27 Things Only a New Mum Will Understand

When I heard my cousin complaining about how pregnancy is tough as she cannot lie down properly nor eat the spicy food she wants because of heart burns, I thought to myself “hmmm… and this is just the fun part, the hard work is yet to come’.

The baby doesn’t come with a manual and even if he/she did I believe the longest part of it would be the ‘trouble-shooting’ part! As new mums we don’t have a clue of most things, so when dad or ‘others’ (remember everyone knows better than you how to take care of your baby) ask you why is the baby crying or keep telling you the baby is hungry (even when you just fed for the last 30 minutes!), or (the best one) advise you to ‘sleep while the baby is sleeping’, you really want to pull all your hair out!

New mums, don’t lose hope, you will soon learn all the strings; you are great since you can do everything that you are doing even though you’ve never been trained for it. You will get there. Motherhood is hard but so rewarding and so worth it. So, hang in there! YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!!!

The following was written by Julie Lay and I’m sure most new mums will agree as these are things only a new mum will understand.

1. The complete joy of a warm sitz bath.

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2. Being so afraid to poop that you avoid the bathroom at all costs.

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3. Having incredible boobs … that hurt so badly you’ll kill anyone who so much as brushes up against them.

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4. That taking a shower is a luxury, not a necessity.

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5. The isolation of being alone with a tiny, helpless human. All. Day. LONG.

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6. Celebrating your new eau de parfum: slightly spoiled milk, cabbage, and A+D ointment.

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7. The fear that every other mother in the world is doing a better job than you.

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8. What a dairy cow feels like.

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9. Loving your other half for giving you such an amazing gift.

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10.Hating your other half for the way they eat/sleep/breathe.

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11. What it feels like to have no shame about whipping out a boob in public.

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12. The feeling of victory that fitting into your pre-pregnancy clothes awards you (no matter how much muffin is left on top).

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13. Using the baby as a legitimate excuse to get out of absolutely anything.

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14. Wearing granny panties that are made out of mesh and come up to your eyeballs.

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15. Why you can no longer do jumping jacks. Ever again.

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16. Watching a horror movie and sympathizing with the zombies. If you can stay awake, that is.

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17. Going so crazy with fatigue you find yourself mindlessly rocking a jug of milk to sleep at the grocery store.

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18. That “mother’s intuition” is real. And it is powerful.

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19. The pure joy that is a first glass of wine after nine LONG months of sobriety.

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20. The joy/embarrassment that are Preparation H pads.

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21. Being so in tune with someone that your body actually produces food for them on demand.

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22. Accidental shoplifting.

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23. Leaking through your shirt during an important presentation at work.

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24. Waking up in a cold sweat, convinced you rolled over on the baby — only to find them sleeping soundly in their crib.

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25. That “sleep when the baby sleeps” is the stupidest phrase anyone has ever uttered.

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26. Being proud of the fact that your stomach looks like it was attacked by a tiger.

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27. The amazing feeling of being the one who created this unique human being.

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My favourite is the last one (#27). I totally agree. What do YOU think?

 

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Women and Shoes: an old love affair

women and shoes: an old love affair

Burberry shoes for girls

I love shoes. Flats, wedges, stilletos, peeptoes, sandals, I love them all. I have loved them as far as I can remember. I have stopped counting the number of shoes I have (my favs till now are Burberry and Ferragamo). What’s also imprinted in my mind is the uncountable number of shoes my mum used to have when I grew up. I remember them in all colours with matching handbags: all shades of red, yellow, blue, purple, green, etc. etc. Is it true what they say about women, shoes and obsession?

Brand experts believe that when we buy a new pair of shoes, the brain releases a chemical which is similar to the one released when we take  drug and it makes us feel good. Others argue that, because “we are wired to associate height with power“, wearing high heel shoes make us feel more powerful; apparently, there’s some history linked to this as long ago only wealthy people wore high heels.

Alyssa Siegel cites Dr Steele who believes shoes are “an intimate extension of our body” and say a lot about who we are. It is closely attached to the image of what we want to project to the world and who we think we are. I must admit that buying a new pair of shoes do give me great pleasure – a real adrenaline kick! I have never consciously thought about image but I do put some work into it: choosing, trying, comparing, deciding and finally buying!

Shoes are also compared to pieces of art, similar to sculptures. Women tend to collect as many as they can and would often display them, in the same way they would do with the sculptures. It is believed that on average a woman will have about 20 pair of shoes at the same time. She will rarely wear the one she likes the most, preferring to display it! Whatever the reason, it is beyond doubt that women and shoes do have an old love affair.

I would’t dare recommend a specific brand of shoes for you ladies; however for girls, I really love Burberry, Mini Melissa and Jacadi Paris. Very cute!

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Mini Melissa

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Jacadi Paris

Light the Dark: Go Australia!

Syrian refugees arrive at a beach on the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey to Greece in a dinghy on August 15, 2015 in Kos, Greece. The Greek government has sent a cruise ship to the island of Kos which will be able to house up to 2,500 refugees and operate as a registration centre, after 2,000 Syrian refugees were locked in an old stadium during a registration process and left without water for more than a day. Australians Light the Dark rally to support Syrian refugees.
Tens of thousands gathered across the country this Monday September 7th for the Light the Dark vigil. They expressed their support to little Aylan and to Syrian refugees. I felt so proud to be Australian today; eventhough I wasn’t physically present I could feel the huge movement of compassion towards our fellow brothers.

Grandparents, parents, boys, girls, pro-refugee movements — all formed one single force to show their support to refugees. Their message was clear: ‘Tony Abott, Australia has to take more refugees!‘ And why not? Space is not a problem, is it? Nor is the country’s economic situation. So, why not?

My 2 year old is sleeping peacefully. Tomorrow will be another day where the major catastrophe will be her wanting more cake or refusing to sit in her high chair for dinner. My world is so much different to that of these people — a world where children risk losing their lives everyday or that of their loved ones. I feel so helpless when I see pictures of children arriving in Greece in dinghies and having to spend the night sleeping on the beach.

Germany is heartily welcoming refugees at the moment and UK has promised to do the same. Come on Australia, we can do better too! Aussie Aussie Aussie …

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