What To Do On Maternity Leave (inc. the obvious)

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Big sister

My wonderful seven year old daughter has been amazing with her brother so far… (so far, am I expecting her to not be at some point?!)

We bought her a baby book for her to write all about him in which she is enjoying, and she is taking lots of photos of him with her camera. She actually has really good instincts for what he will like, he enjoys listening to her read stories, he is mesmorised by a picture she made for him with sparkly stickers on etc… things I would never have done with such a newborn baby.

It is hard, especially when we are so tired, not to dismiss some of the things she wants to do, but she seems to know what she’s doing - at least as much as we do!

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Two hours sleep

Who knew it was actually possible to function on so little sleep… barely function, but function none the less!

We need to come up with a night time plan. Shifts I think.

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I finished reading this a few days ago. I would say that Jilly Cooper has always been one of my guilty pleasures, but I don’t feel guilty for loving them at all really. I know it seems strange to go from Hilary Mantel straight to Jilly Cooper, but I love reading like this. When I was a child I would go from Enid Blyton to Charlotte Bronte without understanding that there was really any difference.
This Jilly was rubbish though. Having said that, it is still a page turner - just not a very enjoyable one. It left me feeling a bit dirty (and not in a good way!) Her attitudes to sex, race, gender etc etc etc are pretty shocking. At one stage she basically says gang rape is ok if you’re drunk and as long as you say sorry afterwards. Being gay is someone’s ‘fault’… I could go on.
And aside from all this the main character is deeply annoying and not sympathetic at all.
Reading Jilly Cooper is normally a bit like sinking into a hot bath - easy, comforting and soothing, but this one was chilly, grubby and unsatisfying!

I finished reading this a few days ago. I would say that Jilly Cooper has always been one of my guilty pleasures, but I don’t feel guilty for loving them at all really. I know it seems strange to go from Hilary Mantel straight to Jilly Cooper, but I love reading like this. When I was a child I would go from Enid Blyton to Charlotte Bronte without understanding that there was really any difference.

This Jilly was rubbish though. Having said that, it is still a page turner - just not a very enjoyable one. It left me feeling a bit dirty (and not in a good way!) Her attitudes to sex, race, gender etc etc etc are pretty shocking. At one stage she basically says gang rape is ok if you’re drunk and as long as you say sorry afterwards. Being gay is someone’s ‘fault’… I could go on.

And aside from all this the main character is deeply annoying and not sympathetic at all.

Reading Jilly Cooper is normally a bit like sinking into a hot bath - easy, comforting and soothing, but this one was chilly, grubby and unsatisfying!

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Teenwolf is on! Haven’t seen this film for so long. I watched this at my eleventh birthday slumber party and I was SO in love with Michael J Fox!
Not sure this is actually suitable for my 7 year old daughter, forgotten how much snogging etc there is. But not turning it off now!

Teenwolf is on! Haven’t seen this film for so long. I watched this at my eleventh birthday slumber party and I was SO in love with Michael J Fox!

Not sure this is actually suitable for my 7 year old daughter, forgotten how much snogging etc there is. But not turning it off now!

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He is here!

Hurray, hurray! My baby boy has arrived. Eight days late, 10lbs 1oz and SUCH HARD WORK to get out (!) but now he is here. I am so relieved and happy, in some pain but managed by paracetamol and anti inflammatories. Now the fun can really start…

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What To Do On Maternity Leave (inc. the obvious): Getting labour going?

sabelmouse:

whattodoonmaternityleave:

My due date is tomorrow and I feel absolutely ridiculous, so humungous and heavy. Walking for more than a couple of minutes is really painful, I get strong pains under the bump just above my pelvis.

Could really do with this baby coming in the next couple of days now.

I have tried hot curries…

my daughter was 13 days late. the midwife twiddled the cervix a little [ not pleasant] it was just slightly open at the time, i had some sage tea and an orgasm.

between those things she agreed to be born. within 2 hours. she’s like that stubborn as  a mule but full steam ahead when she wants to. 

i was getting a little desperate as they would have dragged me of to be induced the next day. 

luckily my daughter  as well as her brother before her were born at home.