Mum Fail! | Meet the Crockers

I’ve been a mama for just over 8 weeks now and it has been full of smiles, tears, boobs, poop, hugs and love. We have so many memories with our baby girl already and I thought I would share a few.

Everyone knows parenting isn’t perfect, despite the lovely photos we all post on Instagram, there are plenty of times where it all goes wrong. So, here are a few of my mum fails so far:

Nappy fail

One that happens a lot is the nappy fail. When Amber is crying and I think she might be needing a nappy change, so we go upstairs to change her nappy. She’s full of smiles and gurgling away, I just finish the buttons on her sleepsuit, or putting her tights back on when I hear the unmistakable sound of a nappy being filled. Yep, she’s pooped again! I actually changed her nappy 3 times in the space of an hour the other day.

Poop everywhere

Sticking with the nappy theme, sometimes we don’t quite get to the end of changing a nappy before the poop explosion. One morning, when she was only a couple of weeks old, she projectile pooped mid nappy change resulting in poop on the changing mat, my PJs and even the wall!

Washing fail

Having a newborn means our wash load has doubled and the washing machine is constantly running. Babies seem to have a lot of white clothes, especially bodysuits! So it’s not good when a red dress ends up in the white washing. Amber had a lovely mini mouse dress with a little white t-shirt that went with it. I say ‘had’ because the t-shirt ended up in the wash with the dress and came out badly stained. There was no saving it.

Phone drop

Ever lay in bed on your phone and accidentally dropped your phone on your face? What about dropping your phone while breastfeeding and it hitting your baby in the face? Oops. (She was fine)

Food and Drink Spills

Having a baby constantly attached to your boobs means you have to learn to eat and drink one handed with your baby in your arms. It is probably not a good idea to choose food that can easily be spilt like pasta or soup… again she was fine! Her sleepsuit was not. One time she ended up covered in Pepsi because the can fizzed up when I opened it, that one was definitely not my fault!

Bang

This last one was the main reason for this post.
Last week we had a poop explosion, one where it meant a complete change of clothes. I was upstairs with Amber on her changing table, trying to get her out of her clothes without getting poop even more all over her than it already was. I was just pulling her bodysuit over her head when slipped out of my hand and banged her head on the wall.
It was awful.
I felt like the worst mum on the planet. It was my fault my baby girl was hurt and crying.
She was absolutely fine, she’d not hit her head hard, and there was no lump or mark afterwards but I still felt horrible. Dan came upstairs to find my cuddling Amber close to me, saying ‘Mama’s sorry’ both of us in tears.
Honestly, I think I was more upset than she was.

I’ve mentioned this headbanging story to a few people and it is definitely something that happens to everyone at some point. It doesn’t make you a bad mum, just human. We all make mistakes I guess.

So those are a few of my mum fails. Please share your mum (or dad) fail stories too.

Thanks for reading!

Em x

 

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Parenting in Public | Meet the Crockers

It was my birthday yesterday so I took another week off work to spend more time with the family. Today, Amber is 4 weeks old which has gone incredibaly fast. she has started to become a lot more alert and seems to recognise our faces. She is also getting into a solid feeding routine and we all seem to be getting a little more sleep. She is also slowly beginning to fit into 0-3 month clothing. It is still pretty baggy but she is filling it a lot better than she was 3 weeks ago.

So, this week we have been getting out and about a lot more often than we have done in quite a while. Getting Amber used to the big wide world and getting to spend some time together out of the house. It has been quite the experience for us as we have found that nipping out to town now requires a lot more equipment than the normal keys, wallet, phone. The arsenal of things we have to bring along now is pretty mind blowing and I dont know how we haven’t yet forgetton anything. With that being said at least we dont have to cart bottles and milk around with us everywhere we go like I know a lot of other parents have to. All we need to remember is Emma’s boobs and a couple of muslins and Amber is pretty much good to feed whenever she needs to. Breast feeding in public was a little strange at first but we have we are all becoming a bit more at ease with it.

With all that said let’s talk about some of the new experiences Emma and I have faced this week as new parents.

