Sunday, 27 April 2014

Sunday's Kitchen - Delightful Strawberry and Coconut Cheesecake


Mums First Diary is delighted to launch its first weekly themeSunday’s Kitchen! We happened to have an amazing dad, who is also a great cook and it will be a real shame if we don’t share some of his delicious meals he cooks for us. I used to cook, but since I tried his creations, I decided it would be better to step back and just enjoy. Still, as I have the biggest sweet tooth in the family, I keep myself responsible for the desserts, so we keep it fair… J 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Thoughts on parenthood inspired by Peaches Geldof


The last column Peaches Geldof wrote for the baby magazine Mother & Baby, has touched many people, not only because it was her last, but also because many mums can relate to it. Reading this beautiful, but also heartbreaking article left me feeling very moved and send me into some deep thoughts about something that big percentage of mums experience at some point of their life - feelings of loneliness and abandonment. 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Preserving the traditions



My family and I have never missed to follow the traditions and celebrate every holiday together. But since, I came to live and study in the UK 4 years ago, the holidays became more of a reminder that I am away from home, rather than a happy occasion.  

It’s funny because I used to not appreciate the values that holiday brings, but several Christmases’, New Year’s, Easter’s and Birthdays away from my family, made me realize it’s not about the celebration, but the people you are celebrating with. And the only people, who could fill my heart with love and make the holiday meaningful, were thousand miles away.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

When your angel turns into a little monster

Unfortunately, with all the love, joy, happiness and unicorns comes some “I just want to sit and cry” moments, when you want to shut out from the world and dive into your own misery. But you can’t, because you have a baby, that won’t stop crying. And yes, this is probably the reason for your drama.

 Have you heard the saying:  little kids little problems, big kids big problems? Alex is still far from being a big kid, but I think I start to understand what we got ourselves into! Having a newborn is absolutely exhausting, but having a 3 month old that won’t go to sleep, won’t sit in his bouncy chair, won’t eat and won’t do anything else except for testing your nerves… is a whole new level of being a parent.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

For a good night's sleep


One thing I didn’t think at all during the pregnancy was how I am going to learn to live without proper sleep. For someone who used to fall asleep as soon as she touches the pillow and sleep unmoved till the morning, waking up on demand multiple times a night was a real shock. But as nature knows its way, the troubles with sleep started long before the baby’s appearance. With the growing baby, and growing pains all over the body, waking up during the night became a ritual.

I guess this was a preparation for what was coming next - a multiple wake up calls any time of the night. But as every baby is different, so their needs are. Some babies sleep through the night from early weeks; other babies don’t miss their dose of milk. While Alex used to sleep longer during his first weeks, now 3 months old, he could wake up, up to 4 times a night! This period should pass, but while waiting for it, there are few things I discovered that can ease the exhaustion or simply make the night go easier.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Post-maternity style


I have always had a love for fashion and I haven’t been afraid to experiment with different styles during the years. However, the biggest experiment started when I had to transform my style into maternity one. Once a fan of high heels and feminine clothes, now I had to change my wardrobe, adding comfortable shoes and loose fabrics.

To be exact I started abandoning high heels long before my pregnancy. When I came to study and live in the UK my style started changing with a fast pace. The bad weather and the lack of a car meant 2 things - more layers of clothes and flat shoes. But the last phase of changes came a few months ago when I was to become a mum.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The Name Game


Names that give you a leg in life, patriotic names, burdensome names, famous gangster names, saintly names, creepy… the list goes on and on and on… I was holding our 40,001 best baby names book but the search for the perfect name wasn’t proving any success.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Missed opportunities


Have you ever felt like you have just missed to do something that could have made your day? Have you felt like there is a great opportunity, one step away from you, but instead of going for it you have just sat there, unable to move or say anything. Have you ever watched an opportunity walk away from you, leaving you with the feeling of emptiness and regret that you haven’t done anything and the moment is irrevocably gone? Is this something you have experienced more than once in the last month, for the last week?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Congratulations


to Tsveta D. for winning the wonderful candle! I can't wait to see what surprise is there! Tsveta, don't forget to share with us what is hidden inside! It is now on the way to you!