Tuesday, 18 July 2017

MUM THINGS I'VE DONE WRONG


"You should sterilise anything your baby might come into contact with. Including sofas and the neighbours cat". 
It's 4am. My baby is fussing. He's got a full tummy but he desperately wants some comfort. I want to sleep. I reach for his dummy. I drop his dummy. I watch his dummy drop onto the floor. I watch his dummy roll across the carpet. I don't know when I last hoovered. Was it last week? I pick the dummy up. I put the dummy in my mouth to remove carpet residue. I put the dummy in my babys mouth. AHHH, sweet sweet silence.

"You really should let your baby cry instead of comforting him whenever he makes a sound". 
Oh really? Yeah? Sorry, must dash, I think I just heard my baby murmur so I need to snuggle him for 3 hours and then watch him sleep for another hour. I love my baby. I want him to know that if he needs me I'm going to go to him. I'm gonna comfort him whenever he damn well asks for it Aunt Patricia.
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Monday, 17 July 2017

MY BIRTH STORY


I had a perfect pregnancy up until the last month. I had great test results the entire way along. I wasn't particularly sick in the first trimester and I didn't suffer with exhaustion in the way that I assumed I would. Some days it was tough to drag myself out of bed, but I don't think that's exclusive to being pregnant for me...

At 36 weeks pregnant (the start of the final month) I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes based on the results of a routine test with the midwife. The diagnosis really knocked me for six because I had been feeling really good and everything was progressing exactly as I wanted it to. I was called into the hospital to meet with the diabetes specialists and they gave me a blood glucose monitor. I had to prick my finger 6 times a day (before and after every meal) and perform a quick blood test on myself. The results were sent over to the hospital electronically and the team there would be able to monitor my blood sugar and immediately let me know if there was an issue. The main impact of the gestational diabetes would be the size of my baby. Babies whose mothers have GD are typically larger and born earlier than most other babies. The team started dropping hints that I would likely have the baby early.
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Friday, 23 June 2017

#momlife


INTRODUCING

Mr Alex Michael Herrington

8lb 4oz

Born June 5th, 9:26am




On June 5th I delivered my handsome little man at the Royal Berkshire Hospital after a slightly dramatic 'week of labour'. It feels like I've known him my entire life and that he's always been around. He's 18 days old today and he's fit and well- he is an eating, sleeping, pooping machine and he's doing all of those things like a pro.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Actual Things That Real People Have Said to me During My Pregnancy


  • What will you do if you don't love the baby when it's born? 
  • What will Ben do if you die giving birth?
  • Did you eat this much before you were pregnant? 
  • How did you decide to give up on your career to become a mum?
  • How much weight have you gained so far? 
  • Do you think you'll be in labour for longer because you're bigger?
  • Do you think you're going to get post-natal depression?
  • Why are you planning to have pain relief?
  • How are you going to shift the baby weight once he arrives?
  • How long did it take you to get pregnant? 
  • Do you have stretch marks?
  • Have you pretty much given up on doing anything properly at work now? 
  • What will you do if the baby is born with an illness? 
  • When are you getting rid of your cat?
  • Will you have to bring the baby to like every social event once he's here?
  • If we planned a girls holiday would you have to bring the baby? 
  • Why are you finding out the sex of the baby when a surprise is so much better?
  • Do you think you're going to hate your body after the baby comes? 
  • Was it planned?
  • You're going for a natural birth, yeah?
  • Do you know that *generic food item* is really bad for the baby?
  • Omg did you hear about *random person*? She nearly died giving birth last month. 
  • What are you going to do about money?


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Monday, 10 April 2017

Fredricks Hotel & Spa Maidenhead; a Review


On Monday last week I got the opportunity to experience my first ever antenatal spa day. It was the same as any normal spa day but with less champagne and more "OH JESUS" sounds every time I had to get up from the sun lounger without a hand rail or a serious shove from somebody.

Fredricks Hotel & Spa is in Maidenhead, Berkshire. It's about a 3 minute drive from the M4 so it's easy to find and there is also plenty of free parking at the front of the hotel. The spa is located at the right hand side of the hotel.

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Anxiety in Pregnancy


I am quite an anxious person. I'm the "Shit, did I just offend her?" kind of anxious, rather than the "Can't walk into a room of strangers" type of anxious, but it's always a voice in my head. For the past few years I've definitely had it under control- I would say there's probably been 1 or 2 days in a year where I've felt like I can't do something because of 'anxiety'. I've gotten pretty good at managing things that are going to put me into that 'zone' and avoiding them entirely. Not the best coping strategy in all cases, but it works for me.

Being pregnant has definitely exacerbated my anxiety. The other night I was home alone between around 4pm and 1am. This would usually be a DREAM for me (bath, book, chocolate, bed, film, sleep) but instead it was just awful. I spent the entire night counting down the hours until my husband came home. I was stressed, I was restless, I jumped at every sound, and I was convinced that there were burglars downstairs on three separate occasions. We have a home alarm system with surveillance cameras fitted and I think I requested photos from those cameras twice during the night just to check that there wasn't a murderer sat on my sofa in silence. I turned on all the lights in the house and then worried that I was creating a lighthouse effect and everybody who walked past my house would be drawn to the light like a criminal moth. I turned off all the lights and suddenly the house was full of intruders. I sat in bed bolt upright watching YouTube videos until my husband walked through the door and immediately felt like a total idiot for being so worried.

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