A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Hannah Plus One

Happy Friday!! Have you got any plans for the weekend? We have a full weekend ahead again with two birthday parties. We are also going swimming again on Saturday morning. It’s just one week from now on until Matthew graduates from pre-school. I actually can’t believe it that my little boy will enter big school in September.

Continuing on with my blog series, Hannah is joining me today. She blogs at Hannah Plus One.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m Hannah from Hannah Plus One! I’m a 25 year old Marketing Exec, mummy to Cora and wife to Wayne!

How many times were you woken last night? 

*whispers* I wasn’t, Cora fell asleep on me after her bottle at around 11 and went down in her crib until around 6. My Health Visitor advised me not to tell people she’s a good sleeper, it’s not the best way to make friends at baby group ha!

Do you co-sleep?

We don’t, I love love love the idea but we’re just both way too heavy sleepers for me to be comfortable with it and our flat is too small for a bigger bed. I did invest in a Chicco Next To Me crib which makes checking on Cora a lot easier.

What time do you normally wake up?

Cora usually has a bottle around 6ish and then pops back to sleep until 10, so I set my alarm for 9 so I can get up and get ready for the day. Baby doesn’t do long naps during the day so this hour is quite important, getting bottles ready, spare clothes, maybe going all out and having a shower ha!

How much average sleep do you get a night?

I try and get to bed by 11, so providing we don’t have any extra wake ups in the night, I get about 7 hours. Again, please don’t tell anyone!

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Pop my head up and listen for Cora, she wakes up babbling to herself loving life, it’s just my favourite thing to wake up to!

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

So I’ll get up, get ready and grab breakfast, and get any jobs done that might be a struggle once the little human wakes up. Once she starts shouting around 10ish I get her up, bottle and dressed so we’re ready to go out should she fall asleep beforehand. She has a playmat she loves to kick around on, so we’ll spend half an hour on that, maybe attempt some tummy time – it’s not her favourite part of the day.

When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.

I have to admit, before Maternity Leave I probably cooked twice a year. Sorry not sorry, I just find or did find cooking stressful, and when I used to get in from work my brain was just frazzled. My husband loves cooking, he loves 16 pots on the go, something in the oven whilst he’s chopping something else so he was happy to do the majority of the cooking and he’s great at it, we have our different skills I guess. As I’ve been at home more I have been having a go, using our slow cooker or you know, getting things out of the freezer to save Wayne a job when he gets in. My speciality is chicken curry with bombay potatoes and it goes down a treat!

What’s on the menu for lunch?

For lunch, it depends on where we are, if we’re out and about I’ll grab a sandwich wherever Cora can have a bottle. I’m trying to lose some preggo weight so will try something healthy without being too boring!

What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?

I get quite bored at home I wont lie and I do worry about Cora getting sick of me! So we have quite a busy schedule of Baby Sensory on Tuesdays, Baby & Mums Yoga on Thursday and Jo Jingles on Fridays. All the groups are in a local area and give us a chance to get out and about and meet other parents and babies!

Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?

As Cora is still only a tiny dot, twelve weeks on Saturday, she normally gets a whiff of my dinner and decides its bottle time! But my ideal would be for us all to eat together once she gets to that stage – it’s just something my family have always done but as I’ve learnt throughout pregnancy and being a new mum, you cant plan for anything, so we shall see!

What do you do after dinner?

After dinner we settle on the couch together usually! If I haven’t managed to get out with Cora that day for one reason or another we’ll go for a walk, we’ve discovered some lovely local parks since having the baby so we have a few spots we’ll stroll to.

What is your bedtime routine?

Bedtime routine is kind of hit and miss, we get Cora ready for bed together after her bath and bottle and try and keep everything as calm as possible in order to help her wind down! Most of the time she falls asleep on me and then we have the tiptoeing to the bedroom scenario! She might wake up again but she drops off on her own quite well.

Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?

I would LOVE to have a schedule but no I don’t have one yet, I try to blog during her morning sleep or if not I’ll wait until my husband is home and crack on then!

Thanks Hannah for giving us the insight of a day in your life. Your little girl seems so content and calm. And by the way I would love a husband that can cook. It’s all up to me and I am not a fan of cooking.

Blog URL: www.hodplusone.blogspot.co.uk

Everyone loves a follower more. What social media platforms can we find you on?

Twitter: @hannahod
Instagram: @raisingcora

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