It’s funny how before you have your first baby you have a picture in your head of what it will be like based mainly on advertising and seeing your friends with babies for maybe an hour or so at a time. I remember saying to my team leader at work that I would be ready to go back to work after 4 months as how hard could having a baby be! I thought I would have time to really get my travel blog going, I could do a writing course, learn Japanese and possibly learn how to cook something substantial so I could resemble some type of 60’s housewife waiting for her husband to return from work with dinner on the table. I would be part of an awesome mothers group who would catch up for coffees and gossip and I would have time to get super fit and healthy. Lastly I would read a lot – yes I am a book nerd
Haha how funny reality is!? The reality is when I saw the friends who have babies they had their outside mask on (yes I learnt this phrase from mothers group) which is what mum’s put on when they leave the house to appear like everything is great and then the mask comes off again when you walk in the house. I haven’t cleaned my bathroom in ages and the only way I vacuum is with the baby in the carrier or when my husband is home. I do at least a load of washing everyday as babies have more poop-splosion’s then one would believe and although I have cooked more than I ever have I wouldn’t say they are culinary experiences for my husband ha-ha
I started mothers group 2 weeks ago and so far am still trying to find some friends let alone go out for a coffee with people and my efforts of getting healthy have seen me change from normal chocolate to dark chocolate (and this was only because I have to cut my dairy intake to help Sienna’s eczema!).
What I have achieved –
- this blog post and 2 posts before this one
- I have managed to finish 2 whole books in 10 weeks, the last book I finished just before I started this post because Sienna is actually having a nap
- I haven’t eaten normal chocolate in….. ok I ate a piece this morning because I finished the whole block of dark chocolate in like 2 days
- About 100 loads of washing
- Keeping Sienna fed, clothed and healthy up to this 10 weeks point
- Walking almost every day – mainly so Sienna sleeps for a whole hour but it’s also helping my waistline… or so I am telling myself
Yup being a mum is exhausting but seeing Sienna smile or when she snuggles up to me and you know at that point that to her you are her whole world makes it all worthwhile!
******* Though that doesn’t mean I am not looking forward to the day where she has 2 naps a day and sleeps 10 hours through at night so I can have some ‘me’ time…… that’s still in the fantasy realm at this stage though!