Breastfeeding in Public

This one was one that I thought could be difficult for us. what, with a society of backwards people around us that believe that a mother feeding her infant in public is wrong. We always planned on breastfeeding Amber. From early on in the pregnancy it was something we both wanted to do.  It’s natural, nutritional and can help baby with immunity to many bugs that newborns can catch. Not to mention it’s a damn sight cheaper than buying milk formula.
We are very lucky that Amber took to breast feeding straight away and we have, so far, had no problems with her in terms of feeding. In the first 2 weeks of her life we didn’t really take her anywhere due to so many people wanting to come and meet her, so breastfeeding in public wasn’t really something we had to tackle. If it wasn’t for the pink balloons in the window I’m pretty sure the neighbours would have thought we were runnning some kind of drug den with the amount of people coming and going.  Looking back, I should have put a section on my website where family members could book an appointment to come and see her!
Going back to the breastfeeding in public; our first experience of it was when we went for breakfast with my aunite who drove all the way from Norwich for one day just to see her. We went to the Toby Carvery for their amazing breakfast which includes breakfast yorkshire puddings and gravy. Amber latched on as normal and we had no issues with anyone staring at us or giving us funny looks. Since then, Amber has fed many times in public. We went to Blackpool on Monday and to Lancaster yesterday and we fed Amber in various places and we didn’t have any issues at all. I guess we just got lucky really as I have heard other people have had really bad experiences with breastfeeding away from home.
Matt Coyne makes a very good point about breast feeding which can be found in his book ‘dummy’ and on his blog ‘Man vs Baby’ where he refers to these people as ‘weirdos’.

“I know this has probably all been said before but who are these fucking crackpots who have a problem with breastfeeding in public? or these weirdos who say they ‘don’t mind it’ as long as it’s done ‘discreetly'”

(Coyne, n.d.)

This article is both very humerous and eye opening and I urge you to go have a look at this guys hilarious insight to parenting!
Please feel free to share your breastfeeding stories with us as we would love to hear them!

Baby changing

Something I have never before had to be aware of or even consider is options for baby changing whilst out and about. To my surprise every place we have been to so far has had facilities for changing babies and I’m quite certain that most places these days offer such facilities. Even places such as pubs – where I would never have imagined would have baby changing facilities – offered baby changing which I found pretty amazing. I have had to change Amber several times now whilst out and about.  Most of the changing rooms have been well equipped; with a place to put down baby whilst changing her, as well as nappy bins and nappy dispensers. But yesterday we encountered the Rolls Royce of baby changing rooms and it was in the multi-story car park we used in Lancaster. This place had a big room for changing multiple babies at once, as well as a seperate private breast feeding room with a leather rocking chair and sink. This is the best once that I have come across to date and I’m sure that there is many more out there that would outshine the Lancaster Multi-story. It’s just really nice to see that new parents are being considered in public places and local establishments are making an effort to make the lives of new parents easier!
What is the best changing facility you have been to are where? Let me know!

Walking round as a family

It’s such an amazing and surreal experience for me, walking round in public as a little family. It’s really nice when you see people notice that you are new parents and stopping to take a look and smiling at us. Particulalry the older generation! We had quite afew elderly ladies stop and look at Amber whilst we were wondering around Blackpool on Monday. It makes me feel very proud to be a dad.
We have pushed Amber around in her pram (which Emma and I both fight over possession of) and we also bought a body pouch so I can carry Amber around on my chest; which we did in Blackpool for several hours. She seems to really like being on my chest and generally falls straight to sleep. I thinkthe combination of motion and being able to feel my heartbeat and warm is comforting to her and she loves it.

Quite a positive vibe going on in my blog today which is always nice. It turned out to be a lot longer than I had originally planned and now my hands are starting to cramp up. If you got this far then as always thank you for reading! If you have any experiences with the topics I have spoken about above then please feel free to tell us about them either here in the comments section or over on instagram @meet_the_crockers and @mama_and_baby_amber.

