Review: My Shnuggle Products

Before Annie came along, I did a lot of research into the different products we wanted to purchase and the brands we wanted to buy from. There is a lot on the market with mixed reviews so it was important for me to choose products which were safe and healthy for Annie but that would also fit into our lifestyle.

One of the first companies I came across was Shnuggle. Shnuggle are a local company (we all know how passionate I am about shopping local!) created by husband and wife team Adam and Sinead. They used their experience of raising three children to create the first “modern moses basket” in 2009 and the company has grown from there now shipping worldwide.

The first product that caught my eye was the Shnuggle baby bath. Bathing a newborn petrified me and the thought of a traditional bath didn’t help the fear so when I came across the unique shape of the Shnuggle baby bath, including the bum bump and foam back to support a baby sitting, and read fellow bloggers reviews I was sold. 8 weeks in and I love Annie’s bath time every evening and it’s obvious how much she loves her bath too. Having confidence in working with a baby is so important and our bath has been a major competent in building my confidence during bath times.

This month we were kindly sent Shnuggles new washcloths and towel and wow! I only thought Annie’s towels were soft until I opened up our towel! Although Annie loves her bath time, she hates getting out of her bath but we have noticed a big difference since introducing the Shnuggle towel. The hooded wrap towel is wearable for mum or dad meaning I can wrap her up super quickly once she is out of the bath and keeping her close to me seems to have a calming effect – either that or she is loving my body heat! 

We are loving our Shnuggle journey so far and it has definitely made a positive impact to me as a new mum in not only building my confidence but helping us enjoy little Annie that little bit more!

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Life’s little luxuries

Having a newborn is tough going. Something I never realised until little Annie came along. I really don’t think anything can prepare you for those sleepless nights… think 8 hangovers in a row and you are almost there! It is having these little experiences though that has made me realise what aspects of life I took for granted before.

Like having a shower. Something that was just part of getting ready and was often rushed is now a massive luxury. Flip I love when my husband says he will mind the baby to let me get a shower in peace. With that in mind, here are my top five little luxuries that I definitely took for granted pre-baby.

1. Watching an entire TV programme. Never mind watching an whole film, I’d be happy with Coronation Street!

2. Getting ready and out the door in a flash. Now it’s a minimum 60 minute, pre-planned operation.

3. Eating a warm meal or a hot cup of tea! Flip, warm food used to taste soooo good.

4. The smell of perfume. My scent now is Eau de Aptamil.

5. Washing my hair. If I do get to wash it, I don’t get to dry it. Otherwise Batiste Dry Shampoo is your new best mate!

Who needs a warm shower anyway? I have a feeling as my little monkey grows up, it is only going to get worse – I’m getting a nanny for the terrible two stage!In all seriousness though, I wouldn’t change it for the world. It is a massive change but the best feeling in the world. 

5 Things I Have Learnt in my First 12 Weeks as a Mum

Lets be honest. When people tell you being a mum is hard work, they aren’t kidding. I have learnt more about myself and my husband in these first 12 weeks than I have in the last 5 years together. From the sleepless nights to the first injection tears it is tough going but hugely rewarding, so what have I learnt?

1. Make time for one another

I thought being on maternity leave, I would have a lot more time for my husband and myself but this was so far from the truth. I envisaged home cooked meals, baked goodies and dinner dates but it has taken me 12 weeks to get anywhere close to this. I know now how important it is to take a little time for us. Get the baby to bed, stick on a move and pour a glass of wine.

2. My body can run on empty

Before falling pregnant I was pretty sure I had pushed my body to the limit. With a career behind me and four years in uni I had tackled the late nights, early mornings, bad diets and two spin classes a day. I thought I was invincible but low and behold I learnt I wasn’t. Having a new born pushes your body to the limit. From post c-section recovery to sleepless nights, late night and early mornings to fighting for a warm meal I now know what it is to run on empty.

3. Team work rules

I have never felt more in a team than I do now with my husband. I had read all the baby books and thought we knew what way we would deal with having Annie but the reality was much different. We have tried many different arrangements but finally 12 weeks in we have our own routine…until injection time comes round again. He is my husband, my best friend and my team mate and with him I know we can tackle anything.

4. I am my own worst enemy

In the first few weeks I was determined to get back to normal. Blogging, cleaning, baking, cooking and coping with a new born after Carl went back to work. 2 weeks in and I was exhausted and broke down. I really am my own worst enemy. Looking back I wish I hadn’t put as much pressure on myself. The cleaning can wait, the washing will still be there tomorrow and the Chinese is only 5 minutes away.

