Generally I try and keep the blog moan free. It was my intention from the beginning to create a positive, colourful and fun place filled with wonderful memories. But the journey of motherhood naturally has it’s bumps, and I also feel I wouldn’t give a true account of our lives if I pretended everything is beautiful and bright every single day all year around.
We have a gorgeous life, which I’m very thankful for, but these last couple of week have taken their toll. Both Caspian and Daddy Long Legs have been battling colds and they just can’t seem to shake them. We suspect this started when Caspian brought home the germs in his first weeks at nursery. It was expected, but with the cold weather seemingly lingering it’s hard to recover. Oh, I can’t wait for the summer!
Then Caspian had his MMR jabs, and got a high fever the same night, but luckily quickly recovered, though his cold got worse because of it. We were meant to attend the Scandinavian Market in London yesterday. An event I had quite been looking forward to, but the side effects of the MMR kicked in and we were covered in vomit most of the day. Sorry for the visual image there, but it wasn’t the best of days. I’m really thankful I’m still breastfeeding as my milk seemed to be the only thing Caspian could keep down. The fever has returned as well, so we’re just taking it easy today.
I recently read a great post from the inspiring Talya at Motherhood – The Real Deal. It’s an open letter to expectant and new mothers. All the things no one tells you, but someone should! Not in a judgmental way, just informative, so your expectations are kept real. That’s is not always so easy to be a new mum. And that it’s okay. I think it’s important to allow yourself time to get to grasp with things and realise that not every day will be all smiles and beautiful, crisp, white baby gros. That the lack of sleep will make it harder and you will need to look after yourself to cope. I also feel friends and family need to support new mothers better. It doesn’t help to hear “yes, but what did you expect?” if you say that things are a bit difficult at times.
I share a lot of smiley, beaming photos of our boy as he is generally such a happy little chap, but he does have a temper and will definitely let you know if something is not to his liking. I love that he has a strong personality and will encourage him to always voice his opinion if it’s important and stay true to who he is. I call him “sure ungen” (“whiny pup” more or less directly translated) when he’s like this!
Between broken nights, illness and a big work load with lots of new challenges, I feel run down. I’ve decided that over Easter I’ll get myself and the boys back on track. Better food, more sleep and fingers crossed some sunshine to brighten everything and allow us some quality time in the garden. We don’t have any plans as such and I hope to keep it that way. In Denmark we eat yummy lunches at Easter, so I might create a smorgasbord of well smørrebrød (open sandwiches). Will do a separate post to show you all the weird and wonderful things we Scandinavians enjoy on our rye bread – curry marinated herring anyone?
What are your plans for Easter? And any health tips for a new mum would be much appreciated?
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