6 struggles of a new parent

After reading the Dad Up North’s hilarious post about baby things he doesn’t understand, I was reminded of how pointless baby shoes are and our battles with them. I’ve already mentioned some of the things I wasn’t a natural at before and there’s even more stuff that really should be easy and just isn’t (at least for us…) Here are some of the things that we’ve struggled with as new parents:

  1. A beanbag. We bought a beanbag, and had to transfer all the beans from a weird white net thing (which did not fit into the bean bag case, obviously we tried that first) into a bag that goes inside the case. Yep, it was as much of a palaver as it sounds. Cue lots of swearing, tiny irritating beans going everywhere and then me on my hands and knees trying to sweep up fucking beans that inexplicably jump around. All while my friend held the baby and laughed at us.

    bean bag
    The offending article!
  1. Knowing what’s normal and what’s an actual medical concern. It’s all too easy as a new parent to turn to Dr Google and be convinced that you need to get to A & E, stat. Is green poo normal? Are spots on the face ALWAYS some kind of deadly disease? Is blood in his sick a sign he’s seriously ill? Is he constipated? It can be a minefield and obviously you never want to risk not checking something out if there’s cause for concern. Equally, though, you don’t want to become hypochondriacs on behalf of your baby. It can be a nightmare deciding whether it’s necessary to see the GP, go to A & E or if it’s really nothing to panic over. I usually turn to Google and then get the opinion of my mum and my sister-in-law (who’s a scientist and mum, so pretty good for advice!) before deciding which course of action to take!
  1. Spatial awareness. We’ve both managed to misjudge how big he is now and bump the poor boy’s head. Both times he wasn’t hurt and didn’t even cry (honestly!). I bumped it on a low hanging light fitting during an overzealous game of airplane and B bumped it on the tap in the bath. Whoops. Please don’t call social services, we are careful really!
  1. Baby shoes. The few times we have attempted to get our son to wear shoes we gave up because either his foot is somehow too big or you suffer a minor injury while attempting to tie them up as the baby is kicking you/crying/wriggling (all of the above) and, you know, it’s a lot of effort to go to when they cannot walk! And it’s sod’s law that as soon as the shoes are finally laced up you’ll have to change a nappy, so the bloody things have to be taken off. The only thing I do use is fluffy bootees if he’s in the sling when we go out.
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They look adorable but they are a pain in the arse.
  1. Napping. We are both really rubbish at napping. Sometimes B will send me back to bed only for me to resurface half an hour later, having not been able to get to sleep, and it’s the same the other way round. All those well meaning people who tell new parents to sleep when the baby sleeps have obviously never tried to nap when there’s a million piles of laundry to get through, a house that’s not seen a Hoover for a few weeks and neighbours having building work done. I think we managed it in the first few weeks because we were, essentially, the walking dead but since then it’s not proved so easy.
  1. Leaving the house quickly. Pretty often we say ‘yes, we’ll be there in half an hour’, forgetting that leaving the house on time with a baby is a feat akin to climbing Mount Everest. By the time we’ve checked we have a fully stocked changing bag, got ourselves sorted out, fed the baby and changed the inevitable shitty nappy/sicky clothes we are at least 30 minutes late.
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It’s never on our side.

What other struggles are new parents out there facing?!

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49 thoughts on “6 struggles of a new parent

    1. Probably, but hopefully you’ll be more organised than us!! We got the bean bag as it’s quite handy for daytime naps and as he gets older you just unzip the cover that has straps on and swap it for a standard one so he can sit on it like a normal bean bag – I always wanted one as a child so when I saw these on offer I got it! Quite good for somewhere to put him when I am getting him in and out of the bath too if I have bathed with him.
      Thanks for reading! Ellen

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  1. Brilliant and just yes to all of these! I’m still terrible at consulting Dr Google and I am always torn in the same “to GP or not to GP” dilemma! I also cannot get shoes onto offspring and I have owned a pair for nearly four years now (offspring – not shoes – shoes never last that long!) If I may please add that I still cannot do the poppers on babygrows up. Not ever. Every single time I just end up with an odd one and having to (swear and) undo them all to do them again. Grrrr!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up with #FartGlitter x
    Oh and erm sorry about the gigantic badge… It should be slightly less gigantic by next week 😉 xx

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    1. Haha no worries about the gigantic badge! I am glad it’s not just us. I so nearly put baby clothes in here again even though they were in my other post, because they are still REALLY tricky to put on!!! Poppers are the worst and we actually had a babygro which had an extra space but no popper, cue a good few minutes of us scratching our heads and undoing and redoing the poppers until we realised. Haha.