5. When the going gets tough clear your head

Sometimes we need a break and there is now shame in taking time to yourself. I love my little Annie to pieces but there are enough changes going on and I wish I had taken a little time for me. After 5/6 weeks I got back to the gym and it felt amazing to have a little me time. No one will judge you for taking a little time out.

More than anything, it is important to work it all out yourself. Never worry about what others will say or what others are doing. This is your baby, your family and your time enjoy it!

 

Do you have a Maternity Leave Bucketlist?

Time flies doesn’t it? I am now ten weeks into my maternity leave with 7 week old Annie and I am loving it. However, the scary realisation of how quickly it is going in is dawning on me. Fast! 

A lot of mums warned me about how quickly it would go in so I want to make sure I really make the most of these precious moments with Annie in her first year of life. With that in mind I have decided to create my Maternity Leave Bucketlist.

If you aren’t familiar with a traditional bucketlist, it is a list of all the things you want to do before you die (not as morbit as it sounds!) so a maternity leave bucketlist is all the things you want to do before the end of your maternity leave.

Now I won’t be adding skydives or round the world trips to my maternity leave bucket list (Carl you can breathe a sigh of relief!) it is a miracle just to get out of the house before 10, but I do want to make the most of the little number of months I have with Annie of work. So here goes…

I would love to hear if you have written your own list and if so what you have on it!

A day in the life of a new mum

Before Annie was born, Carl and I used to laugh when people said “Aww your pregnant. Make the most of your sleep before the baby comes.” To be honest, we thought they were all major drama queens. How wrong were we. Five weeks in I now know the best form of contraception is a baby.

I was always busy between juggling full-time work as a Community Manager, part-time wedding planning, blogging, attending blog events and the craziness associated with living on a farm (never a dull moment up here!) and often would have came home from work, ate and was straight back out the door again not stopping from dawn til dusk but nothing could have prepared me for the business of motherhood.

So new mums-to-be and those trying for a baby, here it is. Here is how I spend my day and it isn’t for the faint hearted.

5.30am Annie starts to stir in bed. She isn’t the best sleeper and it takes a lot for her to get in a deep sleep but this has been going on for over an hour so I know she will be up VERY soon. I get up, sterilise the bottles, make her a bottle tidy up the living room after my husband created an almighty mess last night, put on washing, do the dishes, iron Annie’s clothes, make myself a piece of toast and eat it while I head back to the bedroom to feed her.

6am By the time I make it to the room Annie has let out a cry. Here we go. I start to feed her and by the time I finish burping her it is 6.45am. We head to the living room and have a play on the floor until her milk settles. She has had reflux now for a couple of days so I don’t fancy being covered in milky goodness.

7.30am I get her bath ready to top and tail her. I fill the bath, bring it in to the living room to my crying baby who hates being left alone, bring up her clothes and start. It is a bit of a crying match the whole way through as she hates having her clothes off but we get there in the end.

8am Feed number 2 of the day starts. Generally Annie goes 3 hours between bottles but if getting washed is involved you can guarantee she’ll want a bottle as payment afterwards.

9am After her feed, Annie finally goes down for a sleep it doesn’t last long though. The little sleep demon is back up in an hour.

9-11am I get the dusting and hoovering done, tidy up the bedroom and get a quick shower. As soon as I get out I can hear her stirring again. I grab a quick bite to eat and run to her.

11.15am we are back on the floor playing but she is having none of it, her reflux is playing up and she has bad wind pains. Bless her I would take them away if I could it’s horrible hearing much in pain she is.

12pm we are back on the bottle again and this time it is not fun. The pains are in full swing and it takes a lot of perseverance to get her to take her bottle. It takes a full hour and a half to feed her.

1.30pm we are both fed, watered, dressed and the house it tidied. I switch over the washing loads, put away the clothes, get packed up and we are out of the house and off into town. If I don’t get out of the house I feel like my head will explode. Of course, she falls asleep before we have left the drive way and sleeps all the way through town. Bliss.

3pm As soon as I see the next feed approaching I get ready to head home. When we get in I get the bottle made and quickly prep dinner. It’s chicken pie tonight so I have it made from yesterday evening and just have to pop it in the oven. T minus 1.5hours before Carl is home (thank goodness!).

