One thing that nearly all new breastfeeding mothers underestimate is how much time they actually spend sitting under their baby feeding, feeding, feeding in those first couple of months. Some days, particularly during a growth spurt, you could find yourself on the couch literally all day, with one feed rolling into another.
It’s on days like this that TV is your friend. Not just any TV though. Put your Jeremy Kyles and your Loose Women away. You need to get your hands on some seriously addictive TV. You’ll often read well-meaning advice that suggests perhaps you should avoid watching television altogether and instead use these opportunities to make consistent eye contact with your baby for bonding. And while this is true – and please do find me a mother who doesn’t spend most of her time staring adoringly at her newborn – there are also times when she needs to be relaxed, chilled out and entertained while her baba is dozing at the boob or deeply concentrating on what they’re doing. Continue reading 10 TV shows to watch when breastfeeding a newborn
I had the rare pleasure this morning of waking before the little man, and took full advantage by jumping in the shower to luxuriate for five whole minutes in its warm, cleansing loveliness, while he snoozed on.
What’s the big deal-i-o? It’s only a shower. Shure, aren’t you washing yourself every day? You’ll be relieved to hear that yes, yes I am*. But there’s something about the power of the shower (excuse the pun) that takes on almost mythical proportions when you become a mother. Continue reading Baby? Shower? Ha!
My “baby” is fast approaching his third birthday at the end of this month. The sun has shone every June since he arrived into the world and at this time every year I find myself thinking “it was a beautiful day like this when my labour started and our baby was born.” It’s like it was only yesterday and yet, so long ago too. A friend sent me an old photo recently that she had on her phone from when he was about six months old, and I barely recognised those chubby cheeks and gorgeous rolls of fat. Continue reading Tales of parenting moments gone by
We’ve all heard that one, right? Mostly in relation to sport or exams, but it applies to so many things in our lives – including many aspects of parenting. Equally though, there are parts of parenting – and specifically of mothering – that sometimes we think we have to prepare for, and literally beat ourselves up about, that are just a waste of our energy and usually our tears. Continue reading Sometimes we need to prepare not to prepare