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Did you know that it’s colic awareness month? Nor did I. Though of course I do now. Let’s be honest having a baby and then the newborn stage can be overwhelming enough without throwing in something like colic to really make it tough. So, I’m teaming up with Infacol to help not only to raise awareness about colic but also to give one lucky winner a lovely bubbly bundle for their newborn. Infacol is Britain’s number one colic remedy and has been used by generations of parents to soothe trapped wind, colic and griping pain.* It can be used form birth onwards, it’s sugar, alcohol and colourant-free. I used it with Alyssa and as a single mum right from the start have to say without it, I’d have been in big trouble. However, before we get to that, I wanted just to write a little letter to any new single mothers out there, like I was.
I know it’s hard. Believe me I know. I was a single parent from 3 weeks into pregnancy, the day before I found out I was pregnant. It’s not easy and don’t listen to the people who say it gets easier because honestly, it doesn’t. However, what does happen is that you just become a total pro and as Dory would say, “keep on swimming” because that is what you have to do.
I felt like I waited my whole life for my opportunity to finally be a mother so even though I was alone, there was no choice in my head as to whether or not I would keep my baby. It all went fairly smoothly, other than the arrival (Alyssa’s Arrival) but you can’t plan these things. That is something you should know. Right from the start, your baby will do what they want to do to their own timescale and you just have to kind of go with it and hope for the best.
Everyone will want to give you advice and help in some way. The only advice you ACTUALLY need is this: Listen to your gut. Mother’s intuition kicks right in. So if something, like co-sleeping, feels right for you then do it. Do it safely, but do it. If something doesn’t feel right, like breastfeeding, then don’t do it and look at your other options.
My little one slept on me for the first 6 weeks, then next to me until 6 months and even then still in my room. We suffered we reflux, to the point that she nearly died (The day you almost died) and of course colic as well. As it turns out, I wouldn’t actually get my first full nights sleep until she was nearly 4 years old thanks to some horrible adenoids and tonsils. 4 years of getting up in the night between 3 – 12 times does take it out of you. I am not going to lie… I was kind of just existing. But you push through because actually not having her would have been a million times harder than dealing with the fact that I was so tired I was a zombie.
There were tears, both hers and mine. But there were more laughs, cuddles, I love yous and special moments than any amount of tears could lessen and every single second has made it totally worth it.
For the newborn stage just keep your chin up and power through. Cracked and bleeding nipples, a non-sleeping baby, colic, reflux, a baby who will only sleep on you, poonami explosions and so much more. If you don’t know what to do, ask your health visitor or a close friend with experience. Everything else… just go with the flow. Nothing really matters as long as you are both safe and happy.
You totally got this mama and if you need me, I’m here too.
All my love to you and your little one and wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness together.
Love Katie and Alyssa xoxo
** WIN A BUBBLY BUNDLE WITH INFACOL **
This September, Infacol is teaming up with experienced parent bloggers nationwide to offer new mums and dads this ‘Bubbly Bundle’, including an Izzie the Elephant cuddly toy, a hand-embroidered sleep suit, a muslin cloth and some Infacol, in the hope that it will go towards making those first six months a little easier!
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