Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lessons of Being a New Mum

I want to start this post by saying I am in NO means an expert on babies and being a mom. I am 11 weeks into having little Fleur in our lives and I truly believe that every day brings a new lesson on being a mom, every day brings something different. I have learned quickly that there is not a manual on being the perfect mom. Perfect? What is perfect really when raising a little baby? Does someone have that manual being printed soon? ha! 

I do think I have learned a few things over the past few weeks about life with a new baby and being a first time mom. Lots of people ask me often how my labor was, how am I doing with sleep, am I finding time for myself, etc. I am not always great on taking my own advice but am truly trying every day to get better at it in my new role as a mum and thought I would share the few lessons I have learned.
 Be Ready To Go Off Your Plan 
I spent a lot of time staying healthy and exercising throughout my pregnancy. I had all intentions to have Fleur naturally and had spent a lot of time mentally and physically preparing for her birth, I had a plan. Well, our little lady didn't want to come out and I ended up experiencing every step of labor. I was induced,  I had contractions for hours and was fully dilated, I pushed for two hours and after three days in the hospital the doctors decided I needed to have an emergency c-section and was whisked into the emergency room {or as they call it in London, theatre}. Our baby Fleur arrived 15 minutes later after three days of sleepless tiring nights, this was certainly not my plan. I did not expect to have a c-section, but really just wanted what was good for me and the baby, so prepare yourself for that a bit. The idea of my water breaking at home, calling a taxi and having the baby two hours later did not happen for me like in the movies and I'm fine with that. Prepare yourself a bit for the other options of what may happen, I wished I had mentally considered if I had to have a c-section. 

Not only is the labor process something that I may not have expected as much but also just the day to day life with a newborn is something you may not be prepared for. As a professional planner, planning events and constantly living on a schedule, life with a newborn and trying to create a plan and schedule for her was something I struggled to accept at first may not happen! Babies eat, sleep, poop, cry, giggle and sleep and eat throughout their day. The first few weeks were really hard to realize that this was not a plan I could control. We had friends stop by to visit at what I thought was a good time and Fleur wouldn't stop crying, that wasn't the plan, but I realized that it was what it was and now 11 weeks in,  I realize that every day. You can start to plan for the day but don't be surprised if as you are running out the door you need to change their extremely messy diaper which takes twenty minutes longer then you planned or they are crying and so hungry and it makes you late to your appointment you had planned. Life in the early weeks of baby life really go according to their little schedule of what they have planned....too bad they can't verbally share it with us;) 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hostess Pantry Essentials

Recently we have had a lot of friends stopping by the flat to meet little Fleur and I love it. You know that I LOVE to entertain, but having a newborn has changed my time quite a lot. I haven't exactly had time to be baking cookies and decorating the flat during the day, ummm no. The first time we had guests I had absolutely nothing to offer, no coffee, no cookies, no wine, nothing. Actually, I think our friends brought me something to eat. Hey, I am a new mom and its a bit hectic around the house so it is totally understandable. Last weekend we were out at fancy Fortnum & Mason  and I told Mr. Beau that I was going to buy a few treats to always keep around for guests, we were not to open them ourselves! Chocolates, special cookies, a pretty serving tray, some bubbly, teas, coffee and some fancy crackers are now stocked in my pantry for whenever a visitor stops by. Entertaining hostess pantry essentials I will call them. You never know when you will have a visitor stop in to say hi and its always nice to have a treat, right! 

1. Lindt Chocolates - I love a little square of these salted chocolates that are inexpensive and easily found at the grocery store. 

2. Afternoon Blend Tea & Laduree Coffee - Forget your every day Starbucks filter coffee, why not got a little something special for when you have friends stop by! 

3. Fortnum & Mason Dark Chocolate Pearl Biscuits & Stroopwafels - Lets be honest, I don't have time to be baking cookies with a two month old at home. Splurge a bit and get some pricey little cookies. We also always have some Dutch stroopwafels around, set atop a cup of coffee they get all warm and delicious and WHO doesn't like these! 

4. Prosecco & Apple Presse - Nothing to fancy and crazy expensive but something you can always have on hand. Also, stock up on something sparkly and non alcoholic for those guests who are expecting or well, just don't feel well! Also, keep some cute Cocktail Napkins on hand, simple but makes a drink feel so much more special with a cute napkin. 

5. Fun Additions - Truffle Honey sprinkled on goat cheese is my favorite and always feels a bit fancy. Forget boring old crackers, keep some special ones on hand like my favorites Toast for Cheese and lastly invest in a stylish and nice platter. I am loving marble right now so this one is perfect Round Marble Tray Oliver Bonas 

Happy Entertaining! 

xoxo Rebecca

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