Since I wrote my first ever blog post back in August things have changed a lot for Freddie and me. He is a 2 year old and very much becoming his own little person - the baby stage is long gone.
Things change so fast that I sometimes find myself wondering what the hell is going on. Someone once said to me that intense learning is like having a fire-hose pointed directly in your face with water gushing out. That feels about right as a parenting analogy so in the interest of solidarity and sharing the love here are the 20 things I have learned since our son turned 2. Please comment below and share yours so we can be in this together!
My Mum friends are angels sent from parenting heaven and rescue me from myself and my son at least twice a week. Huge thanks to each and every one of you gorgeous awesome women. If you are thinking of doing NCT and you can then definitely DO IT. They will give you the best bought friends ever.
Parenting is hard. Not just a little..but like an constant battle hard. It involves manoeuvres, planning, changing plans, learning, screwing it up and aceing it. None of which anyone ever really notices apart from you.
Getting dressed up to go out now means changing my top (and hoping it isn't on inside out) and reapplying my deodorant. All possible opportunities to be glamorous are O V E R.
If I do go out I am drunk after 3 drinks and then suffer at least a 2 day headache.
My new handbag accessory is a tena lady in case the music takes me over and I start jumping up and down aggressively to Rick Astley / Take That / Nirvana (delete as appropriate)
You can cook waffles (of the birds eye potato kind) in the toaster and they are AWESOME and are done in minutes. Do it immediately! Life changer.
Wearing spanx..even two years after giving birth brings back your piles. Try it and see! (Actually don't)
Other peoples kids are always better sleepers, better eaters, better sharers. Actually that's not true at all but that's how it feels ALL THE TIME.
Having been diagnosed with a prolapse 18 months after giving birth I began to do my pelvic floor exercises. I was desperate to stop the weeing whenever and wherever my bladder fancied letting some go. Two weeks of pelvic floor exercises later and ta daaaa I have much less incontinence as a result. So basically I should have done more exercise.... well that's annoying
When a friend tells you they are pregnant with number two you tell them how happy you are for them. On the inside you think “how could you do this to me...we were in a club...the club of one child and as it is so hard we aren't having another and you've betrayed me”. At least until you become pregnant with your second child of course and then you skip merrily into a whole new club.
Going to see a gynaecologist is now much more stressful and grim than before. That is unless, like my recent surprise, you realise he is the guy who delivered your baby.
Saying to the same guy “well at least you've been up there before...crack on sunshine” does not make a male gynaecologist laugh and any attempt by you to giggle it off is met by an icy silence! Woops. I still think its funny :)
Parenting is the most and least rewarding thing you can ever do
Despite living in a society where we are (supposedly) able to make decisions free from judgement every time I say I've chosen to stay at home people glaze over and move on to chat to someone else.
When your toddler falls into a small but perfectly formed grave for your grandparents ashes very few people find it funny. I, however, seem to have developed a much darker sense of humour since having a toddler and I'm not going to lie...I guffawed. He landed on his wonderful 97 year old great nanny and I know she would have loved that.
All parents hide how much TV their children watch. If their child doesn't watch any it's generally because they are at nursery all the time or they have a Nanny. For everyone else there is Nanny TV.
Even now being away from my son for more than a few hours I miss him...even if he tried to headbutt me that morning. Mother nature has this love thing nailed.
No toys can possibly compare with a saucepan cupboard, oven trays or a walk down your street looking at the world.
Having a newborn isn't easy at all.. but its definitely much more predictable than having a toddler. We should all enjoy those early days and the wonderful day time naps as much as is possible. Next time someone says lets go out for coffee/cake/walk/baby massage/soft play etc say thanks but no thanks. Then invite them over and make the most of watching every box set ever before your days are spent focused entirely on making sure your little one doesn't impale/burn/injure themselves.
Don't bother buying the very expensive and good for the world bubble bath if you actually want to give your toddler any bubbles in the bath. Buy MATEY - its the original and the best and cheaper too (sorry world)
That's it so far... let me know what else I should add!
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