Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mummy Time #18: Fiona Burrage

Gentle mama to the most handsome and stylish little toddler, nineteen month old Stanley, Fiona has the most incredible light-filled, spacious and minimal apartment which I (not so) secretly want to move in to! Fiona kindly agreed to share some of her experience as a first-time mum in this week's Mummy Time post which I hope you will enjoy.

Who are you?

Hello, my name is Fiona. I'm 30, originally from Essex and now live in Norwich in a converted factory with my husband, Bobby. We have a son, Stanley, who is 19 months old, two on March 27th.

What do you do for a living?

I am a full-time mum, but I have the benefit of lots of willing grandparents who look after Stanley so I can work with my husband for our business, The Click Design Consultants, a design consultancy. We're also in the midst of setting up several other businesses including a line of design-related goods made by people in the county we live in.

How are you?

I am really well. We had an incredibly tough time with sleep deprivation for the first year of Stanley's life. I am very pro attachment parenting and my son co-slept for 11 months but slept no longer than 3 hours consecutively with the most frequent wakings being hourly. He also constantly breastfed for 13 weeks (no exaggeration). By 6 months, he was able to go hourly in the day. He was a complete grazer. I persevered and he now has just a manageable three feeds a day and sleeps through the night. So life is just perfect, but if you'd asked me the same question this time last year you'd have got a very different answer!
What do you do to relax?

Read, pilates and enjoy a good DVD box set. At the moment I'm enjoying Friends in bed with Bobby!

What do you do when you have time to yourself?

I sort out the never ending list of things to do but if I get five minutes I will grab a bath or fake tan. I always feel lifted after those two things.

How does a typical day go?

Up at 7am, breakfast for the three of us. Stanley hurtling up and down the apartment on his car. Shower for me whilst Bobby watches the boy and vise versa. Then Stanley and I go for a walk/park/food shop/postal run about 9am, back for a co-sleeping nap around 11am, lunch at 1pm(ish). Play indoors for a bit and then head out again. Most days we meet friends. Bobby's home just before 6pm, we'll have dinner, put the boy to bed between 7-7.30, then I can catch up with the work (invoicing, packing etc). Hopefully sat down by 10pm(ish) and asleep before midnight.

How was your pregnancy?

I was lucky to have a straightforward pregnancy although I did have a lot of PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) and put on four stone!

Did you find out what you were having?

Yes, I am way to impatient to wait. We both were, and we guessed right.

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

Yes, Stanley Thomas is named after both great grandfathers who were wonderful men. I pushed Ford but lost the battle. He definitely suits his name now though.

How did your prepare for your baby’s arrival?

I did it all, read the books, watched the DVDs (the Essential parenting guide), NCT classes and hospital run sessions and had two apps. I was a project manager before Stanley was born, can you tell?

How was your labour?

I won't go into too much detail but I was midwife led until complications arose and had an emergency c-section. The staff were absolutely fantastic and he was born safe and well. A healthy 9lbs 3oz.

How did you get on with breastfeeding?

Tough going due to the frequency and how demanding he is/was but I really didn't want to introduce formula. My mum breastfed me and I wanted to do the same. We found out at 9 months he is tongue tied and that explains the frequency of feeds, I now know not all bf babes feed as much! I can see it won't last forever so consider it a small sacrifice (in time) for what I feel is an incredibly happy and secure little guy.

Does your baby have a feeding routine?

Not now and he never did – we fed on demand.

What was your approach to weaning your baby onto solids?

We went with baby-led weaning and, man, there is a lot of waste but totally worth it now. He uses a spoon and is a great eater.

What are your baby's favourite foods?

Currently loves smoothies, olives and cheese but he likes to keep me on my toes with his preferences. He's particularly partial to an Indian.

When your baby's freaking out what do you find helps to calm them down?

Touch wood, it doesn't really happen now, but it is always breastfeeding that will calm him. The magic boob!


Does your baby have a favourite toy?

Hands down his wishbone trike.

What was your most recent baby or baby-related purchase and why did you buy it?

Noodoll hook for his towel. I love their brand.

What has been the most useful thing you've discovered?

White noise app; I've never known a child who sleeps as lightly as Stanley. The white noise app has a been a god-send when we've needed to mask general noise.

What is your baby’s mode of transport?

Quinny Buzz curious colours. It's stored indoors so is great for bouncing up the stairs with its inflated wheels and I love that it's all black. Goes with anything I'm wearing!

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

Go on an adult only holiday and do nothing. Things are about to get a whole lot busier and noisier. But in a great way.

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

Go with your instincts; you can read books and listen to friends but do what is right for you and your family. You'll never go far wrong.

Thank you so much for sharing, Fiona x

P.S. You can read more about Fiona and her wonderful home on Chalk Kids, HJEM and M-word Mag.

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