In the absence of new material from me (more to come on that in my ‘Blog Off’ post I am currently writing!), this month I am taking part in ‘Oh My Blog’, a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme.
This month, the theme is Mums (of course – because it was Mother’s Day yesterday!) and I am pleased to be featuring a post from Vicki at Tippytupps, where she tells us all about being a mum:
Hi!! I’m Vicki from over at Tippytupps and this month I’m talking about how great it is being a mummy! The hardest but most rewarding job I’ve ever had!
- How long have you been a mum? Introduce us to your children
I’ve been a mum for almost 2 and half years now, First we have Darcie who is a headstrong toddler who knows her own mind and refuses to do anything she doesn’t want to do. A great strength of character I hope she keeps but just wish she wouldn’t use against me! Then we have Henry our newest addition who is the most content and happy little boy.
- What’s been the best thing about it so far?
Definitely the love. You’re told that you’ll love them more than anything else you’ve ever known but nothing prepares you for feeling it. That loves works both ways too as the way they look at you like you’re their entire world is humbling and the smile they have for you when you walk into the room will brighten any day. Darcie is at the age now too when she will excitedly tell me about her day as soon as she sees me which is the cutest thing!
- Best baby brain story. More dozy the better!
Goodness there’s just so many. What about the time I was in the proper strop because I couldn’t find my house keys – which included having a hormonal go at the hubby because I was adamant he’d done something with them! – only to find them in the fridge when I went to make myself a brew a few hours later. Or maybe all the times that I have turned up for appointments a day or two early. Or maybe even the time I left the house thinking it was a little cold only to realise I’d forgotten to put trousers on. As in actually missed them altogether and found myself on the doorstep full dressed apart from bottoms. Luckily I only got as far as the front door and noticed once the wind hit! Needless to say baby brain has been around for a while now!
- You’ve won the lottery (yay!) What is the first thing that you buy for yourself? (Not for the kiddies!)
Probably some clothes that fit! I’m at that in between stage where my pregnancy clothes are too big and my pre-pregnancy wardrobe is still too small, However, I refuse to buy anything new when I have an entire wardrobe that I just need to lose a little weight to get back into.
- What’s the first thing you do once the kids have gone to bed?
We do all the chores for the following day (tidying up, getting bags ready etc) and then I start work! Having just been made redundant I’ve made the decision to go self employed as a content writer supported by a craft business, however having 2 children under 3 means that every moment when they’re in bed is used to build the business and do some work.
- What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year?
Darcie has Rugby in the morning and then I dare say I will go out visiting our mums and convince one of them to give us a roast dinner!
- What are you most looking forward to in the years to come as a mum?
Seeing and getting to know the amazing people they are going to be. It’s really surprised me how quickly they become their own little people with their own little personalities and I can’t wait to meet who they are going to become. They are already two very different people with different characters so I’m also looking forward to seeing what kind of relationship they’re going to have with each other. A close one I’m hoping!
- What’s the best Mother’s Day present you’ve ever received?
My hubby is actually really good on this one and I’ve had some great ones over the past two years – pamper packs, handmade gifts, Pandora charms – but my favourite is this lovely canvas that the Bear made for me last year.
- Did you do anything special or specific to announce that you were going to become a mum?
Not really – a quick Facebook post when I was about 16 weeks which confirm confirmed what we had already told our families once we had the 12 week scan. Nothing exciting though.
- What’s the biggest way you’ve changed since becoming a mum? Aside from now having a small human to take care of, obviously.
I have less time and less money now which has been exchanged for all that love, but I guess the way I’ve changed the most is that I don’t really sweat the small stuff anymore. I used to get a bee in my bonnet about a lot of things that to be honest were so unimportant that I can’t even remember a good example. Now though I find myself not caring about those little things that just don’t matter – as long as we are together, happy and healthy then the rest doesn’t come close. However, on the flip side I now find myself worrying about EVERYTHING! It seems the worrying starts as soon as we get pregnant and it doesn’t stop when they arrive. Will they be happy, healthy, have friends, be bullied, be cyber bullied, eat enough, be kind, be nice, stop throwing tantrums, sleep better ……the list of what I can worry about as a mummy is endless!
- What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about becoming a mum?
That routines don’t matter. You can work and work to get your baby into a ‘good’ routine and then something happens to spoil it all – teeth, illness, development leap – then that good routine goes out the window and it all starts again. Instead just enjoy it; they’re babies for such a short amount of time just enjoy it while it lasts. The sleeping, feeding, napping routines will happen when they’re ready.
- Be honest here… have you passed any of your bad habits on to your kids yet? We promise, we won’t judge.
Yep! Her temper comes from my side of the family and already she will look at me with a stern look on her face, point at me (or her brother) and shout “no!”. She’s also inherited my husband’s unhealthy love of chocolate.
- What is your absolute must-have item now that you’re a parent? One thing you can’t leave the house without or need for your kid’s bedtime. What’s integral to your daily life now?
Baby wipes! How on earth did I live my life before baby wipes!
- What’s the weirdest mum conversation you’ve found yourself having? Be it with your child, your partner or even a fellow mum? We all know we end up talking about weird stuff.
Poo – I’ve had a ridiculous amount of conversations about poo in the past 2 and a half years. It’s colour, consistency, frequency, the places it’s ended up! – all disgusting but all have been discussed in great detail.
- Finally, what’s the biggest lesson your time as a mum has taught you?
To be less selfish, When your heart exists outside of your body it’s easy to put someone else’s needs before your own. Have clothes that are hanging off you in threads? See a new pair of jeans in the sale for £15? You can’t justify the additional cost. However, you see the cutest little outfit for your little one for £20 when she already has a brimming wardrobe? Not a problem *hands over the cash*. You change your life, and in our case your home, your car and your career for them and you just don’t mind because you would genuinely do anything for your children.
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