What were we thinking! promote confidence and reduce distress in parents with a first baby

Parent stories and expert advice / Baby 5-8 weeks

A free lunch?

A free lunch?

We had our first What Were We Thinking (WWWT) skype session when L was 6 weeks old. It was amazingly helpful! A and I just kept wondering how we got such good advice for free! There were two main benefits to WWWT.

A great set of lungs

A great set of lungs

As the weeks went by Penelope’s crying has decreased. At 7 weeks much of her fussing and unsettled crying gradually began to decline.

A positive change

A positive change

It’s hard to believe six weeks have already passed since our precious Abigail arrived. Not to mention I've now been off work for over two months and Robert's back at work after three weeks leave.

A Whole New Level of Busy!

A Whole New Level of Busy!

Throughout my pregnancy everyone told me that having a baby around keeps you busy, but I didn’t comprehend just how busy it would be until Isabelle arrived on the scene. I had a vision of downtime between feeds, time to exercise, to work from home and maybe even learn a language in my spare time… oh how naïve I was!

A whole new world of judgement?!

A whole new world of judgement?!

Fortunately I have a kind, thoughtful, gentle and unprejudiced husband. We balance each other out!...

Am I the only one who experienced newborn parenting neurosis?!

Am I the only one who experienced newborn parenting neurosis?!

New mums learn to expect heightened emotions during pregnancy, but after the baby is born and the hormones are released, what happens when you still feel neurotic?

Being a mum & still being me

Being a mum & still being me

You say hello to a new future when you become a mum, but as Poppy learns, that doesn't mean saying goodbye entirely to  the 'you' of the past ...

Both of us gaining confidence

Both of us gaining confidence

The last few days I feel that all I have done is breastfeed, change and cuddle, the nurse was right about the crying. Ari has put on weight and our nurse said that sometimes during a growth spurt babies feed a lot so that’s what I am putting it down to.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

After Abigail was born a midwife told me that I have a huge amount of milk which was positive. Abigail loves to try and suck as much milk as she can which leaves her coughing or gulping a lot of air.

Ditching The Dummy

Ditching The Dummy

I started using it at week 4. Why? Because it gave us another settling option. There had been a couple of situations when William was with Ed and wanting food and it helped to string him out quietly...