Friday, 5 April 2013

A failed challenge...

Hi everyone,

I've been away from my blog for a while because I'm so busy with baby Daisy and I'm so tired. She doesn't sleep very well and we've been trying to work out why. Daisy was born early with a dinky birthweight. We were told that her little tummy was smaller than a marble at birth and it doesn't seem to have grown much more now! She can only tolerate 4oz milk and she is 7 months old. She is on solids, but prefers to be fed little and often. We have established a routine and the solids have increased, but she just can't take a larger feed before bed. She is lactose intolerant and has Wysoy milk so I can't even give her the milk designed for hungry babies without the liquid volume. All day I am planning ahead to the next meal. It is time consuming, but she is growing! She has just gone into 3-6 months clothing and she was 7 months old last Monday. She will probably always be petite, but very cute with it!!!

We've only just bought her cot for her because she has only just outgrown her moses basket. She twists and turns in her cot all night long, so we've had to do away with the blankets and buy her a sleeping bag. I don't like them, but she will turn her head right round so she ends up upside down and I'm worried she will get her head under the blanket. She kicks about in the sleeping bag because she has always hated having covers or bulky clothing (she's not a huge fan of wearing tights) and feels restricted. Eventually she will settle with her lullaby light show, but will wake again several times during the night. Maybe she's just gonna be a baby who doesn't sleep well???

She rolled over for the first time yesterday (very late but she hates being on her tummy) and she can sit up in her pram. She is happy and bubbly and knows exactly what she wants. She has brought so much joy to our lives (it's just a shame her mummy can't share our enthusiasm), but I am 42 and not 19 like I was when I had my first baby and it is hard to keep on top of the housework etc. We now care for her full-time and her mummy visits from time to time. I have no time for the hobbies I had started to enjoy and I rarely bake a cake now. If I wasn't so tired all the time I could probably do better!

I have managed to throw a few bits and bobs out and I have sold a book on ebay. I intend to start sending stuff off to the charity shop (which my daughter will kindly do for me in her lunch hour). Less clutter will help with the tidying and cleaning.

45.   Cookery book sold on ebay.

So I failed my challenge for 100 items by Easter (not quite half way yet) but life took over as usual and I can continue without setting myself unrealistic goals. So my new challenge is to get to 100 whenever!

As fast as I declutter, I am buying new stuff for Daisy! So I am looking at it that everything in my house has to be useful and serve a purpose and that's how I will declutter from now on - where I only need one thing, the others can go. I have had my own home since I was 18 and have collected a lot of things over the years that are not needed anymore. Yes, our house has been overtaken by baby stuff, but it's stuff she needs and uses, so that's not the issue here. If things that I thought would come in handy have not as yet, then maybe it's time for them to go. I keep hold of stuff just-in-case. What I actually want is a clean and tidy managable home - simple!

From now on, I will continue to chart my decluttering success, but I intend on focussing on which areas of my home I have sorted once and for all. I'd better make a start! Charlotte - if you are reading this, you'll have to remind me that I have to actually get on with it now :)

A new beginning ...

Mandy x


  1. Baby steps! We'll get there! Love you!

    1. Maybe in the next 10 years! Love you too xxx