First Time Parents Podcast Series

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First Time Parents is an unedited, unfiltered podcast about a newly married couple (Heidi Anderson breakfast radio host & Sparky James “Griffo” Griffiths from Perth, Western Australia) as we tackle parenthood for the very first time, in all its shitty & glorious moments.

Intro – Meet The Parents

Meet the First Time Parents.

Heidi & Griffo from Perth, Western Australia are about to have their first baby…they’ve decided to document the entire first year in an unedited, real, raw account of parenthood.

At 40 weeks pregnant and ready to pop…any day now, they wanted to introduce themselves and give you a little taste of what you have to look forward to.

EP 1 – Our Birth Story

We finally had our baby!

AND…nothing went to plan during the labour.

In this ep, we speak about what happened during the labour and what it was like to meet our baby for the very first time!

EP 2 The BABY Bubble – Our First Few Weeks as First Time Parents

*WARNING this ep was recorded on barely any sleep & baby brain. Our mission is to document our journey in raw & unedited fashion & today there is a fair few F*cks & shits thrown around.

We delve into the first few weeks of being parents, sleep deprivation, perfection as parents, baby blues & ALL the glorious moments being a first-time parent brings.

EP 3 – Baby blues are the real deal, for women and men!

We had a big fight!

Both sleep deprived…AND we both said some things that we shouldn’t have! So, we debrief our fight, and it’s very raw.

In this episode, we also discuss the baby blues & how it has affected both of us over the past month, from anxiety to loss of identity.

EP 4 – TEN Things we’ve learnt since becoming parents!

This EP is ALL about tips & things we’ve learnt since becoming parents. We delve into everything we’ve discovered & learnt so far.

EP 5 – We did it, we had sex!

We debrief our first time having sex since having a baby! Throughout pregnancy, Heidi struggled with intimacy, and in this episode, they both get honest with how it made them both feel. A candid account of intimacy between these first-time parents…

EP 6 – A Trip to the hospital!

This ep is a little different, while Griffo (hubby) is at work, Heidi sits down with her Mum to chat about the emergency trip to the hospital & the comment Heidi’s Mum made outside the hospital, “Welcome to motherhood”.
They delve into the anxiety, shame & judgment they both felt in this moment.

EP 7 – Dad goes back to work

In this episode, the First Time Parents discuss their new roles as parents; Heidi the stay at home Mum & Griffo the “breadwinner”.

EP 8 – Life as a stay at home Mum

In this ep, Griffo asks Heidi a bunch of questions about parenthood and how she is finding being a stay at home Mum. They delve into her anxieties about leaving work in radio, her confidence as a new Mum and the most challenging part of being a parent. It’s one juicy ep!

EP 9 – First-time Mum is diagnosed with epilepsy only weeks after the birth of her son

Heidi went for a cuppa with her friend Tayla and spontaneously recorded their chat about Tayla’s story. Just weeks after having her first baby, Tayla had a seizure that left her unconscious on the kitchen floor. Tayla cannot hold her baby for long periods, drive or bath her baby. Her story is inspiring.

EP 10 – Dad has a shitty week and doesn’t love coming home to a crying baby

Heidi surprises Griff with the recording of this ep, to chat about his relationship with baby Memphis, as he has been struggling the last few weeks. Griff opens up about the struggle of coming home to a crying baby and a Mum who desperately needs an adult convo. The first-time parents dive into their fight, their parenting techniques and the struggle of a clingy baby in his 8-week leap!

EP 11 – First-time Mum is anxious about joining Mother’s Group

Heidi was really anxious about Mother’s Group & was hesitant to join at first. BUT in the end she joined a group & LOVES it – this chat is all about the anxiety leading up to it & how she feels now & what its all about.

EP 12 – Would you eat your placenta?

First-time mum Heidi decided to eat her placenta after the birth of her first child (In pill form). In this ep Heidi chats to Midwife Mel who is the creator & owner of Pure Placenta. They cover everything you want to know about turning a body organ into a pill & why so many women are choosing to eat their placenta, even when the health organisation is telling you not to. No questions are off limits.

EP 13 – Mum Guilt is REAL!

Mum Guilt is the real deal! Heidi delves deep into the guilt she has experienced leaving baby Memphis, the feeling of angst, anxiety and sadness. This EP you don’t want to miss, if you are a parent, get your ears around it.

EP 14 – Our Breastfeeding Journey

Our Breastfeeding journey has been super challenging, and a very bumpy road, who knew to breastfeed would be so tough? In this ep, we cover everything – fussy baby, nipple shields, mixed feeding, lactation nurses, sharing breast milk, pumping etc

EP 15 – Three-Four month sleep regression

What is sleep? It’s the most talked-about topic when you have a baby! The most common question we get is “How much sleep are you getting & how well does the baby sleep?” Our baby DID sleep well in the night & now he has hit the 3-4 month sleep regression, it feels like we are back to the beginning, waking several times a night. He is hard to settle and his favourite past time in the day is a cat nap. In this ep, we dive into our sleep-deprived state with a baby who is regressing, tips from the sleep seminar & how we survive in the day with a catnapper.

