Tag Archives: Parental leave

Something to say but how to say it?

27 Feb

Well, I’ve been away a while – but I’m back. (I’m sure you’re all thrilled…).

Randomly the reason I have been out of the loop for the best part of 7 months is due to my inability to construct a paragraph that told anyone interested I was expecting baby no 2. I’m not a fan of broadcasting your scan pictures on facebook and the suchlike. It seems like a very personal thing and something the whole world doesn’t necessarily need or want to hear about. So not only telling facebook friends, (who at least have the benefit of knowing my actual identity), but also readers of my blog, just didn’t sit right.

After several attempts at what could have been termed an “announcement” on the blog, I gave up. I have quite a few excuses that don’t involve pregnancy too. My hubby decided that he didn’t want to move house after all (after we’d sold ours and bought another); We embarked on a major extension to our current home; My employer started legal proceedings against my husband (their ex employee)…..I could go on. But, the basic facts as of today are:

1. I am 37 weeks pregnant and expecting another little girl,
2. I finish work this Friday for another years maternity leave,
3. Our kitchen extension is not yet complete.

Relaxing.

So, i’m back to talk about what its like to be pregnant with no 2 and also to make you aware of some lovely fashion finds for Mum, baby and toddler that I have found along the way over the last few months. I will be back over the next 48 hours with a “proper” post to be entitled “Mummy in Mourning”. Its good to be back.

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4am baby blues

15 Mar

I am writing this from my office work station whilst desperately trying to stay awake. I am fully aware that I am not the first mother in history to be up in the night with her child but the combination of events yesterday, overnight and this morning has left me a little underpar.

Thanks to organisational incompetence I had no laptop provided on my return from maternity leave which means that I now have to wait about two weeks to log on from home and complete anything that overlaps the 5pm hometime neccessitated by nursery pick up. I didn’t really anticipate this causing an issue but having taken a 4.30pm call that needed action in time for 8am this morning I ended up having to email notes to my ipad to complete overnight and email back for this AM. I went to bed early in an attempt to get a bit of sleep in before the hubby returned from London at 10.30pm. I then slept on and off from 11pm whilst the monitor amplified the babe’s coughs until 4am when she gave up attempting to settle herself and just started to cry.

I can only guess that her recent transition to the childminder three days a week has left her feeling a little clingy but since she is feeling rubbish (and I am missing my cuddles) I was happy to give her a snuggle and put her back down to sleep. This would not suffice and each time I transferred her from my arms back to the cot she went back to high pitched screeching “Mama, Mama”. At 5am I gave up and let her sleep on me in the rocking chair whilst I snoozed and my feet turned to ice. Assured she was out for the count I put her in her cot just as the hubby’s 5.45am alarm went off for his trip to Leeds. As I was getting up at 6.30am anyway, it seemed pointless to go back to sleep.

The babe who usually sleeps till 7am ish was still flat out at 7.30am thanks to her 4am antics so I had to wake her from peaceful slumber to get to the childminder for 8am and the last of my challenges for 8.30am:- A four hour sales training session. Thankfully the babe seemed a little happier to be left this morning and only started to screech after 5mins smiling…we’ll get there.

In all fairness to the trainer, he ran a good session that seemed to engage even the most world weary of consultants but I fear my bubbly, “always there with a question”, alter ego didn’t make it.

I will however stop complaining. I realise I am very lucky to have a 3 day working week, a lovely childminder who the babe really likes and a hubby who provides the means to let me only work three days. A lucky girl really.

Top Tip 5

Maternity Skinnies

One for the pregnant fashionistas out there today. When I was pregnant I was hugely frustrated by the lack of normal looking clothes available for the soon to be Mum. I am a skinnies, flats and long line tee kind of a girl off duty and found only wide leg or bootcut jeans available with lovely under the bump stretchyness. Thank goodness for Topshop! I have their Moto Leigh supersoft stretch skinny jeans in all colours from their non-maternity range. They are more substantial than leggings but not as restrictive as proper jeans and go with everthing in my wardrobe. And they do exactly the same ones in their maternity range just with a big elasticated under bump band. Very comfy and no fashion compromise.

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=4622765&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208537&parent_categoryId=203984&pageSize=200

I bought two pairs of the black ones in the late stages of my pregnancy and wore them in my corporate office with French Sole ballet flats and a decent blouse and nobody passed comment.

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