Parenthood and Shiftwork

Daddy and LP - 1 Day Old

As you may or may not know, Dave works shifts. He works 6 days and then has 4 off. The 6 days he works are between 8 and 12 hours, and generally he leaves home an hour and a half before he starts work and gets home an hour and a half after he finishes work. He always starts with two days where he leaves before we wake in the morning and finishes on two night shifts.

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It’s Only Just Begun…

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We have officially started our search for a childminder.

As I said in a previous post, we only need childcare for the times that Dave and I are both working. This means that as Dave works shifts, the days and times of the childcare will be different every week. This makes finding a childminder incredibly difficult as most would like to have the same days/hours each week.

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Perspective

Perspective

I thought I’d blog about my weekend.

Yesterday, Saturday, a good friend of mine, M, came round with her daughter Z. We’ve known each other a few years and got married within 6 months of each other and had our Daughters 3 months apart. We now live about 35 miles away from each other so can’t see each other as much as we would like but make sure we spend a whole day together at least once a month.

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To work or not to work?

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Every Mother, on maternity leave, at some point has to weigh up the pros and cons of going back to work. This is never an easy decision to make, and quite often you can feel completely different about the prospect of returning to work when you are faced with it – a year earlier when maternity leave is only just starting and you haven’t yet held your baby in your arms everything can seem a lot clearer – having a baby definitely makes decisions a lot harder to make!

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Breastfeeding

Milk from a cup - Nuby

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After LP was born at home, midwives insisted on visiting daily to make sure everything was going ok. This began on the day she was born when a midwife came over at 3pm to complete LP’s newborn checks on her legs, heart, neck etc. The midwife asked whether I’d fed LP and I said I had, at about 10:30am. The midwife insisted on seeing me feed LP there and then, so I had to wake LP up and try to get her to latch. I was nervous, as a first time Mum, of doing it wrong, and of being partially naked in front of a stranger. Along with that, LP didn’t like being woken up so was fairly upset. Luckily she had to be woken anyway to have the checks done.

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Having our first child in a planned Home Birth

Newborn Athena - Homebirth

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I was going to do a post about breastfeeding but for you to understand my breastfeeding journey I would first need to tell you about LP’s birth.

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Sleep?

Baby LP Photoshoot

When I was pregnant I was told countless times that I should make the most of sleep before the baby came, and that when the baby was here I would never get a decent night’s sleep ever again.

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A Pinch And A Punch…

A Pinch And A Punch...

Well, 1st of April. A day for unfunny people to think they’re funny by doing pranks before midday. Also, photo toasters, Titanic tents and Marmite Smoothies…

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