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My name is Lulu and I am a 44-year-old first-time new mum (and on-hold High School English teacher), weaving my way blindly round the obstacle course that is being the parent of a tiny baby boy. Fig (not his real name, but an in utero nickname that stuck) was born on 1st November 2016, a much-wanted addition to our family that we had all but given up hope of having. He lives with me and my partner Saul in a seventeenth century cottage on the edge of the Peak District in the UK.
Before Fig joined us, I loved reading, film, walking in the hills, snow, secretly obsessing over fashion blogs and baking Victoria Sponges and banana bread; now I enjoy nothing more than the snippets of sleep I randomly grab. Fig is also a fan of sleeping, as well as trying to focus on stuff, pooping, milk and, weirdly, Gripe Water – or his dill fix, as it has come to be known. Neither of us has done this before, and we’re learning together on the job. We make a lot of mistakes, which I catalogue here in the hope that someone somewhere may learn how to do things right from reading about what we get wrong. (For more about us, read my first post, Who and why am I?)