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Long drive with a baby

We have come for a long weekend away with the family but the drive was 4 hours with no stops or traffic. So as you can imagine having a 6 month old i was dreading it. 

I was happily surprised to find it wasn’t that bad. Unfortunately the drive took up quite a bit longer than that but there was always going to be traffic and stops so it was expected. In the end it took around 7 hours. 

We had one stop around an hour in as baby needed a change and I needed the toilet. Whilst we were there we thought we better feed baby as it was getting close to when she was due and we didn’t want to risk starting back off and having to stop again. So that was about a 20 min stop in total. Then about 3 hours later we stopped for the toilet and to have some lunch. Us and baby ate so was good. That was quite a long stop probably around 45 min’s at least. Then we hit traffic! There had been an accident and the motor way was at a stand still. Luckily it didn’t take too long move it away as it wasn’t that bad. 

Baby was so well behaved through the journey. She likes to have power nap’s, little and often and when we are at home I am always hoping she will start having less often but longer sleeps but on a long journey her way is best. She wasn’t awake long enough in the car get too bored so it was okay. We did have a bit of crying when her dad had to lean over the passenger seat to start passing her toys for her to play with. Luckily the bag of toys was on the back seat even though we hadn’t actually thought to do it. 

By the time we got here, the first thing I did in the apartment was put her toys out and her mat so she could have a good stretch on the floor and she was so happy!

Very successful journey. Let’s just hope the journey home goes as well! 😊

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Decorating your baby’s bedroom

For me this came late and up until me doing it I didn’t realise how important it was to do. I have found so much joy into making the bedroom nice for her.

She is now 5 months old and we have just moved into a new house. In my old house, because we were moving we didn’t see any point in sorting her a bedroom so we ended up using what would have been her room as a place to store the boxes, for what anyone who has read my previous blogs will know as a long move. But we did buy things in the old house ready for the new house as who can help it when you are pregnant and planning the perfect room for your little one.

When I was pregnant we were just buying little bits that would fit no matter what the room size or shape. We brought some pink paint because even if it is a small room then we could still just paint the one wall give it a bit of colour. I never intended to paint it all the same colour anyway. We also brought wall stickers because we don’t have to use them all if it is small room. We brought a few pieces of furniture that could be used in our bedroom if it didn’t fit.

But now we have moved and her bedroom is really big which is great because it means all of the things we have brought do fit in. We have been here two weeks now and she is finally sleeping in her own rooms. We have painted 2 and a half walls pink. The half might sound odd but it has a chimney breast on a really big wall so to break it up a bit that is painted. The rest is cream. We have had a new carpet put down, grey, some of you might think that is odd but one of my favourite colour combinations is grey and pink but I thought it would be too much to paint the walls grey and at least if I change my mind it is easy enough to paint over cream. But I absolutely love the colours together, I think the size of the room helps as it is really long with 2 windows so it really light. With her being quite sicky as well I thought grey would be great to hide any marks, which as expected she was sick on it the first time she went in the room and I was really careful but there was just so much it went on the carpet. I cleaned it up and unlike any other carpet in my house you can’t tell at all!!

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My partner and I had a late night last night building furniture and I spent most of the day putting her clothes in her new wardrobe and draws. We have put wall stickers and photographs on the wall and it took us ages to decide where everything is going.

My favourite part of the room is a rocking chair I brought when I was pregnant as somewhere to do night feeds. In the old house it would not fit in our bedroom so I just did the feeds in my bed. Now the chair is next to the cot, with a low light lamp next to it and a cushion so I should be nice and comfy and for the first time ever I can’t wait to get up for the feed tonight.

I never realised how much joy you could get out of doing your baby’s first bedroom and maybe it’s just me and I’m weird but I loved it. It is her first proper bedroom and me and my partner spent time discussing colours and where things will go and even though she may never remember anything about the room I will always remember it.

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Why buying our first house was so delayed!

 

For people who have read my last blog this was written 2 weeks before, so this is before we got an official date. Now we have finally moved in.

