Lucinda at Teacher2Mummy was kind enough to tag me and I know it’s always nice to find out a bit more about the person behind the blog so without further ado…
1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum, or a Working Mum?
I’m currently on maternity leave from my job as a secondary school teacher. All being well I will be going back to work in August.
2. Would you have it any other way?
Before Toby was born I always thought that I would love to stay at home with him and not have to go back to work. Although I love spending time with him now, I’m actually looking forward to going back to work! I think having time away from teaching has actually made me realise how much I enjoy it. Ideally I’d like to go back part time but I think I might end up going back full time for a year for a variety of reasons.
3. Do you co-sleep?
No. When Toby was really little we sometimes had the odd nap together but I wouldn’t have felt comfortable having him in bed with both me and the hubby. And now on the odd occasion he wakes up early and I bring him in to our bed in the hope of getting a bit more sleep he just wants to wriggle and punch in the face!
4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
Muslins! We use loads of them. For general wiping/mopping up but also as bibs and mostly for Toby to chew on.
5. How many kids do you plan on having?
Two. I have a brother who is exactly two years older than me and we got on great when we were kids (and still do). I’ve always said I would like a boy and girl and to have them two years apart…but that does mean getting pregnant again scarily soon!
6. Date nights? How many do you have per month?
Ha! We have only been out together without Toby twice since he was born. It’s quite hard not having any family close by – it means there’s a distinct shortage of willing babysitters. My mum is coming up in a couple of weeks though so we’re going to leave her in charge while we go to the cinema and try not to fall asleep.
7. Your child’s favourite show?
He doesn’t have one. He loves watching the TV but he just watches whatever we’re watching. I haven’t started showing him children’s TV yet.
8. Name one thing you bought before you had the baby and never ended up using?
I can’t really think of anything. We had lots of clothes that he only wore a few times before growing out of.
9. Your child’s favourite food?
He’s only just started eating solids but so far toast seems to go down well, as does fromage frais – we’ve not tried them together yet though!
10. How many cars does your family have?
Just the one.
11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?
I put on about three stone during pregnancy. I’ve lost about a stone of that, so two more to go. Which reminds me, I really must write another weight loss update post soon.
12. Dream holiday with your kids?
We’re hoping to go camping in France this summer. That was what we did for all my family holidays growing up and I absolutely loved it. And I think when we have older kids we’d like to take them skiing. (I quite fancy going to Disneyland and Universal Studios in Florida but I think the hubby might take a bit of convincing!)
13. Dream holiday without your kids?
There are so many places I’d love to go. I’ve been on two American road trips – one on my own to San Francisco, LA, Arizona, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, the other was our honeymoon to Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC and all down the east coast. I absolutely love America and really want to do another road trip round the Deep South; New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis… But then I’d also really love to go to Australia and New Zealand.
14. How has your life changed since having kids?
I don’t think you can really imagine how much life will change, no matter how much you read or how much you think about it, until you actually have kids. I miss some of the freedom of our life before Toby, everything takes much more planning now! Having total responsibility for a tiny human being is a bit overwhelming at times but I think I’m finally starting to get used to it.
15. Finish the sentence “It makes heart melt when…”
Toby looks at me and gives me a massive gummy grin.
16. Where do you shop for your kids?
Mostly supermarkets! Usually Tesco or Asda. I did get quite a lot of things in John Lewis in the January sales too. There are so many lovely baby clothes out there but I just can’t justify spending a lot of money on things that only last a few months. Toby’s clothes are all getting a lot of use though. My friend has twins three months younger than Toby so all his clothes go to them.
17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?
I hardly ever wear make up. My skin is really dry so I tend to just use E45 on my body. I do like Clinque Moisture Surge for my face but it’s quite expensive so I always get my mum to buy it for Christmas and birthdays.
18. Huggies or Pampers?
Neither! We are cloth bummed all the way. We did use Pampers for the first six weeks or so after Toby was born though. And we use Huggies Little Swimmers in the pool.
19. Have you always wanted kids?
When I was younger I just always sort of assumed I would have kids. But then when I got to 32 and I’d been single for eight years I started to think maybe it wouldn’t happen. But then I met the hubby and the rest is history!
20. Best part of being a mum?
Watching this tiny human, who I grew in my tummy, develop and learn new things every day. I love seeing the concentration on his face when he’s trying to figure something out.
So that’s me, now it’s your turn… It’s seems loads of people have done this tag already so I’m not going to tag anyone specifically – if you want to do it just grab the questions and away you go.