Everyday we are edging closer to the day I no longer have a baby and somehow now have a 1 year old. The first year of motherhood is tough, but I have to say it’s a hell of a lot easier with your second then your first – at least it was for me. I mean you no longer had a life anyway so the fact you’ve had another baby doesn’t really make much difference!
I found going from being Hannah to suddenly being mummy really bloody difficult. No more lie ins. No more Sunday afternoons lazing around on the sofa. No more just nipping out whenever you fancied. No more long shopping trips….. I could go on and on.
The fact that all of a sudden you no longer came first and you put someone elses needs before your own was tough. It took me quite a while to get into the swing of it! I’d always wanted children and as my mum was always a ‘younger mum’ when I was growing up I always wanted to follow in her footsteps – and have done in more ways than 1 Now!!
Having my second baby I thoroughly enjoyed and loved being on maternity leave. I was able to take Ivy to school, settle her in, go to her Christmas performances, have her friends over for tea and go to all sorts of baby groups in the day with Albie. I’m very picky when it comes to any sorts of groups but my firm favourites that I will recommend forever are Baby Sensory with Helen and Hobbytime with Ruth. They are two of the most enthusiastic and lovely ladies I’ve ever met and they make everybody welcome and feel a part of everything which I love because I hate how most groups are very clicky! We still attend hobbytime now with the rest of the gang 👍 In the first year of Albie I have achieved and learnt a lot but I wanted to just mention a few of my favourite things from the past year:
- Watching my beautiful children turn into the best of friends.
- Meeting so many lovely mum’s – a special shout out to Holly who blogs over at Tea and Blush who is now one of my best friends. It was nice meeting someone who I didn’t have to pretend to be perfect and who we could nip for a drink and a moan with! But equally someone who inspired my parenting journey so much.
- Setting up my own business. When I look back I would have normally been scared but it all happened so quickly I didn’t really have time to think which we good for me!
- Resigning from my job (I was shocked how supportive everyone has been with this decision!)
- Meeting lots of lovely families that I now have the pleasure of working with.
- Being able to breastfeed my baby ❤ (still can’t get him off that !!)
. Obviously life hasn’t been perfect, in fact far from it and for me it’s important to not just write about how perfect life is and hide all the bad things. As a family we have been through a lot and we sadly lost Nicks dad which means he will never see Albie’ s first birthday or anything else of course.
We miss you Andy ❤
So I’ll end with saying make memories everyday and cherish every moment(even those stroppy teenage tantrums from your 6 year old!!) because you never know what life will throw in the mix!