I Am Not An Expert Mum.

I am not an Expert Mum

On a trip to the nurse this week (jabs, ugh), the nurse said “Oh I do like it when the expert mums come in, it makes my job so much easier”. I was very quick to correct her that I am far from an expert and would, at best, describe myself as a practising novice. It got me thinking, is that what people see me as? Do people think that because I have created 4 (super amazing) children, that these 4 children are fed and clean (most of the time) and that they say their pleases and thank you’s, that I might have a clue as to what the hell this parenting malarkey is about?! I’m afraid I’m going to have to burst their bubble.

I am not an expert Mum by any stretch of the imagination, and people that do think they are experts at parenting kinda piss me off. To me, parenting is a combination of trial/error and common sense. People think that just because I’ve been there already (in some cases 4 times over), that I’m some sort of aficionado on child rearing. The honest truth is that while I have learnt from mistakes with one child, I have made different ones with the other. Sometimes I make the same mistake time and time again because I have simply forgotten how I did things with the last! Bloody baby brain.

I’m not a fan of giving advice either. It may be that I don’t have much confidence in myself, but I don’t always think that MY way is the BEST way. If asked “what would you do”, I would just relay what I did with each child and see if any of those appealed.

And I’m always trying to learn. Has anyone else noticed that “official advice” changes around every 3 years?! Use cot bumpers, don’t use cot bumpers, wrap them up, don’t wrap them up, wash them with this, no wash them with that. Its always changing!!! Plus, my kids are always growing, always changing and more often than not growing in different ways. Not all children will potty train/wean/walk at the same time as their little brother/sister so don’t assume that what you did last time is going to work this time (case in point being my 3 1/2 year old that still won’t sleep through the night while my 3 month old will). I always have a parenting book on the go, and I always re-read books too. I got “The Baby Whisperer” the other week from the library, only to skim through it as a refresher on what to do with Twiglet to get her into a bit more of a routine. I also got a book about tween behaviour, because knowledge is power!(as is control of the kindle charger).

In summary, no matter how many kids I have, no matter how many different situations I have been in, I am not an expert parent, and I doubt I will ever be.

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Homemade Sleepyhead

 

 

 

I am a little addicted to Instagram ATM. And one of the big trends are these baby nests. The Sleepyhead is the most popular, and one of the most expensive too! I’ve got 4 kids, I can’t afford haircuts, let alone £100 on a Sleepyhead!!!! So I turned to the wonders of Pinterest and made my own. Suck it, Sleepyhead.

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Twiglet seems to like it and sleeps so well in it. We are transitioning to her cot (in our room) soon, so this will be an ideal way to help settle her in.

In case you aren’t a whizz on the sewing machine, you can grab a Sloeepyhead from Amazon for only £99.

Sleepyhead – Amazon – £99

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Twiglets Two Month Round Up

Time. Goes. So. Quickly. The last month has absolutely flown by. Twiglet has been to see all three of her siblings in their different Christmas plays, has been to all of their parent/teacher consultations and has done countless shopping trips trying to get ready for Christmas. She is much more alert now. We get smiles every time we gaze at her! She has just started to get into a bit of a routine with her “awake times” AND she is sleeping from 11-5/6am. She truly is a perfect baby.

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Here is the two month round up on my smallest little bundle:

Likes:

  • Smiling. She will even smile at the sound of our voices, without even seeing us!
  • Bunny. I crocheted her a little stuffed bunny and she is mesmorised by it.
  • The sling. A total essential when doing the school run (especially when I have 3 different classrooms to drop off to) and once I pop her in, she is asleep by the time I get to the end of the road.

Dislikes:

  • Wind. We are still suffering a little bit each night, but gripe water seems to cure it.
  • Her car seat. Screams as soon as she is put in it.
  • Christmas shoppers who seem to completely ignore her in the sling and bash into her without saying sorry.

Best moment of the last month:

  • Seeing that great big smile every day.

Worst moment of the last month:

  • Jabs. And the lurgy that followed.

