1.Are you a Stay at Home Mum, or a Working Mum?
A Stay at Home Mum
2. Would you have it any other way?
I’ve gone back and forwards about this and it wasn’t an easy decision but no, right now I wouldn’t have it any other way.
3. Do you co-sleep?
No, each to their own but no it’s not for us.
4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
One thing? That is tricky! I wrote a post about some of our favourite things for surviving the first year but I think that the answer has to be the green thing. Otherwise known as a star fleece blanket. Last winter when monkey was younger, it was so useful, it was great for short trips in the car and kept him toasty warm without needing to get him in a coat or snowsuit. It was also amazing at naptime. You get the idea, it was amazing! The best present we received for him! (You can buy it at Not on The High Street)
5. How many kids do you plan on having?
Undecided. We definitely want at least 2… but beyond that we aren’t sure yet. Hubby wants at least 3, I like the idea of 4… but I hated being pregnant and had a lot of problems, so really it depends how the next pregnancy goes!
6. Date nights? How many do you have per month?
Per month? 0 We somehow manage to get out every couple of months though thanks to some lovely grandparents 🙂 Mostly for events and things but occasionally we go out just the 2 of us which is really lovely 🙂
7. Your child’s favourite show?
Postman Pat. He does like Baby Jake a lot too and the Numtums have been a fave for a while. Postman Pat is definitely the fave though and Jess is his favourite character.
8. Name one thing you bought before you had the baby and never ended up using?
A Babasling, I thought it looked amazing but we could never get Monkey happy or comfortable in it. We tried a lot but just no. Shame though.
9. Your child’s favourite food?
Curry, randomly. We started off very mild but these days he eats the same level of spice as we do (which is pretty spicy) as long as he has a cup of milk and some bread. Pretty impressive for a not yet 2 year old! Even in the height of his fussiness he loooved curries! Hubby is 1/4 Indian/Malaysian so maybe it is in his blood.
10. How many cars does your family have?
Two. Mine is the main car then hubby has a banger for when he occasionally drives to work or goes on a business trip. (He usually cycles to work as it is just round the corner.) I love my car, a Honda Civic, I bought it a few months before I met hubby. I had some inheritance that I had kept in the hope of using for a wedding one day. I was in a low place having just got out of a pretty destructive relationship and decided to blow a huge chunk of it on a lovely car, which was something I never thought I would do. I still love it though 31/2 years later so I don’t regret my decision, even though I did end up getting married less than a year later! Oh and the start of the number plate is BJ08 😉
11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?
I’d put some weight on before I got pregnant and got pregnant before I had a chance to lose any. I lost quite a bit in the first few months but then piled the pounds on after I stopped breastfeeding at 6 months and got to 13 stone. So then I went on a weight watchers diet and lost 1 1/2 stone more easily than I thought I would. I lost another 1/4 stone a little while later but that 1/4 refuses to stay off so I go up and down a bit but mainly am at 11 1/2 stone and it seems that is where my body is happy.
12. Dream holiday with your kids?
When they are older, my dream, dream holiday would be a African Safari, to show them Lions and Elephants and all those wonderful animals in the wild. It is one of my dream holidays and I think it would be wonderful to take the kids when they are old enough to really appreciate it. We’ll see if we can afford it though!!
13.Dream holiday without your kids?
I’m not sure I could have a dream holiday without Monkey, but I know when he is all grown up and moved away (god that sounds like a long time away but I know it will happen one day!) Hubby and I will hope to have lots of adventures. I have travelled a lot, but hubby has hardly been anywhere. I’d love to show him some of my favourite places, Western Australia, Laos, or Santiago in Chile. My dream holiday before having Monkey was to go kayaking with killer whales in Canada. Hubby isn’t too keen on that idea though so not sure if we’ll ever do it!
14. How has your life changed since having kids?
Completely and utterly. Life is all about Monkey now. I no longer work, I bake and cook more, try to do more crafty things but my life fits to his routine and what works best for him and to make him happy. I still try to hold on to some of myself and visit friends as much as can but I inevitably do those things a lot less than I used to. I am a much happier person now too.
15. Where do you shop for your kids?
Usually Tesco and Mothercare for the most part. I love Next clothes but find them too expensive for what they are and while I would happily buy them in the sales, the Next sales are just too crazy for me! I try and buy things in the sales in the next size up where I can and we sometimes have a look in charity shops, and have got him some great buys. I not big on spending lots of money on clothes for myself so I guess it’s no surprise I try and get Monkey’s clothes as cheaply as possible too! Just seems silly to me to spend lots on clothes that only fit them for a few months!
16. Favourite make-up and skincare products?
I very rarely wear much makeup but when I do I use L’oreal Derma Genesis Pore Minimising smoother as it makes my skin luminous, an oil free foundation (my current one is Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid) a good black liquid eyeliner and some Maybelline mascara. Occasionally I go the whole hog with powder, blusher etc but I find a bit of eyeliner makes enough of a difference on an average day!
17. Huggies or Pampers?
Out of the two, pampers. We use pampers at night because Monkey has always wee’d a lot in the night and they seem to be the only ones that can keep him dry. During the day though it’s generally what is on offer or cheapest. When he was little Just 4 bums by kiddicare were the cheapest, whereas most of the time now we find the tesco own brand ones cheapest and they work really well.
18. Have you always wanted kids?
Yes, but I was never in any great rush. My mum had my brothers and I in her thirties so I always thought that was the right age to have them. I wanted to live my life before having kids, and I did. I suppose meeting the right person helps though too. It didn’t take long for hubby and I to get down the aisle and get pregnant so I guess the timing was perfect!
19. Best part of being a mum?
Watching him grow into his own little person. Seeing him develop his personality and watching the joy at all the the simplest things. I found being mummy to a baby really quite hard but I love being mummy to a toddler. He brings so much happiness into our lives every day and I feel so lucky that I get to be his mummy. God, how soppy was that?
Phew that was longer than I thought it would be!
Now to tag some other lovely mummies who I hope haven’t already done it!