Wednesday, 30 September 2015

5 Things That Really Annoy Me Now I Am A Mum!

There are many, many things that annoy me on a daily basis. Since becoming a mum there are a few extra ones that have become infuriating! 

I am only happy when I am chuntering on about something or other - think Karl Pilkington & The Moaning of Life. It is probably my best skill and one which I have really honed since becoming a mum. 

I used to find things like wobbly shopping trolleys annoying, but now I am going to a whole new level. 

Here are the 5 things that really annoy me now I am a mum:

1. Middle of the night wee- this is my number one annoyance. Getting limited amounts of good quality sleep as it is, waking up for a sodding wee at 3am is just cruel!

2. The washing basket - what the hell is this? Is our washing basket some kind of futuristic, never-ending, self-replenishing pile of dirty clothes that makes its sole purpose in life to make me sigh when I go in the bathroom? If it is it's working!!

3. Food shopping - someone really needs to invent a system by which you speak into a microphone and your fridge/ freezer/ cupboards replenish within 24 hours. Absolute nightmare getting the shopping done in the 2 days a week you aren't at work and your 12 month old is screaming for his lunch.

4. Handbags - utter dilemma on a weekly basis. Do I have a handbag? Do I stuff everything in the changing bag so you can just take one bag? But then you get baby mess on your purse and around your keys. So - you take two bags so you can leave one on the back of a seat when you're having a latte in Costa.

5. Parent and child parking - if it was actually monitored and available to said parents with said children then I would love it. But, the fact that some lazy middle-aged twat wearing a suit and driving a Mercedes uses it regularly because he needs to use the cash point and doesn't want to walk very far just pushes me over the edge!

So there you have it! These are my 5 things that really annoy me now I am a mum. What are yours? I'd love to know what else we can add to the list...

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Jake's Daily Routine: 12 Months

One of the things I've really noticed since being back at work is just how little time I am getting to spend with Jake.

It has been fantastic starting a new role in a new school, and I am enjoying teaching again. However, I feel as though I am missing out on Jake and I want to make the most of the precious few hours a day I have with him.

I thought I would share Jake's average routine. Of course, it isn't set in stone - some weeks he goes to nursery for extra sessions, some weeks I may be at home because it is bank holiday or school holiday. Other times daddy is at home more and he is with him.

This is how Jake's average week looks:

How does this compare to your weekly routine? Does anyone else have the same fragmented set up?


Sunday, 27 September 2015

5 Reasons to Remember I am a Good Mum - according to my husband!

Babies. We spend years thinking about having them. 9 months growing them and a lifetime worrying about them. 

Being a first time mum means that everything I do with JD is the first time I am doing it. I am surrounded by other bloggers and tweeters, instagramers and Facebookers who all have little ones and appear to be doing all of the right things in the right way. 

Working full time means I don't get to take my child to baby clubs and most of my friends don't have children; I have very little basis for comparison when it comes to parenting and I am constantly comparing myself to others in the parenting world of social media (which can mean I often feel totally shit as a mother!).

Occasionally, when I feel especially crappy or haven't had 5 minutes to myself to just breathe because of work, I get upset. Luke is always quick to remind me that I am doing great and he tells me a list of reasons he KNOWS I am a good mum. I thought I'd share them with you so you can see you're a good mum or dad too when your little one does the same: 

  1. Jake is a happy, smiley little boy who is loving and generous; he is always willing to give smiles, kisses, hugs and share his food. 
  2. Jake will sit and play and play and play very happily and contentedly with his toys, or sit 'reading' all of his books. He will gladly come and sit in mummy's lap to listen to a book being read at any time of the day - and especially if mummy reads it with different voices. 
  3. Jake isn't scared, timid or shy. Jake will gladly go anywhere and to anyone. He is happy to get involved and play with everyone (especially other children). He's well behaved and polite - saying 'ta' and handing things over when you say 'thank you' to him. 
  4. Jake is doing all of the right things at all of the right stages. He may not be the 'first' to do things when compared to other babies, but he's always in the right age bracket for them. 
  5. Luke says the most important reason he can tell I am a good mum is just by watching me with Jake and seeing my eyes and my face light up - and seeing Jake's do the same. In his words he 'loves nothing better than to watch the two of you together'. Aww.
Maybe I'm not as crap as I sometimes think I am, eh? 

I hope this post helps other mums and dads see that even though they might sometimes feel they aren't doing a good job - the proof is in the pudding. 


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Weaning: Made easier with Dettol!* #Phew

Jake has just enjoyed his 1st birthday and it was a great celebration made so much better by all of the family joining in. There were balloons, candles, presents and of course - food! We're still at a crucial stage with Jake and feeding, and we're very much still in the weaning phases in which I try to get him to eat a whole range of fruit, vegetables and meat - and he prefers to throw it all on the floor and scoff a brioche.

I'm not gonna lie; I find weaning hard. I find it hard to manage the time and preparation of it all. I find it tough to work full time - get back in time to feed him something that's home-made and completely 'clean eating'. Mostly, I find the mess hard.

What can I say? I'm just NOT the 'earth-mother' - easy going, - yay let's make a mess which will stain all of the walls and carpets - kind of mother. I find the mess stressful, and because we privately rent I worry about the marks, the stains and the damage that we might end up needing to pay for. 

When I was recently sent a whole range of Dettol * products to try out, to help weaning and keeping our family life as germ free as possible, I was a little sceptical. I mean, how was it going to make anything easier?

It does though. 

Dettol's Handy Antibacterial wipes have been a complete life-saver in helping me to tackle the mess and germs that come hand in hand with weaning. They have really enabled me to feel less on edge about the mess Jake gets into and they are so quick and easy that I can mop up any potential stain-bombs immediately, before they have chance to ruin carpets, walls or clothes. 

Just take a look!!

The fact that they are proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses is just a huge bonus. They are a staple in our life now and a fantastic way to keep things clean and safe.

Also, Dettol's handy antibactieral wipes  and other products are safe to use around little ones because they are bleach free and odourless (though a gorgeous citrus one is available if you prefer something with a bit of zing). The Dettol range is proven to kill:
  • E. coli
  • Staph. aureaus
  • Listeria
  • Campylobacter
  • P.aeruginosa
  • MRSA
  • Salmonella
  • Influenza – Type H1N1
As well as remove:
  • Pollen particles
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
Overall? Weaning has definitely been made easier with the help of Dettol's products, and so has family life generally. They allow a busy mum, who works full time and has a husband who works shifts, try to stay on top of life's mess.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015