EP 16 – Single Mum Life

Heidi sits down with her best friend of 28 years Mel, who is also a first-time Mum, to chat everything about single Mum life. In the first few weeks of her son’s life, Mel faced a few challenges. She moved house, broke up with her partner & got mastitis. They chat about her new role as a single mum, how she juggles & how far she has come. (Mel only told Heidi a few weeks before she found out she was pregnant, that she didn’t want kids.)

EP 17 – Travel with a Baby

Our first flight with Baby Memphis is done & dusted. The anxiety in the lead up to flying was next level, and we were very fearful of travelling with the baby. Will he cry the whole way? In this ep, we speak about our first flight experience, the anxiety of travelling with a baby & give some tips.

EP 18 – Heidi Is a Shitty Friend

Three years ago, Heidi was a really shitty friend. One of her good friends had a baby, Heidi didn’t go & meet the baby when she was home to visit. Instead, she got drunk & sent her a text saying, “I’ll see them both next time.” In this episode, Heidi apologies to Sarah & they dive deep into how this made them both feel, how priorities change & the realisations Heidi has had since having her own baby. Has this happened to you?

EP 19 – Who should stay at home with the baby?

Deciding who stays home to be with the baby can be one of the toughest decisions you’ll ever make. Who gives up their career & for how long? Who makes more money? Can we afford it…Or do we both have to go back to work? Who wants to be at home with the baby 24/7?

All the questions you need to discuss. AND there is the whole pressure of what everyone else thinks you should be doing. Society always says the Dad should go to work & the Mum should stay at home. I know right, wtf? Such a crock of shit!

Currently, both parents are staying at home AND unemployed, they dive into why & how whilst splashing the family savings on a road trip holiday, because YOLO! We go deep about how these decisions affected our relationship, strain babies can have on you & how money can trigger you as a person.

A MASSIVE shoutout to our sponsors www.feedingfriend.com.au LOVE their breast & bottle self inflatable feeding pillow – to buy use code HEIDIL30 to get 30% off!

EP 20 – Dad is feeling really helpless as a First-time parent

Something we forget to talk about when the new baby arrives is how Dads feel. We check-in with Mum & then we goo & gah over the baby, but what about Dad?

They can sometimes be forgotten about when the new baby arrives.

Heidi & Griffo sit down to chat about the helplessness Griffo feels at times being a first-time Dad.

He finds parenting a real struggle, feelinghelpless, unable to comfort his baby boy Memphis & this can bring up feelings of frustration & anger.

In this ep, they talk about the helplessness from the man’s perspective, jealously, the shift in the bloke’s identity & the love for his child.

A MASSIVE shoutout to our sponsors www.feedingfriend.com.au LOVE their breast & bottle self inflatable feeding pillow – to buy use code HEIDIL30 to get 30% off!

EP 21 – We have called in a sleep expert to help

Are you getting very little sleep? Has your baby been really unsettled & waking all through the night or cat napping?

Do you need help? But too afraid to ask?

We feel you! This has been going on for us for just over two months, so we decided to ask for help, from a baby sleep expert.

In this episode, we talk to our sleep consultant about EVERYTHING to do with babies & sleep. We debrief sleep tips, routines, teaching them how to sleep, settle, daytime naps & awake times.

Baby Sleep Consultant – Donna www.bub2sleep.com.au

EP 22 – Starting a Baby on Solids with Dr Kyla

Starting a baby on solids is stressful & overwhelming, we had no idea where to start…So we called in the guru, a paediatric dietitian, Dr Kyla.

This ep is HUGELY informative, covering everything you need to know about starting a baby on solids.

Signs of when to start a baby, what to feed them & how, food allergies & habits, meal times & when…AND then the big question, what is BABY LEAD WEANING & is it a good idea?

BONUS EPISODE – 23 PART 1 How Mum feels before specialist appt

A diary entry of the anxieties that FIRST TIME Mum Heidi feels before going to the Ear, Nose & throat specialist to find out what is happening with her son’s health.

All the feels in this one as a Mum, the guilt, stress & worry.

BONUS EP 23 – Part 2 – Mum’s feelings after the specialist appt & diagnosis

Part 2 bonus ep Diary entry part 2, after the specialist – the diagnosis & the debrief.

How did Mum handle what was happening with her son?

EP 24 – First time Mum turns her side hustle into a business

If you want to know how to turn your side hustle or baby invention idea into a FULL BLOWN business, then this is a must-listen.

A hugely inspirational episode with Mum, Amanda Rowe.

She struggled with breastfeeding & found feeding in public made her very anxious & she was super uncomfortable. She sent hubby out to get her a breastfeeding pillow but found they were ALL big bulky…so she decided to invent her own & that’s how Feeding Friend was born.

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