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End of the line | Meet The Crockers

I can honestly say I don’t think the time has ever gone faster than it has this past two weeks. For those who don’t know I’m currently taking paternity leave from my job to spent time with my newborn daughter Amber May. My time off work is now coming to an end and I will, unfortunately, have to get back into a working routine. The two weeks that I have been able to take have been the most precious of my entire life. I have been able to bond with my child and get to know her. Seeing her little personality unfold bit by but each day has been truly wonderful to behold. This time has made me realise how little love I hold for the job I have to return to and makes me want to push harder and harder to create a better work and personal life for my family.

Work is not the only thing that is soon returning though. My fourth module of University is due to start at the beginning of October and I have thus far failed at any real preparation for it returning. I feel like this year the work is going to hit me hard. I hate to think of my daughter as a distraction (which she most certainly isn’t) but I think I’m going to struggle juggling work, parenthood and study whilst trying to keep my shit together all at the same time. Don’t get me wrong I’m going to work bloody hard. I love the subject I’m currently studying and I am hoping someday to make a professional career of it. But for I will find a way to make it work!

Also, you may have noticed that there has been a slight change in my online presence. I feel that now my daughter is here, Em and I are more like a little family and so my brand needed a fresh lick of paint. Meet The Crockers is now the name I am working under in terms of all my lifestyle/parenting content. So if any of you were wondering what had happened to that ginger bearded bloke on Instagram… here I am. This is me.

Thanks for reading and have a nice evening.

 

Becoming a Father | The Bearded Dads survival Guide.

It’s been little over a week now since I last wrote anything on my blog. I wanted to spend every possible moment with my little family and take some time to reflect on the events that have recently changed my life.

I would be lying if I said that the last 7 days have been easy. In short, they haven’t. But that’s not to say that it hasn’t been the most amazing experience I have been through in my entire life. Life has totally changed for us both and it hasn’t been easy. With that said; I think that Emma and I have taken parenthood by the reigns and faced it head on as if life had always been this way. The hardest part for me is sleep. Getting enough sleep is really hard. Amber now dictates when we can sleep, and it usually means we have to have naps throughout the day so we don’t have a meltdown. My outlook on life has changed in such a short period of time, as have my priorities. Amber is now first and foremost in every aspect. We have to look after this little human because her life literally depends on it. I now want to spend some time and share our birth story with the world. I have had a few people ask me to share so I have decided now is the right time.

The Birth

Emma was booked in to be induced on Tuesday 21st August at Burnley Hospital Birth Suite; after 2 unsuccessful sweeps. We packed our bags early that morning and arrived at the hospital shortly before 07:00 for our appointment. The midwife we saw first inserted a pessary and we were told we just had to wait it out now. Emma was given a bed on the ante-natal ward whilst we waited for the pessary to start her labour. Unfortunately, it didn’t exactly work and we spent all that day and the following day waiting for something to happen. By the next morning, there was still no sign of Emma going into labour, had the hospital not been so busy it would be likely Amber would have been born that day. However, The birth Suite was very busy and had some complicated births that day so everything was a little behind schedule. We had to wait for a bed in the birth suite all that day and eventually got one at about 09:45 on the 22nd August. At that point we were already both pretty knackered; I had spent the previous night sleeping on the hospital floor and probably managed an hour at most.
We were taken to the birth suite and Emma had her waters broken by a doctor very shortly after. At first, labour came on slowly, contractions were faint and far apart. It took a while for labour to really kick in. It wasn’t until the midwife gave Emma a syntocinon drip to bring on labour faster. This method worked very well for us and Emma went into heavy labour shortly after the drip was administered.
Em was also experiencing severe back pains as the contractions came. The midwife gave her a form of pain relief that was injected into her arm. It did work and the pain did subside for a short period of time.
Emma felt that her body had started to naturally push at around 03:00 on the 23rd August and that is when the drip I mentioned above was administered.
At 05:00 Emma was examined by the doctor again and she confirmed that Emma was 10cm dilated and was ready to start pushing. I have to say seeing how well Emma managed through the pain and discomfort was very inspiring. There is no way on earth I could have endured what she had to that morning; regardless of how much pain she was in, she did not give up once. She battled through it.
Emma was pushing for hours and hours with still no sign of baby coming. It was very difficult for me to see her in pain but I knew that I had to stay strong for her. By 08:00 on the 23rd August we still had no baby and Emma was totally exhausted and in a great deal of pain. The midwife made the decision that Emma would have to be taken to theatre to deliver our baby. From a quick examination, the baby was not in a good position making it very difficult for her to be delivered.
I can’t remember exactly what time it was that Emma was taken to theatre; by that time I didn’t even know what day it was. Emma was given an epidural and Amber was born at 09:41 on Thursday 23rd August Weighing 7lbs 6oz. She was brought into the world via forceps. Emma was very reluctant to have an epidural before birth saying she definitely didn’t want one. But after pushing all night and being in severe pain she was very happy to be numbed and for it all to be over. I was lucky enough to be allowed to be with her in theatre and watched our daughter come into the world. It was a beautiful moment, one that I will remember for the rest of my life.


