Becoming Mummy: A Woking Baby Photographer’s Tale
W ow, where does the time go? I know people say that a lot when they become a parent but, oh how true it is! My own poor neglected blog is testimate to this, I haven’t blogged since Elliott was born… he is now 17 months! Becoming a mummy is the best thing in the world. I’m not going to say it’s all plan sailing, but wow the positives really outweigh the negatives. One of the strangest things both my hubby an I noticed was that it didn’t feel weird. When Elliott was born and I was sitting in the hospital, in a way it felt like he had always been there. Elliott was born around Christmas so that time was a bit a blur. Although there are negatives to having your birthday near Christmas, what was lovely was that it felt like everyone was celebrating with us.
Everything you think you will do, pretty much goes out of the window.
Before having Elliott I was aiming for a natural birth, to be breastfeeding and not use a dummy. By month 2, I had had a C-Section, giving him a dummy and using a bottle. Now im taking each day as it comes and throwing my expectations out of the window.
You will forget
No I don’t only mean that you will get baby brain (I don’t think it ever goes), but I actually forgot I was a mummy. Elliott was 3 weeks old, I spent Christmas in Devon with my family. After being up most of the night I asked my lovely mother in law to sit with Elliott while I had a shower and got dressed. After enjoying a nice shower I chilled out in the bedroom and started reading a good book. Two hours later I had a feeling I had forgotten something. “Oh my gosh! Elliott! I have a baby and he’s downstairs waiting for me!”. I needen’t have been so concerned, as when I came downstairs he was fast asleep in my mother in laws arms, BUT the point was for that time I completely forgot I had a baby. There have also been times since, when I have had to double check the back seat when driving, as though sheer paranoia I feared he was not there… I can happily report that has never happened!
The lack of sleep isn’t as bad as people tell you…
Everyone is amazingly generous.
The Perfect Prep is my best friend.
The Baby Bouncer is my best friend too!
Amazon Prime and Facebook marketplace come in very handy
There are SO many lovely parent and baby groups around Woking.
Before I was pregnant I didn’t realise just how many lovely baby groups were out there. I joined an antenatal NCT class, from there I have met some lovely people. We went to baby sensory and baby massage together (Elliott particularly enjoyed the baby massage). The Sure Start centres are also amazingly helpful. In January 2016 I joined a First Time Mums group in the St Johns Sure Start Centre in Knaphill. I met a fabulous local group of First Time Mums. We’ve all been on many trips together and enjoyed watching our little ones grow. As a result I met some lovely mummy friends who I will treasure forever.
Recommended Baby Groups / Activities
First Time Mums: St Johhs Knaphill Children’s Centre
Post Natal Course: Chobham, Bisley and West End Children’s Centre
Baby Message: Salvation Army Community Church, Goldsworth Park
Bump to Birthday: St Andrew’s Church, Goldsworth Park
NCT NEST: St Johns Memorial Hall, St Johns Village
Becoming a mummy has surpassed all of my expectations. I just feel so lucky to have Elliott and Rich (hubby). My boys are my world and I’m treasuring every moment with them.