This entry is a bit different from my other blogs, it is not totally baby related. We are in the process of buying our first house, the only link this has to my baby is she is the reason we are doing it.

We currently live in a terraced house with a small yard. We are moving to a semi-detached house with a garden and a drive. I cannot wait!!  It is only 2 bedrooms, but the first bedroom is huge, if we need to it can be split into 2 rooms. I has a conservatory and a big kitchen. I can’t wait have my table up in the kitchen and we can have family meals at the table, rather than having a TV dinner every night. Now my baby has recently started food, she can go in her high chair next to the table and we can all eat together J

It has been such a long process. Our house offer was accepted just under 3 months ago and we finally get the keys next week which is exactly 3 months later. The sellers are a couple who have split which has made things messy. They insisted they wanted it all sorted quick, so I told my landlord as early as possible so then if we needed to leave earlier we could have sorted it. Instead they took their time. They moved out just under a month ago, well he moved out before that so you would think they would want it all over.

I have started boxing about 2 months ago, with having a baby I didn’t want to be doing too much all at once. So I thought I would start slow, but I didn’t think it would take this long otherwise I wouldn’t have started so early. This is slower than I had expected. So now it’s getting close I have boxed nearly the whole house and there are boxes everywhere and it is driving me crazy!

I don’t intend to move again any time soon, this is chaos. I am getting sick of having boxes everywhere. My third bedroom is so full you cannot see the window anymore. My kitchen and living room have boxes and if you know what a terraced house is like you can imagine they are just getting in the way. It doesn’t help, I didn’t realise how much stuff babies come with. I really should have moved a few months before I had her. Most of the boxes are hers and I haven’t even boxed half of her stuff. I sit here thinking what can I box, but I can’t box all of her toys its cruel, some are boxed but I’ve kept quite a few out. I can’t box all of her clothes, she is quite a sicky baby and we get through at least 3 outfits a day, but thanks to a washing machine I have boxed as many as I think I can and I will just have to keep washing her clothes. It’s not for long.

I have 3 days left in this house and waiting for it will make it the longest 3 days ever! I just can’t wait for it all to be over and we can have a house again, rather than just a chaotic dumping ground where we sleep!

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Moving house with a baby= one very stressed mummy!

I strongly advise anyone moving house with a baby to change their minds. It has been far to crazy and its not even any better a week later.

We moved last Wednesday. It was delayed so we had to move in the day we got the keys and move out of our old house. I was hoping for about a week to clean the new house and decorate the girls bedroom, then move stuff in but it didn’t work out that way. Instead Wednesday morning we filled a van full of stuff and waited for the phone call to collect our keys. I rushed to the estate agents to collect the keys and met my partner and my dad at the new house. I was so excited. I was very disappointed, the house is still what we wanted but the sellers must have stopped cleaning when we agreed to buy the house. It had a smell, everywhere was dirty and we had a van full of stuff that needed to be moved in. Because of a delay with the keys we hadn’t got long with the van so stuff had to be moved in. I managed to convince a few family members to help me clean whilst my dad and partner moved stuff in.

The girls bedroom is the worst, the walls are dirty and the carpet is horrible. We were always going to paint their bedroom but I wasn’t planning on getting a new carpet until Riles is older. But tough. Luckily my dad offered to buy a new carpet. But it has taken me a week to have the chance to go the carpet shop so still got to wait.

For anyone who doesn’t know by girls I mean my 5 month old daughter and my 7 year old sister who stays when my mum is working as she works shifts.

Luckily for me, my mums shifts were working day times for a week and my baby could sleep in our now very cramped bedroom for the time being. But trying to find the time to paint with a baby isn’t easy. We managed to half do the room when we had a couple of hours last weekend and my mum is having Riles overnight tonight so hopefully when my partner gets home from work we can get it all finished and then ready for the carpet.

Once their bedroom is done it will be so much easier. I didn’t realise how much stuff babies had until I moved. Half of Riles things are still in boxes. We have brought her new wardrobes and draws which are in the shed. Her cupboard is in the porch and we just have clothes everywhere. So hopefully once the carpet is down and we can start building furniture the whole house will start looking tidier.