I would just like to note at how amazing all the NHS staff were with us. We have not had a bad experience in the whole 9 months Emma was pregnant. The doctors in theatre were amazing, ensuring me and Emma were both calm, they put Disney songs on at Emma’s request and kept her mind at ease. There is no way we will ever be able to pay them back for what they did for us that day. They were all truly amazing.
We are so blessed that Amber is a healthy little girl and was able to come home the following day (Friday 24th August).
We are now 7 days postpartum and both Emma and Amber are doing really well. She is slowly getting into a good routine and is feeding really well (breastfeeding).

Before I go I would like to point out that I have also changed my Instagram name to @meet_the_crockers, I have wanted to change it for a while now but wanted to wait until Amber was born. For now, my website is going to stay The Bearded Dads Survival Guide but may change at some point in the near future.

Thank you if you got this far!

My first night in a hospital | The Bearded Dads Survival Guide

I am writing this blog for my own entertainment as much as I am yours. Yesterday was the day; the day Emma was due to be induced and the day we both thought would be the day we have been waiting for for nine months. Unfortunately things haven’t exactly gone to plan and we are still waiting for an arrival.

I’m writing this post from the comfort of the hospital floor. A place in which I never thought I would find myself. I am hyped up on skittles and my arse has gone numb. This has without a doubt been the longest twenty-four hours I’ve ever had to live. I have had barely a wink of sleep since 2am the previous morning and I feel like if I don’t get some soon I am going to be as about as useful as a boiled egg. I am hoping to be able to go home later when Emmas mum comes to take the day shift. I had no idea that hospitals even allowed guests to stay over night? I mean, since when was that a thing? If I’d of known this I would have been to the pound shop and bought an inflatable pillow. Instead I’m using my spare change of clothes as a mattress and pillow.

Knowing my luck baby will decide to come just as I’ve nodded off at home. If that’s the case then that is great. Here I am conplaining about being on a hospital floor when Emma has been lay on an uncomfortable hospital bed being prodded and poked by all manner of people coming and going. She has been a trooper throughout her whole pregnancy and I understand now why it is women that bare babies. Men simple aren’t tough enough. I mean I go dizzy at the sight of a little blood, there is no way I could go through child birth. I admire her for how amazing she has been.

Hopefully today is the day, but who can really say for sure? We will just have to be patient and wait for baby to come when she is good and ready.

On a final note I just want to point out the respect and admiration I have gained for every single midwife and consultant me and Emma have had the pleasure of meeting throughout her pregnancy. These people work so hard and are so passionate about their work. I can honestly say every single person has been amazing and has treated us as if we were family. The NHS really is a organisation we must all be very thankful for, one we must cherish and support as at somepoint in life every person will be in need of their service.

On a final final note to my daughter: so far you have been very stuborn and kept your mummy awake for countless hours. We have loved you from the minute we found out you were going to be born and we cant wait to meet you. There is so many people waiting to meet you and shower you with love; so please come soon baby girl.

