Sienna (8½ months)
I had a lot of support. My parents live up the road and my brothers and my husband’s mum live close too. My husband and I are both teachers so we had the big six-week holiday. It was really helpful to have an extra pair of hands. I was really lucky that Sienna was a good sleeper in those first few weeks. I was expecting to be up every two or three hours but she slept for five hours at a time. When she did have a bad sleep I found that it really helped to get out of the house. I’d try to go out every second day, whether it was just to get a coffee or to go to my parents’ house. The one thing that I struggled to find the time to do was exercise. I found it hard to get back into it. Now I’m back at work I’m still finding it hard to fit exercise in. My Food Bag has helped a lot for meals. Not having to think about what to cook each night, having that appear on the doorstep every Sunday and not having to go out and do the grocery shopping was a lifesaver. Those are the things you take for granted normally – you’re not able to pop up to the supermarket in those first few weeks – you’ve got to think about how she’s going to be, when she’s going to sleep, the whole routine – that took me a while to get used to.