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Being a mum, holidays and weddings


My mum brought me a great book for my birthday – Just Like Mum Says.  It’s full of quotes about being a mummy, I cannot believe Scarlett is nearly two – our lives have changed so much in those two years.  If you are a new mum I highly recommend this book.

One of the biggest things I have noticed since becoming a mum is how tech savvy we really are. There must be a million plus mummy bloggers, millions of mums online to answer questions you pose or review the new must have baby thing. I found them all a great source of comfort and practical help from when Scarlett was born. It seems now that marketers are catching up to how “online” mums are.

The IMoms summit seemed a great place to visit – shame it was in the US.  Here is a few links to some great articles:

I recently read a great story about a courageous mum, who turned her family’s stressful events into a business, in-turn helping other families.   After her son was born early and she struggled to find clothes that fit him, she started a clothing line for premie babies – she helped families by adding humor to the clothes. She found humor helped her & husband through the tough times and it looks like her clothes are helping other families.

Scarlett & I are very lucky, we have a great husband/dad – he is Scarlett’s full-time carer and I think he should write a blog/book for other dads about how to do it! Found a great infograph following dadsummit.com (another great US event).

One of the greatest articles I found was 71 things your child needs to know – I have started a new post (will publish soon) to track what Scarlett does know, what she is learning and what is far off!

on 29 April this year it was our 1st Wedding anniversary – we were on holiday celebrating. This was Scarlett’s 1st holiday and she loved it! From the drive to their airport to the final coach home she loved HOLIDAY.  For anyone interested I have reviewed our holiday and our favourite restaurant (which we went to for our anniversary dinner).

As I had never been aboard with Scarlett before I wasnt sure what to take – I found a great list online that helped me pack & prepare. It seemed like I had everything but the kitchen sink, but I think my husband, mum & daughter will agree I had everything we needed………..

 

 

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Top 5 things I found most useful as a new mum


With lots of people in work due to start their maternity leave and asking what helped me, I thought about the top things that helped me & what didnt.

I came up with this list:

  1. Dummies – http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=265284574
  2. Baby Sling –  http://www.mothercare.com/Babaslings-theBabaSling-Midnight-Black/dp/B0011HSPB2?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_1&nodeId=42764041&sr=1-1&qid=1312891476&pf_rd_r=06EHDD8659CQXB8MV9PB&pf_rd_m=A2LBKNDJ2KZUGQ&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=0&pf_rd_p=231490887&pf_rd_s=center-7
  3. Join the baby clubs at all the supermarkets/boots/bounty – you would  be amazed how much you save!
  4. Any cheap bouncer – http://direct.asda.com/Red-Kite-Bouncy-Cradle—Bugs/002670355,default,pd.html
  5. Eye mask to block out the sunlight as you will want to sleep when the baby does even if it is daylight

And the ones that I didnt use:

1. Baby bath – far too much work

2. Nappy bin – just smelt!

What things/advice helped you?