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A Brief Introduction, And A Bit Of A Rant…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 19-02-2011

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Blogs by Mummies are hardly a rarity on the Internet, but I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring.  I’m a keen amateur writer (largely fanfiction based) and a new Mummy (as of October 2010) so what better way to combine my two passions? I doubt I’ll be particularly earth shattering or profound in my ramblings, but as every child is different (you just need to look at my antenatal class to prove that) I hope to bring something new to the Mummy Blogger genre. What will be written here will purely be my experiences and opinions as a Mummy. You might share my experiences, and you might not. You may agree whole-heartedly with my opinions, and you may not.  Please do have your say on what I ramble – I look forward to reading peoples responses to this new foray into writing.

So to begin with a little bit about myself and my reason for blogging.  I’m 28 and living in the midst of the Sussex countryside with my husband of three years and our baby boy who is just four and a half months old.  He is our first child, and at the moment I think it’s a little early for definitive decisions on whether or not he’ll be our only!  Whilst pregnancy was a fairly easy time, the final week and the labour which followed was somewhat fraught and at right now its not an experience I’m keen to repeat.  I am more than happy enjoying my little one and giving him my undivided attention before I consider adding to our little family.

Whilst I’ve never been somebody that fit in – I was never in with the popular kids at school and when we moved house we changed counties – I’ve never felt part of a minority group until recently. Until I became a Mummy in fact. I’m not a single parent. I’m a Stay At Home Mummy. I’m not on maternity leave. I have no job to go back to. Before you ask, no I’m not wealthy. I don’t have the luxury of endless savings or a Hubby that earns a fortune. We struggle to make ends meet, yet I choose to stay at home. I realise this is not an option for some, but for those people who can afford to stay at home, why go back to work when can do the most valuable job ever at home?

As I said my Boy is four and a half months old, and has recently taken his first tentative steps into the world of weaning.  Debate is wide on the subject of weaning, but thankfully my Health Visitor takes the “every baby is different” approach.  We started at four months because my Boy was guzzling gallons of milk and seemed impossible to fill.  Now he’s enjoying daily spoonfuls (or sometimes three) of pureed fruit and vegetables, and the occasional bit of baby rice, though he doesn’t seem too keen on that.  Food is enthusiastically chomped and swallowed, so I take this as meaning he’s ready for solids and happy to eat them.  We’ll see how it goes.

Tomorrow I am heading to London’s Excel for the final day of The Baby Show.  Boy is staying at home with Hubby for some “male bonding” whilst I take Grandma shopping.  We’re hoping to pick up some bargains and grab a few freebies and samples along the way.  I’ll let you know how it goes.