I have to apologise for the scattered thoughts that are jumbled up in today’s post. My brain feels like scrambled eggs and I really cant think straight at the moment. Thanks to everyone that continuely reads and supports my page.

Dan

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Waiting for a baby to land | The Bearded Dads Survival Guide

We have spent the whole weekend waiting for baby and all weekend doing all the things people say work to encourage labour. Emma has now had two sweeps and still no sign of our daughter.

Yesterday we went on a longer walk than usual to the local park with Opie. We haven’t been there before and it was quite a hilly walk. I managed to find a zip wire which I couldn’t resist having a go on. Emma spent most of the evening bouncing on the birth ball with no luck. I also took her out for tea to see if it would bring on the baby.

We are now at a loose end and feel like she is never going to arrive. Of course, if she hasn’t arrived by Tuesday Emma will be getting induced which neither of us really want. We would much rather she go into labour naturally. Plus I really don’t want to have to go into work for one day! We have decided that today we are going to have a Disney film day since we have literally hundreds of them. I will be updating my Instagram throughout the day if anything happens today, so if you are interested in following our progress you can follow me at @beardydadsurvival

If anyone has any other suggestions to encourage labour then please let me know!

Opie: One of the many new faces of Belles Bites and Dog Accessories. | The Bearded Dads Survival Guide

Opie has been selected as one of a new team of pooches to become a brand rep for Belles Bites and Dog Accessories, a company devoted to making tasty treats and beautiful accessories for dogs everywhere. Along with this I have been given a unique discount code that my followers can use to grab a 10% discount on any orders made. This can be found by heading over to my Instagram page @Beardydadsurvival

If you want to have a look then please head on over to their Etsy page with the following link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BellesBites. They have a selection of unique gifts, many of which can be personalised with your puppers’ name.

Short and sweet today. Thank you for reading and be sure to share your purchases with me and @Bellesbitesandaccessories on Instagram using the appropriate tags. Also, you can follow Opie’s adventures directly by following @Opiethepatterpug

*Guest Post* Emma’s Hospital Bag

 

As we have just over 2 weeks until our due date, I’ve been frantically trying to make sure everything is ready for Baby Girl’s Arrival. Mostly tidying and organising the nursery and packing my hospital bag. I’ve finally finished packing it, aside from one thing that’s being delivered tomorrow so I thought I’d share what’s in my hospital bag.

After many hours of deciding if I’ve got a big enough bag already or if I need to buy a new one, I’ve chosen a white bag that I bought a few years ago and usually use as a large carry on bag for holidays. Which, it turns out doesn’t quite fit everything in so I may need to re-arrange. I’ve also got 3 toiletries bags inside this bag from Primark, to fit bits and pieces in to make it more organised and hopefully easier to find.

So, inside the bags…

The Minnie Mouse bag contains the bigger toiletries:

  • Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Micellar Solution which I use to cleanse and refresh my face.
  • Boots Strawberry Body Wash
  • Bio Oil and Palmers Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter which I#ve been using for my bump to keep the skin soft although they’ve not prevented stretch marks at all. My belly is like a road map!
  • Dove Invisible Care Roll on Deodorant
  • Colgate Cavity Protection Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Face Cloth which I plan on using to cool myself down during labour (damp of course).
  • Pack of breast pads from Asda
  • Pack of Maternity Pads

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The polkadot bag:

  • NSPA Mama to Be Soothing Nipple Balm. I’m planning to breast feed so this will be essential.
  • The Original Champneys Health Spa Citrus Blush Body Lotion which I’ve been using on my hands as it smells incredible, the smell reminds me a lot of summer and sun cream.
  • Superdrug Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream and Moisture Boost Facial Serum. I absolutely swear by these products my skin has felt so soft since using them, and I used to have really dry skin. They’re also very very cheap and are usually also on offer! They make my face feel so refreshed and I think I’ll need that after giving birth!
  • Aveda Lavender Fleurs Oil (being delivered tomorrow). As we are using hypnobirthing part of our plan is to create a relaxing environment so the smell of lavender is supposed to help with that.
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The Beauty and the Beast bag:

