Christmas as a new mum – have yourself a hyper-hormonal christmas

December 23, 2014

Christmas as a new mum – what’s it really like?

Christmas as a new mum - what's it really like? Make sure you read this post about being super hormonal over the holiday period

Christmas; it’s a heightened time of all the emotions, isn’t it? Even more so when you’re a new parent and are stirring the added extras of post-birth hormones and being completely knackered into the Yuletide mix, viewing everything through the twinkly haze of sleep deprivation. It becomes less about fighting off the festive hangover, and all about the children instead.

So what’s it going to be like this time round, two months into babydom? Here’s the (my) emotional realities of Christmas with a newborn:

* You have something in your eye and a sob in your chest the whole time. Most things make you teeter on the brink of tearing up. Carols. Songs. Memories. Cheesy Christmas TV. The joy on children’s faces *sniff*.

* (And you’re secretly quite glad the toddler is not in a nativity play this year, otherwise you’d be the one full-on sobbing at the front).

* You start to panic that three festive babygros, two red dresses and a reindeer suit for the baby to wear on Christmas Day isn’t nearly enough. Anyone know where we can score a last minute newborn pudding outfit? Anyone…?

* Normally shy away from anything sentimental? Oh wait, is that a bauble you can have your child’s face printed on? I’ll take two please.

* Tis the season to be…irrationally ragey. Supermarket tried to deliver you a frozen turkey? Someone’s hand is hovering over the last green triangle in the giant tin of Quality Street? Everyone getting in the way at the shops? Tread carefully, people.

* In a bid to make everything picture- perfect, you overdose on an unhealthy helping of Pinterest. Christmas crafting with children is a brilliant idea to create something wonderful and magical you can treasure forever. The reality is a bit more wonky, and fractious. And you’ll be finding glitter everywhere for weeks.

* Your previously rational approach to present buying crumbles when you’re let finally loose in the shops, last minute, on your first child-free half hour in weeks. And then come to shortly after, clutching your red hot credit card and loads of bags.

* Children singing? *Sob*.

Christmas as a new mum; it’s been emotional x.

Make sure you read these posts on everything you’ll obsess about in the first year and what they don’t tell you in NCT


  • charlotte

    December 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Loved reading this it made me laugh! This was my last Christmas to myself this year and that made me emotional. But all sounds fun with a new born on christmas!

    1. gillian

      January 3, 2015 at 12:54 am

      It is so much fun, honestly! It really does bring the magic back, as cheesy as that sounds. Hope you had a lovely Christmas! When are you due? x

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