I have been tagged by the gorgeous Lucy over at Mrs Bishop's Bakes and Banter for this lovely little set of questions for us mums. Cheers Lucy and thanks for he tag!! Now there are quite a few questions and you know I'm never brief so be prepared and for anyone who gets to the end there's cake in it for you!!!
I tag my lovely friend Julia at Tea, Cake and My Boy and the fabulous Amanda from City Girl Gone Coastal if you would like to give it a go. xxx
1. Are you a stay at home mum?
Yes. I started my little Etsy store recently and also sell my wares at some local haberdasheries but it's very small time at the moment since it's hard to find the hours in the day!!!!!!
2. Would you have it any other way?
No way!!! I absolutely love it.
3. Do you co-sleep?
Yes. I co-slept from day one - literally - in the hospital on day one. I had a c-section and it really was a pain to lean over and pick up my boy from the plastic crib thingy next to the bed - it just seemed to be at the wrong height/angle. My boy was a big eater too so it was like a million pick ups and put downs. Anyway after a couple of hours I put the side up on my bed, padded it with pillows and popped him in next to me. I could move him to breastfeed easily and wasn't in pain. It just seemed so natural to me. There was one nurse who kept telling me off but all the others seemed fine with it. Trust your instincts - mummy knows best! So when we got home we just carried on and that was for years. Now my boy has a double bed in his room (which acts as guest bed if someone comes to stay) but he still comes in with us halfway through the night and I love it!! It's where he wants to be and it works for us. Also when we do have guests he just sleeps in our bed so it's dead easy.
4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
Well, he's nearly 4 so not a baby anymore but when he was a baby I would have to say.....muslins. Such a simple silly thing but when I really think about it that was it. We never used bibs as I don't like the look of them, it's another thing to buy and he pulled them off anyway! Muslins acted as a bib, a burping cloth, a summer blanket, something to lie on in the park, a breastfeeding cover if it was chilly (he didn't like being covered so yes, I fed in public - without a cover - and never encountered a problem I'm happy to say, although it pains me that so many ladies do!) Muslins are so soft they can be a washcloth, help with nappy changes, mop up spills - there is no end to their magic and they are cheap as chips so I still use them for all sorts of things! Ok - I don't have shares in muslin production or anything and it's not a weird cult - I just like them a normal amount.
5. How many kids do you plan on having?
Well......if money were no object I would have loads!!! I love children, I loved being pregnant, I love being a mother and grew up as one of four so I love all the hubbub of having lots of people in the house. However, financially we're not in that place so while we would like more it's a bit tricky since we already have one who is healthy and happy and we want to be able to give him the best of everything so it seems hard to make a decision which would mean things changed....ok so as you can see this is not an easy question to answer but suffice to say if I won the lottery the first thing I would do is go about getting pregnant - Alex - go and buy a lottery ticket quick and both our luck might be in ;)
6. Date night? How many per month?
Date night? What is this 'date night' of which you speak? We have been on precisely 3 dates since our boy was born - he will be four on Tuesday. But we are lucky as we spend so much time together since my lovely husband is self employed and works from home so I don't feel that we miss out. Although of course it's nice to get dressed up and go out, it's also one of my favourite things to curl up together, watch something good and get an early night :)
7. Your child's favourite show?
Well right now he's into everything super hero related! He also loves Pocoyo and Phineas and Ferb.
8. Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and never ended up using?
A breast pump and a bouncy chair thingy. I breastfed my boy - direct from me, not expressed for 15 months. It just seemed easier, no sterilising, no bottles, anytime any place - I have naturally sterilised bottles attached to me and was lucky enough that it all worked for us so I couldn't see the point in trying anything else. The bouncy chair thing - I wish it had worked but he hated being put down in anything so we were literally attachment parenting I used to call him my 'limpet baby' as he clung on to me or his daddy all the time!!!
9. Your child's favourite food?
Cheese on toast, pasta, he's just got into carrot sticks which I'm very happy about. He's a lot less fussy these days and I love to see him trying new things. I think he is the only 3 year old I know who refuses to eat sweets or ice cream! He does love a bit of chocolate though (like mother like son!)
10. How many cars do your family have?
One, a Toyota Prius. Cheap road tax, we live in London so because driving round town can be so congested we use very little fuel as it's a Hybrid and also- no congestion charge. It's good for the planet too :)
11. Weight before, during and after pregnancy and now?
I don't weigh myself but I know when I'm bigger than I would like to be so here's how it goes:
Before pregnancy I was ok, a little bit over my ideal then in the first trimester I lost about 3/4 stone since I was so sick all the time!! After c-section I didn't shrink back in the tummy like you do with vaginal delivery since they cut through those muscles but after a few weeks I was doing a hell of a lot of walking so I went back to 'normal' and maybe just little bit less than I was before pregnancy. Now however I am bigger than I would like to be. Since we moved to a more suburban area I find that I walk less and drive more so I have become a bit too sedentary. I have never been sporty and hate dieting so have always luckily relied on eating well and nice exercise like walking and yoga to keep me ok-ish. I tried the 5:2 diet recently and it sucked!!!! I felt like shit and gave up. Healthy eating and moving more for me and I feel much better now.
12. Dream holiday with your kids?
Wales, countryside, mountains, trains, beaches - FUN FUN FUN. Beautiful and so much to explore. When they are this young they get so much pleasure from the simple things and it's wonderful to see them become so fascinated by cool leaves or sandcastles.
13. Dream holiday without your kids?
I don't actually want to go on holiday without my kids. When they are older it would be easier to take them on the kind of holidays which I like. I like cultural holidays and discovering the history of a place. I'm no good at sitting on a beach doing nothing. Give me some nice ruins then beautifully fresh local food and I'm happy.
14. How has your life changed since having babies?
Um....this is hard - clearly it has changed but apart from the obvious logistical ways I'm not really sure. It's better now though, I know that much!
15. Finish the sentence: 'It makes my heart melt to see....?'
My boy smile. That's it. It makes my heart melt to see my boy happy.
16. Where do you shop for your kids?
I like H&M and I like Next. Next have a nice selection for boys. I generally get a bit miffed that the girls clothes are always more exciting than the boys clothes - I don't mean pink tutus I just mean, nicer prints or design features. Anyway, M&S are also doing better recently.
17. Favourite make up and skin care products?
Concealer for dark circles!!!!! Cheap mascara and MAC eyeliner. Who has the time for fancy rituals?!
18. Huggies or Pampers?
Pampers. We were given some Huggies once and tried them but had terrible problems with leaking so never used them again.
19. Have you always wanted kids?
20. Best part about being a mum?
Every single minute. I know it sounds cheesy but being a mother is everything. My family are my whole world and even the not-so-good bits like teething or lack of sleep are fine by me because it's all part of being a parent and I definitely think that by embracing that and going with the flow it makes it much easier.