  • Tangle Teaser and a range of hair bobbles and hair clips to manage my long hair during and after birth.
  • A small compact mirror
  • Loreal True Match Concealer in the shade Rose Ivory, just to pop round my eyes to hide the bags when my mother starts taking photos!
  • Nip and Fab Highlighter Pallet just for when we’re going home, I may not use this at all, but at least I’ll have it if I do want to look a little more alive.
  • Nip and Fab Mascara
  • A highlighter brush, bronzer brush, small beauty blender and eyebrow/ eyelash comb
  • Nivea Blueberry Blush Lip Balm, which smells beautiful and really moisturises my lips.

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The rest of the bag:

  • Going home outfit- Grey Very maternity leggings, pink H&M nursing vest top and a black hoody. I wanted an outfit that was comfortable but still cute.
  • 2 Nursing Bras from Very
  • Asda pack of 4 black high waisted big knickers
  • White fluffy slippers which were a gift at my baby shower
  • 3 silky button-up nighties, one in burgundy which is plus size and two maternity ones in pink an navy blue, all from Boohoo. I found it really hard to find really nice button-up nighties as they all looked so granny-fied but these are beautiful. I went for button-up ones so I can easily breastfeed.
  • Thin Grey summer dressing gown from M&S, it’s quite big fitting, but I prefer that to something better fitted, purely for comfort.
  • Owl wheat bag, which can be heated up if I’m cold or to put on my back to relieve some back pain.

 

Dan is in charge of keeping me comfortable, hydrated and fed so some of the things I need are in his bag:

  • Bluetooth speaker and a relaxing playlist, again part of the hypnobirthing.
  • Homemade sugar-free flapjacks. As I’ve got gestational diabetes, I need to prevent my blood sugar going too high as this can affect baby’s blood sugar levels. So using oats (barely any sugar), MyProtein sugar-free maple syrup, Canderel sweetener and 90% cocoa dark chocolate (7g of sugar per 100g) I’ve made flapjacks! They’re not the most amazing tasting but they’re pretty good.
  • Lucozade zero sugar
  • Large bottle of water
  • Salt & Vinegar Snack a Jacks

 

And that’s pretty much it! Seems like a lot of stuff when it’s all written down and I’m sure there are things we won’t even need or use, but I’d rather be prepared and have too much!

Thanks for reading and let me know what you’ve packed in your hospital bags and what and anything you think I’ve missed.

 

 

The Hospital bag| The Bearded Dad’s Survival Guide.

It’s getting very close to the point where soon I will be able to join the ranks of proud dads that fill my Instagram feed daily. It seems strange that for the past several months I have been at a loose end with content as there has been really very little for me to do in terms of ‘being a dad’. In the coming weeks, my life is going to change forever and I’m really excited to become a dad for the first time and join a great community of fathers; rather than being stood on the sideline and spectating.

With our daughters birth potentially being sooner than we all thought I wanted to write an article documenting everything, we have bought and prepared to go into our hospital bags. Emma is much more organised than me, having her bag already packed and ready to go, whereas my stuff is scattered all over the house. I really need to get my sh*t together!

So, whats in our hospital bags? 

  • 30 nappies (Yes 30! its best to be prepared, babies sh*t a lot, so I’ve heard) We have mixed brands of nappies, some are Pampers and some are supermarket brands. We have no idea which is the best so we have bought a variety.
  • Cotton wool balls.
  • 3 Muslin squares in grey and white (They won’t stay white for long).
  • 5 bodysuits plus 1 personalised body suit which we got from notonthehighstreet.com which is the first outfit she will wear.
  • A variety of different wipes; water wipes and baby wipes etc.
  • 2 hats and matching mittens plus 2 pairs of socks.
  • The coming home dress is a Winnie the Pooh dress from Asda and a knitted white cardigan.
  • SMA pro first infant milk ready to use bottles just in case we have problems with breastfeeding. Hopefully, we won’t need this but its always best to be prepared for any situation!
  • Johnson’s baby oil
  • White knitted shawl knitted by her great grandma.

