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Homemade Prune Juice

When Jessica was still being breastfed, she was prescribed Lactulose to help things along. It’s so thick and horrible to administer, so she was bottlefed it twice a day with some expressed breastmilk. The Karitane Nurse (magic fairy lady) told me to switch to prune juice and we haven’t looked back 🙂 Some might recommend brown sugar and boiled water but this has worked really well for us.

  1. Put 10 prunes in a saucepan
  2. Cover with water
  3. Poach (simmer for 5 minutes or so when the water starts to brown)
  4. Press down on each prune with a fork to release the pruney goodness
  5. Strain off the juice and chill (it’s really prune water)

You could probably start with more water to make a more dilute recipe.

Jessica just loves it cold from the fridge.

At 5 months, we’re giving 9mL as required, but it’s probably good to give daily to prevent constipation.  As Jessica has 3 solid meals a day, I also make sure there’s a good mixture of fruit (apple, pear) and veg (courgette, kumara, pumpkin, carrot) so that it’s not too much stodgy root vegetables (not game to try potato just yet). And of course sips of water.

Sleep Like A Baby…

To Sleep Like A Baby: To experience a very deep and restful sleep; to sleep soundly.

Hahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!

Ha.

If only it were that easy. For the baby or for you.

All of these motherly things such as breastfeeding or settling a baby, I thought they would just come naturally. Little did I know it takes a lot of hard work and persistence to make

People will helpfully give you the advice: “Sleep when the baby sleeps”. I’m sorry, it doesn’t quite work like that. My experience might be different to most other people’s but my reality was a baby who rarely slept for longer than 20 mins at a time during the day and then stretches of 3-4 hours overnight up to 4 months old. It’s amazing how much sleep deprivation you can actually cope with as a new parent, but after weeks and weeks of it, it takes its toll. If you are experiencing anything like this, you have my deepest sympathy. Please be kind to yourself!

We reached crisis point with the catnaps, but mostly the upsets which turned out to be a feeding issue (see (Breast/Bottle) Feeding) and in came a Karitane Nurse who diagnosed the problem, taught us self settling and gave us a routine and was gone in 90 minutes. And from then our lives changed for the better. Let me save you $270 and further heartache, distress, worry and share with you what we learned and what is working for us. Continue reading

(Breast/Bottle) Feeding

Breast Is Best

Before Jessica was born, I had firm views on how I would feed her.

In antenatal class, we were told that “breast is best” and that 96% of mothers have sufficient supply to feed their baby. We even did an exercise where we got into groups and shared whether we were breast or formula-fed. About 18 of us reporting back that we were breast-fed and two who weren’t. Even though I was firmly in the “breast is best” camp, I couldn’t help but feel it was a shitty exercise to single out those whose mothers didn’t toe the line… Classes like that appeal to me, because I like to take information like that and adhere to it to the letter, that way I know I’m getting it right. Continue reading

Getting Support and saying YES

Your partner has gone back to work. It’s you, your mini-human and the four walls of your lounge. Your life is now a series of 3-hour cycles and you might start to feel like you’re losing your mind from sleep-deprivation. You crave a long sleep, a delicious and uninterrupted meal and a holiday…but none of those things are going to happen anytime soon. What you need is a team: a support network. Continue reading

About this blog

I’m a new mum to a beautiful baby girl.  I feel the way most new mums feel about their pride and joy. She amazes me every second and I’m completely besotted with her. But what most don’t tell you about, is how challenging it is as well. The purpose of this blog isn’t to complain, rant or rave. But it’s to create a place to share little gems I’ve learned or stumbled upon in finding my feet as a new parent. One thing I wished for in the first three months, was to find what products, methods and routines other parents were using. I didn’t have any time to do the research I wanted to. No point reinventing the wheel, I would have happily copied and pasted!

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I’m finding that so true. Generations ago, one income was enough to sustain a household there were Nanas and Aunties around to help new mums figure out what to do. It’s a lot different today so we need to create our own support networks. So please join me and share your experiences too. *I’m not an expert, these are just my opinions and all that…

I’m Steph, 34, and I live with my partner in Auckland. In my other incarnation, I’m a Training Manager. I’m having a year on Maternity leave. I love sports, tv and socialising.

Jessica was born by emergency c section on 4th August, 2016 and is our first child. She loves music, stories and adventures to the shops.