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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!

Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday: Pop up cinema at New Bailey, Manchester

Film roll, ticket and gummy bears

If you were a child bookworm the chances are you will have enjoyed the dark comedy, villainous adult enemies, and unexpected endings of Roald Dahl’s tales. Everyone has their favourite and mine has to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It might have something to do with my sweet tooth; I mean just think how amazing it would be if that place was real – a river of chocolate!

It’s 100 years since his birth on 13 September 1916 and events are being organised around the country to mark this special ‘Roald Dahl Day’.

Keep reading to find out what’s going on at New Bailey, Manchester.