Overcoming mini mind hurdles…


I’ve written before about being anxious and having the odd wobble or three about not feeling myself and having low confidence so when the opportunity to do something with Little Mr came up in London, I knew I had to push myself to overcome mini mind hurdles.

Yesterday Little Mr and I were invited down to London to attend a swimming lesson with British Olympian Karen Pickering, Water Babies and Huggies Little Swimmers. We had a brilliant day and will blog about it next week but in my mind we had several little challenges to overcome.

1) Take the train and the tube on my own to London with only Little Mr as my wingman.
2) Navigate the tube lines and get on the right tube heading in the right direction
3) Meet other fellow bloggers and chat
4) Wear swimwear and bare post-c-section body in front of said bloggers
5) Get back to the train station in rush hour London traffic to catch our train
6) Do not drop the baby on wet floor in swimming pool or when getting off the train/tube

With all these challenges buzzing through my mind, it’s a wonder I managed to get anywhere but I do like a challenge so armed with my train tickets, two full bags packed with baby essentials and swimming gear, I popped Little Mr in the carrier and off we went.

We navigated the train to London and Little Mr even slept on the way. I took one of his blankets along so he could settle with a familiar smell around him. I also packed the new Tommee Tippee steri-bottles along with me for his feeds so I didn’t need to faff with his usual bottles and make sure they were in my bag to bring back. The steri-bottles are single use disposable bottles complete with teats and Little Mr took to them fine and happily fed throughout the day. Will definitely be using them again this weekend at BritMumsLive.

train prep

I’d written a note on my phone about the tube lines I needed to catch and having recent experience of catching the tube a few weekends ago, I felt comfortable catching the tube on my own but a little nervous about making sure I got on the right one. I took my time and didn’t let the busyness of the stations faze me. I calmly walked around to the platform and caught the tube! Go me! Do you know what, there are some lovely people in London and yesterday I met quite a few of them. I was offered a seat on the tube from a young lad; I was offered help with my bags from a fella in a suit and a lady offered to get me a cup of tea when I was feeding Little Mr in Euston Station. Oh and I was even given a free trip to the toilet (you have to pay 30p to spend a penny at Euston Station) as I said I needed to change Little Mr. Thank you very much Euston Station toilet attendant!

I decided to put my worries to the back of my mind at the swimming pool as this was an opportunity for Little Mr and I to do something memorable together and it would be silly to worry about what others think about my fat tummy, wobbly thighs or my bingo wings when I was there to have some fun with him. Although I didn’t feel entirely comfy in my swimsuit, the bloggers I met were all absolutely lovely, very friendly and chatty. I’ve made some new twitter friends and found some new blogs to visit.

I made sure I took my time yesterday. There was no need to rush. Accidents happen when people rush so I made sure we did things slowly and everything went perfectly. My day trip to London has definitely helped prepare me for BritmumsLive tomorrow. All I need to remember is to take my time, think before I speak (I get flustered and tongue tied so easily) and remember that there might be a few people that might want to meet me and Little Mr. I’ve got outfits I feel comfortable in and I’ve got time today to get prepared and ready for what is probably going to be the biggest highlight of my blogging life! Eeeek!

If I don’t recognise you at BritmumsLive, please don’t be offended. I’ll probably call you by your twitter name and try and match you to your profile pics but please, please come and say hello, I can’t wait to meet you all.

P.S A big thank you to Sammie and her adorable little girl for meeting us at Victoria yesterday x

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  • Reply Lauren 20/06/2013 at 11:57 am

    Massive massive massive well done! I wouldn’t know where to start when it comes to the tube, especially with the different directions, so I’m in awe of you for doing that.
    I’m so glad you were able to overcome those challenges. You should be really proud of yourself xx

    • Reply mrsshilts 20/06/2013 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks hun, lets just hope I can manage to catch the right one tomorrow! xx

  • Reply Red Rose Mummy 20/06/2013 at 12:37 pm

    Well done! I had to navigate the tube with a pushchair in April and I was amazed at how easy it was and how much help was offered. I was travelling with another blogger and her daughter so we could help each other but it was still very daunting! I’ve lived in London so am very familiar with the tube but doing it with a baby was very different. I felt really empowered afterwards and it did wonders for my confidence. Your day looks like lots of fun, I’m so glad you enjoyed it.. Enjoy BritMums!

  • Reply Becky 20/06/2013 at 2:21 pm

    Like I said on twitter yesterday, lovely to meet you and Little Mr! Sounds like you achieved a lot yesterday judging by this post, so good for you. Hope to see you again soon x PS I was in a food coma for the rest of yesterday, that tea was EPIC!

    • Reply mrsshilts 20/06/2013 at 2:48 pm

      It was lovely to meet you too Becky, thank you, yesterday was definitely a day to push myself and I’m so glad I did!

  • Reply Sammie Hodges 20/06/2013 at 5:08 pm

    Well done on overcoming your worries! You did great and your eyesight is much better than mine when we were working out where to go lol!!!

  • Reply Laura Huggins 20/06/2013 at 10:27 pm

    Can understand why you were nervous but congratulations for getting on with it.

    Hope you have a fab time at Britmums Live

    Thank you for linking up with the Weekend Blog Hop

    Hope to see you again this weekend

    Laura x x x

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