The mirage of motherhood

You’re in the dessert.  You’ve been walking for hours.  You’re tired – so so tired.  And thirsty – so damn thirsty.

And there it is, in front of you. Shimmering like a vast trove of beautiful treasure.  WATER. All the water you need to quench that insatiable thirst and stave off that nagging tiredness.

Only it’s not real.

It’s a mirage.  A trick of the light.  A cruel game that the light and your eyes and your mind has played on you.  There is no water.  You’re still tired and you’re still fucking thirsty.

It’s a bit like being a Mum.

You wake up in the morning (morning being 5am) naively optimistic about the day ahead.  Your baby will eat your homemade nutritional breakfast and will then nap without resisting for at least an hour, maybe 90 minutes! Oooh yes, 90 minutes – and you’ll be able to not only get some housework done but your Davina DVD workout too!  And maybe even a cup of coffee?!  WINNING!

Erm, yep all that you just read above is the ‘mirage of motherhood’.

The more likely scenario is grouchy evil baby (because they think the day starts at 5am) will throw most of your delicious porridge and fruit combo on the floor.  The other bits will be smeared around his tiny face, splattered through his hair and mulched into every tiny corner of the high chair.

He will then utterly refuse to nap, despite being so tired his baby eye bags are practically on the floor. After a wasted hour feeding / rocking / shushing / trying to bribe a 6 month old with promises of sweets and pocket money in 5 years time – you’ll be reduced to chucking on your grotty jogging bottoms from the laundry basket, chucking the baby in the pram and heading out into the rain to get the baby to FRIGGING GO TO SLEEP!

But for some insane reason – the mirage continues.

As you walk off your morning stress, whilst carefully pushing the pram with one hand and grappling with a broken umbrella in the other – you positively visualise the afternoon’s activities.

It’s ok – you can see it! Your baby will wake up refreshed and lovely after their pram nap.

They will entertain themselves on their baby gym for half an hour while you manage a shower, to dry your hair, put make up on AND maybe even a cup of coffee?! WINNING!

Ok – I’m not even going to bore you will the reality of what will really happen. Coz you know, don’t you?

You live it- EVERY DAY.

The ‘mirage of motherhood’ continues.  It’s how we get through.  We keep telling ourselves that today is the day that we will achieve the unattainable.  And perhaps even get to shout about it on Instagram too?!

But until that day happens – just keep faking and believing.  Believing and faking.

To hell with it – make yourself feel better by Instagramming a picture of the only one single tiny tidy pretty corner of your house.  Trust me all the other mums will think ‘how the hell does she do it?!’

It’s all part of the mirage of motherhood.

 

Look at my beautiful Instagrammy house ... ok, it's all bollocks but it made me feel better

Look at my beautiful Instagrammy house … ok, it’s all bollocks but it made me feel better

 

7 months old

 

 

Yep I’ve reached the stage where I’m now counting Noah’s age in months rather than weeks!  It’s funny how that happens.

Well my little boy is 7 whole months old next week so I thought it was time to do a little blog update rather than just keep posting bits on Facebook and Instagram!

So here’s what’s going on in our world …

 

Food food food!

Yep, food is probably the biggest thing in the wonderful little world of Noah at the moment because weaning has commenced!

I was very keen to follow the NHS and World Health Organisation guidelines which strongly recommend waiting till 6 months to start the weaning process.  For me, this was VERY important because there are suggested links between early weaning and certain health issues like food allergies and digestive problems in later life.  I have suffered with things like food intolerances and IBS for as long as I can remember because I come from the generation where weaning was recommended from 4 months.  Is that why I have certain health issues? I’ll never know – but I want to do my best to protect Noah from experiencing the same as me.

The benefit of waiting till 6 months is also that you can literally give babies everything to eat and you can skip the whole traditional spoon feeding stage if you wish, and just include them in your normal meals.

After going to an NCT course I was fairly convinced that baby led weaning was the route for us – which would have meant only finger foods and no purées whatsoever.

So a week before officially turning 6 months we bought a highchair (the cheap one from Ikea which is AMAZING!) and I put a few bits like avocado and banana on Noah’s tray for him to explore.

After a week of doing this I decided to try some purées as well, especially as a good friend of mine kindly bought us a brilliant purée machine.

Well to cut a very long and slooooowwww weaning story short – a few weeks in and we’re doing a really good mix of finger foods and purées and I’m really happy with Noah’s progress.

