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Did you know that September is Colic Awareness Month? No, me neither. Only I do now obviously, as do you. To celebrate, if that’s the right word, I’m hosting a giveaway in association with Infacol. Infacol is Britain’s number one colic remedy and has been used by generations of parents to soothe trapped wind, colic and griping pain.* It can be used form birth onwards, it’s sugar, alcohol and colourant-free.
The prize bundle includes lots of treats for a new baby, including a sleep suit, some Infacol, Izzie the elephant cuddly toy and muslin cloth – head to the end of the post for details of how to enter.
I was worried that I wasn’t going to be a good mother. I was worried that someone would take our baby away from me. That they would look at me and wonder how I was ever even allowed to get pregnant. My mental health deteriorated so quickly during my pregnancy until I developed the ultimate imposter syndrome. Thank you for reminding me that I’m a good mother every day. On my worst days and my best days, you’re always there to remind me that I’m doing a good job. You’re always here to support me. Even when you’re away I know I can rely on you to make me feel better, whether that’s making me laugh, making me food or looking after the baby for a couple of hours after you get home from work while I just have some time to myself. I was so worried that I wasn’t going to be able to do it, but as long as you’re around I know that I can. I know we can do it together. Thank you for believing in me.
I was really worried about going to the hospital. I was worried that something would go wrong, that you wouldn’t be able to stay with me, that I would be in so much pain or my mental health would get even worse. I hated all of our hospital appointments, I hated leaving the house, but you encouraged me to go to them all without making me feel bad when I was able to face it. I wouldn’t have got through the pregnancy without you. When the big day came and I was induced, you kept really calm and everything went smoothly. You held my hand with every contraction and somehow they weren’t as painful with you there. We ended up having to stay at the hospital for a week which had been my biggest fear for the last six months because I hate being away from home and I hate hospitals even more. The first day that you left to go home was the worst, and by the time you came back our baby was in an incubator under blue lights and I had no idea when we were going to be able to go home. So thank you for helping me communicate how I felt to the midwives, thank you for staying with me as much as you could, for bringing me a sandwich and a coffee every morning from the cafe across the road and for turning my worst nightmare into some of the best memories I have with you and our baby, doing crosswords in the blue light of his little box and watching the sunrise and set through the huge open windows over the whole city.
Thank you for letting me know that it’s okay for him to cry sometimes, that I have to put myself first in order to be able to look after him. I’ve gone from taking him to the toilet with me in case he cried to being able to go downstairs and concentrate on making his bottle while he was desperate for it, knowing he would be okay when I got back up. It can be so hard hearing your baby cry when your emotions are all over the place, and when you don’t know how to make it stop you can feel like the worst parent in the world at three in the morning, which I have done regularly over these past eleven weeks. So thank you for letting me know that it’s okay for him to cry, that it’s okay that I can’t always read his mind and stop him from crying and that it’s okay for me to have a cry myself sometimes. Looking after him and myself is all about balance.
Thank you for encouraging me to be the best person and parent I can be. And for getting me a bubble tea every now and again.
Win a bundle of baby goodies
To enter my Infacol giveaway, for the chance to win a bundle of baby goodies, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your biggest worry was before your first baby was born. Was it the birth? The sleepless nights? Or maybe you were worried about your baby crying and not knowing how to soothe them?
Find out more about Infacol and how it helps babies with colic.
The competition closes at the end of Colic Awareness Month – 11.59pm on September 30th 2019. A winner will be chosen at random and contacted with seven days using the email address used in the comment. (This is private.)
*https://www.infacol.co.uk. Based on 2018 unit sales data.