I know Christmas is a busy time of year for us, and I’m hoping that that is why this last month has just flown by. I really hope that time isn’t going to go this quickly next year because I really feel like I’m so busy I don’t have time to really enjoy Twiglet. Any free time I do have is spent doing housework or shopping :-(. Hopefully Twiglet’s first Christmas will be a great time for all of us to spend some much needed quality time together and to try and slow life down a little!

Twiglet, The One Month Round Up

I can’t believe that it has been an entire month since Twiglet was born. It has gone so so so quickly! She has already grown out of some clothes, is holding her head up for longer periods of time and is smiling! It is the cutest thing EVER! (Well apart from my other gorgeous bunnies, who are also super cute).

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So…………..here is my one month round up on my smallest little bundle:

Likes:

  • Milk, but only from a Dr Browns bottle, natch.
  • Her big brother, I think it’s something to do with those big rimmed glasses
  • Daddies boomy voice, I’m putting this down to the skin to skin she got from Daddy in the operating theatre.

Dislikes:

  • A clean nappy. Pooing in a clean nappy is much more fun.
  • Wind.
  • Match Of The Day, oh no wait, that’s Mummy

Best moment of the last month:

  • Meeting her brothers and sisters (oh and Mum and Dad of course)

Worst moment of the last month:

  • Catching a cold and having a bunged up nose 😦

 

I have to say that the first month of having Twiglet isn’t quite what I was expecting. Newborn babies I know how to handle, I totally have that shiz down. Handling a 3yo, a 6yo and a 9yo I can do spinning on my t&^s. Doing both, at the same time, while juggling Christmas shopping, school plays, parent/teacher meetings and everything else, is not so easy. Thank god for coffee……………..and wine!

 

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Colic Can C*&k Off! – Dr Browns Bottle Review

From day one twiglet decided that she was going to be a menace to feed. She didn’t latch on properly, she had the strongest suck EVER yeah, ouch much and she was losing a lot of weight as a consequence.

Then when we moved on to formula, she decided to be the windiest baby in the WORLD! I know at only a week old it can’t be classed as colic, but I knew we needed to do something about it before it DID become colic. So that perfect hubby of mine, at midnight, headed to the supermarket to buy some Dr Browns bottles. Sure they’re expensive, but so is the concealer I keep having to buy to hide the bags under my eyes. Let me just say, they are worth every penny! I am astonished that every parent that bottle feeds hasn’t got these bottles!

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And they come in pink and blue too!!!

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They are a bit tricky to put together, but when you get the hang of it, you can (and will) do it in your sleep. I highly recommend the Dr Browns bottles to anyone who has a windy baby or thinks their little one might be suffering from colic. They are a LIVE SAVER!

The Weekend Box Review – From The Archives

I was sent a weekend box last week from the Weekend Box Club to review and share with you guys. The concept is that it is filled with ideas and activities for you and the kiddos (age 3-6) to do over the weekend. This box was an Aztec themed box, which was really interesting and full of facts to get the kids brain whizzing.

Inside there were a collection of activities to choose from. The two that the girls really enjoyed were the mosaic coaster making and the bird craft. Insert super awesome pictures of my tiddlers handy work for you all to go “ohhhhh” and “ahhhh” over. 

My Little Miss (5) LOVED the activities as she is just so crafty, and she was so excited that she was able to read all of the instructions by herself. It’s really nice for her to feel that even though I am there joining in, she is able to be independent, and with all the materials included, she barely needed me at all!

Thanks to the lovely people at Weekend Box Club, you can use this special magic code to try your first box for freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Just head to their website – www.weekendboxclub.com and pop this code “PHILIPPA192″ into the promo section. Don’t forget to let me know how your tiddlers got on with their weekend craftiness!!!!

This blog post is a review of a product sent to me for free. The views are my own and unbiased. 

 

Oh Hello Newest Addition

She’s finally here!!!!! My newest little addition (who btw, for the purposes of this blog will now affectionately be known as Twiglet) made it into the world via a planned c-section, weighing in at 9lbs exactly. We are soooooooooooo over the moon with her and she has settled in to family life so easily, We are a household of love drunk ppl right now!

By the way, she was born with hands, she’s just hiding them 😉