It’s almost one year since I gave birth to Taylor. That’s 12 whole months of being on this life-changing, mostly wonderful, other times knackering, but always fulfilling journey of motherhood. And what a journey it’s been!
It seems an age ago since those early sleepless nights when we were ‘new parents’ (which I never thought would end!) and even the challenges that come with weaning and introducing solid foods now seems like it never really happened. I can’t believe how much babies develop in the first year and it’s easy to forget all of those ‘oh, sh*t…’ moments along the way…
But with each new phase of development comes new challenges and I still find myself on a daily basis thinking (or maybe I say it out loud?) ‘Oh sh*t!’ with each new faux pas I make. So here is my ultimate list…all ‘inspired’ from my own experiences of course.
You wake up in a panic looking for baby under the pillow. You don’t remember falling asleep whilst feeding her for the sixth time tonight. Oh sh*t!…Phew, she’s in her cot. Clever mummy. ZZZzzzzzzz.
You turn up to your baby’s appointment on time and prepared with your changing bag fully stocked ‘just in case’. Your doctor asks to see the red book that’s still at home in the kitchen drawer. Oh, sh*t.
Baby wakes up ‘early’ from her daytime nap wailing. You realise you haven’t even sterilised her bottles, let alone made the milk and faffed around with an iced jug of water for ten minutes. Oh, sh*t…
It’s 7pm and you’ve actually got baby off to sleep. You make a cuppa and collapse on the sofa to catch up on that Netflix series. Wait, was that a cry on the monitor? Oh, sh*t…
You go out for a walk on a sunny day and it suddenly starts to throw it down. Where’s the rain cover? Oh, sh*t.
You’ve spent all morning boiling, mashing and blending and have 12 delicious pureed meals – eat your heart out Annabel. you’re excited to see baby eat them and appreciate what a great parent you are. Baby opens her mouth eagerly and then screws her face up in disgust and spits it out all over you. Oh, sh*t.
Baby’s definitely ready for some ‘proper food’ – she’s bored of purees and keeps trying to take the spoon from you. You cook off some carrot sticks and let her have a nibble. Ooh, she likes it….SHE’S CHOKING!!!!! SHE’S CHOKING!!!! Oh, sh*t! Oh no, she’s fine, it’s okay, sit down.
You take off baby’s nappy whilst in bed with you in the morning. Her bum is so cute. Let’s let her have some naked time! Look how cute that bum is. Oh, sh*t…! Quick, grab the wet wipes!!!
You go out for lunch with a friend and take baby’s pre-packed lunch with you. Baby starts to get crabby from the minute you sit down so you start to give her some crackers to nibble on. Then the sarnies. Then the cheese. And the apple slices. Baby’s food is all gone and she wants to get out of her high chair just as your lunch is served. Oh, sh*t.
You realise it’s been three months since you got baby weighed. Oh…Sh*t.
Baby is standing up by herself pretty well now. Look, even if I let go she can still balance and get down on her own! Baby loses grip, falls and wacks her chin on the coffee table. Oh, shit!
You leave baby alone in the living room for a couple of moments whilst you nip to the loo – she’s got her toys and seems to be enjoying watching The Tweenies. You leave the loo to find baby gone…you search the house and find her in the last room you check – the utility. Wait…is that…DOG FOOD???! Oh sh*t!
Are you a new parent? What have been your ‘oh sh*t’ moments?