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March 22, 2017 at 6:25 am by Angela
 

It’s February 2016 and I’ve been back at work after Maternity Leave for about three weeks. One of the female managers who I don’t really know asks me how I’m getting on. I’m honest and say it’s good to be back but it’s a bit of a shock to the system and I’m still finding my way. She nods empathetically and then says to me “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t have it all. You can. I’ve never met any group of people more productive than working mothers.”. It was meant with a helpful and supportive sentiment and it was a positive thing to hear. However, I’m not sure if it was necessarily the right thing for me to here. You see, in the last 14 months I have pondered a lot on life and balance. And on that phrase that gets thrown at all new mothers:

“You can have it all.”

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January 14, 2017 at 7:30 am by Angela
 

Top10OnlineReadsWelcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!

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October 8, 2016 at 10:10 pm by Angela
 

Top10OnlineReadsWelcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!

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August 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm by Angela
 

This is a tough one. I have plenty of habits that I’d like to get rid of. But without a doubt the habit which causes me the most grief and worry is…excessively worrying. I’ve always been a worrier; It’s part of my nature and I know there is nothing I can do to completely stop it. But over the years I have done my best to try and manage it. Becoming a mum introduced a whole new level of worry to my life though; Worry like I have never known worry before. The battle to retain control and try for some semblance of lighthearted living got a whole lot harder!

WorryingBigTeddy

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July 8, 2016 at 7:35 am by Angela
 

Top10OnlineReadsWelcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. I’ll confess upfront that this month I have actually included 11 – I just couldn’t choose which one to cull so thought it was only right to share them all. Enjoy!

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May 16, 2016 at 10:34 am by Angela
 

Being a parent is hard work and at times, on those really tough days, it can be easy to forget all the brilliant parts of parenthood. So next time you have a low moment and just want to sit in a corner quietly rocking, bear these things in mind:

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May 8, 2016 at 10:33 am by Angela
 

2015-04-10 18.05.28Being a Mum is one of the most awesome parts of my life. I am immensely proud that I get to be my daughter’s mother. It’s a role that makes me happy every single day, although to say it makes me happy every single minute of every single day would certainly be a LIE! But I look forward to seeing H every morning; I can’t wait to see her at the end of every work day. She is without a doubt the most important thing in my life along with Sam and is a core part of my being. Yet there are still times where I can’t quite believe I’m a mother; I have a child!

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May 18, 2015 at 7:52 am by Angela
 

I previously wrote a blog post about the 8 things I couldn’t have lived without during our first three months with H. At the time I knew I was missing something but I couldn’t recall what. But last night whilst watching some episodes before bed I remembered:

  1. The Big Bang Theory:Yes, the TV sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory‘. It’s been on TV for years but Sam and I had never watched it. In fact we thought it looked sort of silly and gave it a wide berth. A number of people had told us it was actually really our cup of tea and that we should try it. So in our zombified state in those early weeks we did give it a go. What we discovered was people weren’t lying – it is really funny! So we series linked everything we could and whenever we needed 20 mins of light relief we’d pop one on. In the end, I bought Sam the box set for his birthday so we are now watching them all in order. I suspect they will continue to keep us amused for some weeks to come! Thanks Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, Howard and Penny!

    BBT

Also, just for general amusement, here is a scene from an early episode which I only saw last week but which made me laugh more than any other BBT scene. Enjoy!

May 14, 2015 at 8:29 am by Angela
 

Although on the surface it defies logic that an overtired baby would sleep badly, it is in fact very true. I suppose thinking about the days where I have been truly worn out myself, I have often struggled to get to sleep. For the most part we have been good at catching such occasions where H has been overtired and got her to bed efficiently. However, the other night we were fooled in to thinking she had more energy than she did.

A couple of days ago she had her first swimming lesson with Water Babies. She really seemed to enjoy the 30 minute lesson but it tired her right out because she cried the entire time I was dressing her and had fallen asleep before I had even got her back to the car.

Happy Nappy

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May 11, 2015 at 6:08 pm by Angela
 

H is now three months old. I cannot believe it’s been that long already. Life has changed so much in that time but yet H being here also feels completely normal, as if she always has been. But getting to this point has been hard work and there are a number of things which being without would have made getting this far so much harder*!

  1. Tea: During pregnancy I completely went off tea. I was really hoping that I would want it again once the baby arrived. I didn’t drink any tea in hospital because it was yukky machine tea, but the first day we got home I had a cup and I haven’t looked back. My morning cuppa particularly really keeps me going;
  2. The washing machine: H goes through clothes at an astounding rate and to avoid buying a tonne of clothes for only a few months we have a wash load on every couple of days. Plus, sometimes there are ‘accidents’ which you just want to wash away ASAP!;
  3. A Tumble Dryer: We didn’t have a tumble dryer before I gave birth. Within a week of bringing H home, we had one. Now it’s sunny it’s easy enough to get clothes dry outside but in the early winter months we’d have had washing sat around for ages without one;
  4. My mobile phone: I use it for recording feeds, reading whilst feeding, keeping in touch with friends and taking LOTS of photos of H. I’d have been lost without it;
  5. My friends: They have let me moan and grumble throughout the whole experience. My best friend is about to have a baby herself so I am very much hoping I can return the favour!;
  6. My NCT group: They all gave birth before me so they’d either been through things before me or were going through them at the same time. They were a wonderful sounding board for issues and it was great to know I wasn’t alone. People often say you’re just ‘buying friends’ by going to NCT classes and that’s true to a degree, but they were worth every penny;
  7. My trainers: After about 4 weeks, I was out walking everyday and that still holds true. Pounding the pavements keeps me sane, keeps me active, gets both H and I some fresh air and if she’s in a tired / stressed / testing mood, will normally calm her down and often send her to sleep;
  8. Last but my no means least, Sam: In those early days especially when I was still recovering from birth, I came down with a bug and I was struggling with breast feeding, Sam was a rock. It was hard for him too but he kept our house running and kept me eating through the torturous night feeds. He deserves a medal for dealing with me in the state I was in sometimes!

Of course I’m not expecting the next three months will be any less challenging so I suspect these things will continue to be as valuable as before!

*First world problems I will admit!

Subsequent to this blog post being published, I realised I’d forgotten one crucial ninth ‘thing’ and called it out in a later post which can be found here!


 
Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to one small person. I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. 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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