4.15pm I am just finishing Annie’s feed when Carl drives in. I get her burped and settled and quickly say hi before dishing out the dinner while she sleeps. We scoff our dinner like lightening for fear she will wake up. Honestly, there is only so much cold food you can eat in a week. After dinner Carl takes her to play with while I clear the dinner dishes, hoover, mop, prepare tomorrow nights dinner, sterilise more bottles, get changed into my pjs ready for bath time and before you know it it’s 6pm!

6pm feed time is around. Thankfully Carl does this one while I finish my bits and bobs around the house. I get the bath stuff ready and into the living room so that we can kick off when he finishes. We start the bath at 7pm and are done for 7.45pm with another bottle ready for 8pm. There is definitely no bath without a bottle in our house.

8pm feeding commences again. This time I am propped up in bed so that I am ready for 9pm TV – why oh why is Love Island over! Thankfully Annie goes down quite quickly after this bottle and I get to watch some trashy TV.

11pm I’ve drifted off so Carl does the 11pm feed and the 3am feed. Thank goodness but before you know it it’s 5.30am again and here we go all over again. RESTART!

 

The people who every new mum could kill

I’m not really sure if it is just because the sleepless nights are making me more irritable or whether all new mums share in my hatred but there are certain types of people I could sincerely throw into a river since having Annie.

  1. My husband

Yep. Top of the list. My husband. I’m not going to lie but I think I have developed a profound hatred for the man that fires up in me every 90 seconds. Do you know where the milk belongs? No I do not want to pick up your dirty clothes off the bathroom floor. Yeah no problem I’ll change her nappy even though you are already doing it. Awk don’t worry I didn’t make the bed for a reason, get back in and go to sleep. A lie in? I haven’t had one of those since she was born but you work away.

If he goes missing, it was me.

2. The feeders

Those that bring cake, chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks (yep Rebecca, if you are reading this I am referring to you!) We all have that one friend who wants to fatten you up to make you bigger so they look skinnier. Well my hormones and mum-tum tells me I’m already big enough so as much as I can resist the malteaser buns at 3pm in the afternoon, at 3am I have no willpower and will eat the packet!

3. The “do-gooders” who do no good

Aww yeah. Those that promise the world and deliver NOTHING! “Wait until the baby comes, I’ll call everyday and give you a hand.” By giving you a hand they secretly mean they’ll come into your house, expect you to make them tea, want to eat your biscuits (which you don’t have because Tesco with a newborn is petrifying), play with the baby, pick her up when she’s sleeping, make a mess and then leave you with a crying baby. Thanks.

4. Those who don’t own a watch

Ok so this used to be me. “I’ll be there at 12” – I was never there before 1pm (sorry guys!) but seriously though. While new mums are sitting at home trying to time the feeds, hold them off for visitor, listening to the crying, trying to clean the house etc the least you could do is be on time!

5. The ringer who won’t give up

IF I DON’T ANSWER THE FIRST TIME THERE IS A REASON – STOP CALLING TEN TIMES IN A ROW! We’ve all been there. We’ve fought to get the baby to sleep and just as they are going into a deep sleep BOOM! Ring, ring, ring. Hang up. Ring, ring ring. Hang up. Just p**s off! Unless your dead I don’t care, I will call you back, and if you are dead then obviously not dead enough!

6. Skinny mum in her gym gear

4 weeks post c-section I am dying to get back into the gym and get my body back so to the skinny mums who had a natural delivery, sprung back into the pre-baby clothes and are rocking their gym gear… I hate you. I can barely walk up stairs.

7. That guy who created Google

Here’s my life currently. Feed the baby, burp the baby, change the babies nappy. Google. From googling if her nappies are ok, to googling if her skin is ok, how many ounces she should be taking, what other babies her age are doing etc. Each time I come off Google I either think she is seriously ill or lacking in something. The new rule in our house is, if the sentence starts with “but Google said…” then Carl isn’t going to listen.

Dear Annie, today you are 4 weeks old

Dear Annie,

Today you are 4 weeks old and I have no idea where those 4 weeks have went. It has been the craziest, most exhausting, life changing 4 weeks and for the most part we have loved it.

I’m not going to lie, there have been insanely tough parts. Like the day you cried pretty much all day, I really was ready to pull my own hair out. Or at 3am when you’ve decided you want fed every hour, we don’t really like you much then. But in a moment of the chaos when you look up at us and give your little Elvis style smile (yes I know it’s wind but I can dream it’s a smile) you melt our hearts all over again. We adore you. 

