The super lovely Kate from Willow Makes Three has tagged me in her ‘The Mum tag’ post. It’s a great way to get to know more about me and to get involved with fellow bloggers. ‘The Mum tag’ consists of 20 questions, questions about before, during and life after the new arrival.
1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum, or a Working Mum?
I’m a stay at home mum. I know that I am very lucky to be in this position and I hope never to take it for granted.
I wanted to be a mum for as long as I can remember (when people at school were announcing they wanted to be Doctors, Scientists, Lawyer’s etc, I just wanted to be a Mum) and when Bug came along, it didn’t make sense financially for me to work with 2 needing childcare and luckily both my wife and I wanted me to be at home with them.
It has been difficult though as all my friends with babies of a similar age, are either going back to work, or have gone back to work and so I’ll find myself in the position of having to make some new friends.
2. Would you have it any other way?
No, I really wouldn’t.
3. Do you co-sleep?
Not now. In the early days we did as a way to cope and get through the night. I was breastfeeding and it was just easier. Now, luckily Bug sleeps well (fingers crossed) in her own cot. Of course, both the kids get to join us in our SuperKing Bed at the weekend…. which is the reason we bought such a big bed!
4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
Oh gosh, you’re asking someone that is addicted to baby stuff, about ONE ITEM?!
Funnily enough I was thinking about this the other day. We have a Motorola Video Monitor, and it has been an absolute godsend and saved many trips up and down stairs. It’s a complete Luxury that I just couldn’t be without. I do think its helped us get on a proper schedule with Bug, and allowed her to sleep through the night. If I had heard her stirring/crying on a regular baby monitor, I am sure I would have gone into her room to check on her and she is quite a light sleeper – I would have woken her. I can check on her safely from a distance, and allow her to self soothe when she needs to.
5. How many kids do you plan on having?
Both my wife and I always wanted 5, but of course this depends on so many factors, our age, my fertility, our donor’s availability, how difficult the terrible 2’s are for Bug….. eep!
6. Date night? How many nights per month?
We’re trying to get out once a month, I think its really important to have couple time, to have time to be something other than a parent. The first one being this Saturday, as a birthday ‘thing’. The wife is arranging it all, so it will be a complete surprise. I’ll let you know how it goes 😉
7. Your child’s favourite show?
Bug isn’t interested in the TV at AL! It’s like it doesn’t exist. Luke loves it of course, and his favourite show changes on a weekly basis, from Tree Fu Tom, Scooby Doo, Grandpa in my Pocket and Ben 10!
8. Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and never ended up using?
Soooooo many clothes. We were utterly spoilt by friends and family and on packing away the clothes she had so many things she hadn’t even worn, still with labels in tact. Everything has been packed away for future children of ours (or hopefully, my sisters!)
9. Your child’s favourite food?
I so want to say corn, because she really, really loves it and it’s healthy right and therefore we are wonderful parent’s – ha. But if I am being completely honest, she cannot seem to get enough of Heinz Biscotti biscuits. *Shamefaced*
10. How many cars does your family have?
Just the one, a ford C-Max, which I feel like we have already outgrown.
When we were looking for a new car, I was pushing heavily for a 7 seater, but in the end we decided to go for the C-Max, feeling like it was spacious enough. So I’d like to say publicly to my wife: I TOLD YOU SO!
11. Weight gain before pregnancy, during and after and now?
URGH. I was already overweight before I got pregnant, and put on about 1.5 stone during pregnancy which I was actually quite pleased with. Struggling to get rid of it now. Now that Bug is walking, perhaps all the chasing after her will help shed a few lbs! Here’s hoping.
12. Dream holiday with your kids?
Last year we were lucky enough to have my dream holiday; we spent a week in Texas, visiting our in-laws and extended family and introducing Bug to them, then we flew with my MIL to a villa in Orlando and spent a month there, having friends flying over to join us, then we flew back to Texas for a week to see the family again. We had a house with a pool in Orlando, the kids both love the water, it was blissful and to be honest pretty hard to top! We’ll probably not get that opportunity again, because the wife wont get such a large chunk of time off work like that again. It was perfectly timed!
13. Dream holiday without your kids?
As sappy as this sounds, I honestly wouldn’t be happy on holiday without the kids! I’d be too busy worrying about them!
14. How has your life changed since your baby has been born?
It hasn’t much. I was already a Mum to Luke, but I was working part time – now I’m a stay at home mum full time. We were already doing family stuff and waking up early every weekend 😉
15. Finish the sentence: ‘It makes my heart melt to see …
My two playing with/hugging/loving on each other:
16. Where do you shop for your kids?
Where don’t I! I’ll shop anywhere from Primark for basic white onesies to use as layers, to children’s fashion stores, such as Cissy Wears. I do however try to shop smart and use sales, vouchers and special offers to get bargains. I ain’t no dummy!
17. Favourite makeup and skin care products?
Shortly after I had Bug, I had a makeover at the Bobbi Brown counter in John Lewis, as a way to make me feel better about the weight I had put on and hide the dark circles under my eyes. I’ve been a convert ever since and use ALL of their products. I am also a really big fan of Nivea moisturising cream and Lush Dream Cream is AMAZING for dry skin/people suffering with eczema.
18. Huggies or Pampers?
Pampers, but even better than Pampers – Aldi nappies. Cheaper, too!
19. Have you always wanted kids?
20. Best part about being a mum?
Every single bit. Even when you are downright knackered, worst day ever, crying into your chocolates – something amazing will happen; Luke will make Mummy an amazing and thoughtful picture, Bug will do something incredible like walk for the first time. Something always happens to remind you how wonderful your family really is and how lucky you are.
It is certainly the most amazing thing that has happened to me, and several people have commented that it has been the ‘making of me’. I don’t know whether I entirely agree, but I think being a mum has made me a little more compassionate, more sympathetic, a little more patient and a LOT more of a cry baby!
Hopefully that gives you a better insight in to me, Do you want to do ‘The Mum tag’?