Tag Archives: Mother and baby

Holiday with a baby

Going on holiday with a little on can be tricky. You can end up taking everything apart from the kitchen sink. Here is an article where one mum shares her first holiday with a baby.

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After your first holiday, it can become easier as you find you don’t need so much like you do at the beginning.

I would always go pack based on how long I am away for and based on the place where we are staying, is there some where you can buy supplies, such as nappies, wipes, baby food etc.

Always take spares in your hand luggage.

So how do you prepare when you go on holiday? How much do you take?

I would love to hear from you.

 

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie x

 

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Scared about the bath

Yesterday giving my son a bath, he completely freaked out and was petrified. I think it was because when he had a stomach bug not long ago, and he had messed eveywhere the only way I could clear it was to hose him down. Not over his face or anything, just on his body and his legs.

I think it was the speed at which the water comes out, but yesterday all I ran was the tap and he went completely beserk, then my husband tells me off, whilst I am trying to calm him down which made the situation even worse, because of course we had a massive argument. This did not help.

So now I am frightened of giving him a bath, because usually he loves it. I don’t have it too hot, not with the hot weather, just a warmish bath, with some bath oil, and then I wipe him over with a sponge and then let him play for 5 minutes or so.

Yesterday was not like him at all, how can I get him to like them again?

I feel like I am on a loose end and don’t know how to reunite his love for a bath again.

I gave him a bath because he peed himself and I didn’t want him to be covered in wee, so thought I was doing the right thing, which turned out to be completely wrong.

How is your little one with a bath? Have they ever freaked out?

I would love to hear your story.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

Some Great Mum Hacks

I love Mum Hack videos and came across some of these videos which have some great mum hacks.

Check out Emily Norris Channel as she does some great Mum Hacks, check out one of videos below, which she collaborates with Kate Murnane, who also does some Mum Hack videos.

Let me know if any hacks you have come up with, I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Sometimes I find it a struggle

I was contemplating whether to write about this or not, but feel as a mum this wouldn’t be a truthful blog if I didn’t, and I know I am not alone when I say that I find parenting a struggle at times.

I don’t go out all the time on my own with just myself as my son has the tendency still at the age of four, to run off and I have had nightmares about Henry disappearing whilst on my own, so I am little nervous about going out with me and Henry now. I know I will have to get over this, but at the moment I am trying all my best efforts to avoid such situations.

On rainy days it can be tough to entertain Henry indoors all the time, and a game of hide and seek can only last so long, same with playing catch or playing with his cups.

I got to thank my husband and my mum, for helping out, as it can feel like a long day on my own, so I do try to brake it up as much as possible.

When Henry has a meltdown it can be tricky to try and calm him down, for example if he has a medical appointment, he doesn’t like to sit still and wait and wants to run off and explore. Figuring out what to do him for his dinner, as he won’t touch any vegetables now, even though he loved them as a baby.

Toilet training is still being done and he still won’t go on the toilet, as much as I try and so I still have to put him in a pull ’em up whilst out or when he has a nap.

We are trying to get him out of napping now, as he will be starting school in September so I don’t want it to be too much of a shock for when he begins school. I know these moments won’t last forever but at the time it feels like they will.

One thing parenting has taught is make the most of the every moment and live for today, not for tomorrow or next week, but for today, as who knows what could happen tomorrow.

Do you get days when you struggle? How do you deal with them? Do you have any toilet training advice to give ? I would love to hear your suggestions.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

Breastfeeding support

When it came to breastfeeding I found it really tough and not easy at all. I did get quite stressed over it, making sure I expressed every 8 to 12 times a day when my son was first born, and kept trying to breastfeed my son directly, but he never latched on.

For me when it comes to breastfeeding I think it should come down to personal choice, and what works for you and your baby.

Check these videos talking about breastfeeding, and some tips and advice.

Check out Emily Morris channel as she does loads of parenting videos, aswell as other subjects, I found her videos really helpful.

This is Lulastic Hippyshake, this Youtuber does videos about living in a Yurt in New Zealand, she talks about why she has continued on to breastfeed her child.

The advice I got from my Health Advisor was not to stress over breastfeeding but it is important that I enjoyed my baby and if I wanted to stop it was my choice.

I continued for a whole month to express milk and breastfeed but then stopped. I know some will frown upon that, but it was my choice, and as long my son was getting the nutrients he needed that was important.

If I had known then what I know now, I would have gotten counselling and further support when it came to breastfeeding to help me as I took it for grunted before my son was born of how difficult it would be and would have prepared myself better.

I would love to hear other people’s stories and how hard it was for you, did you find it easy or hard? What did you do to get help? I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

 

 

Gift guide for babies and toddlers

There are so much choice when it comes to buying gifts for babies and toddlers that you can easily become overwhelmed and just want to hide underneath the duvet, and say “NOOOO CHRISTMAS COMING TOO SOON”.

However do not be scared you can get through it she says, having two more people to buy for. Already started Christmas shopping, but I have to because if I don’t I fear I will forget, and end up with nothing.

Also I don’t like that panic feeling so I start planning my Christmas gifts from January onwards I know I am crazy I hold my hands up.

So what do you buy?

This year I have gone for books and jewellery not giving too much away.

Why not buy a pop-up book, where they can open up some pages in the book for example my son loves the book called “I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet”

He loves this book and really helps them to engage in the book as there are some hidden animals inside and encourages to use their communication skills, by helping them to say the words of each animal.

