It would have been nice to know…

Yet another post about my personal rollercoaster ride into new motherhood! Have you been waiting with bated breath? Don’t answer that.

Like most women expecting their first child, I read the books about what to expect.  I knew to expect sleep deprivation, baby blues, and that I would still look pregnant for a few days after popping out my little human.  (My husband risked a punch in the throat when he made a comment about that the day after I GAVE HIM A SON.)  I also knew to expect loads of good stuff. Continue reading

Might We Suggest…

I have had numerous jobs in my life, each of which came with its own challenges: long hours on my feet, late nights, ridiculous uniforms, narky customers, boredom.  Before I started maternity leave, my career as a teacher challenged me on a daily basis as I tried to guide my students through a hefty curriculum whilst contending with a broad range of learning needs, behavioural concerns, and parental expectations.  I have to say, though…nothing has ever challenged me so much as being a rookie mom.

This post isn’t going to be about all the stuff that I have found difficult, though.  Instead, I want to share some of the things that have helped make my new job easier/helped me maintain an iota of sanity, in hopes that they might help out another new mama or two.  Continue reading

Horizontal Hurdling and Other Nocturnal Nonsense

Ah, sleep. Such a contentious topic in mommy circles.  At the risk of jinxing things, I have to say that we have been very fortunate in the sleep department as far as my son goes.  A few blips and regressions from time to time, but overall our little man likes his rest.  That’s all I’ll say on the topic of baby sleep because I know not all new moms are as lucky and they may hunt me down and maim me out of sleep-deprived envy.

That’s not to say I’m  not sleep-deprived, though.   Continue reading