‘Oh, sh*t…’ parenting moments in year one

'oh sh*t' moments of new parents

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…

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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 isΒ my ultimate list…all ‘inspired’ from my own experiences of course.

Month 1

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.

Month 2

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.

month 3

BabyΒ 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…

Month 4

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…

Month 5

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.

month 6

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.

Month 7

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.

Month 10

You realise it’s been three months since you got baby weighed. Oh…Sh*t.

Month 11

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!

Month 12

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!

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Are you a new parent? What have been your ‘oh sh*t’ moments?

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  1. Lianne
    December 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Haha fantastic, and I think I can relate to just about every single one!! πŸ˜‰
    My little man is called Taylor, such a cool name πŸ˜‰ #justanotherlinky
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Haha, the coolest! Glad you enjoyed the read πŸ™‚

  2. Lisa
    December 5, 2015 at 10:20 am

    This is great ad really made me laugh, I remember these from when the boys were little and just about to go through it all over again. When the oldest was about 3 months I went to bed and woke up at 6:30am realising I hadn’t got up in the night, I ran to check on him and he was fine but I’d forgotten to turn the baby monitor on! #justanotherlinky
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 5, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Ha I did that on a few occasions! And then there’s those times later on when they start sleeping through until 7am and you wake up in a panic thinking you’ve forgot to turn on the monitor again and rush in to check they’re okay!

  3. Rhyming with wine
    December 5, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Laughed out loud and nodded all the way through this. It’s amazing how much of the “oh sh!t” you forget. Then you think oh its ok this parenthood thing. Then you have another one. “Oh sh!t”

    Brilliant x

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 5, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      So true – just as you think you’re getting the hang of it they throw you off-guard again! I guess it’s what keeps them so entertaining, we’d probably be bored otherwise! πŸ™‚ x

  4. Kirsty
    December 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    What a great post, completely relate to these! My oh st** moment was when when I forget the stair gate, he runs out to the hallway and it is quiet…then oh sh** he is halfway up the stairs already! #justanotherlinky
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Haha, I have this all to look forward to! Although we live in a bungalow so luckily we won’t have stairs to worry about, but there are definitely other ‘out of bounds’ areas where I’m sure I’ll find her getting up to mischief! x

  5. Mommy's Little Princesses
    December 6, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Lmao oh yes uh-huh I can definitely relate to most of these. Xx #KCACOLS
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  6. The Speed Bump
    December 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Laughed out loud at this, so many of those moments are scarily familiar! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      So glad it’s not just me! πŸ™‚

  7. Lex
    December 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    This post is absolutely brilliant. We’ve all been there. Just what I needed to read on this dull day #KCACOLS

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! It’s nice to know that other parents can relate πŸ™‚

  8. New Mummy Blog
    December 6, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    hahaha fantastic! I can so relate to every single point (apart from the dog food one, but I have equivalents so it’s ok πŸ™‚ )
    Thanks for linking up to #kcacols this week, hope you can next week too x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Lynne! It’s definitely a steep learning curve being a mum isn’t it! x

  9. Bear and Cardigan
    December 6, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Excellent, made me laugh. I look after my grandson whilst his parents work and we recognise most of these. Didn’t forget the red book but the baby wipes and he had a poo, another mummy got us out of that embarrassing moment.
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Haha, thank god for other mums sometimes – I’ve been caught out a few times forgetting certain things and have been rescued! x

  10. Robyn
    December 7, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Love the picture of your dog with the baby’s soother – too cute! I so vividly remember that panicked feeling of looking for the newborn in the bed while half asleep. Glad to know that’s a common fear πŸ™‚
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      A couple of other people have said the same thing on here so I think it must be common – sleep deprivation tricks us all! πŸ™‚

  11. The Day is Today
    December 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Oh wow, month 4 and 6 are bringing back terrible flashbacks haha! He can still be a bit sniffy about what we feed him, half the time he doesn’t eat the same thing twice. Kids like keeping us on our toes πŸ™‚
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      I try and reduce the amount of food I make especially for Taylor now and just try and give her whatever we’re having – that way I don’t feel so bad if it goes to waste! πŸ™‚

  12. At home with Ruth
    December 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    This is exactly how year one with my first born went. Baby two is 1 in less than two weeks, he had a whole new set of **oh shit** moments! You no longer care about some things – where the dummy’s been isn’t a concern, all the bottles are made up and safely stored in the fridge the night before (well it didn’t do son 1 any harm!) This one climbed out of his cot at 6 months old and landed with a thump on his bedroom floor, he eats food from the floor and underneath the high chair. He is generally feral! Second child problems – oh shit! xxx #justanotherlinky

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 12, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Haha! I was hoping that I’d find it easier if we have a second – but it sounds as though we may have a whole new host of oh sh*t moments!!! Climbing out the cot at 6 months?! That’s advanced! I have definitely stopped caring about eating things off the floor since Taylor pretty much licks it for fun! πŸ˜‰ xx

  13. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby
    December 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Oh yeah, all of this sounds familiar. Fun post!
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  14. Charlene
    December 8, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Brilliant! My son may or may not have eaten a cat treat before… I thought I was the only one that forgot about putting the baby back to bed before falling asleep – terrifying. #marvmondays

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Haha – well I did Google if it was harmful and apparently it isn’t – so I don’t feel sooo bad now!! ha. Judging from the comments on here, I think sleep deprivation plays the same tricks on us all!

