A Guest Post by Tired Happy Mummy
As parents we make many rookie mistakes. These mistakes can leave us sobbing like a baby, pulling our hair out in frustration, or longing for the ground to open up and swallow us.
Eventually after enough time has passed we stop rocking in the corner, we are able to laugh about them. This series is dedicated to the honest parents who admit they
sometimes often get it wrong. After all, I have yet to meet a Pintrest perfect parent in the actual flesh.
Every Wednesday I feature a post from a fantastic guest blogger about their funny and insightful parenting fails.
This weeks guest post comes from Sarah who blogs at Tired Happy Mummy. Sarah’s Rookie Mistake was in thinking life after a baby wouldn’t change. Stop laughing. She learnt the hard way. Although hats off to Sarah, she really gave the whole life not changing thing a go.
When we finally realised life post baby had to change
Before we had our baby we were very determined life would not change when she arrived. Absolutely adamant. We were very outdoorsy people and loved to walk, climb, snowboard and cycle.
My post birth goal was that we would be going for a hill walk at Glenshee by the end of my husband’s 2 week paternity leave.
When this goal didn’t materialise, mainly due to the fact I couldn’t still sit down on the sofa never mind for an hour in the car, my determination didn’t waiver. We would get back to our old lifestyle, we just needed to take a few weeks right?
So, on the 4th January, just 11 weeks post birth, we got in the car and drove to Glenshee. By this time there was a good covering of snow on the ground so the thought of carving fresh tracks on my snowboard was on my mind. We would take Monkey for a quick sledge, which of course she would love, then we would take it in turns to look after her in the café sipping hot chocolate and mulled wine, while the other hiked up the hill and boarded back down.
The dream was good but…
New Parent Mistake Number One- Baby will sleep all the way there
We endured almost an hours car journey of tears, stopping to feed, change, wind… nothing was consoling her. Never mind some fresh mountain air and she will sleep in the café, we naively thought. She fell asleep ten minutes before we got there and we spent an hour sat in the car watching everyone else have fun in the snow.
New Parent Mistake Number Two- we’ll wake her up and the excitement of seeing snow for the first time will make her happy
Or, we’ll wake her up and she will cry and cry. At 11 weeks old she couldn’t care less that the ground was white and not the usual green.
New Parent Mistake Number Three- we always have a changing mat in the car
Until the day we took it out to clean and forgot to put it back into the car. And of course she did a poo and there was no way I would change my pfb in the ski centre toilets- have you seen the state of them! So I balanced her on my knee while my husband freaked out about getting poo on the car.
New Parent Mistake Number Four- An 11 week old will love the new sensation of sledging
Maybe if she hadn’t been woken up before she was ready she might have at least not screamed as if we were trying to kill her, but we learnt an 11 week old does not love sledging. We gave it a few goes then scuttled back to the car before someone called social services.
By this time any idea of carving powdery turns had disappeared. We were tired and strung out and the realisation that life was going to have to change hit us. Monkey was sound asleep in her buggy by this point, wrapped up like she was going to the North Pole. We still had her sledge out so we took it turns to stand at the bottom of the sledging slope gently rock her buggy while the other hiked up to sledge back down. Not quite snowboarding but still great fun.
Of course none of this made it on to Facebook, just the ever so cool photo at the top of the page that looks like we all had an amazing day!
And thankfully, she wasn’t put off sledging or snow for life… it just took until she was a year older.
Always tired, usually happy, Mummy to one lovely girl. Also a marketer, outdoor enthusiast, yoga lover and my blogs are about all of the above and a few things I’ve learnt along this way about parenting.
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