I never understood what people meant when they said you will never know love like loving your own child. You have made us love a little more and love a little harder. Not only do we love every inch of you more than anything in the world but I love your daddy even more. We have got through the craziest, hardest 4 weeks as a team; daddy, you and I. I love watching my family with you. Granda, Granny and Uncle Alan are as besotted with you as we are and you will never know the amazing joy you bring to our whole family.

In 4 weeks we have watched you change so much. Every day you grow a little more and become more of the little person you will be one day. We can’t wait to see the person you become, the personality you will have and the friends you will make. We hope you will have the most amazing life.

 
So as I write this and you lie sleeping on me I have 3 wishes.1. You have a happy life filled with laughter because laughter can brighten the worst day.

2. You have a healthy life.

3. You have a life filled with love. Love for your family who will care for you now, love for your friends who will help you through your teens and one day, love for your partner who you will share your life with.

We love you little Annie.

9 things visitors shouldn’t do around a newborn baby

We are always excited when a newborn arrives into the world especially if mum and dad are close to you. However, since having my little one I have realised there are some serious do’s and don’ts about visiting the new arrival – most of which I never realised until I had Annie!

1. Don’t rush straight to the hospital

Lets be honest, giving birth is a tiring experience. Whether mum has had a natural birth or a c-section, she is going to be tired and adjusting to her new life as a mum with a newborn baby. Therefore when mum and dad’s phones start blowing up with everyone looking to be the first to meet the little one, it can become a little overwhelming. Often parents will want certain people to meet baby first e.g. their parents, siblings etc therefore it is best to ask when suits for you to visit. Finally, not all aspects of giving birth are picture perfect. Parents may have been advised that baby needs further tests or that there is a suspected illness e.g. out of 4 on my ward, 2 babies had suspected heart murmurs. Therefore if you are visiting remember to be sensitive.

2. Don’t arrive unexpectedly

Always arrange with mum and/or dad when it suits to visit. The day after arriving home we had 15 visitors in one day and it was insanely overwhelming. I remember curling up and crying to my mum like a child! Remember day 3-5  post birthing many mums get the “baby blues” so very little can tip you over the edge. Hospitals can also have strict visiting rules e.g. no more than 2 to a bed, therefore, if mum and dad don’t know your arriving, those that have arranged to come may have to leave early for you to come in. 
Babies can also be very unsettled when they come home therefore certain times of the day for visits may suit better than others.

3. Don’t ask to hold the baby when its sleeping

Visitors get to visit, coochy coo over the baby and then leave but if the baby becomes spoilt i.e. being held whilst sleeping, mum and dad are going to be tortured after! I was very strict with Annie that she wasn’t to be lifted while sleeping and although some visitors weren’t happy, I had to do what was right for us and Annie.

4. Don’t take pictures without asking

This baffles me. Regardless if you are family or a lifetime friend, why would you take a picture of the little one without asking? Many parents now are choosing not to post pictures of their little one on social media so it is best to honour their wishes.

5. Don’t visit when you are ill

Again, this one baffles me. Why would you want to visit a newborn who hasn’t learnt to fight off illnesses yet? You should also make sure to wash your hands before holding the baby whether ill or not.

6. Do not stay longer than an hour

Hospital visiting is brilliant as visitors have to leave by a certain time but when at home visitors can come and stay for as long as they like! We have had visitors stay for up to 3 hours! Again, new parents are adjusting to a massive life change with their new arrival so staying longer than an hour can be very overwhelming and can disrupt their ability to get into a routine. Also, new parents are often so tired so holding a conversation for longer than an hour can be painful!

7. Don’t pass the baby from visitor to visitor without asking

This is my ultimate pet hate. When a number of people visit together, it appears to be socially acceptable to pass the baby around. I found myself so upset when Annie was first born at her being passed around everyone. No mum wants to appear rude by asking visitors not to have a nurse of the baby but she always has to think of her little one who now comes first.

8. Don’t visit late at night

Yes. People do do it. We had a visitor arrive at 10pm at night unexpectedly. Ehh hello??? This is why point 2 is so important! New parents are often shattered with adjusting to the night feeds and having a new little person who is totally dependant on them so arriving late can really upset the balance.

