1 Apr 2013

Mummy Matters - Real Mum Share Advice

This month Jennifer from Jennifers Little World had given some brilliant insight into how she deals with motherhood

Name: Jennifer

Bubba Name: Harry (4), Mia (21 months)

How has motherhood changed you?

I have become much better at multi-tasking. I have  also become very good at spotting windows of opportunity and getting things done in those rare, tiny gaps when both children are happily occupied. I have become less anxious about social situations because I know that with a child in tow I will always have someone to talk to.

What items are in your handbag (baby related)?

I always carry a spare nappy, baby wipes, some kind of snack and a toy car or two! If we're going out for longer then there will also be a drink in there. I often rely on my iPhone to entertain the little ones, my daughter particularly loves looking through all the photos and videos on there.

What things could you not live without? 

I would find it very difficult to cope without my parents. They are brilliant at coming down to visit and taking the children away for a short time, or even babysitting for longer periods. Recently they looked after my daughter for a whole weekend so that we could take my son up to London for a short break, which was lovely.

Since I stopped working a few months back due to redundancy, I find that I spend a lot of time on social media. Sometimes online contact is the only real contact that I have with other adults during the day, and I find it reassuring to know that there are other people out there facing the same challenges as I am. My blog is also very important to me, it gives me a focus and something to think about that is just for me.

I have a couple of friendly baby groups that I visit regularly, and even if I don't get to talk to anyone for very long, it's so nice for us all to get out of the house and for the children to have different toys to play with.

In terms of baby equipment, our baby swing saved us when my second baby was born. It was the only way that she settled in the evenings, and it meant that we could put my older son to bed and have a couple of hours to relax before putting her down for the night, instead of pacing up and down the corridors with a screaming baby.

Any good advice you received (or could give)?

Don't believe everything that people tell you about their children. It wasn't until I discovered Twitter that I found out other people were suffering the same sleepless nights as us. People on social media are much more honest, people in real life tend to embellish the truth.

In my opinion the best thing that we did was to establish a bedtime for the children of around 7.30pm. there were many nights, especially in the early days with each baby, when this didn't go to plan, but there were many more when it did, and it saved our sanity to have a few hours of the evening to ourselves. My children have both been poor night time sleepers so I hesitate to give sleep advice, but having those few precious child free hours every evening helps us to get through it.

Do you use any good books or websites that you'd like to share?

I've found the NHS Direct website very helpful in the past when looking up children's symptoms and diagnoses. You do have to be very careful when looking up medical information online though as it can just make you worry more!

When I'm looking for crafts and activities to do with the children I absolutely love Pinterest. There are so many fantastic ideas out there, you can never be stuck for something to do.

Describe you life now in one word:

Full!

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