Discovering My Baby Way

Parenthood is massive isn’t it? From the day you decide that you want to have children or, for some, from the moment that test turns positive, it takes up so much of your life. It becomes your life. I have been a Mum since conceiving our first baby, Teddy, in 2014. I started my blog then to document everything on this journey of motherhood and also as a way to vent off the never ending, all encompassing thoughts that have gone with it.

So many thoughts. So many experiences and feelings. It is a subject of varying opinions and approaches. A topic of overwhelming proportion. The sheer expanse of it, the fact it is forever and the responsibility of it all is unlike any other journey life can bring.

You can sometimes feel alone. Like you are the only one feeling what you are feeling. And then comes the comparisons. There are thousands of baby books lining the shelves, hundreds of blog posts detailing experiences and perspectives, not to mention the real life conversations with fellow parents, both old and new, all documenting how you should parent, how you can parent… it leaves the mind reeling sometimes!

When the people at My Baby Way contacted me, I was in the throes of adjusting to life with two little ones. I was trudging through the depths of PND and feeling very lonely. They sent me a link to their Facebook Page and, during a particularly lengthy night feed where I needed something to focus on in order to ward off slumber, I clicked on and discovered a whole host of helpful and informative videos.

My Baby Way is a web series, focusing on parents just like ourselves, documenting their journeys and addressing a whole range of thoughts, feelings and experiences that happen along the way. They capture the essence of what it is like to learn to be a parent. And it is so interesting and relatable, I have found myself binge watching them on a regular basis!

Take breastfeeding for example. There’s a couple, Ali and Joe, who I really found myself associating my own experiences with, and in one of the episodes, Ali describes what it is like to feel like life is just one non-stop breastfeeding session. Seeing this fellow mother, tired and hair scraped back with that all too familiar look, of ‘Wow, this is exhausting’ plastered all over her face, was such a comfort to me! “THERE!” I said to myself, “There, right there is exactly how I am feeling. And looking! Thank God I’m not the only one.”

New Mother Ali talks about her experiences with breastfeeding…

Of course, you know when you’re in it that you aren’t the only one. You know someone out there is feeling it too. But actually seeing that person. It just made all the difference. Validation that you are not alone on the island. Your very own Wilson! (Brownie points for getting that reference!).

Getting a social life back was another episode’s topic with these two. That feeling that you are getting your life back, finding time to see people and piece in socialising around having a new baby. Ali, and her other half Joe, speak about the benefits of having fellow parents to socialise with and address how it helps maintain your sanity. Which it does. No one benefits from being in at home all day. As Ali says, ‘If you’re out then you look forward to getting home. If you’re home all day you’re just there and itching to get out.’

I could go on forever about episodes that I found interesting! We have recently been co-sleeping with Baby George, a whole new concept for us that we are still umming and ahhing about a lot in relation to whether or not it shall be a long term thing. A sweet couple, Erica and Nicholas, speak about their choice not to co-sleep with their little one in one episode and, hearing their fears about suffocation and creating a baby who becomes too attached, it made me realise that there are still a lot of doubts in my mind and that these were all perspectives and fears that I am still contemplating myself. It was nice to compare our views on things like this, not out of judgement or competition, but genuinely out of a mutual concern for what is the right thing to do for baby and ourselves.

Sweet couple, Erica and Nicholas, were so easy to relate to and got me thinking about the effects of co sleeping…

Like I say, there are a whole load of videos and couples to watch and take interest in. Not to mention a lot of cuteness wrapped up in their little bundles of pride and joy to coo over. I have been binge watching the episodes during nap times, snack times, meal times… on the loo… Anywhere and anytime I have had a spare minute, I have tuned in to see more from what they all have to share. Especially on the days where I am run ragged and feeling like everyone else has got ‘it’ together… whatever ‘it’ actually is?!

All these little snippets showing thoughts and feelings that are SO akin to my own have just been heart warmingly reassuring and unbelievably comforting. A web series forum that encourages us all to find our own Baby Way, and that’s passionate about sharing and encouraging the stories of people whom are transitioning into parenthood, without any dictation, finger-pointing and judgement. Hurrah! That’s what I say!

 

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Comments

  1. September 13, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    There’s so much judgement surround new mothers and it’s so wrong! We all do what’s best for our family and that’s the way it should be! Xx

    • mebeingmummy
      September 21, 2017 / 2:01 am

      Exactly! And it is best to support one another, not sit and judge. xxx

  2. September 14, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Oh yes so good to feel a part of a community when you are in a low place. It’s hard to get out of the house some days with a baby so it’s great there’s this series to watch. Loved the Wilson reference 😂⚽ good post well done.

    • mebeingmummy
      September 21, 2017 / 2:02 am

      Haha! Thank you, I love the film Cast Away and it seemed so apt! It’s just nice to know you aren’t alone in it. Especially when sitting in the house feeling helpless. xxx

  3. September 14, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Oh wow, this sounds like an amazing resource. Parenting is tough and anything that makes you feel less alone is a good thing. Xx

    • mebeingmummy
      September 21, 2017 / 2:05 am

      Thats so true. The series is such a great help! xxx

  4. September 14, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Anything that can help parents feel less alone is great in my book. Thank you for sharing with us on #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    • mebeingmummy
      September 21, 2017 / 2:06 am

      You’re very welcome. Anything to help fellow Mums and Dads feel less alone and more understood. My Baby Way is amazing for that! xxx

  5. September 14, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    This looks like the kind of thing I REALLY could have found useful five years ago when everything was so new and daunting. Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub – great to have you on board!

    • mebeingmummy
      September 21, 2017 / 2:07 am

      Thank you! Those early days are so daunting aren’t they?! xxx

  6. September 17, 2017 / 5:22 am

    loved this post Lucy and the whole idea behind my baby way, I just subscribed to their youtube channel and can’t wait to binge watch their videos because I can really relate being a first time mum myself.

    • mebeingmummy
      September 21, 2017 / 2:10 am

      That is fantastic news!! Aww, am so pleased you can find them helpful and reassuring too. Enjoy! xxx

  7. September 19, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    I’ve not heard of my baby way, it’s so true though that sometimes you feel like the only one going through it but I suppose having stuff like this is beneficial knowing there is someone out there going through it too. I swore by my bf group when my little was tiny because it helped me and the new mums know we weren’t alone!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    • mebeingmummy
      September 21, 2017 / 2:17 am

      Exactly. I think it is so important to have a support network… in any form… so that you don’t feel alone or overwhelmed by it all. One of the key reasons people suffer PND is due to lack of support. This series is so great for fighting against that! xxx

  8. September 21, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of this but it sounds great. I remember being obsessed with one born every minute when we were trying for our second and whilst I was pregnant and I can see this being a similar thing but for the next stage. Thank you for linking up with #FamilyFunLinky x

    • mebeingmummy
      October 13, 2017 / 12:51 am

      Yes! It is very similar in that it gives you an insight into a couple’s experiences and then through seeing their ways of coping and processing things, you do feel really supported and less alone. It’s great! xxx

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