Lucy's world was turned upside down when a one night stand led to an unexpected pregnancy. Trading her party heels for wellies, the 27-year-old city girl returned to her rural hometown to start her new life as a single mum. This candid weekly blog explores the highs and lows of new motherhood, rural living and a difficult baby daddy with a girlfriend in tow...
Home sweet home
Oh my, I am so glad to be home! It was wonderful being away but travelling with a baby IS hard work. I said to my mum – it was lovely but Olivia didn’t have her home comforts so I was always worried she was unhappy or bored. I could only take a few toys with us and after 11 days of looking at them I’m sick of the sight of them, she must be sick of playing with them too!
Olivia learnt to sit up all alone whilst we were away and I am so proud of her. And, my suspicions were correct, she’s got her first tooth! She’s growing up into such a sweet, happy little girl but I am finding it sad as well because she is not a tiny baby any more. As I type this, Olivia is rolling around the floor crushing rice cakes into the carpet and chewing the puppy’s paws... not the real thing of course! Just a freaky little talking puppy teddy who randomly shouts ‘Peek-a-boo I see you...’ Olivia has started eating proper food now which is really fun; she even tried some traditional dishes whilst we were away.
Oh god I love her so much!!! She had a hair cut whilst we were away; she didn’t have a lot as she’s still a little one but it was getting in her eyes so just a little trim and a few layers put in!
Travelling home was better too; someone helped with the steps, the pram and even pushed me to the front of the queue to get on board the plane! The plane was fairly full, but do you know what? We got a row of seats to ourselves because no one wanted to sit next to us. I suppose they assume a baby would be naughty and cry the whole journey? Win-win for us though, lots of space to spread out and I know Olivia wouldn’t cry – quite the opposite actually, she loved looking out of the window. She would look out, giggle and look at me with a look in her eyes as if to say ‘Can you see that too?’
I lost 6lb in the past week too. I am amazed and very pleased with myself. It got me thinking though – on a random note that is – when we were away my friend and I went to the supermarket; I picked up a couple of ‘Jaffa type’ cake packs, went home and ate a pack with my cup of tea. Now, I don’t think this is strange? There are only like 10 in a pack and they’d only go stale and hard if they weren’t eaten that day? It’s not like I ate a pack of chocolate digestives... Well, my friend called me abnormal. Abnormal?? What would you do? Would you eat the whole pack? You would, wouldn’t you? Please say you would...
I’ve started an audio fitness plan today, it’s a six week programme to help get back into shape after having a baby. I will let you know more about it next week once I’m into it. Also, I have started a hard core diet – okay, well, not hard core but I’m taking it seriously (she says whilst consuming all the chocolate in the house) so keep your fingers and toes crossed for me please.
Oh, I have a date this weekend too. We’ve been chatting for a while but meeting for the first time. I have to say I am nervous. What shall I wear? Do I look ‘mumsy’? It’s a day time date too so I can’t have a few glasses of vino to relax either... well, I suppose I could still do that but I’m not a fan of day time drinking.
Wish me luck! x
PS: I've just joined Twitter so please do stop by with and advice or anecdotes @LucyLocket2013