Thursday, 9 October 2014

Mummy Time #12: Ruth Sauverin

Ruth is a mama that I met on Instagram in the early days of my new account and I wanted to feature her on the blog as she just comes across as so very sweet and friendly! At the time of writing, Ruth's adorable Luna-June was eight months old.


Mummy:

Who are you?

Hi, my name is Ruth, I come from Norfolk, I live in a small village just on the outskirts of Norwich. I'm 20 and have an eight month old little girl with my partner Oliver. Luna-June was born the 10th of January 2014.

What do you do for a living?

I'm a make-up artist and student. I also work in my mother’s hair salon if she needs the extra help.

How are you?

Bloody knackered! Teething baby that crawls everywhere and pulls herself up on to every piece of furniture possible has taken it out of me recently. But I am extremely happy!

What do you do to relax?

Take a long hot shower! I also like to knit hats, sew and draw; those sorts of creative things. I find that reading fashion magazines and watching a bad tv series (Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the moment!) is a good way for me to zone my brain out.

What do you do when you have time to yourself?

First I try and get all the boring chores done that are difficult to do while Luna is awake, but if those are done I try to relax.

How does a typical day go?

Most days will start between 6:30-7:30am. Luna wakes up immediately wanting to play so I take her through and we'll sit and play together. When she then has her morning nap (which isn’t very long) I'll have a quick shower and get ready for the day. Once Luna wakes up I get her dressed, give her a feed, and then if I have plans for the day we'll go off to do them. If we just have a day at home it's mainly just a case of playing and feeding. I like to take her for a walk at least once a day up to the park. Then I'll get chores done at home while Luna has a nap at 3pm. Ollie gets home and entertains Luna while I cook us both dinner. It's then bath, feed and ready to put Luna to bed for around 7.30 – 8pm. I then try to catch up with Ollie on his day… That must have all sounded extremely boring!!

Pregnancy:



How was your pregnancy?

I had quite bad morning sickness from eight weeks. I couldn't keep anything down and you could guarantee I had my head in the toilet every time someone else was eating. I was terrible in cars and on the bus too. Cigarette smoke, BO, perfume and having an empty stomach all made me sick.

Did you have any cravings?

I didn't really crave anything except the smell of my freshly washed laundry, Ollie would often find me with a wet t-shirt stuffed against my face. I'd often wash things that didn't need to be just to get my fix!

Did you find out what you were having?

We did, but it was Ollie that had to know. Everyone thought we were having a boy but I had a feeling we'd have a little girl. I'd love to keep it a surprise next time though!

How did you decide on your names and you already have the names ready before they arrived?

I always knew I'd want to have the name June in there somewhere. Both of my parents mothers were named June and they sadly passed away many years ago. Most people think I got the name Luna from Harry potter, as much as I love the films and the character I actually first fell in love with it when I started college. There was a beautiful golden haired girl, full of smiles and laughter and her name was Luna. I then asked Ollie what he thought of Luna-June and that was that, we had our name.

How did your prepare for your baby’s arrival?

I have to admit I did very little. I didn't read any books but I did follow a week by week app on my phone. Oh and antenatal classes.

How was your labour?

My labour was long. I went into labour midnight on the dot of Tuesday. My contractions were fifteen minutes apart for the first day and then seven minutes apart the next. I actually didn't find it as painful as I thought it would be. I finally went into hospital in the early hours of Thursday, we soon found out she wasn't budging because she had her hand resting on her face so I eventually had forceps. Luna was born at 2:43am on Friday the 10th of January weighing 8lbs 9oz.


Baby:

How did you get on with breastfeeding?

I've found breast feeding a breeze. My supply has always been great (if a little excessive) and Luna had a great latch. I'm an open feeder and couldn't give two flying pigs if people get an eyeful, which is something I never thought would happen. I'm really going to miss it the day that Luna is fully weaned!

Does you baby have a feeding routine?

Somehow Luna has my bad habit of hardly ever having breakfast. No matter how much I try she's not interested. She has her first feed around two hours after she's got up, lunch at 12pm, usually two feeds from me before dinner at 5pm and then she has a feed before she's off to sleep.

What does your baby eat?

Her diet mainly consists of vegetables and breast milk. We do a mix of Baby Led Weaning and purée/mashed food. We haven't come across a favourite food yet (apart from milk) because she loves food in general. She seems to enjoy trying to pick up peas, although not many make it into her mouth!




Does your baby have a nap/ sleep routine?

Luna will have a nap two to three hours after she's woken up, then a nap at 12pm and one at 3pm. Usually she'll settle for bedtime at 7.30 – 8pm.

How do you keep your baby entertained?

Like most babies she's entertained by anything, but loves the things she can't have such as a phone or tv remote. Most of the time I'm goofy with her, singing (the ants go marching is her favourite!) and dancing. She loves it when I lay on my back and aeroplane her in the air with my feet. Her giggle is priceless.

When you're baby's freaking out, what helps to calm them down?

I have to say I'm very lucky with Luna, she doesn't complain unless she is hungry or tired. It's only recently that she cries for attention when she's pulled herself up on the sofa and can't get down, once you move her she's fine. If she's conked herself in the head, usually with her maraca, a mama cuddle does the trick.

Does your baby seem to suffer with anything and what do you do to help it?

Teething is the pits. I use teething granules, gel and make sure she has lots of water. Teething toys you put in the fridge help soothe too. Poor things!

Have you taken your baby on any holidays?

We went to a festival when Luna was four months old which we travelled to by car. She slept most of the way and only stopped once to breastfeed. She adored the music and I had her in a baby carrier, dancing most of the time, only really putting her in the pushchair to nap. It was really hot so she barely ate and I just stuffed her full of water so she wouldn’t dehydrate. It was an amazing experience that I'd definitely love to do every year. It was also the first time she sat unaided!


Paraphernalia!

Does your baby have a favourite toy?

She loves her building blocks and cups, an old TY beanie baby jelly fish and a little mirror. She's so vain!

What was your most recent baby-related purchase?

A new beaker because she used to bite the old one instead of sucking!

What has been the most useful thing you've bought, been given or discovered?

Our pushchair. Which brings me onto the next question…

What is your baby’s mode of transport?

We have the Stokke Xplory. It's a beautiful pushchair, the design is brilliant. So lightweight and the turning circle is tiny. I also love how close I feel to Luna while she's in it. A high seat is definitely the way forward! The main reason I wanted it was because we live up a flight of stairs, its design allows it to easily go up or down them and it means I don't have to take Luna out of the pram and leave her inside while I bring it up when I'm alone. I also bought adaptors so I could use it as a travel system with a mamas and papas car seat.

What are your baby essentials when you go out?

Just the standard stuff but I've had to add teething equipment recently… and there's always a pack of gum hidden in there somewhere (for me, obviously!)




Advice:

If you could give your pregnant self some advice, what would it be?

Take it easy. Sleep as much as you can you'll never feel well rested again! You'll be a good mum.

What's the best advice or most useful tip that anyone's given you about parenting?

Always bring the baby more than one spare change of clothes!

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with other mums or expectant mums?

Cherish every minute, even the hard times. They are never as young as they are today and it flies by so quickly. Being a parent is so wonderful you feel like you could explode with happiness.

Thank you for sharing, Ruth! 

If you'd like to take part in Mummy Time, I'd really love to hear from you - please feel free to email me onthechangingmat@gmail.com, although my questions are probably more suited to babies rather than young children... for now. x x x
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