9. Expect to be treated as a visitor

Regardless of how baby arrived into the world mum and dad are going to be tired so do not expect to be lifted and laid as a visitor when you arrive to their home. They will not have had a full nights sleep since the baby arrived so as well as being tired they probably will not have had time to get a shop in or clean. Instead, offer to make the tea or think about bringing essentials e.g  tea bags/coffee to help the new parents.

Annie at 3 weeks old

It is so scary to think that my little Annie is three weeks old today. When they say that babies grow up quickly they aren’t kidding!

We really have jam packed everything and anything in to the last week. With it being the holidays, Annie has got to spend more time with her daddy, grandparents and uncle and it really has been amazing. Watching her with my husband and my family is the most heart warming scene and I adore seeing them all bond with her.

I finally feel like I am starting to get myself into a better system at home. Don’t get me wrong we are far from a routine and still feeding on demand but Annie usually goes 3 hours between each bottle so we are very lucky!

At last I am finally starting to feel like my old self again. I had been very sick throughout my pregnancy but 3 weeks post partum my tummy is nearly down, I am back to my pre baby weight (a lot of toning is definitely needed!), I know what tan, make up and lashes are again and it feels brilliant. Each night after we bath Annie, I take half an hour to myself either to put tan on or put on a face mask and it has really helped to make me feel more like me!

When they say your life changes when a little one arrives they aren’t wrong. My days are consumed playing on the floor, doing Annie’s washing and ironing, bottle feeding, burping, changing nappies and packing up the changing bag but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. She is perfect.

What I have learnt

  • Annie doesn’t like me to eat. Every time I cook she wakes up so I’ve learnt to enjoy cold food.
  • I can now pack up us and the car in 25 minutes – a big improvement from 45 minutes last week. How do people do it with two kids?!
  • Rest when the baby sleeps. Otherwise a mental breakdown at 10pm will happen.
  • The most romantic thing my husband can say to me now “I’ll do the night feeds” now that is love!

Annie at three weeks old

  • She is sleeping a lot less in the day and is a lot more alert. We love seeing her bright eyes in the morning.
  • Doesn’t take her eyes off her daddy when he is near her and will follow his voice.
  • Still hates the bath but now will lie in her nappy for a little while.
  • Has learnt where her lungs are and can squeal the house down!

Private antenatal care. Is it worth it? 

Going private for your pre-natal care can often be a touchy subject and many people can have big opinions on the subject. I had serious anxiety about my pregnancy and worried often that something would go wrong either during the pregnancy or during labour. After experiencing issues early on, we quickly decided to go down the private route.

There are many pros and cons to going private or remaining with full NHS care and I truly believe every new mum is different and should choose what is best for her. For me, I found that very soon after meeting my doctor, my worries started to pass and I knew I was in safe hands so it was well worth it!

Pros

  • Regular appointments. For me I had 4 weekly appointments and scans with my doctor which moved to fortnightly and then weekly as my pregnancy developed.
  • Evening appointments to work around your commitments.
  • Seeing the same doctor was hugely reassuring for me. In a few weeks I felt that she knew us as a couple and was able to tailor the care we received. From our first appointment to my 6 week post natal check I will see the same doctor.
  • Immediate appointments in the case of an emergency. One evening I panicked I hadn’t felt the baby kick. I called my doctor and within an hour I was at the clinic, scanned and knew everything was ok.

    Cons

    • For me, the only con can be the cost. Packages start at around £2,000 for your entire care but this is dependant on the doctor, location etc. However, you can just pay for additional scans if you don’t feel you need a full antenatal package.

    I must stress, I think our NHS is outstanding. The work completed by our doctors and nurses is second to none and I seen this first hand when in the hospital but the reassurance and continuity of private care was right for us. 

    My labour experience

    Before I start, I have to admit I was PETRIFIED about giving birth! No amount of One Born Every Minute or baby books was settling me and I really expected it to be the most horrific experience of my life.. but it wasn’t!

    Due to my anxiety and early complications in my pregnancy, we quickly decided to go down the private route (I’ll write more about this soon). Very soon after meeting my doctor my worries started to pass and I knew I was in safe hands.

    We had agreed that I would be brought in to be induced one week prior to my due date. Similar to Binky from Made in Chelsea, the thought of being induced was more appealing to me as I felt I would be in a safe, controlled enviornment but it is also amazing coming close to the end when you know it is going to end a little earlier.

