I was tagged in The Mummy Tag post by the lovely Beth at Twinderelmo ages ago and I am only just now getting round to actually finishing and answering the questions about my family and our lives. Hopefully you will enjoy my answer and it will give you more of an insight into our lives.
Are you a stay-at-home or a working Mum?
I am a stay at home mum.
Would you have it any other way?
Honestly, yes and no. I would love the extra money and to be able to enter the world and have adult convocations on a daily basis but I know my kids need me at home to help take them to their appointments and to help clean the house and do the things that I do around the house plus I enjoy being here when they get home from school.
My Newborn must-have?
A bouncy chair or swing that has an in-built vibrating motion or rocking sensation. That way when you want to have 5 seconds to yourself to help you breathe and recuperate after just having a baby. You can and the motion of the chair or swing will keep the baby happy. That is until they poop, needs feeding or burping or just realises you’re not actually hold them and you have to hug, shhhhh and rock them back to sleep.
How many kids do you plan on having?
If I could I would have more because that little broody voice inside me reminds me of all the cute little baby toys and how everything with LM is the last time and now she is getting older and is a fully fledged toddler. That voice has started to get loader.
Luckily I was smart though when I fell pregnant with LM and I told my hubby he had to have the snip because I was done having kids and 4 is more then enough for me, plus we don’t have anymore room in our 3 bedroom house because there is already 7 of us living here.
Date Night – How often?
A date night where we go Out-Out is very rarely. I think once every 3 to 6 months, the hubby and I get an evening away from the kids and go out on a date. But We love our date nights, so we will do them at home about once a week and we will feed the kids and then once their all in bed the hubby and I have a meal together or order a take out and watch a film or sometimes just listen to music and talk.
What’s your child’s favourite TV show?
E loves Doc Mcstuffins and Paw patrol, LM is starting to get into Micky mouse clubhouse and Something Special. The boys love Adventure time, Regular show, Nexo Knights, Lego Ninjago and Yokay Watch I think it’s called. I have normally switched off by that point because all the shows are basically the same and have weird names.
What’s one thing you bought for your newborn and never used?
One of those milk bottle warmer things. I brought it but never used it or the insulated bag that came with it, as I tried to breastfeed all my kids and when we stopped I use to make the bottles fresh.
Child’s favourite food?
I know I am going to win every parenting award going for this answer. My kids favourite food is take out.
How many cars does your family have?
None. Both my hubby and I don’t know how to drive.
Weight Gain – Before, During and After Pregnancy?
I have always been on the bigger side and with my first pregnancy I gained over 5 stone, that I have never really been able to get rid of. When I was pregnant with P I lost weight during the start of my pregnancy and the same with E and LM. By 8 months gone with P I had put on a stone in weight and I still fit on my jeans from before I was pregnant (but only just). After P I continued to lose weight but I think that was because I was a single parent and going to college, I was almost got back to my pre babies weight until I met my husband and got comfy. With E and LM I continued to lose weight after they were born until around 3 months and then I would start piling it on again.
What’s your dream family holiday?
I would love to take my kids to Disneyland either in Paris or Florida. My all time dream holiday would be for my family and I to go to Hawaii and spend long days walking the beach or hiking through the many trails around the different islands.
What’s your dream holiday without the kids?
This year was the first year that I have actually ever been on holiday without my kids. My husband and I went to Rome and it was amazing but I missed my kids the whole time and found it really difficult to relax without them. So I don’t actually dream of a holiday without my kids right now because I know I would spend the whole holiday missing my kids.
How has life changed since having kids?
I had my first child at the age of 17. So as you can probably guess I had to grow up pretty quickly. However my life hasn’t really changed that much. I still have to ask my mum and dad if I can go out, it’s just now it’s because I need them to babysit. When I do actually get to go out then I have a curfew and if I come in late I am met with and icy reception. I still have to make sure I don’t fall asleep when I am not supposed to, except now instead of the fear of waking up with no eye brows, it’s the knowing that if I do try to sneak a 5 minute snooze on the sofa I will to wake up with some disaster area in my living room or covered in felt pen or other undesirable substance, while my naked 2 year old is giggling and drawing/smearing the same substance on the walls.
So yeah life hasn’t changed much since having kids except that I am happier then I have ever been and on a daily basis I have atlas one mini person that I helped create tell me that I am the best mum in the world and that they love me.
Finish the sentence – It makes my heart melt when…
When a child looks up at you with that “You are my whole world” stare. It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Where do I shop for my kids?
George Asda, Nutmegs, Next, Primark and some times i’ll get something from Boots or Mothercare, if I think it’s really cute.
What’s your favourite makeup and skincare?
I don’t really have a favourite because I only really wear eye shadow, eye liner and mascara, with the odd bit of lipstick and only when I’m going out somewhere like a night out etc. But I tend to buy most of my make up from Avon.
Huggies or Pampers?
Pampers. My kids always seem to react badly to Huggies nappies and I found that when T and P where babies if I used Huggies they would get really bad nappy rash. So I stuck with pampers.
Have you always wanted kids?
No, When I was little I always wanted to grow up and be a mum and I had dolls right up until being a teenager. Then when I was about 14/15 I realised I could have a life, I could go out drinking (underage) and just have fun. It was at that point I decided I didn’t want kids because I wanted to live my life and see the world. At 16 I met my first serious boyfriend and I went to go on the pill was told to wait for my next cycle to start and then I could start my first course. I ended up having to wait 9 months before I could start them as T was already being created.
Best thing about being a Mum?
Having someone there who loves everything about you no matter what and means everything to you. Oh and the mummy snuggles when your little one curls up in your arms and falls asleep 😀
So I hope you liked my answers and that this made sense. I now have to tag some more mums to answer the same questions.
Claire from Mumsy Mum
Latoya from Pure Nourish
I hope you take part and I can wait to see what you write.