Monthly Archives: October 2010

Freya E.R.R. Hrastic

Morning! I’ve just seen that The Office of National Statistics has released the most popular baby names for 2009 – and it made me smile because Freya probably has half of them. You see I’ve never been very good at decision-making. And neither is my partner, Marko. So with us two added together, plus some sleep deprivation and one of the biggest decisions we’ll ever make, well, that equals two heads in the name-making sand. We went for all of them. Yes, we registered our precious baby, deep breath, Freya Elizabeth Ruby Rolison Hrastic.

Now, I do still feel happy with Freya’s excessive name choice. And I’ll tell you for why. In each of our families there have been many wonderful people. We decided we’d make Freya’s middle name(s) a family one, and we wanted her namesakes to be both Marko’s aunty Ruby, and my great nan, Bet. Two very special women. When it came to her first name Freya was literally the only one, in all the six library loaned baby name books we looked through, that we both could agree on. Yes, really. So Freya’s name was decided.

But, the problem for me is this. While most parents dread the thought of their baby going to school one day, I do too but for probably an entirely different reason. She’s going to hate us isn’t she? Apart from the fact they’ll probably have to create a seperate register just for her, I discovered something else quite shocking too. It was the day her NHS card came through the post. Full of excitement I scanned the contents to find to my great alarm that my baby’s name had become Freya E.R.R. Hrastic. Err indeed. And this is why women clearly need more support from midwives and health visitors these days. Somebody should have stopped me. I’m sure Marko’s aunty Ruby, and my lovely great nan Bet, are smiling right now.

So, what are the two new most popular baby names? Oliver for the boys and Olivia for the girls. Find your baby name here…

A Year Overdue…

Hello! When I had my little girl, Freya, I decided I’d write a blog which would document her every move and milestone. I’d spent nine months reading everything I could about babies and, while anxiously waiting for mine, I knew that once she arrived every step would hold exciting surprises. And I didn’t want to forget a single thing. So, as I start my blog, is she a newborn sleeping in her crib? Well, no. As I type this, she’s crawling, she’s shouting, she’s eating and she’s nearly a whole year old. How did that happen?

Anyone who questions where this last year has gone will get a garbled and rushed response from me. New mummies are far busier than I ever realised. From the day-to-day stuff like feeding, changing and sleeping (and that’s even before I get to freya…), to the big stuff like going back to work and moving into a baby-friendly house, to the small but essential stuff like drinking a whole cup of tea before it goes cold and finding the time to paint my nails and dry them before the inevitable smudge… Being a mummy has been the biggest, and most stressful, job I’ve ever taken on.  Even though I do feel rich from my earnings.

But, what really interests me is that the baby-pace of life inside my home is reflected outside it too. Every day I read the papers and find there’s a new and fascinating story about babies. Whether it’s political, medical or downright inspirational, these little people have a lot going on. It’s why these days my writing career is pretty much completely baby-focussed and why I’m writing my blog about what’s going on in the world of my own little Freya.

Because, while right now she’s happily pulling every nappy out of her nappy box, ripping every wipe out of it’s packet, and then attempting the greatest coup of all – tipping over the dirty nappy bin – there’s big stuff going on in the world outside her window. And it’s going to change her future…and it’s exciting, if a little scary too…