I’ve really enjoyed reading all these wonderful posts and discovering more about these lovely ladies. And I’d hate to be left out.
I know that I am late for the party but I thought that I would gatecrash anyway. Allons-y!
The mummy tag
1. Are you a stay at home mum or a working mum?
I am a stay at home mum and have been for a few months now after deciding not to return to work.
2. Would you have it any other way?
Not at all. I love spending time with my little lady. I had worked as a high value legacy fundraiser at Cancer Research UK for over five years. I loved my job and Cancer Research UK is the most amazing organisation to work for. But after a great deal of soul-searching, I decided not to return once my maternity leave came to an end. It was a really tough decision but in the end, there were more reasons to stay at home with Little Miss H then there were to go back to work.
Some days I do miss being Mrs H the professional, organised and personable fundraiser and not just mummy. And that is why I enjoy spending time on this blog. It is something for me and only me. I hope that doesn’t make me sound selfish.
3. Do you co-sleep?
Ummm, yes and no. Little Miss H has her own room and we put her to sleep in her cot every night. However, is she wakes during the night and we can’t settle her then she comes in with us. It is the only way any of us get any sleep. Plus, I get extra snuggles with my gorgeous daughter.
4. What is your one must have item for your baby?
My Lenny Lamb Sunset Rainbow woven wrap. We live in a town that is quite inaccessible for buggies and so my wrap is indispensable. Little Miss H loves snuggling up in it and having extra cuddles. She is often asleep within minutes of being wrapped.
5. How many kids do you plan on having?
At least the one we have!
6. Do you go on date nights with your other half? If so, how many date nights do you have per month?
Mr H and I love a date night and we do try to do something together every month. We are actually planning a weekend away next month. Nanna and Grampy are going to be taking on babysitting duties for the weekend. It will be the first time since Little Miss H was born that we have a few days to ourselves. We. Cannot. Wait! Squeal.
7. What is your child’s favourite TV show?
We don’t really like Little Miss H watching TV as it over stimulates her and can stop her from sleeping. But I am fascinated by In the night garden (please don’t ask) and so she has watched that a few times. I am a little obsessed with the tombliboos.
8. Name one thing that you bought before you had your baby and then never ended up using.
This has to be the microwave steriliser. We quickly discovered that the quickest and easiest way to sterilise bottles was to buy a huge Tupperware tank and use sterilisation tablets.
The baby bath and top and tail bowl that we bought were also not used much. They are now being used for messy and sensory play and are available for imaginative play when Little Miss H is older.
9. What it your child’s favourite food?
Little Miss H loves fruit. And in large quantities. She is a fruit monster.
10. How many cars does your family have?
We just have one car – our little Ford Fiesta. We got it a month before my due date and one of our first proper trips in it was to the hospital when I was in labour.
11. Did you gain weight before pregnancy, during or after? What about now?
I was really happy with my weight before pregnancy. I had lost weight before we started trying for a baby. I then lost some more weight after a miscarriage (I recently shared our miscarriage story in support of the Mumsnet Miscarriage Care Campaign. Please support this campaign which is so close to my heart).
I then managed to gain a healthy amount of weight during the pregnancy. And I seemed to lose a stone in weight quite quickly after Little Miss H was born.
Since then my weight has plateaued. I know that I could be slimmer and I have some wobbly bits that I could do without. But I am proud of my body and what it has achieved. It is bound to be different after growing and giving birth to a little human. And if I’m honest, I think I prefer my body since I’ve had Little Miss H. I’ve had a baby – my tummy is no longer going to be perfect.
12. What would be your dream holiday with your kids?
My brother and his family live in Singapore and so it would be awesome to go out and see them. Little Miss H has only met her cousins once and it would be lovely if they could spend some more time together. And I could spend time lying by the pool, chilling and soaking up some Vitamin D.
13. What would be your dream holiday without your kids?
I would love to return to the Maldives.
Mr H and I went there for our honeymoon and it was perfect. It is paradise and I would love to go back.
We got married nine days before my 30th birthday (it was very strategically planned)! So maybe we could go there again to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary and my 40th birthday. Hint hint hint!
14. How has your life changed since your baby was born?
Our life has changed in so many ways since Little Miss H entered into our lives. I don’t think I could ever find the words to explain how different life is now.
Life is wonderful now we are three. It is also exhausting, exciting, scary, uncontrollable, precious and more complete.
15. Finish this sentence. “It makes my heart melt to see…”
It makes my heart melt to see Little Miss H smiling, giggling and playing with her adoring daddy.
16. Where do you shops for your kids?
Anywhere and everywhere really. H&M, Matalan, Primark, John Lewis, Mothercare, TK Maxx, JoJo Maman Bebe, GAP Kids and all of the supermarkets. The list goes on and on.
I also love an NCT Nearly New Sale. At the last sale I attended I managed to buy most of Little Miss H’s summer wardrobe for as little as £20.00. Bargain!
17. What are your favourite make-up and skin care products?
I love, love, love make-up and skin care products.
One of the main things that I miss about going to work is wearing a full face of make-up and doing my hair properly. Now I think of myself as groomed if I have a slick of mascara on and I’ve brushed my hair.
But I can’t live without sun protection. At the moment, Little Miss H and I are using Ultrasun’s 50+ Ultra Sensitive Extreme. It is gentle on our skin, free from nasties, has a very high SPF and is jam-packed with UVA busting properties. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
If I want to feel groomed without making a real effort then I will put on some CC Cream and a dab of under eye concealer (very important to hide those sleepless nights). Then I’ll fill in my eyebrows with a pencil, add some mascara and put on a bright lippy. I ADORE the Revlon Color Burst Lip Butters and have them in many shades, My favourite shade is Candy Apple – an orangy-red colour that always makes me smile.
18. Do you use Huggies or Pampers?
We have bought Pampers nappies in the past but the Boots Baby nappies seem to be the best for Little Miss H. They only leak when we need to go up a size and they seem lightweight and good value. Plus, they are often on offer in Boots and buying them will add to your Advantage Card points (which, if you are like me, you will use to buy more make-up).
We use Huggies Natural Care Wipes and after trying lots of different brands these are the wipes that we always come back to.
We do try to use reusable wipes when we can. They are cheaper, kinder on delicate skin and better for the environment.
19. Have you always wanted children?
Yes. I’ve always adored children and I knew from quite a young age that I wanted to be a mummy.
20. And lastly, what is the best thing about being a mum?
I think that the best thing about being a mum is knowing that I grew and produced a little human being. A happy and delightful little girl who changes everyday. I am constantly surprised at how amazing she is and how much I love her. My life feels complete now that I am a mum.