For as long as I can remember I have always wanted children. So when I found out we were pregnant I was on top of the world. At the same time I was shocked, scared and left wondering where this new adventure would lead (for all three of us).
At the age of 35, I was older than I had imagined l would be as a first time mum (but soon discovered it really doesn’t matter). Yes I was exhausted; but so were all the other new mums (no matter what age).
On reflection, I had quite an unrealistic and idealistic view of what maternity leave would entail – full of picnics in the park and basking in the sun. I used to moan about those women that complained about being tired with a baby. To me, they had it all and were lucky. Fast-forward to May 2018 and the birth of my baby boy, Rishi, my perspective has changed a little!
Some of my friends are pregnant and have asked me what it’s like and how life changes. I find it hard to describe what to expect. As best you can (and I’m not saying this is easy or that I always do it myself (I don’t)) … just try to roll with it. Underneath all the parents you’ll meet, you will come to realise we are all just trying the best we can, and that is amazing.
So celebrate the wins (however small) and realise that every day you’ll learn new things and overcome new challenges. One thing I can say is that being a mum is the hardest but best job I’ve ever done.
Given how much Rishi has changed my life I thought it would be fun to chart my new life as a mum, to share any hints, tips and stories to help any new mum on her way on this fab journey.
Rishi has already taught me so much and I cannot wait for all the other fun he has in store for me!