How To Survive Life With A Newborn Baby

When I was pregnant with Holly, Mr H and I talked about how life was going to change when she was born. The fact that we would never again have our lives to ourselves was the main topic of conversation and, I have to admit, consternation. However nothing prepares you for those first few weeks of life with a newborn baby. It is like a crash course in parenting and the lack of sleep, crying for reasons unknown and figuring out all those little things that you didn't even know you didn't know can be an incredible shock to the system. So how do you get through those early weeks of life with a newborn baby without jumping out of the nearest window, or hiding in a corner slowly rocking back and forth? Here are a few things I found helpful:

The Rug Challenge

As I was wading through the many crafting projects out there looking for something to grab me, I came across an idea that seemed impossible - making a DIY rug. After delving further, I found this great tutorial by Moda Bake Shop and had to share.

And, as always, I have to share my own version. It was more tricky than I thought and took me quite a while, so in the end its more the size of a place mat than a rug, but it's cute anyway!

The beginning of the inspiration

During my pregnancy I spent a lot of time alone in the apartment. My husband worked all day and had the only car and as we had just moved to the area I didn't know anyone I could go visit. This meant I had a lot of time on my hands and not much to do with it. After chatting with ladies on various pregnancy forums, such as Baby and Bump I became motivated to try and make some things for my daughter's nursery. I have always been a creative person and enjoyed craft projects, but it had been a while since I attempted any. I trawled the Internet in search of some ideas and came across many pages which inspired me. Not having a sewing machine did limit me, however when I discovered this 'no-sew' tutorial I was laughing.

Red Ted Art's Blog

After a couple of attempts with the Wonder Web, here is my own finished version:

I would definitely recommend anyone to have a go, it was quick to make and with Red Ted's great instructions, easy too!!

Introducing Hollybobbs

Meet my daughter Holly. Born in December 2010 she is a Sagittarius and as states, Sagittarians possess a natural exuberance, sense of adventure and love of life that makes them one of the most optimistic zodiac signs of all. Looking at the Chinese Star Signs, she was born in the year of the Tiger, and according to the online Chinese astrology website , this means she is  adventurous and courageous and a born leader! So I better watch out!

As I type this she is currently sat watching Disney Junior, after waking up from her nap under her rainforest playmat. Clearly she is already an adventurer!

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