It’s the second week of my What’s Right for You feature where you tell me what was right for you from pregnancy to parenthood! The response so far has been lovely and if you want to take part please get in touch.
This week it’s the turn of Rachel from Mummy in Training. Here are her answers:
Introduction – a little bit about the Blog and the Family
I set up my blog to document family life but also to help myself and others that have suffered from post-natal anxiety. I write about the ups and downs with toddlers and my experience with anxiety. I hope that my blog can put smiles on faces and make people feel like they are not alone.
There are 3 of us. Myself (Rachel), my hubby G and our son Samuel who is 2 and a half. We live in Worcestershire. We are a bit different in the fact that G works away Monday-Thursday every week.
Did you drink any alcohol before and during your pregnancy?
To be honest, pre-pregnancy I was a bit of a light weight so I didn’t drink very much anyway. I chose not to drink at all through my pregnancy but considering the small amount I did drink I didn’t feel too much of a difference. Although it’s funny as soon as you are told you can’t have something, you want that glass of wine!
Did you find out the gender of your baby?
Yes, this was really important to us. I like to be super organised and to know what’s coming. I’m not good with surprises, even the baby kind!
Did you have a 4D scan?
No 4D scan for us. I didn’t know much about them or anyone who had had one until recently but I think if I were to have another baby, I don’t think I would have one. I’m not sure why, I just find it a little odd to be able to see inside my body in that much detail!
Did you exercise during pregnancy?
I probably exercised more when I was pregnant than before. I am not a fan of exercise but I was more aware of having to stay fit and healthy for the birth so I made sure I did lots of walking – nothing to strenuous because as I said; exercise and I aren’t friends!
During labour – pain relief?
Just gas and air until the caesarean. I was about to have an epidural when they rushed me into theatre. I am all for pain relief; if something can help it not hurt so much I am all for it!
Out through the twinkle (please insert your own word here) or the sun-roof?
Haha I’ll stick with twinkle. Sam came out of the sun-roof though because we were both struggling. I was 13 days overdue and he was 10lb 6oz when he was born so I am slightly relieved he didn’t have to come through my twinkle!!!
Breast or bottle feeding?
I breast fed for the first 5 days and then went over to bottle. I struggled with it, Sam wasn’t getting what he needed and I was miserable so we made the decision to go over to the bottle.
Co-sleeping or solo sleeping?
Definitely solo sleeping for us. I would never have been able to sleep with co sleeping, I would have been too worried that I would squash him in the middle of the night and I felt it was important for him to have his own space from the start.
Did you use a sling?
No, I tried Sam in a baby carrier first of all and he hated it so I didn’t try anything else. This is something I think I would have another go at if I were to have another baby as I do like the idea of it. It just wasn’t for Sam.
When did your baby move to their own room?
When he was 4 months old. He was so tall, he didn’t last very long in his moses basket so I had to put him in a travel cot in our room which took up all the space in our bedroom. We got to the point where he was keeping us awake and we were waking him up. It was the best thing we did, he slept through from that night onwards.
Dummy or no dummy?
I was that parent that said that I would never use dummies. A week into Sam being here a dummy was firmly in his mouth! However, at about 6 months he dropped it himself preferring his thumb.
Baby-led weaning or the purees?
Purees. I think baby led weaning is a great concept but it scared the hell out of me! The choking thing really frightened me after he choked on a piece of bread when I was weaning him.
Pink and blue or gender neutral?
I don’t think I have led Sam down a certain path but I have to say he is a typical boy. He loves all sorts of vehicles especially planes and isn’t particularly interested in what would be seen as girls toys. I am of the thinking of let them find their own way, whatever way that is.
Are you a SAHM or back to work?
I suppose you could say I am both. I work 3 days a week and the rest of the time I am at home with Sam. I needed to go to work for financial purposes. For us this set up works really well and Sam loves nursery. It has really helped his confidence and the way he plays with other children.
Have you lost the Mum-tum?
No, as I said earlier, Sam was a rather large baby and I was rather stretched. I have a mum-tum which I am quite self-conscious about but on the other hand it housed Sam, so who cares?!
When did you first leave your baby overnight if at all?
He is 2 and a half and I still haven’t. We have just never had the opportunity to do it so it has never happened. It is my 30th in August and hubby and I are hoping to get away for a night. We will leave Sam with my parents.
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