Being Mommy is wonderful, it’s even better than I thought it would be… But sometimes, just sometimes, I dream about being Daddy.
Daddy didn’t have nine months of pregnancy to deal with. No morning sickness. No swollen feet and ankles. No labour anxiety or being too uncomfortable to sleep. And Daddy still got to benefit from weird pregnancy cravings: too many McDonalds meals than I’d care to admit to and a freezer full of Mars Icecreams.
If you’ve not considered a newborn photography session for your little one, I urge you to think about it! We weren’t that bothered about it whilst I was pregnant, and we actively avoided the Bounty session in hospital as we didn’t want to get suckered into spending a small fortune. However, I found myself desperately googling local newborn photographers a few weeks later, determined to capture the beauty of our little one
I came across Kelly Louise Photography, who was offering a FAB deal for newborn sessions. It was too good to refuse, and I sent her a message hoping she’d be able to fit us in. What I didn’t realise was that many newborn shoots get booked MONTHS in advance and availability goes really quickly.
Thankfully, she was able to squeeze us in and one Saturday morning we headed to her gorgeous studio in Hatton (serendipitous for me as we got married in Hatton, a lovely village outside of Warwick) with all our fingers crossed that Pickle would behave himself.
It’s not often I get agitated and I can usually be found sitting on the fence (I like to think it’s because I’m empathetic rather than apathetic) but occasionally, something comes along that makes my blood boil. And there’s one term at the moment that is really beginning to frustrate me: ‘breastfeeding friendly’. Let me explain…
I love breastfeeding Pickle. It certainly wasn’t easy to start with and there were a good couple of weeks where my anxiety levels went through the roof every time I noticed he was hungry. But now that we’ve got the hang of it, I bloody love it. I don’t stick to a feeding schedule, I just feed on demand, whenever and wherever that may be. Who knew I’d be so happy to whip my boob out in public? Certainly not me, but you know… when baby needs feeding, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Later this month, I’m going to my first blogging conference: Blog On MSI. I’m really looking forward to it, if I put aside any anxiety I have about leaving Pickle ALL day. As it’s my first blogging event, I thought I’d take part in Zoe’s Blog on MSI Ice Breaker Linky. Here’s a little bit about me…
I’ve never been one to follow fashion (you only have to look in my wardrobe to see I mainly just stick to what I know works: floral dresses and stripey tops) but now baby fashion has been opened up to me, it’s a whole different world of fun! Shopping for Pickle is WAY more fun than shopping for myself: all of the fun, none of the body-confidence issues, but it’s taken me a while to get ‘in tune’ with the different retailers out there – the big names and the little independent designers.
I was SUPER excited when a friend sent me over the link to Button and Squirt, an online kids clothing and accessory brand with a very special design that is just perfect for our little man…
I’m not much of a ‘live’ TV viewer (more of a binge Netlix user!), but the three programmes I make an exception for are Masterchef, The Great British Sewing Bee and, of course, BAKE OFF. I’m still not exactly sure what makes Bake Off such compelling viewing considering it’s just a bunch of people whisking up eggs and watching oven doors but the magic mix of Mary Berry, Mel and Sue and the Hollywood Death Stare has got me hooked. Along with most of the country.
I won’t spoil it too much in case you haven’t caught up yet, but Week One’s technical challenge was to make… Jaffa Cakes! Honestly, you’d have thought some of them had never heard of a Jaffa cake by the way they went about it so I decided to give it a go and see if it was really as difficult as some of them made it look.
There are many things about being a parent that has surprised me. I was prepared for sleepless nights and endless nappy changes. I expected constant crying would send me mad… but we’ve been pretty lucky and not really experienced any of the worst scenarios I imagined (or when we have, it’s not been as bad as I feared!). There are some things that have truly amazed me though – and now that Pickle is starting to show us what he likes and dislikes, I can’t believe some of the things that manage to hold his attention.
As I sit here writing this, Pickle is very happily lying on his playmat unable to take his eyes of the TV. Why? Because I put Pokemon on. Continue reading →