Being a parent is so many things - and there are always good times and difficult times. To mark this new chapter in my life, and to indulge my curiosity about the experience of other new mums (and dads), I decided to create a brand new blog tag.
I tag Zee and Jo to do this tag too, and anybody else who has had a baby. Leave your answers or links to your posts in the comments so I can check out your answers.
1. When did your baby arrive?
2. Did you deliver early / were on time / overdue?
Overdue! And by the end, I was so sick of being pregnant
3. In three words describe a typical day as a new mum...
Unpredictable. Rewarding. Challenging.
4. Who do you think your baby looks like?
I really don't have a clue, and I'm rubbish at saying who babies resemble anyway. But some people say Baby Ginger looks like me, and others Ryan, but I just think he looks like himself
5. What has been one highlight of mummyhood so far?
When Baby Ginger first smiled. It was at five weeks, and was so unexpected. I captured it on video too which was really special.
6. What aspect has been the hardest?
The beginning. He was really phlegmy and I wasn't able to breastfeed. It made me feel really useless and a bit of a failure. But now to see how much he is thriving makes me so happy!
7. Have you had any hilarious moments?
When he does pee protests. They can be completely unpredictable, and because he's a boy, it can be really funny and extremely messy... It definitely puts a fun spin on nappy changes.
8. Do you think becoming a mum has changed you? How?
I am so protective of Baby Ginger - it's so unreal the amount of love I feel for him. It has made me a lot more determined and strong and independent. There's nothing I'm not afraid to try, and I wholeheartedly throw myself into every aspect of caring for him.
9. Do you get mummy guilt?
All the time. When he cries my heart breaks a little bit. When I go out without him I miss him, and when I know he has painful gas, it makes me feel so helpless.
Is there any piece of equipment you just couldn't live without?
10. What's one dream you have for your baby?
That he grows up knowing that whatever he wants to do / whoever he wants to be / ambitions he wants to pursue, I am there to support him and help him with so much love.
11. What's one piece of advice you would give to other new mums?
Take it all in your stride. Being a mum is so empowering but it is also bloody hard work. There will be really testing times, but there will also be really rewarding times. There are ups and downs all the time, but you are never in it alone. When you are trying to comfort a screaming baby, there is another parent out there doing the exact same thing. When you are at the end of your tether, somebody is struggling too. But the smiles make it all worth it. And never be afraid to ask for help or take time out for you - that's really, really important too!