Welcome back to my new blog series entitled Meet the Parents – Advice for New Mummies and Daddies. It has occurred to me whilst pregnant that so much advice to given to you by anyone and everyone; grannies in the street, ladies on checkouts, friends who don’t have children(!); but where better to get advice from than those who are going through it right now, themselves?
This week we’re hearing from Becky from Educating Roversi.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
I’m Becky, sometimes known as Becka and Bex, and I’m a 31yo wife, mummy and teacher of drama. I work three days a week which is more difficult that it sounds. My husband is a restaurant manager for his Dad’s restaurant and we have a son, Mini R, who will be two in June. We share our birthday! My blog, Educating Roversi, is mainly about parenting, teaching and days out with the family. I started it for something creative to do but didn’t think I’d stick to it.
Food! Haribo, granola bars, raisins, a sandwich. Anything you like! I was starving and nearly killed my husband with one look when he dared to steal a Haribo sweet! Ha ha!
I packed loads of food – probably enough to last several weeks!
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
It was unexpected for labour to start on my birthday but that’s not helpful for other mummy’s to be! Ha ha! I’m a bit boring really as my labour was pretty quick and straight forward.
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
Sensible suggestion – a good bouncer chair. Great to stick them in when you need to do something. I had one upstairs and one downstairs. Not so sensible- a pretty change bag. I missed my lovely handbags and only felt better when my husband indulged me with a Cath Kidston changing bag 😍
A good tip about the bouncer chair – we have a three story house and have something to sit the baby in on each floor!
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
Remember that your child has to learn everything: feeding, day and night, everything. Helped me stay calm and patient when things were tough. Made me empathise with my newborn son.
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
I don’t think I was! Or if I was, I ignored it and forgot! Ha ha!
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Mums – watch out for Day Three after baby is born. The day your emotions go haywire and your milk tends to come in. You feel like you’re going mental and everything upsets you. Oh and no one told me about the pains you get when your uterus shrinks back – ouch! I was convinced I was in labour again!
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
Constantly questioning yourself and whether you’re doing the right thing, along with the lack of sleep and trying not to bite your husbands head off every day!
I think my hubby could probably relate to this!
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
That overwhelming pride and love you feel towards your child. I never believed it before but you really do think your child is the cutest, most amazing child in the entire world and watching them never gets boring! Being a parent is the best (and hardest) thing you’ll ever do.
Thank you for some lovely advice, Becky!