This was originally the blog of a first-time Mum to remember the ups and downs of my pregnancy - and chart the first year of my daughter's life. But I've kept it going, and am now a mother of two! More than anything, it helps me to get to sleep once I've emptied my brain of issues and concerns and emotions onto the laptop.
If you're reading this and also a mum- or dad-to-be, first time parent, or just someone who's thinking about it - I hope it gives a little insight into one person's experiences - good and bad....

Monday, 18 July 2011


I don't know where the phrase "screaming ab-dabs" comes from, but it's certainly one we've been using a lot in the last two days.

Sure enough, after another successful night in her Moses basket, we had another hellish day. From around lunchtime, nothing could console Charlotte - and it just turned into a vicious cycke of her wind stopping her from sleeping, tiredness turning very quickly into overtiredness, leading to erratic feeding, and those ear-splitting screams.

By 7pm we resorted to long walks round the park. It eventually seemed to work. and she fell asleep on my OH until we had to wake her for a feed. Then, miraculously, she went down in her Moses basket for the rest of the night - waking for a couple of feeds.

Today she has been a million times more manageable (until the point when I'm writing and we're struggling to settle her down for the night - another long walk may be in order). When she's been screaming at the top of her lungs through overtiredness we've let her reach her peak three times and then she calms right down. But generally she's nodded off after a feed and been a bit.more content, even when we went to visit my friend with the twins. In fact none of us quite knew what to do with ourselves with three sleeping children. We should have all gone for a nap!


  1. Hi
    Reading your blog is bringing all of the new baby stresses and exhaustion back! My little chap is now 14 months and sleeps very well, but we had such a difficult journey with sleep for a long time, that is what prompted me to write my pop by as there is a page of sleep advice at the top which might be usefulas you go along. It is a summary of several books, so saves time reading them all, personal experience and lots of practical strategies.
    Best of luck x

  2. Thanks Babybase. The sleep tips on your site are very useful. We're trying follow the suggestions in Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, and start to instil some sort of routine. We know it's going to be tough, but we can't go on as we are - not knowing from one hour to the next if/when she'll eat or sleep.