What's all this about then?
The lovely Fi from Beauty Baby and Me nominated me to do a 'Mummy Tag' post. Basically it involves answering a bunch of questions about yourself in the self-indulgent way which I, and bloggers everywhere, excel at. It's taken me a while to get to it but the kids are in bed and I have a glass of wine...So here we go!
1. Are you a stay at home mum or a working mum?
Technically I am a working mum. I've just reached the end of maternity leave round two and am on that holiday portion. I will be returning, but my employer is not willing to offer part time hours and therefore I'll be leaving shortly afterwards for the life of a stay at home mum. You can read more about that here and here.
Let's be diplomatic and say I didn't have the choice. I would have liked to return but only on a part time (2 or 3 day) basis. But given the choice of working full time on crap sleep (and just about breaking even whilst paying for two in nursery) and staying at home with them, the latter is definitely my preferred option.
3. Do you co-sleep?
I did, because I believe strongly in whatever you have to do to get you through. They both sleep in their own beds 95% of the time now so it didn't build any bad habits or build any metaphorical rods, because that's all complete balls.
4. What is your one must have item for your baby.
WINE. But that's for me. For the baby... A sling. I owe my sanity to my slings.
5. How many kids do you plan on having?
I have two and I am done. I love them dearly but I never want to do the newborn stage ever again. I don't like newborns. Being around other peoples' small children does not make me broody, it makes me feel panic.
6. Date night? How often do you have them?
Er, never. We went to see the new Star Wars and that's the only time we've been out together and alone since the baby was born. We are sadly very short of willing and able babysitters for evening duties.
7. Your child’s favourite show
The big one is a big fan of That Pig, although she has recently expanded into Disney Princesses.
There are a few outfits that we were given which never got worn. I didn't rate the bumbo we were lent and we didn't even bother with a Moses basket the second time round (again, lent) as our first never slept in it. I don't think there is anything I regret buying though as we didn't actually buy a lot!
9. Your child’s favourite food.
Probably chips and baked beans. Ice cream. All the bad stuff. Anyone who genuinely thinks their child is going to grow up to love broccoli is wrong, although both kids do love fruit.
Just one now. We briefly had one each (me and my husband, not the kids).
11. Weight gain before pregnancy, during, after and now.
Some. None of your business. I lost a bit, and have put a little back on. I tried Slimming World but it wasn't really for me - I stuck to it rigidly for a month and lost about 2lb! I've done Weight Watchers successfully a few times though and will probably go back to that when I can be bothered. It's not something I get overly stressed about.
12. Dream holiday with your kids ?
Er... I can't even begin to think about it yet after the last one. I think we will probably stick to staycations for the near future!
13. Dream holiday without your kids?
A Travelodge on a motorway would be fine by me as long as no one woke me up at 6am. It would be lovely to go somewhere exotic, with white beaches and fancy cocktails.
14. How has your life changed since having kids?
I'm far more tired. I look about a hundred years older and my hair is even worse than it was.
15. Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when………”
My kids play nicely with each other, particularly when the big one gives the little one cuddles unprompted. She is far more likely to ask me to 'take him away now mummy' but I know she loves him really, deep down. As for him, he thinks his sister is amazing. Poor kid.
For toys, we usually buy online. Clothes-wise I am fortunate to have been the recipient of a lovely bunch of handmedowns so I don't generally need to buy a lot, but if I see something I like I'll buy it. I don't tend to go shopping a lot (or ever) because I'm not a masochist so if I get something it's usually from one of the supermarkets, which I love because they're so cheap.
17. Favourite makeup and skincare products?
I'm not really that big on either. I do wear make-up but I don't do it properly, I've never attempted contouring in my life, in fact I've only just learned what that means. It looks like an art form far exceeding my skills of expertise. I'm a bit of a failure as far as being a 'yummy mummy' goes.
18. Huggies or Pampers?
You can't buy Huggies in the UK so Pampers it is. Prefer cheapies for day time though.
19. Have you always wanted kids?
I don't remember. Probably not when I was younger, but I think deep down I always assumed I would. Too late to change my mind now I suspect.
20. Best part of being a mum?
The laughs. And there are plenty of them.
I finally did it.
This is the part where I am supposed to tag five mums, but it has taken me SO LONG to get around to this that I haven't got anyone left to tag! Please, if you haven't already done it - have a go and let me know (maybe leave a link in the comments) so I can have a nose.