Guestober | 14 Weeks As A Mum

Good morning!
25 F N Ireland

Remember when we were kids on MSN and someone would ask ASL? 😂 We've all grown up now & come to terms with the fact that ASL tells you nothing about anyone so here is a little about me... I'm Jenna, a Domiciliary Manager from Northern Ireland, I gave birth to my little Annie in June after some time struggling to conceive. I live in a renovated cottage in the country with my husband Carl and love cooking, baking and beauty products. My blog is now three years old and I love blogging in my spare time. For that reason, I was over the moon when Beka said I could share a blog post with you all while she was in Florida - trying not to hate her too much right now. Trying to work out what to write to someone elses followers is not an easy task but I thought the best thing to write about was my little Annie as she is the centre of my world at the minute. Let's be honest. When people tell you being a mum is hard work, they aren't kidding. I have learnt more about myself and my husband in these first 14 weeks than I have in the last 5 years together. From the sleepless nights to the first injection tears it is tough going but hugely rewarding, so what have I learnt? 1. Make time for one another I thought being on maternity leave, I would have a lot more time for my husband and myself but this was so far from the truth. I envisaged home cooked meals, baked goodies and dinner dates but it has taken me 14 weeks to get anywhere close to this. I know now how important it is to take a little time for us. Get the baby to bed, stick on a move and pour a glass of wine. 2. My body can run on empty Before falling pregnant I was pretty sure I had pushed my body to the limit. With a career behind me and four years in uni, I had tackled the late nights, early mornings, bad diets and two spin classes a day. I thought I was invincible but low and behold I learnt I wasn't. Having a newborn pushes your body to the limit. From post c-section recovery to sleepless nights, late night and early mornings to fighting for a warm meal I now know what it is to run on empty. 3. Teamwork rules I have never felt more in a team than I do now with my husband. I had read all the baby books and thought we knew what way we would deal with having Annie but the reality was much different. We have tried many different arrangements but finally, 14 weeks in we have our own routine...until injection time comes round again. He is my husband, my best friend and my teammate and with him, I know we can tackle anything. 4. I am my own worst enemy In the first few weeks, I was determined to get back to normal. Blogging, cleaning, baking, cooking and coping with a newborn after Carl went back to work. 2 weeks in and I was exhausted and broke down. I really am my own worst enemy. Looking back I wish I hadn't put as much pressure on myself. The cleaning can wait, the washing will still be there tomorrow and the Chinese is only 5 minutes away. 5. When the going gets tough clear your head Sometimes we need a break and there is now shame in taking time to yourself. I love my little Annie to pieces but there are enough changes going on and I wish I had taken a little time for me. After 5/6 weeks I got back to the gym and it felt amazing to have a little me time. No one will judge you for taking a little time out. More than anything, it is important to work it all out yourself. Never worry about what others will say or what others are doing. This is your baby, your family and your time enjoy it! If you would like to follow me you can find me here:

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