10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Last week, our friend Heather over at LezBVeganMoms tagged us to complete a ’10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me…’ Link. I don’t normally do these but the questions sounded fun and I thought it would help me string two words together – something I’m not doing well at at the moment. 

The rules are as follows:

– Link back to the blogger who nominated you and answer their 10 questions

– Add the badge to your post

– Write your own 10 questions and tag 10 bloggers to do the same.

Here are Heather’s questions (and my answers). 

1) What’s the first thing you do each morning? If you count the morning as anything from 6am (and not 3am which is technically the morning) then the first thing I do is feed T. This is when I find out what sort of day I’ll have. 

2) What is the song you sing the loudest when you’re alone and no one else is listening? Depending on my mood this can be anything from Alanyis Morrisette ‘Ironic’ to Marylin Manson ‘Fight Song’. 

3) What is your favourite children’s book? Oh wow. There are so many to choose from. ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ is pretty high in my rankings.

4) When did you get your first kiss and where? I think I was about 8 years old and it was with a boy from my primary school. We were at a school disco. 

5) Do you think Halloween should be an official holiday everyone takes off from school and work? (P.S. You can light yourself on fire if you don’t.) The UK has only just started really getting into Halloween like the U.S. so I never really “celebrated” it as a child but if it means a day off from work then I’m all for it!

6) If you were a sandwich what kind of sandwich would you be? Ha! I think I’d be a really meaty sandwich with lots of firey mustard. 

7) When was the last time you called your mom? Yesterday. 

8) If you could only take one personal item to a des(s)erted island, would you choose cake? I’d love to choose cake but it, sadly, wouldn’t last that long. Plus, I also like pie. 

9) How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Last night I got 8, but the previous night I got 6. I really does depend. 

Who makes you smile the biggest? As a new mum, there’d be something wrong if I didn’t say that T laughing made me smile the biggest, but I actually love it when my wife holds our baby and just looks at me like I’ve given her the best present in the world. 

Here are my questions…

1) Where’s your favourite place in the world. 

2) If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be?

3) What is your favourite condiment?

4) If you could have a conversation with one person who is no longer with us, who would it be?

5) Favourite animal, and why?

6) Favourite smell, and why?

7) When is your favourite time of the year?

8) What is your guilty pleasure?

9) What would be the first thing you’d do with a lottery win? 

10) What is the first thing you think about when you wake up? 

I think most of the people I would have liked to have nominated have already been nominated so instead, I open the floor up to anyone who’d like to join in. 

I really like finding out new things about people so please feel free to answer in the comments if you don’t want to write a post. 

K

   

Dear My Teething Terror. 

My Dearest,

We’ve had a rough week. Admit it. We’re not friends. I can tell as you’ve barely smiled at me, let alone chuckled. Smiles seem to be reserved for mumma, and giggles for nana.

You’re suffering from teething pain, I know, and nothing seems to be quite hitting the spot. We have everything from a silicone hammer to a rubber giraffe, even a good old fashioned dummy. My fingers seem to work well, but it’s not so cute anymore when you chomp down. You’re often hitting bone! Not literally, but you may as well for the pain it creates. I love you, but I can’t quite take that.

What’s more is that you’ve now started chomping down at the end of a feed when you’ve had enough. That’s fun (!). What’s wrong with just coming off? Why the biting? What did I do to deserve that? You put so much effort into it that I’m starting to take it personally!

I really hope you learn to stop biting me soon, I’m not ready to stop nursing you. It’s our one moment of calm where it’s just you and me. Our special time. Just us. It’s bliss.

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At the moment, however, it’s not so calm. My heart races at every feed and I’m sure you can feel me tense. I’m sorry, but it’s like dipping my nipple into a shark tank.

To top everything off, you’ve now started to grind your beautiful front teeth. Why? Who knows. The face you make is so very cute, but that’s the only pleasant feature – the sound is like nails to a chalkboard. Please stop.

Things can only get better, I hope, and next week is a brand new week. So pinky swear we’ll be friends next week, yeah? And no biting!

Love you.

Mum.