I found this lovely Paddington bear book from Whsmiths, it is Paddington Bear goes to London, price £25.00, and it is a popup book too and bought this for my son and my niece for Christmas, one they can keep for when they have children on their own too. These gifts are great for passing down to each generation.

Paddington Pop-Up London: Movie tie-in: Collector'S Edition

The other thing is find a lovely children’s jewellery box and put little treats inside, and create a little hamper for them so they have some little gifts inside and it doesn’t have to be jewellery.

These just suggestions and a great way to personalise  your gifts.

So let me know what gifts you are buying for the children in your life this year it will be great to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

Looking for schools

This last couple of months I have been checking out Primary schools, due to my son being 4 years old, and will start school next year in September. If you are a new mum like me, and your son or daughter is going to begin in next September too, then this is the times to be looking around.

Some schools will have like an open day, where they will give a little brief presentation of the school and then you are shown around.

What I am looking for is,

  • How big is the school
  • How many kids per class
  • What activities and learning strategies do they follow
  • Will what their goals are help my son in anyway
  • How they have presented the school
  • Will Henry (my son) be given the learning and education he needs

I am no expert here, this is all new to me too, so I am giving tips from what I have been looking for which hand in hand, I hope will help you find a good school for your child too.

My next step now, now I have seen all the schools I have wanted, to now decide on the choices of schools I want my son to hopefully go to next September.

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Image from http://www.thedailytoddler.co.uk/?p=1361

Don’t just pick one school, choose the ones that suit your criteria, and check out the children ready attending the school their body language, do they look as though they enjoy school, and what have they gained from going to that particular school.

Going on the schools I have visited, it is the children that are attending the school that will show you round, so do ask them questions, and what they like about the school they go to.

Here is some more information I found on the website below, which has further information to help you:

http://www.gettherightschool.co.uk/howtochoosetherightschoolforyourchild.html

It is good to have a few listed as your chosen schools, so you aren’t too disappointed should your child not get into that particular school.

If you are looking for nursery schools, should your child be 5 years and under the time to apply in Epsom and Ewell is by January of the new year, ready for your child to begin nursery school in September.

Check out your local authority to find out when you should apply, how and when by.

I will write more about this as I go and what is the next step.

If you live in surrey then please see link of the admissions process below, for those starting Nurery, Reception and Infants:

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-admissions/primary-junior-and-infant-applications

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Returning to work

Looking for a new position, yes I am need of a change of career and very ready for it, and watching the One Show last night, where they were talking about mums finding it hard to return to work after having a child it inspired me to write this blog.

I have added a section about getting back work in my new up and coming book..watch this space…. in progression. 

After having a child it can be tricky subject and sometimes is a big dilemma of whether to return to work or not after having a child. In my opinion it is when you are ready and what suits your current needs. Never feel pressurized in returning to work if you don’t want to.

I decided after having my son to return to work, but to work part time. I was out of work due to being made redundant just before I found out I was pregnant, and took me ages to find another job whilst pregnant, and in the end it became too late and so I went straight on maternity leave.

I took it for grunted on how hard it would be to find another job. After I had my son and my maternity leave finished I was ready to go back, but didn’t want to miss out on my son growing up.

I wrote down what hours I was able to do and wanted to do and looked for evening and weekend work, I managed find a job working in Tescos. However it was tricky at the time with my husband doing different shifts aswell to do the evening hours so I looked for a weekend job and managed find one, working in a call centre, where I am working now.

Now my son goes to nursery I now work Fridays and Saturdays, but now looking to do more hours but in a different role, as I no longer want to do telephone work. I love writing and eventually would like this to be my full time career but until then I will need to continue to work elsewhere to help me financially for the time being.

If you are not sure and can’t make up your mind up whether to return to work then write down why you want to and what is holding you back from returning to work. Take it one step at a time.

It is up to you what you decide to do if you feel you need more time to adjust to being a parent then take that time. Becoming a parent is a massive adjustment in itself and it will change your life, you can start to see things differently including work.

I know some mums who have used the time whilst on maternity leave to learn that they want a whole different career and work path altogether, you never know to be honest until your baby arrives how you are going to feel about working and your life in general.

So take sometime to think about what you really want and if you do decide you want to go back to work then my tips are:

work out your hours you wish to work and days

find jobs based around those hours and days you wish to work

Update your C.V based on the jobs you are searching for

You can get help from the Job Centre if you need help with your C.V and if you go onto Universal Job match and Indeed.com they have daily job vacancies on their site. These are the main two job search engines I use and indeed was how I found the job at Tescos and in my current job.

Be aware when you add your C.V to websites such as Jobsite and C.V Library for example you may start  to get some agencies ringing you about vacancies. Be aware many won’t have a job available and just want you on their books.

I kept getting agencies contacting me to say they had a vacancy available only to get there and they didn’t. Plus they kept sending me to vacancies which were difficult to get to and I specified that the job had to be easy to get to by local and public transport.

To keep tabs on the jobs I applied for I bought a file box and kept my job listings I applied for in my file box.

Do your own research on the companies you apply for as it looks good when it comes to an interview that you know something about the company and it gives you an idea about the company and if they have a good working reputation or not.

What ever you decide remember it is your choice and no matter what no one else can make that decision apart from you.

Please comment if you too have advice for parents returning to work after having a child as sometimes it is good to know we have that shared support.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X