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Monday, 20 March 2017

Has Maternity Leave Made Me Addicted To My Phone?

When I left my job to go on maternity leave, I was living in quite a secluded place. I don't drive and our house wasn't near any public transport so I relied heavily on family and friends. I lived out of town though, so obviously I couldn't expect them to transport me around all the time. It was very lonely, I'd have days where myself & Isabella wouldn't even get out of bed. Because I just couldn't be bothered to sit and talk to a sleeping baby who didn't even smile back at me (oh the newborn days). Fast forward 4 months, we are back at K's mums which is a short walk from the town centre. I have more real life mummy friends than ever, however I can never put my phone down.

I am guilty. So so guilty of always being on my phone. It never leaves my side, and it's just too easy to pick up. My baby, as fun as she is getting now can't talk to me. If I'm by myself, I am pretty much just that; by myself. Bella smiles and sometimes giggles, but she can't have a conversation.

I am part of 4 different group chats, with 4 different groups of ladies all covering different topics. I have my real life mummy friends, I have my online mummy blogger friends, and I have 2 separate blogger friends chats. I am on so many mob like mum Facebook groups, where everyone judges each others parenting and argues with everything anybody does. I am also admin of my real life mum friends Facebook group. Then there is Twitter & Instagram. I instastory almost daily, I know it does some peoples head in but the amount of love and support I get for mine & Bella's daily life is unreal. I take a lot of photos. I post pictures of my daughter daily on Instagram and I never miss anything she does, ever. I'm always there with my camera snapping away. I watch youtube, all the time. Finally, I play games. I get bored, especially when Boo sleeps and I am having a sit down. Monopoly is my fave, I am obsessed.

I find it hard to switch off. K gets frustrated because I'm 'always on my phone' which is true. I struggle to just put my phone down for a long period of time, I really hate to admit. I couldn't even tell you why. Maternity leave has made me addicted to my phone & social media, and it needs to stop.

I'm going to try and stop relying so heavily on my phone. I need to stop picking it up every 2 minutes to check social media, because nothing will have changed. I wont miss out on some life changing news, if anybody needs to get hold of me they can call me.

My addiction needs to stop today!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Baby At 4 Months | Isabella's 4 Month Update

Sadly, I have slacked at the blogging malarkey since being on maternity leave. I had visions of me being this blogging goddess, but in reality my maternity leave has been far from that. When I left work before having Bella, I hated life (pregnancy struggs) and spent the majority of my days in bed feeling sorry for myself. When Bella was newborn, although she slept a lot, I spent most of my spare time just staring at her (honestly). Now she is 4 months old, she does still nap but not as much as she used to, and during her napping hours I am usually preoccupied doing other things.. and I regret it so much. I regret not having much of my girls life documented, other than Instagram posts and Facebook status', because I have nothing to look back on. I have pictures, I have thousands of pictures which I am grateful for but I have no written words on my blog except a lot about how much I hated pregnancy. So now on, I am making a conscious effort to write more about my baby! Starting from today.

So my child is now 4 months old, HOW? According to Wonder Weeks, Bella is in the middle of a long ole' leap at the mo. Usually leaps mean bad, baaaad things but honestly, this leap has been amazing to us! This past week or so, our little girly has come on absolute leaps & bounds!

At 4 months, Isabella is now rolling over (front to back on both sides, however she hasn't mastered back to front yet), we have started weaning (yep, early, shoot me. More on this in another post!), she's beginning to sit up, she's become very ticklish and is still the most happiest baby ever. She is obsessed with her jumperoo and her Lamaze toys too.

We are having hints of teething, it doesn't really seem to of hit her hard just yet! She hasn't* hit the 4 month sleep regression either, although I am fully prepared for it to come soon. Lets all keep our fingers crossed that she just doesn't reach it, shall we? If you follow my Instagram stories you'll probably be well aware that we moved back to K's mums recently and Bella went in to her proper cot, amazingly her sleeping hasn't been affected too badly. She slept through the night from about 2 weeks, however now she's got in to the routine of waking once for 1-2oz of milk at about 4am. I can deal with that! Long may it continue!

Any tips & helpful advice regarding traditional weaning is appreciated massively!

*I have 100% just jinxed myself. Cheers!

Daisy xxx

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