Welcome back to my blog series, Meet the Parents. This week we’re chatting with Nicki, who blogs at Sensory Sensitive Mummy.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
I’m Nicki, I’m 33 and I’ve worked in Childcare for 12 years. I live with my partner and we have 2 gorgeous girls, Lou is 4 and Moo is 17 months.
I decided to start writing my Blog – Sensory Sensitive Mummy as we were going through a tricky time with Lou’s behaviour at home, I had a lot of thoughts swimming around in my head and I found that writing my Blog allowed me to use a constructive place to get all my thoughts out.
We found that Lou has additional needs, she was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder with traits of ADHD and Autism in October 2015. I’ve helped a few parents by talking about similar issues and I hope to help spread awareness of SPD as it is more recognised in the USA than here in the UK and often parenting skills are blamed. I also share everyday parenting experiences, review products and share craft and sensory activity plans and ideas.
What one essential item would you insist on putting in your hospital bag (for you)?
I found a TENS machine so helpful for early labour.
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
I wanted a water birth but during pregnancy I found out that I had Strep B, It was lucky this was found at 26 weeks pregnant, but I had to accept that I couldn’t always have my birth preference. Sometimes things are completely out of your hands and I had to trust the professionals’ decisions like when I had to have an emergency C section when I’d planned a natural birth but the safety of my baby was paramount.
I wanted a water birth too, but ended up with an elective caesarean as Little M was breech. I agree, safety of you and the baby is the most important thing.
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
Muslin cloths were an essential item – to mop up all the the spills! Both of my girls had reflux so these cloths became so vital.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
“Sleep when the baby sleeps” I didn’t realise how true this was until my first baby was born.
I found it difficult to do this as while the baby was sleeping was the only chance I had to do anything!
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
People kept saying, “your life will never be the same again”.
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Take each day as it comes, don’t worry if you don’t make it out of the house on time as things can occur to change the routine.
Carry spare clothes and wipe wipes at all times!
Unfortunately my friends without children are yet to understand the timekeeping predicament!
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
Lack of sleep affected me – I’ve never been a fan of interrupted sleep, I can remember that feeling of being so tired it almost hurts and I used to sit there at 2 am giving a feed desperately trying to stay awake.
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
Seeing all the milestones and development, first smile, first step, first wave, watching them grow is the best thing in the whole world.
It’s amazing, isn’t it? Incredible how they learn to do so much, so quickly.
Thank you, Nicki! You can find Nicki over on her blog.