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Baby blog: Life is on hold - but that’s kind of alright

Baby Blog
Francesca Naylor

Baby Blog Francesca Naylor

I’m sat writing this week’s blog with hair still wet from baby swimming at 2pm in the afternoon, having eaten a bowl of cereal and an ice lolly for tea, looking round my lounge which is currently strewn with bibs, tiny shoes, a baby gym, a bouncy chair and parrot with a squeaky beak while I struggle to get the Jumperoo’s incessant theme tune out of my head.

I couldn’t tell you what is number one in the charts and I have no idea the last time I watched TV.

My mum text last night and said “put BBC 1 on”, I think by the time I looked at my phone 4 and a half hours later I’d missed the programme.

How times have changed...

It’s probably the most obvious thing I’ll ever say but having a baby is the time of greatest change I’ve ever experienced.

Physically my body has changed (and no matter how many tummy crunches or planks I attempt, it’s not going back, although I do now have super-toned arms) but it is the emotional and psychological change that is more acute and more unexpected.

I know I’ve changed, a lot.

My outlook and perspective on life has changed since having a baby, I care less about a lot of things like the pile of ironing that is now taller than my kitchen worktop or the fact I went swimming today without shaving my legs, but I worry a lot more about a whole load of things too.

What strikes me most is that despite the tremendous amount of change in such a short amount of time it feels like it has been a gradual evolution, I can’t actually remember what life “used to be like” even though it was only 20 weeks ago.

And to be honest, I don’t miss it, I’m happy to not clean my teeth until midday because that’s the first chance I get after Poppy has been fed, changed, dressed, changed again because there has been some sort of nappy-disaster, fed again because its taken that long.

I like the new me, even the new wobbly belly bit...kind of.

I’d love to hear about how you mummies/daddies feel you’ve changed since having children.

Let me know via my email address: thebabyblog1@gmail.com or my Twitter account @CescaNaylor.

Read Francesca’s previous blog - click the links below


July 10: Hello new mums everywhere - can we help each other?.

July 18: The day my life changed forever.

July 25: Its scary but awesome being a mum.

July 31: read more.

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