Welcome back to my blog series, Meet the Parents, where we hear advice from those who’ve been there and got the t-shirt! This week it’s the turn of Debbie who blogs at Country Heart and Home.
Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family.
I am a stay at home mum of 6 who met, married and had her first child within a year of meeting her soul mate. 21 years later we are still together and happier than ever. Countryheartandhome blog is my way of keeping an online diary of our life with the children, the adventures – ups and downs we go through as a family. I love documenting our every day life and looking back and now that our first grandchild is born, I cant wait to share his journey with our life too.
Snacks and a hand held fan. No one tells you that that breath of fresh air during contractions is almost a life saver! Also the thought of nothing to eat if you are there for countless hours is not a thrilling prospect – even if you have a packet of biscuits, a little something to nibble on keeps you going!
I had a whole bag of gluten free snacks with me in hospital – and I had a caesarean! They were still useful for the time between having the op and going home.
Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?
I wasn’t prepared for the length of time it took for my first. Everyone knows that each baby is different but nothing prepared me for being in hospital from Friday to Monday with intermittent pains. I thought that once the pains started everything kind of flowed quickly but I was so wrong!
What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without?
Muslin cloths. They are invaluable for everything, from keeping baby sick off your clothes to swaddling baby in. Oh, and a decent pillow…you need to feel comfortable and sitting for extended periods in chairs feeding or holding baby can make you stiff quickly.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?
Don’t take anyone’s advice to heart.
What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?
Let your baby cry or you’re making a rod for your own back! Nope sorry I hugely disagree!
Ugh my mother says this all the time!!!
What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?
Do what is best for you and your baby, learn to trust your instinct- and always pop a nappy underneath the one you’re changing – believe me you will understand what I mean when the first poohnami hits!!
Haha! We have a muslin on top of our changing mat, which helps in situations like this, too!
What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?
The lack of sleep and not knowing when you’re going to get a hot cup of coffee again… usually it’s when they move out!
What’s the best thing about being a new parent?
The unconditional love, that little glint when they look up at you and you know you are their whole world and vice versa. You soon realise you would do anything for this little bundle of love and woe be tide anyone who gets in your way!
Thanks, Debbie! You can find Debbie over on her blog, Twitter and Instagram.