While having a baby does give you a spring in your step, the sleepless nights do have a habit of leaving you feeling bleary eyed and like a one-woman yawning machine. So it’s perfectly understandable when the simplest tasks can suddenly seem really difficult.
Entering into a conversation about the UK’s current political situation
Let’s face it – if anything will send you off to sleep once and for all, it’s a not-so-stimulating conversation about David Cameron and inflation.
Taking part in a swashbuckling Pirate fight with your toddler
The baby’s just gone down for a nap and all you want to do is pass out on the sofa, but your toddler is determined to get his mummy involved in playtime *quickly makes a coffee*.
Returning your mother-in-law’s phone calls
You know it’s a little mean putting off speaking to her, but you simply can’t summon the energy to answer all of her questions about her new grandchild right now.
A night out with your friends
It takes all of your energy to stay awake until 7pm, let alone start your night at that point. Sorry ladies – that long-awaited bottle of wine will have to wait a few more months.
Washing your hair
This is why we LOVE dry shampoo.
Cooking yourself a proper dinner
Who know so many meals could be based on (cold) toast.
Hosting a play date
Dealing with one small person is tough enough at the moment, let alone adding any more into the mix.
A trip to the supermarket
Best to stick to an online shop for the time being – cuts out the hassle of getting both you and your baby to the supermarket and back.
Tackling the ever-growing pile of washing
Nap first. Washing later. Maybe.
Putting together a coordinated outfit
In your exhausted state, you couldn’t give two hoots if your striped top goes with your floral trousers. Besides, there’s no such thing as too many prints… Right?
Watching grown up TV
Right now, you’ll happily settle down with back-to-back episodes of Peppa Pig with your baby. It’s about all you can handle right now.
While hitting the gym isn’t really an option with a newborn in tow anyway, you can’t even muster the energy to try out that new fitness DVD you ordered from Amazon. A quick walk to the park is enough exercise anyway, isn’t it?
Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?