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That’s one bag packed and ready to go! Now, its a pretty different story for the bag I need to pack. Although I have pretty much everything I’m going to need to take with me to the hospital, it’s scattered randomly all over the house. So instead of telling whats in my hospital bag, I’ll tell you what will be in my hospital bag.

Daddy’s bag.

  • Food; plenty of snacks to last as who knows how long we are going to be in hospital and vending machines are expensive
  • Spare change of clothes.
  • Toothbrush and other toiletries. (nobody likes bad breath.
  • Hypnobirthing notes and our wishes and preferences for birth written down.
  • A book, though my mind may be unable to concentrate on reading.
  • Phone, charger and Bluetooth speaker to keep family up to date on what is happening and also for the use of Spotify. (The use of the speaker will be revealed further down)
  • Plenty of change for the car park.
  • Not going into the bag exactly but packing the car seat into the car ready and also cleaning my car of all the empty Mcdonalds packagings! (they’re everywhere!)
  • My book of dad jokes and my dad T-shirts.

For those who don’t know, we have decided to try hypnobirthing so that Emma can have as natural and pain-free birth as possible. We bought an online course provided by the positive birth company and have been working through the content over the past several months. The good thing about hypnobirthing is that it gives the father and active role in the birth of your baby rather than them being stood on the sideline feeling about as much use as the plastic lids they give you on a Mcflurry. The course teaches the father ways to help comfort and support mum throughout the birth.  Some of my jobs in the birth room will be:

  • Keeping Emma calm with techniques such as light touch massage and the traffic light system.
  • Hitting her with some of my best dad jokes to keep the atmosphere happy and positive.
  • Ensuring that all medical staff and midwives know our requests and being there to speak up for Emma when she may be unable to.
  • Being in charge of the music that we want to play during the birth, hence the Bluetooth speaker. I have made a playlist on Spotify that is a mix of relaxing songs and melodies. If you are interested in said playlist please let me know!

I’m pretty sure that I have covered everything I wanted to talk about above. All I can say now is please continue to watch this space as hopefully soon there will be a big announcement coming. If you want to follow Emma’s Instagram you can do so here @emmwar02

If there’s anything you think I have missed out from either of the bags then please let me know!

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Breaking the Silence

My blog has been silent for the past couple of weeks due to my motivation for everything dropping to zero. Work has been keeping me very busy and I have found that being back on nights has really hit me hard in terms of how I feel. I have been constantly tired and found that I’ve lost all motivation for the things I normally enjoy doing. I have barely touched a book lately and my computer has been collecting dust since we moved into our new house. Maybe the fatigue isn’t all bad though, it has given me a taster for what I am going to be in for when baby finally arrives.

Loads of stuff has happened in the last few weeks that I haven’t talked about; albeit if you follow me on Instagram you have likely seen a lot of the stuff we have been up to. Firstly, Fathers day was an interesting one for me this year, although I am not yet a dad, I did receive a T-shirt and two new books from the bump and we went out for a family carvery to celebrate the day. Also, we had the baby shower the weekend before last and we had such a great day spending time with all our family and friends in our new home. The bump was absolutely spoiled by everyone that came to celebrate with us and I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone that came. Emma and her two best friends put on a great day with lots of games such as guess the mess, pin the dummy on the baby and Guess the flavour of baby food. Everyone was given a slip to put their predictions on baby’s weight, hair colour, personality etc.

As of today, Emma is 32 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Meaning that we have less than 2 months to prepare for our arrival. It feels like we already have mountains of stuff for baby but it turns out there is still so much stuff we need to do and buy. To make the process of making sure we have everything easier, we have used our kitchen notice board to write a giant list which we are now working through. we haven’t, as of yet, managed to tick anything off this list, but hopefully, we can get it all sorted as soon as possible!

Let me know over on Instagram what your last bits of baby shopping are/were and whether or not you managed to get everything in time for your baby’s arrival.

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