some snuffle babe and I kept her prisoner for 2 hours & made her feed Ada. 

I ended up taking Ada to the drs on Monday as I just wanted reassurance that she hadn’t developed bronchitis or collapsed lung or anything ( I have to stop googling) … she hasn’t! Btw the dr was amazing, really set me at ease and told me things to look out for and made me not feel stupid for counting how many times she’d sneezed that morning (25! 25 times!) Told me to cuddle, let her sleep propped up a little and make sure she’s getting enough milk, and advised me of the right way to use calpol! (I’d been giving it too her for fun πŸ™ˆ) 

All all the while this is going on… Ziggy (our dog) went into be castrated today. But he couldn’t have it done because he needed to have his soft pallet done instead. So he’s walking round all wobbly, disorientated & is crying. ☹️ Not only that but he Pooped on my new La Redoute rug! 😑 Oh which Ada also puked on this arvo too… brilliant. 

And now Jamie is getting the cold….. which as you can imagine is worse than ALLLL of the above and we’ll probs end up in A&E tonight because he can’t breathe out of his left nostril”Carli, I’m getting soooo ill you don’t understand πŸ™„πŸ™„” 

Anyway wish me luck, I think tonight might be a long one. 😩 

#sendchocolateideallyminieggs

peace x