Diary of a One Year Old part 4

Diary of a One Year Old part 4

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Boy oh boy, do we have a lot of catching up to do.

BIG NEWS!!

The Peppa Pig car at my local soft play area actually flipping moves! Daddy put this shiny gold disc in, and it started rocking back and forth. I had no clue! Mummy was a bit miffed that I had made this discovery. Perhaps she was hoping to keep the gold discs to herself.

There’s another Peppa Pig car at a nearby pub, so I often demand gold discs from my Grand-daddy now when we visit there. It’s ruddy delightful!

pexels-photo-900102.jpegSsssh!

I’m becoming a bit of a chatterbox (not that Mummy can prove this, as I find it funny to play dumb when I’m around other people), but I now know over 50 words!

My favourite words are “no,” and “mine!” although I don’t think Mummy or Daddy are as fond of these as I am.

I also called my Grand-daddy a “f**ker” the other day, when he was tickling me. This brought a couple of gasps from both him and my Mummy. Not sure why it’s such a problem, my Mummy calls my Daddy it all the time!

What’s with this weather?

I experienced snow for the first time this year. I ruddy hated the stuff. Cold and wet – nope, not for me. I happily stayed away from that white crap. Daddy tried to pull me along in a sledge; I decided to embarrass him by screaming as loudly as possible in the play park. Serves him right. Who the hell wants to get a numb bum?

Now I’m enjoying the sun. I keep asking to go outside so I can play on my swing and slide set. It’s fun to shout “ready, steady, go!” at the top of the slide before pushing myself down.

The only downside to the sun is that Mummy keeps trying to make me wear a sun hat. I don’t like them, although I’ll happily wear my winter woolly hat. Apparently this isn’t negotiable though.

pexels-photo-920147.jpegOther stuff

I got to be a catwalk model the other day, wearing a nice little Mamas and Papas number. I remained composed, but didn’t want to walk back behind stage so Mummy had to pick me up in the end. I think the audience would have much rather me stay and flash a cute smile or two.

I’m loving day care and have been going for nearly ten months. My Daddy takes me, and I missed it when I had chickenpox, so I let out a little cheer when I was able to return. (There’s no point pretending I don’t like it, as the big people all talk to each other.)

I think that about wraps it up. Only 24 weeks until I reach the big 2. Mummy had better start planning my party. I’ll let you know how she gets on!

Love xEx

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Ten ways to help yourself after a C-Section

Ten ways to help yourself after a C-Section

April is Caesarean Section Awareness month, and I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of posts about the topic, so here’s another!

As someone who had a C-section due to placenta praevia, I know first hand the difficulties faced after this surgery. So let me help you out with a few handy tips to get you through the first few weeks of recovery, while looking after a newborn!

Ten ways to help you through your C-section

  1. Ask for skin-to-skin

This is for during the surgery. You’ll still be on the operating table, getting stitched up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hold your newborn baby.

Skin-to-skin contact has many benefits for both the baby and the mother, so let the midwife know that this is what you want.

If it is a planned c-section, then this can be a straight-forward request, however, if you have an emergency c-section, make sure you discuss this with your birthing partner beforehand, so they can communicate your wishes if you’re unable to do so.

black and white photo of a newborn baby, only minutes old, laying on her mother's chest as she gets stitched up following a c-section

2. Get moving as soon as you’re able

You won’t want to. You’ll be tired and achy. But, the sooner you start moving about, the better. Although you’ll need to wait for the catheter to be removed first!

As with most surgeries, there is the risk of post-op’ complications, like deep-vein-thrombosis forming in the legs. Moving also helps your body’s functions, especially your bowels, get back to normal.

3. Take painkillers!

If you’re planning on breastfeeding, then don’t worry, as the medication offered won’t affect that.

You’ll be given painkillers to take at home: paracetamol is usually recommended for mild pain, co-codamol for moderate pain, and a combination of co-codamol and ibuprofen for more severe pain.

Most new mothers experience uterine cramping, regardless of how they gave birth, but the caesarean scar can make these more uncomfortable. Remember, you’ve just had major surgery – don’t try to be brave – take the meds!

