What I Have Learnt Since Becoming A Mother

Sunday, 18 March 2018

I feel like I should write some kind of disclaimer to state that I have probably gotten off quite lightly on the newborn baby front. Ryleigh will be 6 months old on the 20th of March and is the happiest baby I have ever come across. However, as she is not quite self sufficient yet, I still have to be in mother mode. To mark her 6 month milestone, I've decided to throw together a list of things that have changed for me since becoming a mum.

- You will never be on time again:

It will take a minimum of 20 minutes to be able to leave the house. Once you think you are set and ready to go, the baby will look at you with a facial expression that resembles an evil villain before some form of explosive bodily function. I'm pretty sure they plan this. 

- No longer phased by bodily functions:

Poo on your finger? Sick on your top? Slobber on your shoulder? No biggy. Just wipe and carry on. 

- You must always check your clothing before you leave the house:

I went for dinner a few nights ago and I forgot to do this. I merrily got into the lift, proud that I had managed to arrive on time, to see in the mirror that I had baby poop all over my white t-shirt. 1-0 to Ryleigh. 

- People prefer the baby to you:

Babies get a lot of attention. You no longer exist when the baby is in the room. Especially if it is a baby that doesn't resemble an alien. 

- You can survive for a pretty long time on little to no sleep:

I am lucky that Ryleigh started sleeping through after a couple months. However, doing 2 months of continuous nights will slowly kill your soul, yet you are still able to survive in a zombie like fashion. You start to understand why the Walkers in the Walking Dead are so moody. 

- Everything is now a potential snack or toy:

Pillows, blankets, mobile phones, remotes, everything... everything is now a toy or snack. I have to go on my phone from a safe distance otherwise Ryleigh will try to steal it, send a few texts and then try to devour it. 

- Google is your best friend:

Everytime Ryleigh does something weird and wonderful, I find myself googling it. It helps keep my neurotic nature at a minimum.

- Every meal you eat will probably be cold:

I am convinced that babies know when you have finished cooking your dinner or when your meal arrives in a restaurant. As soon as that bad boy is ready to eat, they demand their own food or perhaps there is an emergency 'code brown'. Eventually you just learn to accept that most of your meals will be cold from now on. Probably best to just make salads... or pizza. Cold pizza is also good. 

- Strangers approach you, a lot:

It doesn't seem to matter where I go, if I bring the baby, people automatically approach us. Well actually, they just tend to talk to the baby... I'm rarely included in the conversation. It usually starts with 'look how much hair you have!?'. To be fair, I'd probably be a little offended if that statement was directed towards me. 

Yes you are hungry, sleepy and probably a little grumpy (most of the dwarves really), but you'll think your baby is the cutest thing in the entire world so it's all totally worth it.

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  1. Aww Ryleigh is so cute and has quite an enviable head of hair! I don’t have a baby and I’m definitely not planning on having one any time but this was a fun post to read! :)

  2. Aww Ryleigh is gorgeous! I loved reading this even though I don't have a baby yet it was still a lovely post to read. It sound's like the good definitely outweighs the bad xx

    Lauren |

  3. Oh my gosh she's absolutely beautiful! She has the prettiest eyes, thank you for sharing lovely xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

  4. She is absolutely gorgeous, this was such a lovely post to read!

    Danielle xx

  5. Loved reading this! I can definitely relate haha But it does get better as they get older. Except the dinner thing. Even though my son is eight, I still eat lukewarm or cold dinners... :P

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