Welcome back to Meet the Parents, my weekly blog series where a blogger and parent shares their advice for first-time and expectant parents. This week we welcome Vicki, who blogs at Mummy to my Little Cheeky Monkey.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
I’m 32 and live in Newcastle upon Tyne. I’ve been married to Andy for 6 years, we have two boys James is almost five and Freddie is one. I started blogging almost three years ago to capture memories of James growing up.
What one essential item would you insist on putting in your hospital bag (for you)?
When I had James I had a sports bottle but found it difficult to use during labour. So when I had Freddie, even though he was a planned section, I packed straws! So much easier to drink from.
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
Just be prepared that things might not go as you had planned. During labour with James my temperature spiked, which meant I had to have a general anaesthetic to have my tear repaired.
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
Muslin cloths! You can never have too many!
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
You know your own baby. If you think something is wrong go with your instincts!
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
I don’t think I was given any bad advice.
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Have a decent bath support for you bath. Makes bathing a newborn so much easier!
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
Lack of sleep! Especially when like I did you have another child!
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
The little person you created of course!