Okay, so now you’ll sleep..?

If ever I needed a clear reminder that babies are little people who will not be subjected to a forced routine, H’s behaviour over the last week would certainly serve that purpose well. In actuality we have for the most part being taking our cues from her about when she wants to do things, the only exception being bedtime; We have had a bedtime routine in place for almost 4 weeks which involves getting her in to bed around 7pm

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Why I won’t put pictures of my daughter on social media

As is clear from some of my more recent posts the Watling household has recently been thrown in to disarray by a mini arrival in the form of our daughter H. Sam and I are of course biased, but H is incredibly cute… even when she decides to screams her head off (she sticks her bottom lip out which is both cute and really funny!).

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I really am busy, honestly I am

Unless you have ever experienced looking after a young baby, it would be easy to assume from the outside that whilst nights are sleepless, days are just filled with cafe trips and strolling around pushing a pram. Now, admittedly, I do do those things on a regular basis. However, fitting them in to my day is much harder than it seems. The reason…H. Every day, for almost the entire day (well between approximately 7am and 7pm) whatever I want to

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If it ain’t broke then really don’t try and fix it. Really!

From what I can tell, as babies go, H isn’t a particularly bad sleeper (getting her to nap in the day is a different case!). After the initial trauma of the first 2-3 weeks, we’ve had only a few terrible nights. For the most part she trends to go back to sleep quite quickly after her night time feeds. I am hoping it will continue this way, touch wood, fingers crossed etc. Just over a week ago we noticed she

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Time to re-find my fitness. But how?!

In the past my fitness levels were really quite high, especially compared to Jo Average. Even when I stepped back from rowing and started training less, I was still doing an above average amount. During my pregnancy I remained as active as I could; I was able to do quite a bit of cardio in the early days and as it progressed I made sure to walk as much as I was able. It was quite common when rowing that

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You may think I’m crazy, but I kind of miss work…

Let me be clear, I love being able to spend so much time with my daughter. It is a joy to be able to watch her development, which is happening so fast. However, it’s a difficult transition to make from being a commuting professional to a full time mother; They are both difficult in different ways, but it’s the former that I have been used to for the last decade. When Sam went back to work after his two weeks

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What’s with all the noise?

I am well aware that before becoming a parent I was naive to many things it would entail. After 5 weeks I still am! However, I was prepared for crying; To an extent I was prepared for more crying than we’ve had to endure so far. What I hadn’t realised is how much babies snuffle and grunt when they are sleeping. The last few nights, H has been going back to sleep after her 4am-ish feed but then spends the

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Who needs sleep anyway?

Whenever people decide to have a baby, they are always told about how they will never sleep again. It’s the thing everyone likes to tell you about, the thing most associated with having a young child. However much you hear about it though, nothing can prepare you for the reality of it! Most people I’m sure have had a phase of their life, however long or short, where they have suffered from some form of insomnia or similar. I have

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Then there were three…

So not long after my last blog post about tiring of waiting for Mini Watling, Mini Watling decided it was time to put me out of my waiting misery by making me endure almost 20 hours of pain! But at the end of it the perfect Mini revealed herself as a she who will, henceforth, be referred to as H. After everything I had read and been told, nothing still prepared me for the massive change that happened the moment

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Gardener, am houseplant obsessed and addicted to tea. By day I work in tech and also look after my littles. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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