Sunday Tittle Tattle: Baby Chaos

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I tried to film my first “back to work” video this week and it was absolute chaos! (Those of you balking at the idea of me being back to work after a month, fear not: I mean the working-from-home sort of work, I’m not strapping the baby onto my front and hiking into town every day! Not that it would be bad if I was – each to their own – but I really don’t have the energy to do much more than sit in bed typing away at my laptop.)

So yes, filming chaos. First of all, I waited for the newborn baby to be asleep, which took three feeds and four nappy changes, which meant that by the time I got around to turning the camera on it was 3.30pm. The light was beginning to be less than optimal (I film in daylight, no artificial studio lights) and I was losing the will to do anything much apart from eat biscuits. But Angelica was out on a walk and the house was quiet, I had some makeup on and I had done my nails – it would have almost been sacrilege not to have grasped the opportunity with both hands.

The newborn woke up around eight minutes into filming, would only be quieted with a breastfeed, so I had to stop the camera, latch the baby on, refocus and zoom in so that my boob was hidden out of shot and then continue. Two minutes later, Angelica returned and demanded to know what was happening and had to be let into the room (she could hear me chatting to the camera) and a minute after that, the newborn baby puked up all over the place.

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It’s actually caught on camera, as is my lightening-speed reaction in holding him away from my brand new jumper so that it went over everything apart from me! Selfish mother. (I’ve edited this out of my video, obviously. I can’t imagine a slo-mo baby puke is something that people want to see on a Sunday.)

After the puke session, Angelica came bumbling in and decided to run off with the items I was showing for my February Favourites, stamp on my special board I have for shooting still-life pictures and hide my eye cream.

Despite all of this I managed to edit the video to show that I was totally in control, which is exactly what being a parent entails, I’ve decided: making it look as though you are in control, when you’re blatantly not. Inside you’re weeping, but outwardly you’re the woman who has it completely down. You’re the boss.

Anyway, you can watch the vid tonight or it’ll be posted here on A Model Recommends tomorrow, whichever you prefer – my Youtube channel is here, should you not already be subscribed. If you want to read more about what’s been going on in my little world (not much beauty stuff this week, hence this quite random post!) then there’s a post on my baby blog that’s just gone up – link below.

Read: Toddler, Baby and Me…

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18 Comments

  1. Jessica
    March 5, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Ruth you are superwoman! I am 6 months in with baby No1 & can barely summon the energy to get out of my dressing gown by midday! No clue how you are managing with 2 under 2 (especially with a pukey baby-totally feeling your pain there)! In my defence I always attempt to make it look as though I have my shit together for the benefit of the outside world. Your doing an amazing job and have totally inspired me to get my butt in gear and take the baby for a walk instead of hiding under the covers with a bag of Haribo and a small person attached to my boob! xxx

  2. Stephanie-M-M
    March 5, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Oh, Ruth! You’re doing great. You look great. It always amazes me. Really looking forward to the video tonight. Happy Sunday! X

  3. Holly G
    March 5, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Ruth, brilliantly written!! You look fabulous in that jumper!
    Would love to see the outtakes/bloopers of this video

  4. March 5, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I’m secretly hoping for a full blooper reel at the end of the year… *fingers crossed*

  5. Poorani
    March 5, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    The jumper looks great on you. I enjoyed the video for the bits with your children in it.

  6. Jemima
    March 5, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Ha ha ha! Excellent. Oh, The Madness. Please tell me you were somewhat flustered by that?! If not, then you’re an actual superstar! I would have been incredibly flustered if that were me… but laughing about it afterwards. Phew! Great video. Brilliant to see some honest beauty. xxx

      • Jemima
        March 6, 2017 / 12:08 pm

        Well, you did a good job of hiding it. My sister and I like to call those mum moments ‘sweaty’. I have had many a sweaty moment! And here’s to many more

  7. Linda
    March 5, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Hi Ruth, loved your video!
    I had to start work again 2 weeks after my boy was born. (I run a small family business with my husband)
    Since then I have been taking him to work with him, working with baby is hard but I love it, being productive and still have your baby close to me is very rewarding for me. You were an inspiration way before I got pregnant, to have the courage to combine both, a career and time for family. It’s hard to accept that you can’t be perfect anymore but with time I got more relaxed, an learned to not expect too much from myself.
    You product recommendations on your uphill blog helped in a lot of situations, but the best thing that I bought (found one second hand) is a spring cradle, I have a nonomo. He falls asleep so fast in this, I use it at work, in the living room an even in our bedroom. It’s safe to sleep in, befor that he woke up every time I tried to lay him down, so he slept on me. Not very comfortable.
    Thanks for your hard work, I will follow:-)

    Love Linda

    • March 5, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Thanks Linda, that’s so nice to know! And I am about to Google the Nonomo! : )

  8. Isabelle
    March 5, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Well, I watched the video after having read the post and I must say you look very much in control in spite of the chaos. So good to see you looking so fresh at such a time: well done Ruth! and I agree with one of the comments: superwoman is the word (or supermum). Take care

    • March 5, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Haha!! God I don’t know about super anything! xx

  9. April
    March 5, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I am laughing WITH you…..!

    I appreciate you posting the reality. It’s funny, and perfection is a flaw. Best to you and your family.

  10. Cassandra
    March 6, 2017 / 12:42 am

    So good to have you and the family back Ruth, you look wonderful.

  11. Tracy
    March 6, 2017 / 4:16 am

    Hi Ruth – congratulations on the new baby from the US (Atlanta, GA)! If you are having trouble with scars from surgery I swear by Clarins Skin Beauty Repair. I broke my back and pelvis a few years ago and had multiple surgeries to correct this with lots of different incisions. I’m very fair with senitive skin so already used SBR on my face and it was a God-send for scars. It really calms and heals the skin – I probably put it on scars every few hours to keep skin hydrated and pliable, plus it cut down on itching as skin healed. Even my docs have asked what I used to repair scars so well. I now use it for all cuts/burns, etc. Please give yourself plenty of time to recover and know your fans are waiting your next installment. Cheers!

  12. March 6, 2017 / 7:36 am

    My son was a puker as well, which was quite a shock as my daughter never ever spit. Holding jim facing away from me quickly became second nature.

  13. Rika
    March 6, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Thank you so much for uploading this video and for being so honest about what it’s like to work and be a mother. I always appreciate how you share some of the hard times with us, and not just the good times. I’m a more recent reader/ viewer and I have been really enjoying catching up with your videos and blogs!

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