4. Go to the toilet.

Once you’re up and about, you’ll be asked to go to the toilet. Don’t worry about the blood. Much like a vaginal birth, you’ll still get post-partum bleeding.

Having your first poo will be tough going. EXTREMELY tough. Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fruit, to loosen those stools as much as possible. Take a rolled up towel with you to press against your stomach as you push.

I felt like I’d given birth a second time when I had my first post-op poo, but it’s an unfortunate necessity.

The other problem with the fact that your bowels aren’t quite in tip-top condition is the trapped gas that will build up. I’m sorry to tell you that this can be excruciating, so have some Rennies to hand. Peppermint tea can also alleviate the pain.

5. Get people to help

My Hubby stayed with me the first two nights at hospital. This meant I could rest, knowing our daughter, E, was being cared for.

He also had five weeks off work to help around the house, and look after me and E.

While I appreciate not everyone’s partners will be able to do this, don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends, and accept help offered. Honestly, even having someone cook tea for me was a big help!

black and white close-up of c-section scar

6. Exercise

Once you’re home, you won’t want to move unless i’s to care for your baby. Doctors advise that you don’t lift anything heavier than your baby, but you can still do some light walking.

Listen to your body though. Know when to stop and rest. Over-exertion won’t help you in the long run.

6. Preparation

Because my c-section was planned, I could prepare.

Aside from my Hubby knowing when to book time off work, I also did a lot of batch cooking prior to going into hospital.

Everything I cooked for the two weeks before surgery, I doubled up on, and froze half. This was a great help to me when we got home, as I didn’t have to think about meals, and the Hubby was only required to heat them up.

7. Huge knickers!

Trust me. The last thing you want is for the waistband of your pants to rub against your scar. Buy a couple of multi-packs of big knickers. They may be unflattering, but while you’re recovering, you will want to be comfortable.

Also, pack a dress to wear when you leave hospital. Your tummy will be tender anyway, so no skinny jeans!

8. Get some extra cushions.

Getting in and OUT of bed will be even harder than those last few weeks of pregnancy. Set up pillows and cushions to keep you propped up slightly, to help for when you need to get out of bed. It will also help prevent you from turning over in your sleep and possibly pulling your stitches.

9. Get a side-sleeper cot.

Having a Snuzpod, Chicco Next2Me crib, or something similar will help you stay close to your newborn baby, without you having to worry about getting in and out of bed all night.

Having a flask of water by your bed will also help keep you hydrated during those first few sleepless nights.

10. Be positive

Having a c-section birth is no less worthy than a vaginal birth.

It isn’t the “easy way out”. There’ is no easy way to give birth.

As long as the mother and baby come out of it healthy, happy and alive, the delivery method really shouldn’t matter.

Focus on the end result. Your newborn baby. That’s what matters.

photo of c-section surgery underway

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World Autism Awareness Week aims to draw attention to 1% of the world’s population on the Autism Spectrum. This means that there are approximately 700,000 people living with autism in the UK. Read more

Getting hooked on crochet

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Late 2017 I attended a beginners’ crochet class. I’d been gifted some beautiful baby blankets when E was born, and often wished I had the skill to make something just as lovely. So when I spotted Hello Moon Crochet was holding beginners’ classes I decided to go for it.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m a huge advocate of Baby-Led Weaning  (BLW). This is a weaning method of adding foods to your baby’s diet of breastmilk and/or formula.

BLW helps in the development of age appropriate oral motor control and offers eating as a positive, interactive experience for your baby. Read more

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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A little while back I was nominated by Em from Em’s World AND in the same week, Michael from A Classic Gent UK for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

I love these type of awards, because they celebrate the creativity and hard work that most bloggers put into their little piece of the internet.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Thank you so much for the nominations Em and Michael! You can read their Sunshine Award posts here and here! Read more

The shape of a Mum

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If you weren’t already aware, it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday.

A day that started out as a religious holiday, observed by Catholics and Protestant Christians, as a day on which people would visit their “mother” church, it has also now become a day for honouring the Mothers of children and giving them cards and presents.

And why shouldn’t they be honoured? For a woman goes through so much emotionally and physically; it can change us. Our thoughts and beliefs, our behaviours and routines, our bodies.

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