Since July 2nd 2014, my life has completely changed. That was the day that my beautiful daughter made her grand entrance into the world and life has been full pelt ever since!
I always thought I'd be ok at coping with a baby - I'm the eldest of 4 sisters (2 of which are much younger), and have always had young cousins around, so although it's obviously very different when they're your own I was going into this parenting lark feeling good. Oh how I misjudged that one! I had avoided reading too many books, but just enough to get by, and tried to tune out some of the more over zealous advice we were given from friends and family - all the time reassuring myself that we'd tackle it in our own way. I still stand by that sentiment, it's just taken me a while to get there!
It's taken me some time, but everything has begun to fit in now. Finding our routine, getting comfortable with feeding, recognising her different cries and trying to take each new challenge with a relaxed outlook have all been big hurdles for me. As someone who is used to working in a corporate environment that although could be crazy and manic at times, it pales into insignificance when I put a newborn next to it - motherhood has been the hardest but most amazing job I've ever had.
BP (Before Polly) our evenings consistent of leisurely home cooked meals, DVD watching or catching up with the Sky+ box. Our weekends were always busy but we still went at our own pace. Everything we do now revolves around our little lady and I love it. Once I came to accept that what I was, what I did and how I did it was gone it was like a weight lifted. I didn't need to do everything in the same way still, I had a new and exciting way of being with my little family - it was time to get my arms around it and enjoy it.
I had to ask myself a pretty big question when I began to hit a bit of a wall - why am I trying to live in the past? The more I asked myself the question, the more I could move forward and get on with living my refreshed version of life - my new world!
So, it's over to you - if you've gone through a big life change but are still clinging on to the way you lived before ask yourself...why?