  15. Phili
    December 8, 2015 at 11:06 am

    These are brilliant! My proper Oh sh*t moment was with my first (10 yrs ago) and I thought it was perfectly acceptable to put the bouncy chair on the table…………..until he bounced off! 6 hours of A and E kinda oh sh*t (he was fine BTW, apparently it happens all the time). Anyway I learnt for the next 3 kids, problem being that I just created new oh sh*t moments with them instead, lol! #TwinklyTuesday
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I think every parent has done this at one point or other. We did it a couple of times when Taylor was in the bouncer whilst we were trying to eat at the table – she seemed to hate being on the floor and wouldn’t stop screaming, so we did sometimes have her up with us whilst we could see her. But yes, I imagine this must be such a common A&E visit – we all live and learn! And as you say, there is always another ‘oh sh*t’ moment to learn from! πŸ™‚

  16. tracey bowden
    December 8, 2015 at 11:23 am

    This is great it made me laugh! I think I pretty much had a few of those moments too #KCACOLS
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  17. Suz
    December 8, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    HAHAHA!!! so so funny and true! btw we have had that exact same photo of the toilet roll! thanks for sharing! Suz x Beauisblue.com

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      So funny that you have the same photo! What is it with toilet paper?? Mind you, I prefer the paper than licking the basin which seems to becoming another favourite! πŸ™‚ xx

  18. Mrs Puddleducky
    December 8, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    This is brilliant!! I forgot that red book in more than one occasion! So funny, really enjoyed reading your post x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! I’m not even sure I know where our red book is anymore – I should really go look for it now before we go to her 12 month check up next week! x

  19. Rachel
    December 9, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Brilliant! And so very true too #bestandworst

  20. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    December 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    This is brilliant. The first one had me howling!! I always used to wake up thinking my daughter was in my bed and she was in her Moses basket!! Phew!!! Fab list and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx
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  21. mummuddlingthrough
    December 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Brilliant! Wait till she gets to age three and says… “Oh sh!t”…’
    Oh sh!t!’

    x MMT Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Ha! This is soooo going to happen!!! x

  22. Silly Mummy
    December 10, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Haha – I think we’ve all had most of these! Month 9 is a common occurrence here! #coolmumclub
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  23. Annette
    December 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    LOL what a giggle! I remember almost all of these oh Sh!t moments happening for us. We haven’t had a dog food moment, but our dog used to urmmm… sing/bark/howl as soon as our little one went down for a nap and immediately wake her up. #coolmumclub
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 12, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Agh I can totally sympathise with you – ours sits by the door and barks whenever someone passes or the postman comes – usually right in the middle of naptime!

  24. Tim
    December 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Thankfully we’re past that stage now with our three kids but too many of these rang a very familiar bell – in particular going out without the rain cover exactly five minutes before a biblical storm rains hell upon an unsuspecting dad and infant.

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 12, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Haha, I have done this far too many times I care to think about! I do love this age but at the same time a little more independence will be lovely! But I guess the responsibility never stops πŸ™‚

  25. Something Crunchy Mummy
    December 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Fantastic post! I’ve had so many oh s**t moments I’ve lost count lol. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 12, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks Kirsty – I really could’ve gone on forever! xx

  26. Vix at AnotherMumInLondon
    December 10, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Yes this all rings true. I have a 3 year old and 12 month old. With both if them I’ve had those moments where I go searching for them in the bed!! For a moment the feeling is just awful. Sleep deprivation is a cruel thing!
    And dog food….Yeh. …the baby was nibbling on a dog biscuit at the in laws the other week!!
    Vix x

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 12, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Yep – it’s so nice to be over that sleep deprivation stage isn’t it? So glad it’s not just me with the dog food πŸ™‚ xx

  27. Clare
    December 11, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I love this post Natalie! I relate to every single Oh Sh*t moment, and the timing is perfect! The amount of times I woke up frantically searching the bed to find Kinley in his moses basket is crazy! And he is my third child!!! xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 12, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      I seriously thought it was a ‘me thing’ until I wrote this post – now everyone is saying that they do the same thing! I guess sleep deprivation affects us all! xx

  28. absolutely prabulous
    December 12, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Not a new mummy as mine are 11, 9 and 6. But PLENTY of oh shit moments. Could write a book to be honest. #JustAnotherLinky and #CoolMumClub

  29. Kaye
    December 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Haha, fab post! Gosh, I remember the early days of breastfeeding in bed and waking up thinking ‘where the hell is the baby!!’ Oh, just in the cot, I don’t miss that. I definitely haven’t had Archie weighed in too long. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  30. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    December 14, 2015 at 12:08 am

    It’s been such a long time since we had a baby in the house, but there were always things that I look back on and wonder how the heck my kids made it through! And who the heck ever qualified me to be a parent? I still don’t think I’m qualified! LOL But those babies are pretty resilient, thank God! You’re doing a great job, Taylor is adorable!!! xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 14, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      Hehe, I don’t think any of us really qualify as parents – but from what I’ve learnt so far the lessons just continue!! So you must be pretty knowledgeable by now πŸ˜‰ Yes, thank god that babies are resilient – and that they are so easily distracted! x

  31. Mudpie Fridays
    December 14, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    These brought vs m some happy memories even though they may not have appeared happy at the time! Lol! And just in time for me to do it all again in about 5 months time. Love the photo of the dog with the dummy!! Xx #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

      It’s so true – I look back and laugh now but at the time those first three months seemed so far from funny to me! Probably because I was a sleep-deprived demon at the time! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and enjoy every minute – even the oh shit moments!! πŸ™‚ xx

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