The First Post

Today is an exciting day! After thinking about it for a couple of years I have finally taken the plunge and set up my own website. That’s a couple of years of fruitlessly turning ideas over in my head; taking pictures of meals for recipes that never got reviewed and reading other blogs with the phrase “I could do this” reverberating around my brain. Whew! I’m glad to be here.

What is Mama Loves… and why have I set it up?

A little over a year ago, my husband and I were blessed with the arrival of our first baby, a son, who shall heretofore be referred to as “LittlePickle” or “LP” for short. His arrival is the main reason for my thinking about starting a blog, rather than just going ahead to do it. I survived newborn baby bootcamp, but stringing sentences together at the keyboard was too much work while I was in the trenches. Never mind the fact “free-time” had disappeared in a confusing puff of smoke, replaced with twelve nappy changes a day, breastfeeding (a full time occupation for those boob noobs out there) and pleading with a tiny child to stop crying and go to sleep.



Suspicious child, checking I haven’t fallen asleep

To be honest, I found being a new mom extremely challenging, mainly because I don’t function well on lack of sleep. Obviously, no-one functions well without sleep. But sleep deprivation caused me a lot of depression and negative, foggy-minded soul searching which repeatedly led me to the conclusion that motherhood was not for me.

I’m very grateful to say that, once LP started sleeping through the night more often and achieving small steps towards independence from me, I finally started to find my groove. Me, my husband and the little guy are doing really well now and I’ve never been happier. We always were really; it just took a couple of months of proper sleep to see that clearly.

So this is a space to think about all the good things in life, at least for the time I spend here. It’s not just about being a mom, but there’s no denying that being a mom comes first these days. It’s not always easy, in fact some times it’s a hellish struggle, but on the days where everything works I love it. I just want to share some of those good days.

I’ll be writing about the things this Mama Loves, such as:

  • Nap time
    Seriously considered naming the blog “Mama loves naptime”, but in the end decided that would be unfair to my child. But nap time, while it still exists, is my refuge where I can get the housework back on track, attempt some form of craft or cooking or other project, or just rest!
  • Baby
    Well, you knew that, didn’t you?
  • Papa
    Together for ten, married for three. I couldn’t live without him.
  • Cooking
    I have a passion for easy recipes that taste good. I can’t claim to be an expert chef or to always get it right, but mistakes can be a source of humour…
  • Eating
    See previous point
  • Clothes!
    Yes – “clothes” rather than fashion. I like to wear what I think looks good on me…
  • Reading
    When I can in my limited time and energy… the last book I finished was “Damn You Autocorrect” but before that it was “Wuthering Heights” so I suppose that could be described as eclectic
  • Yoga. Pilates, Fit ball workouts
    Any kind of quick activity that makes you feel as though you have actually done some exercise, since time is often of the essence. For a long time this was mainly YouTube based, since I cancelled my gym membership once I realised there was no crèche…
  • Running
    Well, attempting to run with a hip issue, but more on that another time
  • Travel and days out
    When we manage to get out and organised, my husband and I can still have a great time with the sprog in tow.  I’m sure LP enjoys it too 😉

Well that’s enough for post number one. I was going to try and keep it a little more concise but there you go. See you next time.





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