The Mum tag 2019
I was tagged by Karen at Twice Microwaved Tea to answer 15 questions about being a Mum. So let's get stuck in with my answers.
1. Favourite mum hack?
Honestly I don't really have one. I definitely need to try more hacks I've seen though. I definitely recommend when it comes to parenting being organised is key.
2. Most embarrassing mum moment?
We've had the usual tantrums in shops. It's something I've learnt to deal with though. Luckily nothing else embarrassing has happened other than that. Now that Blake's speech is coming along more and he is repeating things. I wouldn't be surprised somewhere down the line he will do or say something super embarrassing.
3. What part of the day do you love the most?
Mid afternoon, that tends to be generally when we spend time together one to one doing fun activities.
4. What part of the day do you like the least?
Morning. I am not a morning person what so ever so find it tricky to function. Thank goodness for coffee.
5. The worst thing someone said to you while you were pregnant?
I've been lucky and not had any nasty comments. I had a small bump however so I was worried people wouldnt realise I was pregnant and found asking for a seat on a bus pretty awkward.
6. Baby name you didn’t agree on?
We had our baby names sorted before I was even pregnant. I'm glad that we both liked the same names. Although if we have another child and it's a boy I definitely think there'll be disagreements.
7. Do you co sleep?
Yes and no. No when at home and we are strict with that as we personally feel it's not for us. When away from home we let him sleep with me because he doesn't like change and needs the comfort.
8. Something you bought but never used?
I did a lot of research when pregnant with Blake so we used most of what we brought. One item though that turned out to be useless was a bottle warmer.
9. Three hospital bag must haves?
Big comfy knickers, a fan and plenty of snacks. Comfy knickers are important no matter what your labour was like. A fan because even in December the room was so hot. Snacks because hospital food is just awful.
10. Are you a routine mum or a ‘go with the flow’ mum, and what does bedtime look like?
I use to be go with the flow and still in a way am. However as Blake is autistic he loves routine so we need to prepare him if something changes. Bedtime we generally get Blake to bed at 8 or 8:30 at the latest. We bath Blake every 2 days and the usual routine is once he is in his pjs, he has some milk as it's part of his routine and its something that is a comfort to him. We than do his teeth, put his night light on and he goes to sleep. I try and read to him while he has his milk.
11. What type of labour did you have? What pain relief did you choose
I was induced and went 14 hours of only gas and air before opting for an epidural which didnt work. This then was followed with an emergency c-section. You can read about it here if you are interested.
12. Have you ever been mum shamed
There was one women who snubbed me at a mum group. I had been talking to her and then Blake needed to be fed. Soon as the bottle came out she never spoke to me again. Another time on the bus an elderly couple started discussing in front of me that they felt that buggys needed to be paid for on buses as they get in the way.
13. The biggest challenges you’ve faced since becoming a mum?
It has to be learning and adjusting to Blake having autism. It's definitely a challenge.
14. The best bit of advice you have ever been given – biggest piece of advice you’d give to a new mum?
Don't compair your child to other children. I know its hard and its definitely something I'm working on as children develop at different rates.
15. Who’s your mum crush?
Giovanna Fletcher. I've followed her on Instagram for ages. She is also really down to earth and I even had a quick but awkward chat with her when we saw her with Tom and her 2 boys Buzz and Buddy at In the night garden live one year.
Michaela from Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum and any other mums who want to join in.