Gurgles and Sticky Blankets. No Sleep

Lara Protheroe looks at the joys of welcoming a new addition to the family…

Welcome to my sparkly new column! I’ll be dropping in on a monthly basis to shock and astound you with the lurid details of my rock’n’roll lifestyle – and to say the odd thing or two about babies and parenting. Well, I’ll mainly just be writing about parenting actually, but a mother can always dream…

My life has changed dramatically this year ever since – you guessed it – I had a baby.  He was long-awaited, both in that we had been trying for quite a while, and in that I was in labour for 30 long hours before he decided to get fully stuck, and was then swiftly whipped out of the sunroof in the wee hours of a Sunday morning in late January.

This week saw him reach the grand old age of six months. I know that all new parents say it, but where has the time gone?! The newborn stage was as heinously exhausting and tear-jerkingly rewarding as we are all told to expect. I’ve always loved my sleep; but in six months there has been only one period of nocturnal rest that might fairly have been deemed a full night’s sleep, and even that ended at 5am. Would I change it? Never! It’s amazing how you can actually survive with so little rest. Anyhow, the lack of sleep makes me funnier. Or is it more hysterical? One or the other.  Don’t ask my husband…

Parenting is chock full of clichés and I’m not here to dispel any of them; maybe more to describe the shades in which these clichés have coloured my own life and experiences.

And so to the introductions: me, daddy and baby. Making three. (mental faculties still able to perform mathematics up to and including sums of this complexity). I am mamma, Lara, and I’m a mummy blogger, an illustrator and a Strategic Social Media Manager-in-training.

Papa sports an impressive beard, and generally looks like he’s just stepped off the set of a gangster film. He speaks to Luther exclusively in Italian – not his native tongue, but one of the many skills he appears to have acquired during an enormously varied and adventurous life.

Luther is, well, the pinnacle of my life’s achievements.

My first column will be a bit of a recap on the last six months and the activities and items that have helped us as a family. I won’t be doing a blow-by-blow account of my hospital list or how to get your baby to latch on, although my one top tip (bear with me here) is this: buy Lucozade Sport in bulk. Not to help with latching on; but just to have, you know, to drink: when dehydrated from morning sickness, exhausted in labour, exhausted when nursing, exhausted after another sleepless night. Ignore me at your peril…

So, welcome to my jottings on new parenthood!  I look forward to furnishing you with regular updates on how our lives are muddling along. riddle_stop 2

 

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