Because our bedroom is smaller in this house having the cot up means we have no space. It is blocking our wardrobe so if we want to get clothes out it has to be when she is awake and we have to move the cot out of the way so I am trying not put too much in their because we struggle to get in there, which means we have clothes all over the place too.

It is a nightmare so I strongly encourage anyone thinking of moving with a baby, either make sure you have time sort the house first before moving the baby in or just don’t do it!

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Buying our first house!

This entry is a bit different from my other blogs, it is not totally baby related. We are in the process of buying our first house, the only link this has to my baby is she is the reason we are doing it.

We currently live in a terraced house with a small yard. We are moving to a semi-detached house with a garden and a drive. I cannot wait!!  It is only 2 bedrooms, but the first bedroom is huge, if we need to it can be split into 2 rooms. I has a conservatory and a big kitchen. I can’t wait have my table up in the kitchen and we can have family meals at the table, rather than having a TV dinner every night. Now my baby has recently started food, she can go in her high chair next to the table and we can all eat together J

It has been such a long process. Our house offer was accepted just under 3 months ago and we finally get the keys next week which is exactly 3 months later. The sellers are a couple who have split which has made things messy. They insisted they wanted it all sorted quick, so I told my landlord as early as possible so then if we needed to leave earlier we could have sorted it. Instead they took their time. They moved out just under a month ago, well he moved out before that so you would think they would want it all over.

I have started boxing about 2 months ago, with having a baby I didn’t want to be doing too much all at once. So I thought I would start slow, but I didn’t think it would take this long otherwise I wouldn’t have started so early. This is slower than I had expected. So now it’s getting close I have boxed nearly the whole house and there are boxes everywhere and it is driving me crazy!

I don’t intend to move again any time soon, this is chaos. I am getting sick of having boxes everywhere. My third bedroom is so full you cannot see the window anymore. My kitchen and living room have boxes and if you know what a terraced house is like you can imagine they are just getting in the way. It doesn’t help, I didn’t realise how much stuff babies come with. I really should have moved a few months before I had her. Most of the boxes are hers and I haven’t even boxed half of her stuff. I sit here thinking what can I box, but I can’t box all of her toys its cruel, some are boxed but I’ve kept quite a few out. I can’t box all of her clothes, she is quite a sicky baby and we get through at least 3 outfits a day, but thanks to a washing machine I have boxed as many as I think I can and I will just have to keep washing her clothes. It’s not for long.

I have 3 days left in this house and waiting for it will make it the longest 3 days ever! I just can’t wait for it all to be over and we can have a house again, rather than just a chaotic dumping ground where we sleep!

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Trying to find the time to lose weight

Where do you find the time?! I am sure I am not alone in feeling like I should be back to my size before having a baby but the realisation is 4 months down the line and I am a dress size bigger than I used to be.

I was really lucky when I was pregnant I didn’t put that much weight on, I was really off my food so only ate 2 meals a day and not really much sugary things purely because I didn’t fancy it. I was looking forwards to being pregnant and eating big pieces of cake and people not being able to judge, or even if they wanted to no one wants to anger a hormonal pregnant lady. But instead I was refusing cake and most other foods to be fair.

When I first had my baby my appetite came back with a vengeance but I was breastfeeding which is why I don’t think I put much weight on even though I had started eating for two. I managed to get straight back into my clothes it was just my belly needed toning so I wore loose tops. But I was too tired and busy to even care. Then I stopped breastfeeding but didn’t stop eating and the weight has started to pile on. I keep blaming the baby but it isn’t really her fault I’ve gotten bigger after having her. I am now a dress size bigger with a four month old and enough is enough. I am unhappy and have no body confidence. If I don’t kick myself into shape who will.