The Breastfeeding Chronicles – Things I Didn’t Know About Breastfeeding Before Breastfeeding. 

“I didn’t know it/they could do that!” is a phrase we hear quite often in our house. I’m also forever hearing alternative ways to use breastmilk; whether it’s in the freezer for ice lollies, or in the bath for soft skin. It really is magic stuff.

Here’s a few of the things I didn’t know about breastfeeding/breastmilk before I started breastfeeding.

It’s hard work. I thought that once a baby latched on it’ll just be a case of feeding them whenever. No. The first few weeks are a constant battle what with sore nipples, mastitis, and engorgement. You also have cluster feeds to contend with (no one told me about cluster feeds!) and the night feeds. Baby also has to learn, and each feed can be different. Baby will often time feeds just when the food shop arrives or when the postman knocks on the door

Milk doesn’t just come out of your nipple area. The areolas join in as well. I genuinely thought T had cut holes into my nipples when he once accidentally bit down. I also thought that those holes would eventually join up and my nipple would fall off (I may have also been sleep deprived). Either way, I didn’t know milk came out of other holes.

It comes out blue when expressed! (S) The amount of times K expressed and the first few ounces were as blue as the ocean (okay, I’m exaggerating – but it was blue!).

You will burn calories. I knew breastfeeding worked your body, but I didn’t think it would physically burn calories, which explained why I woke up ravenous and often very thirsty during feeds. Apparently you can burn a good 500 calories per feed! Pass the cake!

It has healing properties (S) Whenever T cut his head or face with his nails, K would squirt or wipe a bit of breastmilk onto the affected area. Within a few hours it would be fully scabbed over if not barely visible. It’s magic!

Despite your boobs doubling in size during pregnancy, they will continue to grow whilst breastfeeding. It wasn’t long into my pregnancy that I had to up by bra size, so I bought 2 nursing bras to kill two birds with one stone, thinking that my new bra size would be the one I nurse with. Little did I know that once I started breastfeeding that I would have to up my bra size AGAIN. Epic fail.

 

Credit: Wikimedia

Credit: Wikimedia

Your boobs know when a feed is due before your baby does, and will continue to tell you until your baby is fed. I was out at dinner with my mum friends, a few miles away, when my boobs started tingling. I knew T was due a feed. I amusingly text S to see if he was feeding at the time and like magic, he was.

You can literally feel your milk coming in. When I’m feeding T I’ll often feel my other boob “filling up”. It’s not like the feeling of when you fill a bucket – it’s like a warm tingling sensation. But very quickly my boob is then a different size and shape.

I didn’t know milk came from the blood (S). I thought milk just happened. Never in my right mind did I think that K’s blood created it. This explains why you have to be careful when drinking, but things like food poisoning won’t effect T because the food bug sits in the digestive system. Very clever!

Not everyone wants to do it. I (nievely) thought that once you have a baby you would naturally want to breastfeed your baby if you were able to, but from speaking to other mums I very quickly realised that some mums actually don’t want to. Whether it’s because they wish to share the feeds with their partner early on or because they don’t want to lose their bodies to the baby, it’s interesting to know that not everyone wants to breastfeed.

What new things did you learn after they occurred?

K & S

Where I Am Today. 

It’s a funny thing, being a parent. 

I’m part of the biggest gang in the world and yet I can feel so alone. 

Parenthood is one of the oldest clubs in history and yet it’s still so new to me. 

I’ve been given one of the greatest gifts of all, making me one of the happiest women alive, and yet some days I can feel like crying. 

At work I used to challenge people, and yet parenting now challenges me.

I can feel so lost, despite knowing exactly where to go. 

I’ve had nearly 30 years of life experience and yet someone with only 4 months of life experience can throw all that out the window. 

 

It’s a funny thing being a parent, because sometimes it’s not so funny at all. 

K

My Baby’s Name Is… Sleeping Bag – Review

T has always been a stickler for routine. As soon as 6:45pm hits, he mentally gets ready for bed. He starts to yawn and becomes less tolerant of our pathetic attempts to make him laugh. If we’re not even close to him being ready for bed by 7:00pm the next 10 minutes are hell.

