Baby List

baby list

This baby list has done its rounds over the last 8 years.  May help for baby shower ideas too!

  1. Note pad to write what the baby does and when you feed etc
  2. Baby bag
  3. Fess (for baby’s nose)
  4. Shampoo Gaia or Mustela brand
  5. Body wash Gaia or Mustela brand
  6. Mother pads for sore nipples called Multi mum
  7. Gel for nipples in a purple tub
  8. Pads for mummy
  9. Moisturiser or oil Mustela brand
  10. Shampoo and body wash for mummy (stock up I used Loccitane)
  11. Pads for breasts disposable
  12. Scissors- nail clippers
  13. Cotton wool to wash face
  14. Hair brush
  15. Dummy
  16. Packet of bottles I used Medela brand
  17. Sterilisor Medela brand
  18. Express machine Medela brand
  19. Milk bags for freezer when you express milk Medela brand
  20. Baby book- contented baby by Gina ford
  21. Baby book- baby love by robin barker
  22. Baby panadol
  23. Bag of nappies
  24. Scented baby bags to dispose nappy in
  25. Face towels or cotton nappies for wiping face and bum
  26. Sudocream – baby bum cream
  27. Berpanthum – baby bum cream
  28. Thermometer- brother max brand
  29. Monitor – angelcare
  30. Temperature egg for baby room- groegg
  31. Sleeping bag for 6 months + – grobag
  32. Good wraps for first 3-6 months -mum2mum are good
  33. Singlets
  34. All in ones 0-3 months
  35. Socks
  36. Mittens
  37. Caps/beenie
  38. Blankets at least 4-6 I keep a couple in the car always
  39. Bath for when too little to sit up
  40. Mattress protector
  41. Mattress linen
  42. Mobile for cot that sings
  43. Pram
  44. High chair
  45. Stroller for when they get older- Mclaren
  46. Bassinet for your bedroom
  47. Cot
  48. Bookshelf
  49. Toy box
  50. Toy bags to get toys nice and tidy in living area
  51. Change table
  52. Bank account
  53. Email address
  54. First 5 years keep safe box
  55. Picture frames
  56. Private school enrollment forms
  57. MCC application form

Coming back to work from maternity leave

Having studied at uni for 9 long years straight that included an undergraduate  and then a masters, there was no way I was going to stop my career for anything let alone a baby!  I was far too important to stop, and at the time was not prepared to listen to anyone who was telling me otherwise.

At 32 when I fell pregnant with my first child not only did I hide the fact I was pregnant until I couldn’t any longer, but I told my boss I would be back at work within 6 months, due to fear I brought upon myself that I would fail at and stall my career if I took any more time off.

It wasn’t until I had my first baby James (June 2011) that I realised how disillusioned I really was, and what a gift it was to not only have a child but be able to care for them with 100% devotion at least the first year, and how work just stays the same and the only thing that really changes is you, and for the better.

So, I thought I would share a few things for those of you are worried about your work and your job, to reassure you, that if you are not allowed this time away, you are probably not working for the right organisation anyway, or its most likely in your “head” which is surely was for me.  I can assure you that whilst daunting there is light at the end of the tunnel, and not only will you have the time away that you deserve,  you will change as a person, for the better.

PS I did end up going back to work, not full-time, part-time after 6 months, as I suffered a little bit of FOMO, and I felt I was losing a lit bit of sense of my self.  Everyone’s different, the key thing is that the choice and decision is yours, no one else.

Here are a few things about me that changed.

  1. Whilst I was tired (very) at the beginning, I adjusted and learnt to work on empty and in fact I was more alert and “on” than ever.  I got shit done quicker, because I wanted to get home to my baby.
  2. I started sleeping a lot earlier, as soon as baby was down, I was pretty much down too, which made me a morning person and I started to get more done in the morning than at night.  That has continued, sort of!
  3. I say no to more things, or manage my time better – helps to set expectations.  As  a result of this, people / my boss etc actually give me more work to do, as they know I will get it done, but in a time frame that is achievable and manageable, by me.
  4. My patience and tolerance for late people, colleagues and clients, is a million miles higher, which makes me much nicer and more accepting to be around.
  5. I now take a very keen interest in my colleagues, staff and peers, their home life and kids, developing stronger personal relationships at work.
  6. I appreciate my job and the people I work with, including their differences, things I would usually hate etc.
  7. I am far more organised and structured at work and at home, keep a calendar for home (paper) and my diary through Outlook for work, without them both I am lost.

One thing I am still working on and continue to struggle with but am getting so much better, is when I am home, being at home, 100% on the kids, husband etc.  At the beginning I used to try send emails, take calls whilst being at home.  I have many war stories of locking the kids in the house (where I could still see them) so I could take a work call.  I even remember doing a radio interview once and I could see them both at the window bawling their eyes out 😦  This does not work for you, your work or your kids.  So, when I am at home, I must remember to be at home.

Welcome to the Journey of The Corporate Mum

Hello! My name is Petra and I am so glad you have come to visit. I hope you enjoy the stories, juggles, ups, downs and learnings of my journey of motherhood and working full time in the corporate world to date. I often get asked what it is like to come back to work by first time mums and how I juggle the two and appear to have so much balance (not!!!) so hopefully we can all learn and grow from what we experience from here. My love for work, family, children, fashion, good health and wellness will be the focus of what I share. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any question that you would like me to answer or a topic you would like me to cover. I hope you enjoy the ride just as might as I have and do!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton