The Mum Plan 1 – The Manifesto

This week I launched my newsletter, The Mum Plan. You can subscribe to receive next week’s one on this link and if you’d like to know what you’re going to be getting before you sign up here’s what the first one looked like:

The Mum Plan Part 1 – The Manifesto

The Mum Plan
Hello!

You may not even remember you signed up for this newsletter from me, dear Samantha. I tweeted about it a month ago and then, well, I’ve done an abysmal job of promoting it since then. There’s also a good chance you have no idea what The Mum Plan is as my description of it thus far has been sparse to say the least.

Here, dear reader is an explanation.

The Mum Plan comes from something that only recently became clear. The reason this thing only  became clear recently is that the first eighteen months of being a mother were, for me, a haze. At my best friend’s hen do six weeks after my baby was born I thought, ‘oh the fog in my head is clearing, I think I feel normal now’. Cut to her wedding another four weeks after that, ‘I was an idiot at the hen do to think I had everything under control but now I do’. Cut to my birthday six weeks after that, ‘now I really am back to normal’. This cycle continued in a loop until about March this year when my daughter was older, I was back in the swing of attending my day job and generally felt like ‘WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME IT WOULD TAKE SO LONG TO FEEL LIKE MYSELF AGAIN?’

In the run up to having a child, especially a first one, all you’re getting spoken to about and educated on is how the baby will come out of you. People ask about your birth plan, you’re told to print it out, to tell your partner to make sure they help you stick to it, to think about it hard. There are loads of things wrong with this. Firstly, that you don’t have a huge amount of control over whether you kid comes out to plan or not. The baby is in there, it has to come out so hoping for the best is really all you can do no matter what the bullet pointed laminated list you dish out to the midwives like party favours says. Secondly, birth, compared to the time dedicated to raising the child, takes no time at all. It’s over in a blink of an eye compared to the next eighteen years of actual mothering you will be doing. We allow ourselves to be distracted by the painful day or two of labour and, most of us, fail to plan for ourselves past that point. Step to the front of the stage The Mum Plan which is about planning for the woman and mother you want to be for all that time afterwards (and some frivolous things too).
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Box Set Binge

A hot topic on my NCT What’sApp group, even two years down the line when we’ve less kid stuff to check with one another about, is what’s good to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I’ve just binged the third season of Jane the Virgin whilst my dear husband was in the extremities of this dear country filming people about to embark on diets (it’s his job, not a fetish, at least that’s what he says).

Jane went through pregnancy and then the first year of her child’s life at the same time on telly as I did in real life. Therefore I feel an affinity with her, despite her being a fictional character and her pregnancy being thanks to an accidental insemination.

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Treat. Yo. Self.

This section will generally feature things I think look good and cool. However due to a Lulu Guinness sale habit I could only just afford I have cut myself off from internet shopping until pay day. For now enjoy this (free) clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsABTmT1_M0

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Good links (promise)

I’ve just sent in my next lot of Mush Guides for me to bother you all with soon. However this one about being ready for a second baby only went up the other week despite me writing it a while ago. http://guides.letsmush.com/guides/233

Even not including mine, there’s literally hundreds of good guides on Mush so if you want to laugh and read about parenting stuff go to the main page and explore http://guides.letsmush.com/

A New Essex Girl was what led me to this newsletter, not really any time for doodling amongst writing and my day job at the minute but the archives are still worthy of a LOL even if I do say so myself https://anewessexgirl.com/

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NEXT TIME: The Mum Plan 2 – Knackered

Mush

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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter (and you really should), you might have already seen I’ve been writing for Mush. Mush is an app which allows you to connect with fellow mums in your area. It’s an amazing idea, it’s like Tinder for making mum pals and without there being an expectation you’ll send nudes or pretend to find the fact someone once went travelling to be Earth-shatteringly profound. Anyway, alongside getting to meet the mum pal of your dreams, you’ll also be able to read the Mush guides which are interesting, funny, helpful articles tackling all things motherhood. There’s loads of them to keep you entertained while you have a quick cup of tea or are trapped under a sleeping newborn. Here are the ones I’ve written:

Ways I tried and failed to be a cool mum
How to avoid flexi-working guilt
Polite responses to impolite questions about giving birth
Key advice for your new mum wardrobe

I’d love you to read them. If you’re in need of some mum company while everyone else is at work or if you want to meet new people with children the same age as yours the app really is super duper. I hope you’ll download and meet your mum BFF (do people still say BFF or is that passé?)