Preparing for the Most Important Meeting of your Life

Preparing for the Most Important Meeting of your Life

In a person's career they can think back to defining moments that helped to set the course for the rest of their working lives; whether it was attending a conference, being introduced to someone, giving a keynote speech. There are moments of significance that act as stepping stones to propel us onto our next "big thing". They say "fail to prepare, you prepare to fail" and so often in business we go above and beyond in preparation for those key moments. Why then did I fail to prepare for my most important meeting of all? Meeting my baby.  

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Take Time to Reflect

Take Time to Reflect

They say that children grow up fast or you might have heard parents say "it only feels like yesterday they were that small" or "enjoy them now because they don't stay little forever" and I am discovering it is so true!  Time is whizzing away from me. My daughter is coming up to 4 months, I am a third of the way through my maternity leave and it just feels like yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital. My still,quiet bundle is now strong, smiling, noisy and teething! 

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Parents Aren't Afraid of Giving Referrals

Parents Aren't Afraid of Giving Referrals

Asking for recommendations, gaining referrals and networking are elements in business which some people can struggle with. So much so, that SNH developed sessions to tackle the issues and help people to reach out to their professional network and others. 

The same emotional restrictions do not occur though when people hear you are about to become a mother. People are very quick to give advice, recommend what worked for them and refer you to a mountain of businesses that offer good baby related services. 

Why then do we find work related referrals so difficult?

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Breastfeeding Sucks!

Breastfeeding Sucks!

Breastfeeding I was not prepared for! When I was pregnant I had read up on labour, done the NCT classes and religiously checked on the different stages of the baby's growth. I was well informed and mentally prepared for labour and what was to come. My pregnancy was text book; straight forward and no complications. My body was performing daily miracles and doing what it was meant to do and so I knew when the time came, my natural instincts would take over and I didn't need to worry about labour. I didn't however think much about breastfeeding because again I thought my body would take over and do what it was designed to do. 

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£1278.85 needed if you are having a baby

£1278.85 needed if you are having a baby

When you discover you are pregnant there is a mixture of emotions you feel in a brief moment; happy, excited, nervous, apprehensive, joy and the greatest one for me was SHOCK! We were so surprised when we found out we were pregnant. We had just got back from a trip of a life time in South Africa, where I did all the things you probably shouldn’t do at four weeks. I went wine tasting, horse riding, ate seafood, went zip lining from trees over  a river all whilst I was blissfully unaware I was pregnant. I had been joking whilst away that I was “with child” but when I returned I thought I better take a pregnancy test just in case. I was so surprised when the test (and second test) instantly showed positive.

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Newborn New-Mum

Newborn  New-Mum

The biggest change for me when becoming a mother is that everything takes so long! You need a 2 hour build up to leave the house, your house takes a week to be put back to its clean state and doing your makeup often takes 3 sittings! Your day becomes compartmentalised into 3 hour slots. These slots are determined by when baby feeds. If you are lucky between these slots you might get one nappy change and an hour or two when the baby is sleeping. It is during the sleeping time where the new mother has a choice: do they sleep also? Do they get on with the housework, do exercise or maybe even try and do the odd piece of work?

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