Mama’s pet peeves

Ever had a child? If the answers yes then I know how you feel, and how annoying relatives/friends/strangers can be…

There you are, still in your little baby bubble and praying that everyone will just leave you alone! But you know they won’t, you’ve always known and as much as you’ve tried to prepare yourself for the most uncaring, ridiculous comments, they still sting like a hideous jellyfish.

Let’s start from the beginning because as we all know, the moment you reveal you’re with child it all starts…

#1 Are you keeping it

Yes, sad to say I’ve been asked this question and as emotional as I was, this comment decided to bump it up a notch.

#2 Was it a mistake

Not, was it planned. But was it a mistake… And in the nicest way possible it was but what on earth would possess you to ask this question?

#3 Are you having anymore?

I was first asked this question when Elijah was only 2-3 months old! I’ve not long since had a child and been in excruciating pain so probably not for a while thanks!

#4 He doesn’t look like his dad

Erm… Thanks? It’s true his chubby little cheeks are definitely from my side but what are you trying to say? I’m afraid we don’t have a milk man and his eyes are absolutely a gift from his dad.

#5 Are you still breastfeeding

Quite personal especially since it’s being asked by someone you don’t even know! If I am what does it matter and if Im not who cares?! If my babies healthy that’s all that counts.

#6 When are you going back to work

Why do I have to? And what does it matter when? Can’t I have a bit of time with my baby? I’ve been with him nearly 24/7 since he started growing in my belly, I don’t think I could cope leaving him and child care these days is definitely not worth it.

#7 Oh he’s massive

Not he’s grown… No… Words like massive, huge, big, heavy. Hurtful words, not to the baby but to you. Nobody wants to have their baby criticised for eating a healthy amount. He’s only just started crawling so of course he may look a tad chubby.

#8 Is he on solids yet?

No, I’m afraid at 3 months old he wasn’t on solid food just yet because you know… Milk is better? But now being 9 months old you can’t get him off solids! Ever been ‘Hangry’? Well this baba is full on screaming when he sees any food.

Basically, if you have nothing nice to say or you can’t compliment somebody on their miracle of life then keep it shut…

Leave your stories in the comments below!

8 Months on – Stop growing!

Why does it go so fast? Every time you look at the calendar it always seems to be Sunday! Which means yet another week has flown by…

8 months ago he came into the world, so small you though he’d break if you moved an inch and now he’s busy throwing himself around his cot, kicking his little, strong legs.

He’s definitely come along way from just laying in your arms. Pushing himself up onto his hands and legs you can see it won’t be long till he’s crawling, even if he does try to launch himself face first onto the floor…

Not one, but two bottom teeth are coming through! Which is the obvious cause for all the sleeping, crying and furiously shoving hands and toys into his mouth.

More often than not you’re scrolling page after page of Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram for baby food ideas and spending hours making batches of yummy food to help him grow big and strong.

Still wondering how on Earth you’ve managed to to this job you’re spurred on by the fact he’s growing and changing so much and you’ve still got a long way to go but the challenge is exciting and definitely worth it!

More updates to follow! Comment with your baby stories!

Mum Shaming

Ever walked past someone in the street while your little treasure is all snug in their sling or sprawled out in their pram and people give you that look?

The look that makes you feel like you should avoid eye contact, crawl into a hole and wait while they’ve gone…

It happens too often, not even when you’re walking in the street. In shops, cafes, restaurants, pretty much any public place. You’re glared at for bringing a small human into society.

Even people who aren’t mums love to have a good gloat when you can’t calm your baby down and rather than be sympathetic they turn their noses up, obviously thinking they can do a better job.

Which in fact they can’t. I’ll admit before having a baby I would see/hear a baby crying and even though I’d give a thoughtful smile I would think to myself I’m never going to be like that.

Then comes the fateful day your little Prince is sat in his high chair in a cafe, screaming because the spoon isn’t quick enough and you’re the one feeling bad for other people who have to hear it!

It puts you on edge, hoping that when you go out he doesn’t make a peep and fearing to use public transport in case he isn’t fond of it.

The worst is when you’re trying to feed them milk, and not even breastfed, I mean formula… In a bottle… Not even a boob for them to stare at! You’re happily sat their and he’s supping away and people just oogle at you, what do they expect? ‘Good God! A baby is being fed a nourished right in front of all these people! How horrifying!’

The first time I changed him in the disabled toilets of a pub I heard a knock on the door. I replied ‘one second’, and after leaving the toilet the elderly gentleman said’ that wasn’t one second, more like 30′. I thought to myself ‘who the hell are you?’ I wasnt having any of it, I looked him up and down, glared at him and said rather loudly ‘well it is going to take longer, I’ve got a baby!’. He wasn’t expecting this at all, he thought I’d smile sweetly at his unfunny joke. Trying to mutter an apology and saying he was only joking I stormed off back to my table.

I think now it’s not only yourself you’re standing for you become more resilient, like a tiger waiting for anybody to look at you the wrong way so you can go all Oprah Winfrey on them.

Thanks for reading! Leave your stories in the comments!

Babies Don’t Care

Babies don’t care
that you haven’t eaten in hours,
or have had no sleep,
or you’ve given up on showers.

Babies don’t care
that your back is breaking,
Where is the milk?
How much time are you taking?

Babies don’t care
that you’re covered in pee,
that you’re hair is a mess
or you really need a wee.

Babies don’t care
if they’re giving you a headache,
that your diet is ruined
and you’ve replaced it with cake.

But babies do care
about food, food, food.
About cuddles and kisses
atleast, when they’re in the mood…

So don’t be disheartened
when they won’t go to sleep,
or when they’re crying for hours
And making you weep.

Because babies do care
about love and affection,
especially mummy and daddy
giving them all the attention.

They see me rollin’

So, 5 months has flown by and yet you still go through your camera roll every night remembering the first day you met your beautiful Prince!

Amongst all the new noises and babbling away to himself all hours of the day (and night), he’s perfected the art of throwing his legs into the air and slowly landing them sideways in an effort to roll from his back to his front.

Hurrah! He did it! He rolled over from his front to his back! How exciting! This little human you created is learning everyday and you’re playing the biggest role in helping!

Fun to watch but not fun to tackle! The moment the nappy comes off he’s all legs throwing himself onto his side trying to get a good look around while you wrestle him into a fresh nappy.

Instead of staying on his back like the first few months, hes now being more mobile and your efforts to keep an eye on him have just doubled. Especially whether he’s lying on the changing mat, the bed or even in his bouncer.

Even during his sleep he’s on the go. Imagine, you put him to bed as you normally do and the next thing you know, you’ve woken up and he’s laid completely the opposite way in his crib! Even on the baby monitor you see him throwing his legs in the air mid snooze.

Yet everytime you want him to roll over when he’s enjoying tummy time he doesn’t seem to manage it. Even more so when you try to get it on video…

What’s going to happen next?! Keep a look out for more milestones and leave your baby stories in the comments!

Top 5 Bath Time Hacks

How amazing is it when you give your little baba a lovely bath, and he’s that clean and relaxed that he drifts off as soon as he’s put into his cot? You could save your voice as story time isn’t needed but it’s all part of the show! And sometimes your voice is that soothing that even Hubby drifts off too…

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