Welcome back to my blog series giving advice to new mummies and daddies – from those who have been there themselves. This week I’m joined by Faye from Glossy Tots.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
I am an IVF mummy and sufferer of polycystic ovarian syndrome. I have one daughter, Erin, aged 4 and included in my blog is my goddaughter, Maisie, who I look after on weekly basis whilst her mum works. I started blogging 2 years ago, but only full time in the last year, and I have recently dived into the world of vlogging – both of which I am really enjoying. My blog is made up of posts about family life and reviews.
What one essential item would you insist on putting in your hospital bag (for you)?
A water bottle that can be used lying down – I hated having to move out the position I was comfortable in to sip water out of vile plastic cups!
Good idea! I packed some straws because of this but I think a water bottle would have been even better!
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
My labour completely stopping for four hours half way through! No rhyme or reasoning for it and I thought arghh what if it doesn’t start again? and panicked, but it did and all was ok and she was born 4 hours later!
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
My essential product was my Angel Care monitor. I don’t think they should sell any other monitor and it needs to be made cheaper as it puts your mind at rest and actually lets you sleep!!
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
Don’t fear labour or the pain and it won’t hurt as much – I genuinely believe that because I wasn’t scared I had a great labour.
This is why I did hypnobirthing classes. Unfortunately Little M was breech so I had an elective c-section and didn’t get to try it out!
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
That I should breast feed. It’s up to mums and their preferences- personally I didn’t want to and the doctor confirmed it was a good job I didn’t as Erin had terrible reflux and would have wasted all the milk!
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Go with it and trust your instinct. If you think something’s wrong, it probably is!!
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
The lack of sleep, and trying to figure what’s best for you baby – if it feels right for you, do it, because that’s the best option.
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
Spending hours staring at the baby and realising they are actually yours!!!
Ah yes, I do a lot of this!