That’s Random, Again

When I was pregnant, I wrote a post about pregnancy related issues that seemed sort of ‘random’ to me. Random butt pains. Random dreams. Just random, randomness really. You can read that post here if you’d like.

Now that Baby C is a beautiful 7 month old cherub, I have had plenty of time to observe the randomness of parenthood. And, quite frankly, I’m hoping some of you have experienced these things too. You know, just so I don’t feel quite so, well, random.

So, without further ado, please find below a list of Mummy Miss Cookas’ random stuff.

Random thing number 1:
I sometimes—who am I kidding—I often start to burp when I am burping Baby C after a feed. Now, usually, I am a fairly gasless person, unless there is soft drink involved. So what the actual blazes is with that?

RANDOM.

Random thing number 2
Baby C is a cot sleeper. When he wakes for his night feeds, I pick him up from his cot, feed him, change him then put him back in his cot. But, despite having put him safely into his cot, I still sometimes wake in a panic thinking that Baby C is somewhere in our bed, drowning in the doona covers. Sometimes, in my half asleep, delusional state, I even go as far as to tell Mister C to stay very still or else you will roll on Baby C! All the while Baby C has been snug in his cot. The entire time.

RANDOM.

Random thing number 3
Another sleep related matter. This one occurred just the other night, in fact. Mister C had stayed up a little later while Baby C and I choofed off to bed. When Mister C came into the room, he woke me up. Or, at least, I thought he had woken me up.

This is the conversation that followed:

Me:  ‘Honey, can you please move this thing?’
Mister C: ‘Ummm, what thing baby?’
Me: Umm. Oh. I thought there was a baby basket sitting on my belly.
Mister C: Okayyyy…
Me: (Groggy giggle) That’s so weird, I must have been asleep just then. I so thought there was this baby basket thingy sitting on top of me. I could even tell you what it looked like.
Mister C: Go to sleep honey.
Me: Okay.

REALLY, REALLY RANDOM.

So, I’m guessing the two sleep related random moments occurred because I haven’t had a full night sleep in 7 months. But the burping? Well, who on earth knows.

I must be a sympathy burper.

Now is when you tell me about all the random things you’ve gotten up to, post baby. Have your random things been as random as mine? Please say they have!

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Misscookas and the good baby stuff

There are so many negative things thrown out there about pregnancy and early parenthood. You WILL get terrible morning sickness. You WILL suffer through late pregnancy in summer. You WILL be severely sleep deprived for the first few months of bubs life. You WILL struggle to find time for a shower. Yes, I can see how all of these things might happen. But guess what? They didn’t happen to me. You all know the story of my pregnancy and how Baby C came into this world. Now I feel it’s really important to share the next part of my story, because I believe a positive attitude can do wonders in the world of baby making. At least, it did for me. I won’t say that things have been super smooth sailing for the first 9 weeks of baby C’s life. At four weeks I was hospitalised with mastitis, yuck. Yes, the boobys said no, and took me down. As for the rest, compared to what I was expecting, it’s been a dream. Let me explain, in list format.

  • The sleep deprivation:

Baby C does not sleep through the night. Obviously, he can’t just yet: he needs to eat. So, I wake at least twice to feed him. I am awake for up to an hour at each night feed and yet, during the day, I don’t feel sleep deprived. Why? Baby C goes straight back to sleep after night time booby. And so does Mummy. Most times, Baby C allows me a little sleep in too, so this is how I catch up on missed sleep. No need for me to sleep during the day.

  • The shower:

This one is my favourite. Pre baby, I was so scared that I would have a screaming baby, sitting outside of the shower, on his rocker, breaking his little heart. Nope! Baby C happily lies in his little bassinet for at least five minutes while Mummy enjoys, and I mean really enjoys, a hot shower. Every day. Sometimes, I choose to have a bath during one of his nap times. I figure it’s important to allow myself those little me time moments. Because, yes, there are far less of them when Baby C is awake.

  • The inconsolable crying:

Baby C doesn’t do crying. He does whinge when something is up, you know, like if he is tired or hungry. Of course, he has his moments, like when he is super hungry and we are in the car. Boy. He does do crying then. But for the most part, he is just a pretty chilled baby.This was a huge shock to me. Before I became Mummy Miss Cookas, I just figured there would be daily, regular intervals of crying, and unsettledness during the new born period. No. Happy babies do exist.

So, there you have it. Pregnancy and early baby-ness can be blissful, despite all the rumours to the contrary. Like anything new in life, there are adjustments to be made. I can’t lie about that. Life has changed for us. But me and Mr C have just gone with the flow, and the flow has flowed pretty good. So far, anyway. And please don’t be mistaken. I am not writing this post in an effort to brag about how wonderful everything is for me, and poo poo to all the others out there who don’t have the smooth ride that Mr C and I are currently experiencing. I just really feel like we focus far too much on the negative aspects of life sometimes. And although I do believe that it is important to brace yourself for the worst, I also think it is important to look forward to what could be a completely beautiful and peaceful ride.

All people are different, and so, all babies are different. If baby one was a nightmare, baby two might be a dream. Or vice versa, of course. Like me, if this is your first baby, all I can say is: prepare as much as you can. Do your baby research and practice with real life babies as much as you can. But at the end of the day, don’t forget to trust your instincts when it comes to your baby. You WILL learn what your baby needs. You WILL adjust to the life changes that come with being a new parent—even if it does take a while.

I love that I can look to my next baby experience with an open mind. It might be all smooth sailing again, or I might have a terrible time of it (please God, no!). But it is good to know that the positives do exist. And it’s extra good to embrace them when they happen. After all, it feels nice to be a booby half full kinda girl.

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