Musings on Motherhood (& other tales)

Last time you heard from me I was expecting my first child. Now, four months into motherhood, I am just about getting into the swing of things. I’ve been very lucky – my girl has slept through the night since 8 weeks old and I have a great support network – and yet it’s still only now I feel even remotely capable or interested into returning into the blogging world.

Now I have got nappy changes and feeds under my belt, and maternity leave is still in full swing, the blog seems so refreshing. I am not going to become a “mummy blogger” (despite using the hashtag on social media – guilty as charged!) but I am not going to shy away from the fact motherhood is now another part of my life. To put it as the wonderful Mother Pukka would say, “I am an aspiring lifestyle and beauty blogger who just happens to be a mother”.

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So what is it like? It’s wonderful, scary, rewarding, tiring, and dare I say it, a little boring at times. Each day is repetition. Wonderful repetition but still, there isn’t much to distinguish each weekday from the next. My husband is still working full time of course whilst I man the ship at home. We’ve also moved away from the city centre so I do feel a bit out in the sticks. Spontaneous Primark and Boots hauls are almost completely out of the question, so I mainly pass my days doing housework whilst catching up on YouTube. The epitome of the anachronistic 50s housewife? I’ll let you decide.

This said, I am kind of dreading going back to work and there is still a grey cloud over whether I actually will. I was always going to take a few years out if we were lucky enough to have a second child. The rising cost of childcare and the commute means this day may come sooner than we first thought. I don’t love my job and I certainly don’t want to do it just to pay for childcare – it’s a bit of an oxymoron. We are fortunate to be in a position where my husband could support the whole household on his wages alone, but this would be life-altering. But can you expect anything else when welcoming a child into this world?

But that’s for a few months time and this post has certainly gone off on an unexpected tangent…

It is so wonderful to be back.

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Make-up and clothes were always a distraction from the real world, but they have become even more so now. They are the only link between my former life and my new one. I am definitely not complaining about being a mother – I love it and I love my daughter – but with it, I have let go of my former identity and relative freedom.

No one really believes these are the most important things in life but I think for the majority of people who are in this mad blogging community it is a wonderful escape. I hope you will find some happiness reading my posts as I do planning and writing them.

I’m going to ease myself back in with some simple and traditional product reviews and see where things take me. There is no schedule as my new boss wears a nappy. It will be as and when. But that’s the best I can do for now.

I bloody can’t wait!

laura

 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Why I’ve Been MIA in the Blogosphere

If you follow me on twitterΒ you may have seen my humble tweet announcing my pregnancy. Yes, I am 9 weeks pregnant. I feel like I’ve already been on one hell of a ride.

Where do I start? My husband and I are very happy about the news, and this baby was planned. Truth is, we only tried for a couple of months before we hit the jackpot. This makes us very lucky.Β 

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WeΒ saw Baby at 8 weeks, measuring a healthy 18mm and showing a strong heartbeat. I am not naive enough to think this means we are out of the dark (I don’t think you truly are until you hold your little one, and then new worries take over), but the odds are certainly in our favour. I did not want to make any announcements until we had some degree of confidence.

I am excited, feeling very ill with “morning” sickness, and extremely tired. I have found it hard to keep up with day to day life in all honesty. It’s an exhausting, humbling and magical experience, but it’s also not easy. Pregnancy wasn’t supposed to interfere with blogging, but it has. Now I’m nearing the end of the first trimester I hope to be back with more product reviews etc.

If you guys are interested I will also include some pregnancy updates. This is will be alongside my usual content.

Until then, take care and have a Merry Christmas! I hope to see you again before 2017!

laura