So I am trying but when do you find time? I am alone with my baby if I am in the house or I am out. We go out walking a lot but that doesn’t seem to be making any difference. I have seen a few exercise you do with your baby but when I try my baby gets upset and wants to go down and play on her mat. So I try to do it when she is happy playing but just as I start getting into it she needs me. She likes to poo about 10 mins into an exercise. Or sometimes she is just lonely and wants to be played with. She plays great on her own and I get cleaning done but it doesn’t last long, or at least she doesn’t when I’m exercising.

I have started doing it in the evening, which I didn’t want to because I am so embarrassed about what I look like jumping around and everything wobbling and  how unfit I am, and my partner is home in the evenings. He isn’t bother he just plays on his phone or has a shower when I’m doing it but I still hate it. Also at night I am tired from the early morning and the night feed so I really don’t feel like it, I have energy in the day.

The best thing I have found for easing my way back into exercising is BodyFit By Amy. ‘25 Minute Post Natal Bodyweight Workout–No Equipment Needed.’ That is the title to the first video I used, it is great!

https://www.youtube.com/user/BodyFitByAmy/videos

That is a link to her YouTube. She is brilliant. She shows you different ways to do it so you can ease in and work to your ability and then start to improve. I have been doing this for a few weeks now but I am not consistent at the moment. I am really trying to be but some nights I just don’t have the will power to make myself do it. Last night for example I was just so tired. I had to pop out and I got home around half 7. By the time I sorted baby and put her to bed I just sat on the sofa and couldn’t move. I was asleep within about half an hour on the sofa. My partner came home (he is out 2 nights a week which is when I like to do my exercise) he woke me up and sent me bed. He had to wash the bottle and put them in the steriliser for the morning because I just completely lost energy last night. I will say for anyone who is trying to lose weight in my opinion weighing yourself is on of the worst things you can do people become obsessed. I go off how my clothes feel. When my jeans don’t feel as tight or my tops stop clinging to lumps and bumps I will be happy. I have no idea how much I wight, I don’t even own scales. I don’t want to know I know I wont like the answer and even if i lose a stone it doesn’t mean I will look any better. I am aiming to be down a dress size and be able to wear vest tops without it clinging to love handles or back fat or any other lumps and bump I have.  But I have to say since starting this videos and I have progressed to the harder exercises then moved on to harder videos. I can see improvement in my fitness not yet much in my weight but I have only recently started cutting down on what I eat and have started eating more fruit so hopefully soon I will started feeling my clothes are looser. Fingers crossed!!!

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What to do if you are constantly being told your baby eats far too much…

My baby is now nearly 5 months old. I breastfed for the first 5 weeks and couldn’t carry on for my own reason so then she went onto formula.

Family and friends and even a few health visitors have also told me she eats far too much, but no one will give me any advice on what to do. I can’t starve her so if she is hungry I am going to feed her.

When she was breast fed, she fed for about 20 mins every hour. Then she went to formula and at first it made a massive difference but within 2 weeks she was having 6oz every 2 hours so the health visitor suggested trying hungry baby milk. Then at first that made a big difference she was having 6oz every 4 hours. Then after about  3/4  weeks it stopped lasting as long so I put her up an oz. then about a week ago I put her up to 8oz which she has every 3 hours or 3 ½ if she has something to eat between.

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Constantly friends and family have told me she has too much milk, but I can’t starve her and her weight was going in a steady line so I was happy. She did have a jump in weight when she swapped to hungry baby milk and when I went to get her weighed the health visitor said if she jumps again we will have to asses it. I have no idea what she meant by that, I was that much in shock she said it that I didn’t even think to ask what she meant. We can’t put her on a diet so no idea what she would have told me to do. Thankfully next time we went she wasn’t there and the health visitor was happy with her weight.

I am just so sick of being told she has far too much milk. If she is hungry then she is hungry. It would save me so much money and time if she had less milk but I don’t care. My baby is happy and healthy, so why would I change that.

Now she is on food her milk either lasts her long or she doesn’t finish the bottle so maybe in a few weeks she will start having less milk and more food but I will do it at her pace and as long as she is happy I will continue doing what she wants.

If you are like me the best thing I can tell you is ignore friends and family, every baby is different and you have to just go with yours.