Six months has flown by but it feels like no time since Sofia joined our family. It's two o'clock in the morning and our double bed is full to the brim with bodies. All of them sleeping... except me so I thought I'd write this!
Stuart my husband snoring away blissfully unaware that our toddler is now sandwiched between us in a diagonal position because he woke up with "back teeth sore" and I'm mastering some balancing skills to breastfeed Sofia and not fall out of bed at the same time. The transition from going from one child to two is very different from going from none to one. Mainly because you have still not caught up on sleep from the first time round!
Being a mum of two is a complete juggling act. Once you stop putting pressure on yourself to be Wonder Woman it really is an amazing job.
Watching Jonah and Sofia together is just the most magical thing. They completely adore each other. No one can make Sofia laugh like Jonah can.
When both babies are sleeping I place Sofia back in her crib. This is where it's often difficult to get back to sleep before the next mini human alarm clock requires a feed, a cuddle or a nappy change.
As I try to get back to sleep I pull on my breathing techniques I used during pregnancy and birth. The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 relax technique works so quickly as I'm so used to it. Before I know it I'm sleeping quickly enjoying my next instalment of sleep.
The Wise Hippo Birthing Programme really does teach tools for life.
The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 technique is my sleep solace. Any time I want to feel more calm, in my mind or my body, I use this.
For road rage, for busy supermarkets, when I often burn the dinner, when the toddler decides to decorate the bathroom with toilet roll... this is what makes me stop and regroup and remain calm, relaxed and in control.
I was always a worrier growing up. My dad used to say if I wasn't worrying about something, I'd be worried about why I wasn't worried. I can honestly say since I started my Born This Way, I'm not that person. I take things much more in my stride and have the tools and techniques to get me through these crazy, hectic, sleep deprived days.
These days won't last forever, my babies are growing too fast and I want to cherish every second I have with them as they amaze me every day. So for me my tools are essential. As well as regular cups of tea, chocolate, good friends (who are in the same boat) to drag you through the frazzled days. And a big elbow for when the husbands snoring just gets a little bit too loud!