I will do a whole separate post on weaning, because I know it can be really helpful to get ideas for foods and meals from other people – I know I’ve been struggling for inspiration at times!

I am also breastfeeding on demand as milk remains a baby’s main source of food for the first year (despite what a lot of ill-informed do-gooders would have you think!)

 

NOAH 7 MONTHS BLOG FOOD 1

 

NOAH 7 MONTHS BLOG FOOD 2

 

 

We’re all going on a summer holiday …

Ok, that’s a lie, we’ve actually been, which you may have seen from my social media.

Noah’s first holiday was a trip to Dorset.

Some lovely friends lent us their beautiful apartment overlooking the sea for a week, which meant it was literally home from home.

The main thing I learnt from the experience was that holidays with babies aren’t restful!  You still need to schedule in nap times, feed times and bed times!  Gone are the days of lounging by the pool, drinking cocktails and staying out till all hours.

But do you know what – I wouldn’t change it for the WORLD.

I loved having a few days of quality time with my boys, and we all fell in love with each other a bit more I think (Ok – I did, can’t speak for Jay or Noah!)

 

NOAH BLOG HOLS 1

 

noah blog hols 2

 

 

Out and about …

I haven’t got much to update on this front as it’s been the summer holiday break from our usual baby classes.

But I can tell you that from September, Noah’s social diary becomes so hectic that I’ve had to write it on our white board so we know what’s going on!

Here’s how our diaries will be looking:

Monday – Monkey Music

Tuesday – Sing and Sign

Wednesday – Swimming

Friday – Baby Explorers

We’ve decided that Jay is going to do the swimming classes with Noah, to give me a bit of time at home to get freelance work done, and to also give them some Daddy/baby bonding time.

We are so keen that Noah gets used to water and swimming from a young age.

I’m a terrible swimmer, and I attribute that to an over-zealous swimming teacher holding my head under water at a very young age.  I want Noah to have a more positive experience and feel happy around water.

I also can’t wait to get started with the Sing and Sign classes.  Babies can apparently learn to do sign language before they can speak – which I think is just AMAZING!

 

Milestones

So over two months ago I wrote about how Noah was teething and suffering quite badly.

Well it’s taken all that time and finally this week – the first tooth has popped up!

I’m not sure why I say this excitedly – his sleep has taken a nose dive as a result (translates: VERY tired Mummy) and he’s been pretty grouchy.

But all milestones are exciting with a baby aren’t they, so it’s a big moment.

We’re doing all the usual stuff – teething gel, granules and Calpol if necessary.

Noah is also wearing an amber anklet – sent to us by Ailish from Amber SOS.

A lot of parents literally SWEAR by amber for their teething babies – and people around the world use it for all sorts of other medicinal purposes.

Click here to buy them and find out more information. (We were kindly sent a couple to try out).

I also happen to think they look very cute!

 

noah blog teethng

 

Apart from teething – sitting unaided is ALMOST happening.  He can do it for a few seconds, and has amazing head control, but ends up toppling to one side!

I hope it happens soon because I can see that he’s getting very frustrated on his back and just wants to sit up and play.

Apart from that a lot of rolling, babbling, exploring, playing and grabbing is going on.  And he LOVES it when I sing his favourite songs – even though I have a blood awful voice!

I’m finding this stage very rewarding and exciting – seeing him learn and develop so so quickly.

 

NOAH SITTING

 

 

Me and work and stuff

Ok, this whole post can’t be about little Lord Noah can it?!

Pretty much all still the same my end – still loving writing for The BabyCentre and vlogging for Channel Mum.

Everything has got very exciting over at Channel Mum actually – ITV recently bought a stake in the company which is bloody fabulous!  It means that a mainstream company, such as ITV really sees potential in mums (and Dads, well Jay is the only one so far!) on YouTube.  It was all over the press and we are just so proud to be a part of it.

We have tonnes of ideas for upcoming videos for the channel – some funny and silly, others more serious, so please keep your eyes peeled.

In the meantime, if you didn’t see it – here is a snippet from our holiday!

 

 

 

In other news – I’ve been working with the brilliant Fairly Marvellous a web design company in Kent – to redesign my whole blog layout which should be coming very very soon and I’ll be blogging LOADS more! Sorry!

On a serious note I really recommend them if you need a fabulous website building.  And no, I’m not getting a freebie – I just really believe in them as a company, and as people.

Right – I’m off, Jay is burning dinner (it’s salad)

Speak soon

Charlie

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