Monday, 26 November 2012

Missing the slummies....

3 weeks of work means 3 weeks of not seeing all the slummy mummies. I'm having bad withdrawel....this group of lovely mummies have become such wonderful friends and without them I've felt lonely and lost, having been let down badly by friends in the past I never imagined that through having a baby I'd make a big group of friends who'd understand me, and put up with my quirky firecracker nature. Going from seeing them several times a week to exchanging the odd text has been hard, but I'm determined to keep the flow going and grabbing 5 mins with them as often as I can. I feel lucky to have made such lovely friends.

Sunday Swim...

Having given up my beloved swimming lessons at Springfield school due to returning to work, I wanted to try and keep up swimming with Baby J, and so this sunday bright and early we went down to the local leisure centre for a splash. Changing rooms were clean and had specific cubicals for familes....shame the straps on the changers were broke. Pool was clean, water fairly warm and nice and quiet. Lots of nice bright images on the walls to stimulate baby. For the first 20 mins baby J just stared around taking in the new surroundings, once content the splashing began and baby had great fun! It was lovely seeing him so happy, & I'm determined to keep it up.... here comes the downside as there has to be with me.... the small pool is really shallow, which is what you'd expect for a learner pool, but for a body aware mummy I felt parnoid and kept on my knees throughout, if only it were a foot or more deeper!

Update - as its the Easter holiday I wanted to  take Baby J for a swim once more, and returned to Witney leisure centre. I was really disappointed to find that yet again most of the straps on the baby units were broken, and that the baby strap chairs were really wobbly. I made a complaint to the manager and have been reassured that this time new straps will be ordered and fitted ASAP! We will wait and see.....

Working Slummy, and Nursery bound baby

Alas on the 5th of November I returned to work, leaving baby J at nursery. I always knew it'd be hard, but until I walked away from him on the 1st day did I realise how hard it would be...not that baby realised he was quite happy playing with a new set of toys with lovely people on hand to tend to his every need. Alas it was just me that felt as if my heart was being torn out. Everyone said it'd get easier and they were right it has got a tad easier, and now my favourite part of the day is at 4.45pm when I walk into nursery and baby J sees me and gives me the most biggest smile ever and reaches up for cuddles. The first 3 weeks at nursery have been an adventure, high temprature, knock to the head, vomitting... seems as if baby has become a magnet for any bug or accident going, hopefully when his immune system builds up he'll become more resistent to the lergy.... and with any luck I won't catching everything he gets! I'm also hoping he'll get better balanced and not get bowled over by the slightest breeze! As a working mummy nothing prepares you for the first time you see the nursery name flash up on your mobile....oh o .... so far its been to tell me he's got a high temprature and to ask for verbal permission to give him calpol.....YES!!! When I picked him up he was happy smiley baby and happy as usually to see me. With daily reports on everything he does, I feel as if I have a good overview of what Baby J has been doing and enjoying. His key worker at nursery is really lovely and seems to really know her stuff, which makes it a whole lot easier.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Christmas Creations...

I've always been a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas, but since baby J's arrival I've got all festive and I'm counting down the days till Santa makes his first appearance....I've even got the cheesey xmas music playing on loop in the house. Also for the first time I've been planning my gifts for others [usually its a last minute dash to do battle in the shops] & whilst discussing ideas over coffee Mummy N came up with a GENIUS idea [this is a very rare moment] of getting baby's hand prints on baubles for grandparents, for a truly lovely personal gift. I LOVE this idea, and we found a lovely lady with a pottery workshop stand who helped us create some amazing master pieces. Some of the mummies got adventurous and created cookie plates for Santa, and photo frames. I can't want to see what the end products look like [and for Mummy N's next great big idea]