This is Motherhood: Lisa



Lisa and I first met in pregnancy yoga, when our baby girls were the size of small items of fruit. We were due months apart so didn't see each other for a while but Lisa's partner is also a photographer, and so we crossed paths once again with our babies now proper little girls with BIG personalities! Here's Lisa's story:


When I think back to the moment I found out I was pregnant with Connie I couldn’t have been more wrong about the change it would have in my life and how much of it would be positive!  I had always had the thought that becoming a mother would mean my life as it was would end and I wouldn’t be able to do anything anymore!  Whilst I have probably had about 5 nights “out” since she was born (over three years ago) I much prefer my way of life now, even if sometimes I would like a night of completely uninterrupted sleep and perhaps a day or two of someone looking after me for a change!



My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with a tiny helpless baby but I actually felt like my intuition kicked in from the moment Connie was born, I never had the problem of missing a conversation as I’ve always felt like Connie was communicating with me in some way or another – if anything I feel talked out at the end of the day now she’s such a talkative little monkey…no idea where she gets that from!


I’m aware I am a bit “alternative” in my parenting, Connie is still breastfeeding morning and night and she is in her own bed but in our bedroom, I have very much gone with the flow and done what’s felt right at the time.  Extended breastfeeding or whatever you’d like to call it works for us and I love that I am able to comfort Connie in that way, she’s asleep within about five minutes of feeding most nights so whilst that still works for both of us I’m not about to change anything!



Spending my days with Connie has made me appreciate living in the now more than ever and I would say that is probably the best thing about motherhood for me – seeing the world through her eyes has given me the opportunity to stop and look around for the first time in years which is really refreshing! 


We go for a walk most days around our village or in the local area, this started as a “wear her out before” nap when she first started walking and has become part of our daily routine – although the naps stopped a long time ago!  We look out for the rabbits in the fields behind our house and point out the flowers or plants that are in season.  I had never appreciated the seasons quite so much until I had someone to explain them to, I’m constantly learning just so I can keep up with Connie’s non-stop questions!





Connie starts nursery for the first time in January, I am incredibly excited for her but at the same time, I’m not sure how I’m going to feel without my little sidekick on those few hours a week.  As with everything else I let her decide when she wanted to start nursery and I am fortunate that my Mum has her currently whilst I work.  It’s going to be a real shock for both of us as usually on days when I’m not working, we hang out in our PJ’s until about 11am drawing, baking, playing playdough and eating piles of pancakes or waffles, we generally just chill out giggling together to pass the day and Connie “helps” me with bits of housework like sorting the washing or putting food away after shopping!  From January at least three days a week we’re going to have to be out of the door before 9am – a whole new routine to get used to for both of us! She won’t be starting school until the term after she turns 5 as she is an end of August baby, nursery will help both of us get ready for that next transition.

Connie starts nursery for the first time in January, I am incredibly excited for her but at the same time I’m not sure how I’m going to feel without my little sidekick on those few hours a week.  As with everything else I let her decide when she wanted to start nursery and I am fortunate that my Mum has her currently whilst I work.  It’s going to be a real shock for both of us as usually on days when I’m not working, we hang out in our PJ’s until about 11am drawing, baking, playing playdough and eating piles of pancakes or waffles, we generally just chill out giggling together to pass the day and Connie “helps” me with bits of housework like sorting the washing or putting food away after shopping!  From January at least three days a week we’re going to have to be out of the door before 9am – a whole new routine to get used to for both of us! She won’t be starting school until the term after she turns 5 as she is an end of August baby, nursery will help both of us get ready for that next transition.



The biggest piece of advice I would give to an expectant mother is to be as informed as you possibly can about pregnancy, birth and motherhood, find out things for yourself rather than expecting other people to tell you them!  It’s most likely you won’t actually agree with a lot of what you are told and it’s better to form your own way of parenting that works for you! With all that in mind however the best piece of advice I saw before having Connie was “read the baby, not the books” which is something I have stuck to since she was born!

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