5 Things I never did before becoming a Parent

5 Things I never did before becoming a Parent

5 Things I never did before becoming a Parent: By Katie at Heels & Hooves:

My daughter is now three months old. When I was pregnant, everyone who had children told me to enjoy the peace and quiet, relax and sleep as much as I could and appreciate my free time.

I don’t think until you have a baby you can really fully do that because you will never understand just how much your life will change when there is a new person in your family until you have experienced it.

Please don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love being a mum. It’s the best job I’ve ever had and I would not change it for the world, but I do sometimes look back at our ‘busy’ life pre-children and giggle. I thought maternity leave would be a long holiday!

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There are so many things that are normal now that would never have happened in our household before we had a baby…

1) Rejoicing at a 7.30am lie-in

I have a horse, so I’ve never really been one to lie around in bed, but my weekend 9am alarm call used to be one of my little luxuries.

Since my daughter arrived there have been far too many 5am alarm calls. But when she smiles at you in the dark as you stumble to her cot, you realise you don’t really mind at all.

Those days that she sleeps past 7am though, my husband and I are usually awake first and smiling smugly at one another as we snuggle back (very quietly) under the duvet.

2) Congratulating a family member for passing wind loudly

If there is wind in the baby, your day is not going to go well. So when you have been patting, rubbing, jiggling and bouncing her for 15 minutes, a long loud burp is worthy of huge praise and happiness.

3) Going shopping, maxing out the credit card and coming home with nothing for myself

My body has changed, I don’t really know what suits me anymore and I’ve spent so long in maternity jeans that I’m not even sure what’s in fashion. But baby clothes…. I’m great at buying those.

4) Searching Google images for photos of poo

Is it a normal colour? Consisitency? Amount? Never before have I wanted to see pictures of faeces, but when the nappy is suddenly totally different to yesterday, you need to know.

And the doctor’s surgery is sounding a bit tired of our constant calls.

5) Calling a newfound friend by the name of their child and ‘s mum

You want to make friends with other parents. You need a bit of solidarity and reassurance about your baby worries and you’d love someone to have coffee with to break up the long lonely days sometimes.

But you only know their baby’s name. You’ve seen and chatted to them four or five times at one or another baby class, so it’s too late to ask them (just rude at this stage). So Daisy’s mum it is until you hear somebody else addressing her. Blame baby brain, it’s a great excuse for everything.

Thank you so much to Katie at Heels & Hooves for submitting this awesome and oh-so-accurate post to #MyFiveThings!  You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Emma (@MeBeeandBo)
    16th February 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Those 7.30am lie ins are great aren’t they? They happen so rarely but are just so good when they come around. And I’ve definitely Googled the odd picture of poo or two haha great post x

    • 17th February 2016 / 12:39 pm

      Ooh they really are – but they’re rare in my house these days! x

  2. Rachel (Lifeathomewithmrsb)
    16th February 2016 / 12:48 am

    Oh yes i agree! An actual lay in – one day! i always mix up my kids names too lol! #thelist

    • 16th February 2016 / 9:56 am

      Ha ha I do too – and everyone else’s too! x x

  3. 14th February 2016 / 11:51 am

    Haha! Yes, these are all very true! Though sometimes I knew the baby & mum’s names but would always mix them up, especially if both had same starting letter! #thelist

    • 14th February 2016 / 12:08 pm

      Hee hee we’re all Ms in my house! x

  4. entertainingelliot
    14th February 2016 / 10:06 am

    Pre-motherhood a weekend lie in could be as late as 11am if we were feeling really lazy – nowadays if my 3 year sleeps until 730am, we are winning!! I can’t even begin to get my head around sleeping til 11am now! #thelist

    • 14th February 2016 / 11:03 am

      Oh I would do a lot for a 7.30am lie in ha ha! x

  5. Madeline
    13th February 2016 / 4:11 am

    Oh number 5! I’m so bad at doing number 5! My oldest is nearly 5 years old and I still find myself meeting new people and only getting their child’s name, it’s awful! x #TheList

    • 14th February 2016 / 11:05 am

      Ha ha I’m exactly the same – although I struggle to even remember kids names these days :) x

  6. 13th February 2016 / 3:18 am

    Brilliant and very true. Even four years on from becoming a parent there are still people that I only know as “so-and-so’s mum” and others that I only learned their name through them adding me as a friend on Facebook! And passing wind is definitely a cause for celebration when you have a small baby!

    • 14th February 2016 / 11:05 am

      Ha ha yes it is! x

  7. 13th February 2016 / 12:54 am

    Ha ha, this is the same subject as my post (although I promise I hadn’t seen yours before I wrote it). I can relate to all of yours (especially the 7 am lie in!), yet have different ones in my list (except the lie-in!) Together I imagine we could come up with loads more. Those cheeky little scamps definitely change your life forever, but it’s all worth it. Popping by via #TheList

    • 14th February 2016 / 11:05 am

      Ah you’re so right, even the lack of sleep is still worth it :) x

  8. 12th February 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Yes 7.30am has become an exciting time for a lie-in here too! I used to love shopping for clothes for me but I have since discovered buying things for the children is so much better! #thelist

    • 14th February 2016 / 11:06 am

      I love buying clothes for my minis too x

  9. 12th February 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Totally true about the names things. I am bloody awful with names anyway and often forget them and them feel to embarrassed to ask. Luckily my wife is a ninja so often bails me out of social situations!

  10. 12th February 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Fab list from Katie that made me laugh, especially the congratulating a family member for passing wind. :-) #thelist

    • 12th February 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Ha ha we’ve all done it I bet now! x

  11. 12th February 2016 / 5:13 pm

    Number Two on your list is particularly pertinent, although ours are too old to need winding nowadays! #TheList

  12. OneDizzyBee
    10th February 2016 / 4:22 am

    This is so funny! I’m passing it on to a friend of mine whose daughter just had a baby a few months ago, and has also been googling poop! I never really thought that was a thing til now :)

    • 10th February 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Ha ha it was a regular pastime of mine in the early days!

  13. Robyn
    5th February 2016 / 9:23 am

    Absolutely 100% accurate. I’d forgotten most of those things already (particularly Googling poop), but yes I did do them all in the early days. Funny and entertaining post Katie, and thanks for bringing it to us Mim :)

    • 5th February 2016 / 2:18 pm

      Ha ha me too – oh and what I’d give for a 7am lie in too :) x x

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