Jan 28

Share your nursery: Sharon & Ellis

by LifeLoveLaura on January 28, 2014

It’s “Share your nursery” day once again! This week we have another of Little T’s fab Twitter aunties, Sharon and her beautiful little fella Ellis. Take a look at this swish nursery, it’s fit for a prince!

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I’m Sharon, mummy to little E & wife of super-Dan. I’m a wannabe stay at home mum who has just gone back to work full time so am currently getting my head around this new life & desperately trying to find some balance. 

Being a mummy

Becoming a parent has been both the easiest and the hardest job for me (cliche klaxon!). We thought it would take us a while but were fortunate that it didn’t take too long at all. We thought we were clued up but we weren’t even close! Despite thinking we were prepared for anything we were pretty shellshocked by E’s arrival which was very traumatic to say the least. When I tell people about it (including my post birth post traumatic stress counsellor) they ask about post natal depression and how it affected bonding but thankfully I’ve never felt that this suffered. Somehow I avoided post natal depression (I say ‘somehow’ but quite frankly I reckon it was solely down to having an awesome husband). It’s just always felt natural and easy really. Of course there have been nights when he just never stopped crying (and some when we haven’t stopped crying either!) but thankfully these have been pretty rare. 

Has becoming a mummy changed you at all?

Parenting has taught me the importance of the role we have to bring up our children. I don’t have a good relationship with my parents & they didn’t ever really make me feel like they trusted me or had any kind of faith in me and my abilities. I watch programmes like ‘Wanted Down Under’ and get furious with the parents who use emotional blackmail to stop their kids from moving away. So selfish. I like to think that if E ever wanted to move to the other side of the world that this would be my response; “yes it will break my heart but what would break my heart even more is knowing that you haven’t followed your dreams. If it’s your dream to go then you get on that plane right now my boy & go live your life to the full. (And get a job that pays well enough for you to pay for my flights every six months!)”

The question on every new parents’ lips – how do you cope with the lack of sleep?

The first six weeks were the worst in terms of sleep but we didn’t really have it that bad. The hardest but was because it took me 12 weeks to really fully recover. I was definitely very poorly for the first 3-4weeks so lack of sleep was just one more thing to handle. We just got on with trying to establish a very clear day/night routine and regular 4 hour feeds as much as possible. That worked well for us and Ellis slept 7pm-7am (or thereabouts) from about 20 weeks.

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Where did you find the inspiration for Ellis’ nursery?

Our nursery decoration is largely inspired by not wanting to do too much when I was pregnant!! Our colour scheme stayed the same, we just added wall stickers on the main purple wall and around the changing table area. We knew E was a boy so were happy to stay with purple. I think it would have been the same if we had been having a girl to be honest! Our scheme is a little odd-we like to think of it as the crazy robot circus zoo theme. We’ll probably change it when E is a little older & can help decide but for now it works. I’m not a fan of pink/blue themes at all so his room was never going to be a pastel haven!

What is your favourite part of the nursery?

My favourite part is the feeding chair as its where I do E’s bedtime story and bottle before bed. We have some lovely cuddles there & it’s pretty comfy too. It was just a cheap Ikea seat but you can’t put a price on sleepy snuggles.

Which would you say are your most useful nursery items?

Three most useful items – fairly boring but true: 

1. Cot bed for obvious reasons. Ours was in sale in Babies’R'Us and will last four years. Bargain.

2. Fisher Price Seahorse.  Plays soothing music to E when he sleeps. I swear by this toy. It’s amazing.

3. Changing mat. We just got a cheap one from Mothercare and its great. Does the job and is easy to move if needed.

And I wouldn’t be without the following: 

1. A big bin for nappies – we use a recycling bin. Those buggers stink. We also use air freshening/odour eliminating things nearby to combat said stench. I know there are special ‘disposal systems’ but friends who have them don’t rate them so I’m glad we never bothered. 

2. Angelcare monitor. This has sound and movement sensor and I think it’s great.

3. Feeding chair. At the start you spend such a long time glued to that seat. It pays to get a comfy one!!

4. A speaker/ipod combo – we have a list on Spotify of songs by ‘Rockabye Baby’ they are lullaby versions of pop and rock anthems. When we’re done with reading a story and drinking our milk we have a little chill out hugging and listening to tunes. E seems to particularly like Coldplay, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. 

If you could have one dream nursery item, what would it be?

I’m not sure what my one dream item would be – now that E has decided he doesn’t want to stay still when doing nappy changes I would love a way to get him to stop getting up! I don’t think such a thing exists though!! We’ve definitely found sleeping bags are the best sleeping aid especially when it’s chilly so maybe a never ending supply of those!

Sharon, you have such a fab approach to parenting! Your Wanted Down Under comment made me chuckle. If E does go and takes you along, can I hide in your suitcase please? You can follow Sharon and Ellis’ adventures on Twitter at @MrsSWoodward.

If you would like to take part in “Share your nursery,” please get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.

Laura x

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MrsSWoodward January 28, 2014 at 10:34 am

Haha-daytime tv rage rant!!! ;-p

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