    I was brought into Craigavon Area Hospital on Tuesday 20th June and I was given the 24hr pessary at 7pm. This method of induction is slow releasing and should do something within 24 hours. However 18 hours later and I had nothing! 24 hours later the pessary was removed and I hadn’t moved from being 1cm dilated. I was so disappointed as at around 5pm I had been having pains so I thought things were starting to move but unfortunately not! 

    At that point we discussed our options. They could attempt to break my waters and administer a drip but it would be very difficult and still may not work. Alternatively, we could look at a c-section. So that is what we did and I was scheduled for 8.30am the following morning.

    There is something very surreal about knowing when you are going to have your baby. I was woken around 6am on Thursday 22nd after fasting from midnight. I was given my pre-op drink, got washed and dressed, put on my theatre gown and (very attractive!) stockings and waited on my husband arriving. At 8am we were taken off the ward and into a room to wait on being taken to theatre. It was at this point I met with the midwife, anaethetist and anaethestists nurse who would all be in the theatre with me, cue my major nerves setting in. They went through the paperwork with me and I signed my life away. At this point I was so nervous! After being nothing but excited all morning, fear set in when they started discussing “what could go wrong” and boom… I threw up!

    At 8.45am I was taken to theatre and Carl was taken to a waiting room for him to come in when I was prepped and ready for surgery. My spinal block was quickly administered and I was shocked at how pain free it was! When it was completed and I was lying down they pulled up the curtain and I finally felt like I was in One Born Every Minute. Carl was brought in shortly after and I remember we just talked absolute nonsense. 

    The entire section experience is very surreal. I remember feeling a mass of different feelings during it from nausea to feeling faint and cold but each time I told the anaethetist he was able to administer medication to take it away. There was zero pain, just feelings of poking and proding.

    At 9.22am Baby Annie Hill was born fit and healthy weighing 8lbs 2oz, 50cm in length and she was just perfect. After getting her cleaned her up daddy held her and we couldn’t take our eyes of her. It is definitely a moment I will remember for the rest of my life.


    My labour definitely didn’t go how I expected it to. I was determined to have a natural labour but when push came to shove Annie was just too high up and it wasn’t meant to be. 
    My c-section experience wasn’t bad at all! I was amazed at how pain free it was, probably due to the medication given to me! After being extremely anxious about labour throughout my pregnancy I would go back and do it all again in the morning but don’t tell Carl!

    My first two weeks as a mum

    Little Annie is now two weeks old and I really do not know where the time has went. Mum always said that your life totally changes when a little one arrives and boy was she right! It isn’t all Instagram selfies and cute outfits.

    I think I was most shocked about how much things changed when we left the hospital. People always say to stay in for as long as you can and I never really understood why… now I do! Things are a lot different at home. Juggling a newborn, cooking, cleaning, visitors and recovering from a c-section is hectic. Annie was also very unsettled for the first two nights and slept very little. Cue two sleep deprived, exhausted, new parents. 

    I tried hard to ignore things going on around me e.g. how messy my house was but resisting the urge to do “too much” is very hard. A couple of days after coming home the pain set in. Up until that point with the medication from the hospital I had had no pain so I knew I had done too much. Cue less cleaning and more resting.

    Everyone talks about the “baby blues” and I never thought I would be as emotional as I was when they set in. Day 3-5 after having Annie and I just cried for no reason. Carl had brought me home a bottle of juice from the shop one day and even that set me off! I would cry with exhaustion and two minutes later cry and laugh simultaneously as I knew I was crying for no reason. Thank God they only lasted 3 days.

    What I have learnt

    • I have learnt that newborns only cry when they either need their nappy changed, are hungry or need burped. In Annie’s case it is nearly always for a bottle.
    • To listen to my body and not to push it – the cleaning will stay there until my body is ready.
    • My life will never be the same again. I used to spend it shopping, at the gym, working and drinking hot chocolates or cocktails with the girls. Now its washing, ironing, sterilising bottles and being covered in milk but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
    • I can survive on 3 hours sleep!

    Two weeks later and Annie is thriving! She is back to her pre-birth weight, she has had her newborn photos done, met all her immediate family and godparents and her cord has fallen off! It really has taken me those full two weeks (and my husband going back to work) to get into my own routine with her and my confidence is growing every day. We have loved watching her change almost everyday and we can’t wait for the next two weeks! 

    Annie at two weeks old

    • Loves to sleep, poop and be burped.
    • Turns her head when you rub her cheek
    • Loves sleeping in her daddy’s arms
    • Already has her daddy wrapped around her little finger
    • Hates the bath and having her clothes off