After almost a year of being mummy I’m about to step into the working world again which means my baby girl will be going to nursery! Thanks to my dear husband I am able to go back part time and little ludoo will be at nursery just 2 full days a week… But that’s enough to make me nervey! I’ll be working every Sunday too unfortunately, but at least that means one less day of childcare and baby girl will have a day with daddy!
So the nursery we chose is around the corner from our home and en route to work for me. They can give her breakfast, lunch and an early dinner which means on working days I wouldn’t need to worry about her food… Provided she eats everything they give her! Nursery do dinner at 3.30pm?! Am I naive in thinking that’s extremely early? I’d guess she’ll need a snack when we get home before her bedtime milk.
Anyway, we’ve had numerous settling in sessions and every time I leave… She cries! Every time I return, she also cries! But only once she sees me back in the room, she’s a little rascal. I think she does it to make me feel bad for leaving her! Eeyore seems to be a favourite at the moment, he makes everything better! I tend to leave him in her nursery backpack and the teachers say whenever she’s upset they give her Eeyore and she calms down. He’s a pretty cute little cuddly, I think she enjoys tugging on his ears!
Due to the tears (from the babe AND me!) I’ve had her start nursery a few weeks before I return to work, that way she’s fully settled and I’m not pulling my hair out at work fretting about whether she’s doing ok. (I’ll probably do that anyhow!) So far I’ve tried not to call more than once a day to check on her. The nursery have a communication book between home and nursery so we can read what she’s been up to on her days there and how she’s eaten etc. It does put my mind at ease reading it after picking her up, especially when it describes the cute things she been up to! This one after her first day made me smile 🙂
I know I’m not to first or last working mummy, and let’s face it, in today’s day and age very few families would be lucky enough to survive on just one salary… Those bills won’t pay themselves! At least that’s the case in our household. On the flip side, childcare is like taking out a second mortgage in itself! I knew the first year of childcare would be a lot, but wow! It really makes you realise the advantage of living close to family who can help.
I don’t know how the role of working mummy is going to be for me… So far it feels like juggling a whole load of balls! But I think the art of keeping all those balls in the air is being super organised!
I used to hate my husband for wanting to plan out all our meals for the week… But I’ve finally seen the error of my ways! Planning in advance means less trips to the supermarket, and knowing what I’m doing when I get home from work, rather than rummaging through the fridge to see what I can find. Allocating a day of the week to do the laundry and shopping online wherever possible are a couple of other changes! And cooking in bulk! If I’m cooking a chilli or curry I try and make double what I need and freeze a portion for the following week.
If there are any mummies out there with helpful hints on how to manage work and home life successfully please share!!! I’m sure I’ve got a steep learning curve ahead of me and many mistakes will be made… GULP!!!
Hey hey! We’ve had another enjoyable weekend attending one more Indian wedding! (Did I mention I love an Indian wedding??) This one was a Sikh wedding so my little Ludoo attended the Gurdwara for the first time. Even though she was attending for a wedding rather than prayers it was a touching moment for me as I attended the gurdwara regularly with my parents as a child, and found it to be a place of peace which gave me time for reflection. I am not a Sikh, but Sindhis do have a great deal of similarities with the Sikhs as we come from North India and also believe in Guru Nanak.
Anyway, she was super duper cute during the ceremony and watched intently… I think she was a little confused as to why daddy was sitting on the other side of the room but she remained happy nonetheless!
The wedding reception was my main worry… she had a really good nap in the afternoon so I was hoping she’d last til 9pm at least so we could enjoy the speeches, food and have a little boogie too! And my darling daughter partied with us until 10pm god bless her! She loved it, watching everyone dancing and creating a little racket of her own! She took hold of two dessert spoons and enjoyed banging them together for most of the night 🙂
We put her in a dress from Next which the bride had bought her as a gift – I thought it’d be nice for her to see her in it, and she looked a beaut!
Sunday was a day with the family and she was in her element with her big cousin! I love that she loves to socialise and enjoy the company of others… shes less like this at nursery unfortunately… read my next post to hear more!!
Wow ok I’ve been totally MIA for a while!!! Things have been a little crazy, I’ve started to ease myself back into work on Sundays leaving LO with daddy… (I’ll post more info on this soon!) Then we had a few days with the in-laws and THEN ludoo got sick 😦 I just thought it was a really bad cold which wouldn’t shift… She had a runny nose for 4/5days and was generally under the weather. On the 5th day she was falling asleep in her highchair as I fed her dinner, which was really weird as she’d just got up from a nap and she LOVES her food! She woke up at 6am the next morning with a temperature of 39.2 so it was then pretty obvious something wasn’t right! She’s never had a temperature that bad before so it was really heartbreaking seeing her so upset! A dose of calpol, breakfast and cuddles with me for a couple of hours brought it down to 37.5, and then I bundled her in the car and off to the Drs.
Apparently she had tonsillitis, which would explain why she was wolfing down all the cool smooth fruit purées and not really enjoying the rest of her food! So we’ve been giving her antibiotics for the past 5 days… which are such a pain to administer! Anyone got any hints and tips for an easy method so it doesn’t all land up on my blouse?! But thank goodness she is now returning to her old bubbly self! She’s become really cute and cuddly the past week or so… I don’t know if it’s because she was unwell or just a little more of her character coming through… Either way I’m not complaining!!! Love my little girl to bits 🙂
There’ll be plenty more posts coming up this week to make up for my absence so watch this space! 😛
Happy Monday everyone! xxx