BAD DAYS, BABY BLUES & BEING HONEST

Since having Freddie almost six months ago, I have felt like I’ve been on a particularly relentless emotional rollercoaster. Never before have I experienced such extremes; overwhelming happiness and then feelings of hopelessness and the worry, my god the worry.

When the midwife first put Freddie on my chest, I remember tears streaming down my face and being unable to express anything other than ‘Is this my baby? This is my baby?’. I have never ever felt happiness and pride like I did that day. But almost as soon as he arrived the worry set in. Was he comfortable? Was he happy? What did he need? Was he in pain? Could I make him happy? Why was he crying? Why had he slept so long? Did I need to wake him?  View Full Post

OUR STORY | SILENT REFLUX

Freddie was around four weeks old when we ended up at Out of Hours one weekend. He had been screaming for most of the day and although we had been concerned previously, we had dismissed our worries as just ‘typical’ newborn behaviours. However, that day G and I felt that something really was wrong.

We waited for around an hour taking it in turns to push Freddie around the waiting area trying to keep him calm. I felt utterly broken, helpless and very low. I doubted my gut instinct and questioned over and over again during that hour whether I was just unable to cope and there wasn’t anything actually wrong. I remember looking at other newborns and they just seemed to fall asleep easily and they would cry but it seemed easily remedied with a feed or a cuddle or a wind. My baby was never happy like that and it broke my heart.

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SIX TIPS FOR NEWBORN SLEEP

When we first brought baby Freddie home from the hospital he would only sleep if cuddled upright on us so we quickly discovered it was best to split the night into three hour shifts so that at least one of us could get some sleep. After a week of ‘shifts’ we were a bit fed up and wanted to sleep in our own bed. After a lot of trial and error (emphasis on the error!) over the next six weeks we found that the tips below made a big difference with helping us all get a bit more sleep.

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FIVE THINGS PEOPLE TOLD ME PRE-BABY  ( & FIVE I WISH THEY HAD!)

Since having my baby boy I have spent a lot of time (hello night feeds and cluster feeding) reflecting on advice and anecdotes I had heard whilst pregnant and what, in hindsight I actually wish I had known. Nothing can really prepare you for the roller coaster that is motherhood but I hope this post helps or at least amuses you if you are currently pregnant, it certainly would have helped me! If you have had your baby I would love to hear your thoughts on these as well.

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