Things I Have Learned in 2011

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As 2011 ends people tend to ponder how their year has been. Mind has been mostly about being a new mummy to a new baby. The year has flown by so quickly and has been filled with extreme highs and lows that seems to come part and parcel with becoming a new mum. These are some of the things that I’ve learned this year…

1. Boy Babies will wee all over you the minute you take their nappy off/take their nappy off.

2. You can be as meticulous as you like when bathing a baby and carefully prepare everything before you put the baby in the bath. As you take baby back out of the bath you will realise the towel is at the other side of the room.

3. How not to wean a baby.

4. The first few months with a newborn make you cry. A lot. At random things.

5. Being a new mum bring out the inner tigress in you. The saying should actually be “Hell hath no fury like a new mum scorned”.

6. Baby sick doesn’t bother you after your baby has thrown up on you for the 102747th time. If it doesn’t smell and the wipe gets it out then that is perfectly acceptable attire.

7. You can spend all evening admiring your little one and being amazed at how they can place one cup into another.

8. If you’re short, like me, it’s bloody hard to put a sleeping baby into the cot!

9. Planning two parties for a first birthday party is stressful. Men don’t seem to get *it* and will offer such helpful words of comfort such as “why do we need to have a party” and “I didn’t tell you to plan it, why are you taking it out on me”. A helium tank and balloons will get said man to come running to help like a little excited boy.

10. It’s not advisable to glare at the little Damian replica (straight from the Omen movies) at your child’s party. His mum is most likely watching you watching him.

11. Having a pull string piรฑata is no less violent than having one that you hit with a stick. Little people will still run around like mental lunatics.

12. Despite all the stress, during the moment of lighting the candle and singing the Birthday song, your precious boy has turned one, nothing else matters and people are genuinely happy for you. Bedlam recommences as soon as the candle is blown out.

13. Blogging has helped me capture a lot of baby memories and I love looking back over my baby posts.

Happy New Year everyone!!


  1. motherventing December 31, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    Uh, girl babies wee on you too, by the way. It’s amazing how far it reaches… ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

    Happy New Year to you and yours! Hope 2012 is a good’un

    • Notmyyearoff January 3, 2012 / 10:54 pm

      Happy New Year!! Xxx

  2. The Boy and Me (@TheBoyandMe) December 31, 2011 / 8:43 pm

    Happy New Year to you too! I’ve found this year to be so enjoyable because of the ability to record it through blogging.

    • Notmyyearoff January 3, 2012 / 10:54 pm

      Me too. I just wish I’d started it sooner but still love looking back through the memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. jenny Paulin December 31, 2011 / 9:28 pm

    happy new year to you too ๐Ÿ™‚
    this was a fab read and very true and made me smile. xx

  4. Mum2BabyInsomniac January 3, 2012 / 2:52 pm

    Ahhh happy new year! I can remember changing my younger brothers nappy and watching him wee up the wall (luckily not on me!), I didn’t miss that with Iyla! x

  5. michelletwinmum January 7, 2012 / 9:38 am

    Ohh this takes me back – you really made me laugh with the wiping sick of clothes and then wearing them one – yep remember that!

    Mich x

  6. iamburton January 7, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    I said it once and I will say it again, I thought this post was a great take on the looking back over the year theme , and really made me smile and nod my head in agreement x

  7. Jennypaulin @ mummy mishaps January 7, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    I said it once and I will say it again, I thought this post was a great take on the looking back over the year theme , and really made me smile and nod my head in agreement x

  8. Mummy Vs Work (@MummyVsWork) January 7, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    Happy New Year!

    I learnt the whole boy thing the hard way after having Ethan (on more than one occasion i would like to add!)

  9. Multiple Mummy January 7, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    Happy New Year! What a lovely reflection and so many i can relate to, especially the baby sick! x


  10. Rebecca January 7, 2012 / 11:44 pm

    Got a bit confused mid way through is I thought I’d read this before. Then I realised I read your post on putting babies into the cot. Definitely agree with number two – not just at bath time but in all aspects of life. It’s so true for getti ready to go out. You ink you have got everything ready then you realise they need a nappy change or you’ve lost your key.

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