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Would you take your baby to a rave?

Big Fish Little Fish: Around the World

Having a baby is a sure fire way to close the door on your youth. The days of partying in to the small hours become a distant memory as you learn to cherish the sacred time when baby is sleeping by sleeping yourself. Of course you can always risk a 4 am finish and deal with the ensuing hangover but, if the idea of parenting after the night before gives you a sore head before you’ve so much as ordered a cocktail I might just have a solution.

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Baby changing facilities symbol

When you’ve been looking after baby all day, your partner coming home from work is an event to look forward to. In fact you’ve probably counted the hours since lunchtime. I suspect I’m not the only new mum to hand over baby with a sigh of relief as soon as Daddy walks through the door.

In our house Tall Dad takes a very hands on role with the parenting. It’s not something we ever decided, it’s just how it is. We created our little person together and looking after him is our joint responsibility.

That being said, nappy changing is a task I will willingly pass on whenever the opportunity arises.

A clean kitchen without the hassle

Cleaning products ready for cleaning with

Having a baby consumes pretty much all your time, particularly during the first few months while you get to know each other and adjust to a new life of sleep deprivation. As a result, tasks that you used to fit in when you had a spare five minutes start to fall by the wayside and keeping the house clean is no exception.

When offered me a three hour clean to review their cleaning service in Manchester I snapped their hand off. 

Unexpected things you get used to when you become a parent

Bird sitting on eggs, which read New Baby

Nothing prepares you for becoming a parent.

You can talk to people you know with babies and try to come to terms with the idea of your life being very different but; when your baby is born, when hormones dictate your emotions, when you are recovering from the physical challenge that labour demanded of you and your partner, and when you are introduced to the concept of truly broken sleep, that’s when the reality hits home.

After your bundle of joy crash lands in to your world, some of the changes take a bit of getting used to.

5 things nobody tells you about childbirth

Baby being delivered by a stuffed stork

During pregnancy you have to come to terms with the idea of giving birth. Numerous parenting classes, pregnancy books and websites explain the various stages of labour and people will happily tell you their birth stories. All these things help you prepare but when it comes to extracting babies there are many things to take you by surprise.

In this post I share five things that happened during my labour that I hadn’t expected, or even heard about beforehand.

Patak’s frozen curry review

Patak's chicken tikka masala box

One of the hardest things to get used to as a new mum is adjusting to your baby’s schedule. Everyday tasks such as bathing, cooking, cleaning and laundry become goals that you aim to achieve over the course of the day, fitting them in to nap times or completing them one handed as you bounce, soothe and feed your baby.

People may tell you not to worry and to lower your standards for a while, but a shower always makes you feel better – and you still have to eat.

From this new mum mindset I jumped at the chance to review one of the new Patak’s frozen curries. Any help with the day to day becomes more valuable than anything else in the world, and nothing beats someone else taking care of dinner.

The bump shoot

Hubby and I in Cringle Park Levenshulme with a large baby bump

A few weeks before Tall Boy made an appearance, hubby (who I shall henceforth refer to as Tall Dad!) and I took a walk round our local park with a photographer friend to capture the last of the evening sunshine and few snaps to remember my ginormous baby bump.

I couldn’t resist sharing a few of them with you whilst Tall Boy is nearing the end of what has been a plus three hour nap – more of these and I’d actually be able to get things done!