On the same note, T has also been very good at triggers (if we get to him before he starts telling us!). One un-clip of my nursing bra and he knows it’s feeding time. Likewise, as soon as he’s put in a sleeping bag, he knows it’s bed time.

The only issue we’ve had with our previous sleeping bag, although it’s not actually their fault, is that T is always too long. If we get a bag for his age range it’s perfect at the torso but not the legs. Although I’ve always preferred sleeping bags to blankets, it’s always been a struggle to find one just right. With this, we often find him in a (cute) heap, frogged legged at the end of his Moses basket because he still needs to sleep at an angle.

Since coming across ‘My Baby’s Name Is’, who make really simple sleeping bags, we’ve found they’re perfect for T.

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The sleeping bag he has is not only light and soft, but the length is very generous. There are poppers at the shoulders to adjust accordingly and a thick zip at the bottom. T is currently 4 months old and the neck fits him perfectly. I don’t see him growing out of this one for quite some time!

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The sleeping bags come in a choice of bright colours and togs and range from 0-6 months, 6-18 months, and 18-36 months. T is currently wearing a 0-6 month, 2.5 tog sleeping bag and on chilly nights it’s kept him warm but not made him sweaty by the morning. He’s also been found happily kicking in the sleeping bag as if he’s just found his legs!

What I like most about ‘My Baby’s Name Is…’ is that their designs are really simple, including their boxes, taking everything back to basics and purely about comfort.

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The company itself is run by husband and father Syzmon, and after years of working as an accessories designer he decided to start his own business after becoming displeased with current sleeping bag market.

Once his daughter was born (who also modelled and tested their products!) he really took to work in making something he was 100% proud of; and you can tell. Everything has been tested meticulously and the fabric is of the highest quality.

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Unless the weather changes, I won’t need to shop around when T grows a few more inches. The neck and arm holes fits him perfectly, not to mention the length! This will probably last him a good few more months, if not more. We’ll also be taking this on holiday at the end of September to an expected chilly caravan!

K

We were kindly given this sleeping bag for the purpose of the review, however all opinions are our own. 

Days Out – Packing With a 4 Month Old. 

When we decided to go to Eastbourne air show for the day I didn’t think we realised how much we’d actually need to take with us to be prepared. A 4 month old is a tiny thing, all they do is eat, sleep and poop. Right? No. They’re you but waaaay more vulnerable.

Although technically we have everything if we just take my boobs and some nappies, but you absolutely need other stuff if you, say, want to be properly protected from the sun or kept dry.

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Although we’ve been outside for longer than an hour before, this was an all day outing, and an outside all day outing. No shops, no proper seats, no shelter, nothing. We had to prepare and I’ve always been one to pack for a monsoon at the same time as a heatwave.

Here’s what our car looked like by the time we were ready to go:

Changing Bag.
In our BabyMule bag we took the usual nappy changing gumph (x2) as well as;
2-3 changes of clothes depending on the severity of the change
Teething toys and normal toys.
3 muslins
2 hats (one for warmth, one for sun).
Blankets.
We also had dummies (x4!!) sun-tan lotion, teething gel and powders, and alcohol gel as part of our toiletries section. Next year we will take bug spray!

Picnic Hamper with food and drink for the day.
Picnic blanket and Camping chairs.

Buggy (with rain cover attachment) although this was probably used mostly to transport all our stuff!

 

No baby was used in said buggy.

No baby was used in said buggy.

 

UV Tent for T to get changed in or chill out in, and to also protect our belongings.

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Rain coats and jumpers.
Umbrella.

We pretty much prepared for every scenario which seemed a little over the top but not only is this England but it’s sod’s law that if we didn’t take it, we would need it. Annoyingly, we didn’t actually think of taking anything, clothes-wise, for us but thankfully we didn’t need it.

This was for a whole day, next month we’re off on holiday for a week in Cornwall, I’m thinking we may need to hire a trailer!

What’s the most you’ve ever taken for the day? Did you need it? What did you forget?

K