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Two mornings of calm

Last week I found a childminder for Oliver and it’s one of the best things I’ve done this year! I can’t believe it took me so long to get round to this. You may remember my post last September about Multi Tasking and how I felt I was failing miserably at it but that I should give myself an emotional break. Well naturally that was far easier said than done.

Wind the clock forward eight months and with Ollie napping less, crawling everywhere and very clingy and I felt I was at breaking point. I simply had to make some time for Milk & Mummy and on the flip side I knew he would enjoy spending more time with other children and I’d have more patience for him when he returned, after a satisfying morning with my laptop. We couldn’t afford another nursery place so a child minder was the only option.


It’s just for two mornings but it gives me two mornings of calm in an otherwise hectic week. He sleeps when he comes home in the afternoon, and as these are Elsa’s nursery days I have nearly two whole days to myself. Such a treat! I get on with things that I need to do. My schedule is my own. For those few hours I am in control of my life again. I can think straight. I can plan. I can make phone calls. I can write blog posts. I can do my budgets. This is what working from home is supposed to be like. It’s like I’ve had an epiphany!

So could this be the start of a new more balanced life for me? Humm, maybe I shouldn’t get too comfortable just yet. I have another niggling worry now…

Oliver has only done three sessions and already the poor child minder is saying she’s rather “frazzled”. I have to say I’m far more worried about how she will cope rather than Oliver, especially as he’s not the only one she looks after. He clung to her for most of the morning and when you’re talking about 15kg of baby, that’s no easy task! I want her to be happy looking after him just as much as I want him to be happy there.

Would I ever be a handful?

Would I ever be a handful?

So I left this morning saying it’s early days but letting her know we could “tweak” the hours and “see how it goes”.

My biggest worry is that having seen the light of having child care for Ol, I’m really not sure how I’ll go back to the way things were. Fingers crossed I don’t have to. But for now he’s asleep, there’s an air of calm about the house and I’m looking forward to doing my monthly accounts. I’m not joking!

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My name is Emma and I have three (!) wonderful babies. The oldest is my daughter Elsa, born in 2011 the second is “Milk & Mummy” my online boutique selling beautiful breastfeeding clothes and launched in 2012, and the youngest is my son Oliver, born in August 2014. All three exhaust me, excite me and make me proud on a daily basis and naturally all vie for my attention! But of course I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Milk & Mummy sells stylish nursing clothes including nursing tops and nursing dresses. We have everything from casual breastfeeding tops for a day at home to glamorous breastfeeding dresses for weddings. Many of our nursing dresses are also maternity dresses and we also sell beautiful breastfeeding covers and cute baby dribble bibs.

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