1 May 2013

Mummy Matters

This month mother of two beautiful babies gives us some insight into how she stays on top of motherhood.

Name: Amy

Bubba's Names: Harry & Evie

2 years 7 months & 9 months

How has motherhood changed you?

I didn’t think I would love being a mummy as much as I do! Yes, hubby and I don’t go out as much but we appreciate our weekends, family time is so precious and great fun!

I’ve always been organised but I think I’ve taken it to a whole new level! I like to be at least 5 steps ahead of what’s coming next and to keep busy I find that it’s the easiest way to keep both children happy!

What items are in your handbag (baby related)?

I no longer carry a handbag! I have a nappy bag, a small lunch cool bag and I have big coat pockets that contain all the essentials! Tissues, wet wipes, nappies, snacks and favourite mini toys (to keep them entertained!).

I’ve learnt to pack light over the years and as Evie is getting older they can start sharing more, which makes it easier and lightens the load!

What things could you not live without? 

My husband. He’s fantastic with the children and cooking! Also their smiles keep me going no matter how tired I am as soon as I hear them laughing it’s a total buzz! 

I like to get prepared in the evening for the next day, take food out the freezer, pack bags - that way in the morning we can get up and go!

Any good advice you received (or could give)?

A wise old mother once told me to never wake a sleeping baby and trust your instincts – very true.

This may sound daft but I grew up with animals and they feed off you, I’ve learnt that it is similar with children. They look to you all the time for reassurance, if you are anxious they get anxious, if you are happy they are happy and they’re a lot easier to deal with happy!

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

We are lucky to have a really good local website that lists all baby/child related activities and puts them in a handy calendar, www.forsanitysake.com. They also send a really good weekly newsletter that highlights any new groups or local community events.

Love or hate her, Gina Ford, I found the books great for routines and weaning. The guides to the amount of food you should introduce and when was great. I didn’t follow the routines minute by minute but it has certainly helped me have two content children! Annabelle Karmel recipe books were also great for weaning and she also has a great website.

Describe you life now in one word:

Can I have two, hectic & happy!


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