I am back (!) and Amélie is almost eight months old! Crazy, je sais! It’s been a very long time – sorry about that, but there have been some changes and my weeks are always pretty full with la petite.
- Mondays Amélie and I go to the Baby Cinema “Electric Scream” in Notting Hill. I think every new mom in West-London goes there with her baby. We love it!
- Tuesdays I have physiotherapy and the nanny takes care of Amélie whilst I’m gone.
- Wednesdays we have “Baby Sensory” classes
- Thursdays I often meet up with my „Mum Friends“, which are amazing and so much fun!
- Friday is cleaning and food prepping day
- Weekends we do something as a family
I actually really enjoy cooking for Amélie and prefer the home made version to the pouches you can buy, BUT they are really handy and I have some at home for just in case.
Here we made a little weekend trip to Cambridge, beautiful little town. You should visit it, only like an hour away from London on the train. Very easy to get to.
Listen, my life has changed so much… I honestly use the hours in the day way better then before, thanks to Amélie. She is better than an alarm clock: rings every morning at the same time, but hasn’t got a snooze button. That’s how you never oversleep. Perfect, right!?
However, some of you wanted to know more about the postnatal physiotherapy I’m doing and how I found a Nanny. I am not a professional in both areas and can only tell you about my personal experiences. That is why it is important that you get advice from specialists in the respective fields.
Did you know that after the whole pregnancy, the whole inside of your body basically needs to run through an update program? Think I was the only one that somehow missed that whole chapter in antenatal class. Sure, the organs all shift to make room for the baba, but I thought it would just all kinda slip back in to place. Sorry, might be too graphical. But I didn’t know, that depending on how traumatic birth was, a lot more has to be, let’s call it, „looked after“. That’s so enormously important!
I had several physical complaints after giving birth, not only because of the emergency placenta operation I had and they all individually had to be approached differently. I guess that makes sense, but I always thought, that after birth your body somehow miraculously just kinda „bounces“ back.
Oh yes, remember those words „ bounce back“? Doesn’t that ring a bell? So many said „aw, you will be fine, your body will just bounce back in no time“. Ha, well my body wasn’t bouncing anywhere and defiantly not back. If yours did, you’re very lucky. Anyhow…
The struggle is real during my Physiotherapy. Never knew that my body could become so stiff.
Stretching sideways still really burns!
… I recommend you all should seek advice. I mean, if you hurt your knee and it pinches and pulls with every step, you don’t just ignore it. No, you go to physiotherapy to strengthen your knee, so that you can eventually make use of it again properly one day.
The same applies to your organs after birth. You have just made a baby, let the abdominal wall grow back together and the uterus take its old place again. Give it a little attention and time. Some TLC.
I am still having to go to physiotherapy and have just started with Pilates. It’s been taking a few months, but I slowly feel better and better, step by step.
Oh, the nanny topic is a “never ending story… nana na, nana na, nana naaa” – you know the song.
For a long time, I wasn’t really okay with the idea of leaving a stranger alone with my child. Guess that’s normal. I spoke about it with friends. Spoke about qualifications, got references and so on. No one met my expectations.
Then, unexpectedly and suddenly, through a friend here in London who is also a presenter, I got in touch and met their Nanny and she is great. We got along right away and had the same ideas about what a “nanny day” should look like. She even sent me all the necessary papers and information about herself without asking, which impressed me very much.
She is punctual, polite, has the same values, is loving, has more than 12 years of experience, is a mother herself and the most important thing besides her qualification is: Amélie gave her a massive smile the first time she met her and THAT immediately put my mind at ease.
Nevertheless, Amélie still has to get used to being alone with someone who isn’t mom or dad. The whole Nanny situation only works for two hours at a time, the other hours I have to be within reach. Or it’s “Grosi” (Swiss for grandma), which flies over from Zurich, to take care of baba. But it is getting better slowly but surely.
Actually, one of my mum friends shared some useful advice out of a book she read. It says, that it is quite normal for the child to suffer from separation anxiety sooner or later. If the caregiver, usually the mom, just leaves the room, the baby is afraid to be without mom and doesn’t know if mom will ever come back. She doesn’t know what is about to happen. So the baby just starts to cry until mom comes back.
It’s absolutely normal and the book “Baby-led Parenting” describes it beautifully. That’s why you just have to give your baby the time it needs to get used to others.
But back to the topic Nanny: yes, of course… you have to do background checks, but it’s also about your gut feeling and the reaction of your baby. If this and the collected information convinces you, go for it. Give it a try.
Well guys, one last thing…
… I will be putting up interviews with mums, nannies and experts in the future. So let me know, if you have any questions about a certain topic.
Until then, I hope that my short update has made you smile a little bit or even helped you gather more information about possible post natal problems. Or even just not make you feel alone, we got this!
Until then… stay “amazing”, my Amélie is. xxx