Welcome back to #parentingscoop and welcome to Mummy Miller!
It is so lovely to have all these amazing bloggers pop in for a chat and tell us about their parenting experiences. I am loving hearing everyones stories and I have many more bloggers lined up over the next few weeks for a chat.
This week we have the lovely Louise, blogger over at Mummy Miller. She has an absolutely adorable little boy Oliver, who is guaranteed to make you smile !
So, let me pass you over to Louise, so she can tell you her story…
Bio – Louise at Mummy Miller
Hi I’m Louise, I’m a 26 year old mummy to Oliver who’s just turning 1. I met my husband when we were at school, and we got together when we were 15. We have been together ever since, which is over 10 years now! We got married two years ago and immediately wanted to start a family.
I started my blog when I was pregnant, fell out of love with it and restarted and rebranded when Oliver was about three months old as a way to document his life, milestones, our experiences and adventures.
Tell us about you when you are not in ‘mummy mode’
During nap time or after bedtime you will often find me in the kitchen, baking. It’s my favourite thing to do. I would love to do it professionally but my nursing comes first. Perhaps when I retire from nursing!
Other than baking I love relaxing and watching TV or Netflix with a glass of gin in my hand!
Tell us about your pregnancy / pregnancies
I was very lucky that I got pregnant very quickly and I had a very straightforward pregnancy. I had a lot of sickness in the early weeks, it was horrible and hit me at any time. Luckily by about 11 weeks it passed. The rest of my pregnancy I enjoyed, I loved being pregnant and can’t wait to do it again!
Where did you give birth? Did you have any complications?
I gave birth at our local hospital, the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. I went into labour on a Thursday evening, on the Friday afternoon the hospital finally said I should come in. On our journey we got stuck in traffic for about an hour and it made me so stressed as I was in a lot of pain when I was sat down, I was so worried I was going . I had planned on a water birth but when I got there they said my BP was slightly too high so it was out of the question. I felt exhausted, the gas and air made me really sick and I ended up asking for an epidural which is the one thing I had said I didn’t want!
The epidural really slowed my labour down. I ended up starting to push at about 4.30, after about an hour of pushing the doctor was called in to examine me as baby was stuck. I remember when I was pushing, I told the midwife this baby is not coming out on its own! When the doctor examined me he said the babies arm was above his head which is why he wasn’t coming out on his own!
I ended up having to have an episiotomy and forceps and then Oliver was born at 6:10am.
What were the first few weeks like with a newborn?
Easier than I had expected. Oliver was a very good little baby and my husband was amazing whilst he was on paternity leave. I barely had to lift a finger! I was out and about the day after we got home from hospital as I couldn’t stand being stuck inside. The worst part was definitely the night feeds, I was up every 1-2 hours overnight feeding and I felt exhausted by the morning. Once my husband went back to work I struggled to get out the house before 1pm! I was lucky that I had lots of friends come and visit and my mum also took time off work to help me out.
Do you have any advice for new parents?
Work together and it makes it much easier. For example if Oliver needed a nappy change, the other person would make sure everything was there that you needed to change him or at bath time, one of us runs the bath whilst the other one gets him undressed, someone baths him and the other person gets the towel ready. If you work together things are easier and you don’t feel like you’re alone.
What is your favourite thing about being a parent?
I find it so rewarding. Every time he smiles it makes me so happy and I’m so proud when he achieves something new. You know that the time and effort you have put into being a parent has made this little person who they are and that’s got to be the best part.
What is your funniest parenting story
When Oliver was 5 months old I was out in Sainsbury’s with my mum when we both heard the grunting that precedes a poo. We carried on shopping and didn’t think any more because there wasn’t a smell. When I went to put him in his car seat I spotted the evidence of a poo explosion, I took his clothes off and it was EVERYWHERE, I ended up having to change him beside the car and he was wriggling around so much, it took at least 10 minutes to clear it up. Another mum walked past and said oh no we have all been there! I had half of a spare change of clothes so he ended up having to travel home in just a vest (luckily it was the summer!)
Thanks you so much for joining us Louise! It sounds like you had a dream pregnancy!
I have certainly been there too with the poo explosions, they are the worst!
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