Happy Halloween 2017

October 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

My baby boy is slowly turning into a mini man in front of my very eyes, yet somehow I feel as though I'm missing it :( Maybe if I were filthy rich I would then have the means to employ a cook, cleaner and house keeper (sounds a little something like heaven) and then, maybe I could spend every waking minute watching him intently. BUT, even then I would still feel as though I had missed something. 

I know what you're thinking... What is she banging on about?  Surely being a stay at home mum you get to spend all the time in the world with your baby? and yes to a degree that's partly true. But life just isn't that black n white, thank-god! So what I mean by this is pretty simple, though I may over complicate it so bear with me, there truly is a point.  

I'm still a person too... I still have hopes, dreams and aspirations. I still want to take care of myself and feel good about me and who I am and MY place in this world. Does that make me a weirdo? Does this make me selfish? More importantly does this make me a bad mum? That there are times, when I take time for, like now for example, writing this blog post and my mini man is sat on his mini armchair eating a chocolate biscuit (naughty mummy) and watching Mr Tumble (queue grimaces from all knowing mothers!) Guilt is a beautiful thing, when you're a mum you might as well be wearing a neon sign stating 'Guilty as charged'... This of course calls for another blog post to elaborate on this subject (it's HUMUNGOUS) But for now I'll aim to stick to my original point. 

The answer to the above questions is a simple NO. This make me HUMAN, a human being. You don't switch off from life, a life you had prior to being Mum. What happens is you become so caught up in the whirlwind of motherhood, the birth, having a person to look after 24/7, no sleep, 3 in a bed, Google becoming your new best friend - the one you turn to for everything, food - feeding your baby the right foods!? the list of topics to worry about is endless and if the truth be known not all mums are so positively encouraging in this regard, which is a real shame as motherhood is huge without the added pressure of other mums looking down their noses at your choices... OK I'm heading way of subject here, told you I would!

So where were we? YES what happens is that in this constant state of thinking for another person, sometimes overthinking (comes with the territory) you do temporarily forget who you are and before you know it you have no identity left at all. You're simply 'Mum' People ask your baby's name, but they never ask you yours, they ask you about your baby, but they never ask you how your day has been?... So add this to the mix and we find ourselves slap bang in the middle of an identity crisis. 

Please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying It's not all doom and gloom and "LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!" No, nothing that dramatic in fact, this period passes in time. You start to get some sleep, you get your bed back, you've nailed breakfast lunch and dinner, and feeding your bubba a chocolate biscuit every once in awhile wont get you reported for being a bad mum (watching Mr. Tumble might though!) During it all there are snippets of moments, moments of clarity I like to call them when your baby will do something thats either cute, hilarious or truly amazing and then there are the quieter moments like those in the photo's of this blog post, taken at a pumpkin pick your own farm. These moments where you'll find yourself watching from afar in awe as you see the world through your child's eyes, and that's where the magic of parenthood lies. 

So I guess what I'm saying is even though you may feel or felt as I did, that you have missed out on your baby growing up, you really haven't because even the smallest of gestures turn out to be the biggest and best parts of watching them grow. Even though you may feel like you're somewhere in the midst of an identity crisis... well you can now rid yourself of that thought with immediate effect too. You are still YOU!... just a better more improved, more resilient, more patient, more lovable and don't get me started on multi-tasking capabilities... WOW!  So it's time to let go of the guilt, and remember as much as it may feel like it at times, you're not alone in your thinking. Take time for you - it will keep you sane, in this very insane job they call motherhood! and TAKE PHOTOS... one way of always remembering those first moments, those cute moments, the hilarious and of course truly amazing ones too plus every other moment in the middle and beyond. 

 


A mothers love

March 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

That Look! Only a mother knows!

A mothers love has no explanation, there are no words and neither should there be...

Happy Mothers Day x

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You Bump and Me Series 'Fast Forward Six Months'

January 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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What a difference 6 months makes! My not so little bubba finally made an appearance on 9th July exactly two weeks later than predicted and it's been one hell of a roller coaster ride ever since.

Sleepless nights - Check

Raging Hormones - Check

Baby Brain - Check Check 

It's a bit like being pregnant only now there's a physical person that you have to take care of on a daily basis. Did I say sleepless nights?... OH yes, oops! that'll be the baby brain! You get the picture right? 

But its all been worth it every sleepless night, every hormonal tear shed, every ending to a sentence (you know) the 'thingy' takes on a whole new endless list of meanings, every item lost (but not really you just forgot where you put it 5 minutes before)... I wouldn't change any of it. I have the most beautiful boy in the world and he brings me so much joy each day watching him grow (FAST) and seeing his own little personality develop... Oh yes, he's going to be a cheeky one! Not sure where he gets that from :)

 

 


You Bump and Me Series - Impatiently Waiting

July 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Being at such a late stage in my pregnancy it's all systems GO on the nesting front! As a self confessed OCD addict, these raging hormones and the imminent if not slightly later than expected arrival of the little one wasn't really helping matters.  

Racing towards the 2nd week of being 'overdue'  I would have considered myself to be in a pretty peaceful place all things considered had it not been for the midwives at each appointment putting the fear of god into me with their preconceived idea that my birth 'may' go wrong followed up further with threats of being induced. Followed by further still well meaning friends sharing their thoughts and passing across information to a then heavily pregnant women at 42 weeks summarising why it's best to be induced at 39 weeks or face potential life threatening problems... yes probably not the wisest move.  

In any case, I'm massively in love with this bump of mine and if baby wants to stay in their all cosy and warm for a bit longer then I shall continue to wait, happily, impatiently but patiently for my little person to make their arrival in this world.

 

"PERFECT"

the first inkling of you, crept into her head, and she waited
as you grew she adjusted her thinking to include the idea of you
wrestled with uncertainty, fear, doubt crystallizing into acceptance
and with a growing feeling of excitement welcomed you
curving her hands softly around you
eyes soft, mouth plush with secrets
visible signs of transformation upon her flesh
until the taut regions spongy with protective cushioning
shaped to your tiny fist in smooth ripples
as you revealed yourself in small beautiful shapes
pressing longingly against her, your perfect foot
testing its first ground while her hands smoothed and stroked
peacefully absorbing not just the thought of you
but the reality of you into her heart.

Author: Elisabeth Komae Li


A Sunny Easter Wedding at Oaks Farm Shirley

July 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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I'm so happy to finally blog the Easter wedding of Nick & Helen at the beautifully quaint setting of Oaks Farm in Shirley. The day itself was blessed with gorgeous sunshine (albeit a few non eventful showers here and there) a complete contrast to the last few weeks of dull days and dreary rain.  Nothing quite like a wedding to make the sun shine.

The love and connection between these lovely two who met at work was undeniable during their engagement photo shoot and have gone from making their excuses about lost stationary in order to see each other to what was a beautiful wedding day... Seems like nothing was going to get in the way of these two getting married and their day flew by without so much as a blip. Even me at a then 6 months pregnant ploughed on and lasted till the late hours to capture treasured memories for the happy couple for what was a truly beautiful day. 

 

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