Thursday, 16 April 2015

Mummy Time #36: Amy Mataczynski

Sweet Amy filled in for me this week at the last minute yesterday and I'm so grateful that she did. Mummy Time posts are one of the disorganised chaos' I was referring to when I wrote this post on Instagram the other day. Sometimes I have a 'waiting list' for weeks and weeks, other times I literally have no one as I've either not asked anyone if they'd like to feature or no one has come forward (...or I've forgotten that someone said they wanted to feature - which I have just totally remembered at 11.30pm on a Wednesday night. If this is you, I'm so sorry, I'll be in touch.) So, this week I'd finally got to the last person on my waiting list before realising I'd not given them enough time to do x, y and z. Totally my fault. But soon I'll be featuring two mamas who are, together, raising IVF twin boys! I also need to sort out this waiting list thing. Perhaps I should be doing Mummy Time more often than once a week. Let me know what you think. Would you want to see it more often?

Ramble over... back to Amy! Amy is a wonderful brand new mama and contributor to the super-brand-new-but-totally-killin'-it, Crafted Sisterhood blog/community which was co-founded by Carrie who featured here last week. Phew! I hope you enjoy her post!
Mummy:

Who are you?
I'm Amy, 27 years young from Berkshire, currently living in Michigan USA for a few more months with my lovely husband & 10 week old daughter, Emilia Harper.

What do you do for a living?
I'm a stay at home mum, spending my days entertaining E with songs, terrible dancing and lots of snuggles. 

How long are you planning to take for maternity leave?
With my previous position, I hadn't been there long enough to qualify for maternity leave. In the states you have to be in a position for over a year and I was a month shy of that. I decided to leave a month before my due date to relax and rest and make the most of being a beached whale! We are moving back to the UK next year, and my Mum has offered to look after baby whilst we go to work which is amazing, but to be honest, I'm dreading not spending my days with her. It's going to be difficult!

How are you?
I'm feeling good! Really good! I'm falling asleep at 9pm and I'm constantly covered in dribble and baby sick but I've never been so happy. Some days are more tiring than most, especially if she wakes up at 5am and won't settle! Usually when my husband gets home he takes Emilia and I have a nice long shower and treat myself to a face mask & catch up on reading some blogs. A cuppa and some biccies usually help me wind down after a long day too! I've been know to destroy a whole pack of rich tea's in two hours-do not mess with my biscuit munching capabilities!

Baby:

What does Emilia eat?
She has breast milk for the most part. We have started having to supplement with a bottle of formula a day to ensure she is getting enough & her weight is on track.

Does Emilia have a nap/ sleep routine?
Our nightly routine consists of a feeding around 11pm, white noise and a swaddle and she falls right to sleep until 7/8am the next day! She usually cat naps for no more than 30 minutes during the day now.

How do you keep Emilia entertained?
We spend a lot of time talking to her, having "conversations" with her when she starts to coo and gurgle. She has a Lamaze dolly which has lots of bright colours and sounds which she is besotted with and she loves when my husband starts to play bizarre songs on his phone (Eg; songs about spaghetti bolognese!) She loves when we make funny noises & faces too! 


What do you do when you have time to yourself?
I usually have a cup of tea or coffee, read or FaceTime my mum for a natter! 

How does a typical day go?
We usually wake up around 7-8am and I bring her in to bed with us to nurse. I  change her and we get ready for the day. Depending on what we get up to, we might be at home and I will get bottles sterilised, clean the house & keep her entertained until daddy comes home and joins the party. We may go and do some shopping or visit family and friends. I usually prefer the lazy days at home where we are all together, going out can sometimes be stressful if you forget things or have to breast feed in an uncomfortable place! 

Preganancy & Labour: 

How was your pregnancy?
My pregnancy for the most part was lovely. I had morning sickness for a good few months which returned in the last few weeks. I had SPD (Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction, also known as Pelvic Girdle Pain, PGP) which I found subsided with the use of a maternity belt. I loved seeing her kick & watching my belly grow week by week! I was incredibly uncomfortable in the last month of pregnancy and I don't think I got my fat bum out of bed much!

Read Amy's inspiring birth story here
Holiday:

Have you taken Emilia on any holidays or away from home?
At 9 weeks we bought Emilia over to the UK on a 2 hour flight layover, then a straight through flight to London which took 6 hours. It went fantastic! She slept the majority of both flights (possibly due to the whitenoise-I feel like I owe white noise my sanity at this point!) the jetlag messed with her sleeping schedule which made her a bit miserable for the first 4 days, but she soon adapted to the new routine. (Plus we had nanna and grandpa to help out!) 

What were your baby holiday essentials?
Lots of spare clothes for flying-due to poo explosions! And nappy bags. LOTS OF NAPPY BAGS.

Was your baby's routine affected by being on holiday?
We bought a breast milk powder for supplementing when we got here which she has been taking really well. Thankfully my parents have been helping to settle her in the early hours when we were suffering with jet lag. They really helped establish a new routine whilst we are here for bath and bedtime. She was a little bit grumpy for the first 4 days which we put down to jet lag and change of environment. But she has been extremely happy being here and enjoys the long walks along the river! 


Paraphernalia:

Does Emilia have a favourite toy?
She adores her Lamaze dolly and a Jellycat bunny that her Grandpa bought her for Easter. Right now she seems more interested in blowing raspberries or discovering her hands. 

What was your most recent baby or baby-related purchase and why did you buy it?
A formula dispenser for on the go from Mothercare. It's great for storing the amount you need safely and securely when you're out and about! 

What has been the most useful thing you've discovered?
My friend Jo had told me about the Wonder Weeks app. So when Emilia is a bit cranky and "off" I check the app and sure enough she's going through a growth spurt. It's great for letting you know when they happen, what baby might need and how baby might be feeling. 

What is your Emilia’s mode of transport?
We have a Graco click connect travel system in Gotham which is great for going out and about. We also use a Sakura Bloom wrap that a beautiful friend gave to use which seems to help her get to sleep when on the move! 

Oh hi @nickylilley! <3

What are your absolute essentials when you go out?
Nappies, burp cloths, brightly coloured toys and wipes. And a spare blanket! 

Where are your favourite places to shop for baby clothes?
I absolutely love Zara mini, H&M and Carters. F&F have some beautiful pieces too, and Next are great for thick, soft onesies. 

Advice:

What do you wish you’d known before you had a baby?
Your boobs will shoot milk out. And it will go all over babies face and quite possibly up their nose! And that drinking 3 litres of water and lying flat on your back for 2 days would get rid of an awful spinal headache! 

What's the best advice or most useful tip that anyone's given you about parenting?
Don't go crazy buying lots of outfits. They may look cute but they will wear them once and be in babygrows the majority of the time. (Needless to say I hadn't listened and I have piles of tiny little outfits she hasn't ever worn!) 

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

White noise is a LIFESAVER. And don't be too hard on yourself. If you make a mistake you can always learn from it! 

Thank you for sharing, Amy!

You can find Amy on IG @_littlebones_ and keep an eye on the Crafted Sisterhood blog for her updates, or just in general because it's awesome and highly addictive and I have a feeling it'll be BIG.
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