      Thanks for reading! Ellen x

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  2. haha I know these very well. Especially Dr Google, stay away from Dr Google!!! No good can come from him/her. I also understand your frustration at not being able to leave the house quickly. We always struggle to get anywhere on time!

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  3. Check, check, check. I’ve just started getting used to all the newborn things again, as my little one’s elder brother is 3.5 now. Dr Google has a terrible bedside manner; I’m not consulting with him nearly as much second time around. Leaving the house on time was never my strong point, but I just about got the hang of getting out the door with one baby, buggy, change bag, all the essentials. How I’ll manage with two over the next couple of year, I don’t know.

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  4. aww I remember this oh so well. But some things still stay the same – Dr Bloody Google – drives me insane – mine have regularly had deadly diseases only to make miraculous recoveries within the hour! The leaving the house gets easier though and I hate to gloat but you can leave the house without your kids when they get to teenagers – it’s bizarre but popping out to get a pint of milk really is just popping out to get a pint of milk – no fuss/no battles/no fiasco! Great read lovely #chucklemums

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  5. Ha ha, number 5 and number 6 are very true for my parents. It takes hours to leave the house now, and as for those people who advised Mother to nap when I did…..Really? They can’t just sleep on request! #chucklemums

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  6. I remember once spending ages getting ready for a wedding. Not only did he demand a feed just before we left, he also simultaneously vomited AND poonami’d over both of us…we were late #chucklemums

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  7. You will never be on time again. Better to accept it now. I used to be a non-napper too but now two kids in I’m pretty sure I could nap standing up during a rave. You’ll get there, practice makes perfect! We have a bean bag that exploded so I know exactly what you mean re those little balls! Ours is in the loft waiting to be re-sewn back up. Which is another new parent thing: having a literally endless to-do list, which you never get round to doing! It’s great though isn’t it! Enjoy! #chucklemums

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    1. Those balls haunt me. (Well, that sentence could be misconstrued!!) Oh yeah, that to do list! It started when I was pregnant and we moved into our house… A year ago. There’s still blinds to put up.

      I think I should change all our clocks or something. Might give us a chance…! Thanks for reading, Ellen

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  8. Haha, I remember these days well! My one is a ‘school mum’ one if that’s ok, I find that by the time I’ve found all the book bag, books, water bottle holder, got both kids’ teeth and hair brushed, got them into appropriate outdoor wear and checked the emails for school lunch and show and tell, we are usually late! Then we leg it, me being all shouty all the way! We had the letters V and W for show and tell today. I remembered about 30 secs before we had to leave. I ended up shoving her sunflower in a pot at her because it is growing ‘very well’!! Winning at parenting! Not!! 😀 Thanks for linking! #bigpinklink

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  9. Im quite lucky as bubba likes shoes though she has given me a fair few bruises. Those bloody bean bags – we got one! It says from 0-8 years. However what it didn’t say was that between the sitting and walking stage it can’t be used because they lean over and face plant the bloody floor?!?!
    #bigpinklink

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  10. Ok the bean bag? Did I miss this one!? Hilarious though! I’m up and down on the while sleeping thing. Sometimes you think you’ve cracked it and they go and grow teeth!! The feeding is a struggle, if be content eating a cheese sandwich! Now I have to consider the needs of the child, he ain’t eating cheese this week!! Rah

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    1. Yeah I am not looking forward to weaning!! Honestly I don’t think a beanbag was exactly necessary! Kind of handy but by no means essential, I think the main reason we bought it is cause I always wanted one as a child 😂 Thanks for reading my lovely, Ellen X

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  11. 6 and a half years in and the “are they ill, is it serious” thing is still going strong! And the little one still refuses point blank to wear shoes, and most of the time socks. I get lots of disproving looks from old ladies! I’d slept for the 30 years leading up to that point.

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    1. Thank you! Haha I know, some people always get the branded ones too and they’re so expensive! Practically the same price I would spend on shoes for myself, but they only last a few months at most. Craziness. Thanks for reading, Ellen

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  12. This is brilliant – lol!!! There really are needless items that look great for babies. I nearly bought one of those bean bag chairs bu didn’t in the end, I’m glad now! I never bothered with shoes. Thank you for sharing with #bloggerclubuk x

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring me! We do use the beanbag sometimes but it was a lot of hassle! I think we mainly bought it as I always wanted one as a child, haha. Will be back again next week, currently in a corner of the caravan with intermittent 3G! Thanks for reading, Ellen x

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