Saturday, 8 March 2014

Personal| Mummy Tag

I've loved reading the 'Mummy Tag' on some of my favourite blogs in the past few weeks so thought it was about time I got involved! 
I am blessed with two gorgeous gorgeous children - a boy Nathaniel who is 5 and a baby girl called Naila who is 9 weeks and 4 days old - so this tag is a fun way to get to know a bit more about me and my life as a mum. So here it goes...

Are you a stay at home mum?
I work full-time but I'm currently on maternity leave so I'm sort of a stay at home mum at the moment.

Would you have it any other way?
Erm, yes and no. I don't think I could function adequately as a stay at home mum but I do love the fact that since I've been on maternity leave I've been able to take my son to school, pick him up each day and attend all his school functions which I haven't been able to do with a full-time job. On the flip side, I love what I do and I'm lucky to have the school holidays off with the kids where I'm able to spend some much needed quality time with them, although I am considering going part-time in the future.

Do you co-sleep? 
No, it's not really something I feel comfortable with. I often let Naila fall asleep on the bed with us then put her in her Moses basket but I'd be too scared to let her sleep with us the whole night.

What is your one must have item for your baby?
Hands down the baby swing! I love it. Whilst Naila is in there I am able to actually get things done around the house and she adores sitting in there listening to its tunes.

How many kids do you plan on having?
Being 1 of 7 myself I'd love to have a massive family and if money was no issue I'd have 4 or 5 but unfortunately I think it's just going to be the 2. Luckily I'm blessed with a boy and a girl but I think I could maybe, just maybe, push for one more in the future.

Date night? How many nights per month?
Not enough at all! Since Naila arrived at the end of December we haven't managed to get out of the house together. We do get a take-away and watch a film every Saturday night so I guess that sort of counts. When she begins to sleep throughout the night and is bottle-fed exclusively I think we'll go out at least once a month.

Your child's favourite show?
Nathaniel loves watching Ben 10 and Johnny Test. Naila is too young to have one but she adores the baby channel and sits there gawking at the images. 

Name one thing you bought before having your baby that you've never used?
When Nathaniel was born we bought the Johnson's baby box with all the bath products and shampoos etc, however we quickly learned that his skin was really sensitive so we couldn't use most of the products which I've since given away. We did get a lot of use out of the box itself though.

Your child's favourite food?
Nathaniel would happily eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner! He loves it.

How many cars does your family have?
2. A car is a necessity when you live in Kent so we both have one. I'm a bit bored of my car now and have actually outgrown it so I'm hoping to get a new one soon. Fingers crossed.

Weight gain before, during, and after pregnancy and now.
This is a sore topic for me lol. Before I was pregnant with Nathaniel I was a size 8-10. I put on 4 stones when I was pregnant with him and only managed to lose 2 stones but was still only a size 12, however, I continued to put on weight and became a size 14 and remained that size till I became pregnant with Naila. I put on 2 stones whilst pregnant with her and have managed to lose most of it but I'm still hoping to lose roughly 3 stones to be my ideal size which will be what I weighed after having Nathaniel. Confused? Lol!
To be honest, I don't really bother with the number on the scale, I go with how my clothes fit and at the moment, my size 14 clothes fit a bit too snuggly which I am not pleased about so I'm currently exercising and watching what I eat.

Dream holiday with your kids?
Disney World of course! I'd love to go myself as I've never been but I know the kids would love it there.

Dream holiday without your kids?
New York. I went when I was 16 and was besotted with the place. I want to experience it as an adult and do all the touristy things with my partner and of course shop till I drop!

How has your life changed since having your baby?
It has given me a sense of purpose and determination, knowing that these little people depend on me to provide for them and look after them. I know it's so corny and such a cliché but they really have made me a better person and I just want to make sure I give them the best life possible. Being a mum is truly an amazing experience and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Finish the sentence...'It melts my heart to see...'
My kids smile or laugh. I love seeing them happy.

Where do you shop for your kids?
Mainly Next or H&M for Nathaniel and M&Co, Sainsbury's, Asda, Next, Mothercare and H&M for Naila. There's more variety when shopping for a girl which I find really frustrating when trying to find nice bits for Nathaniel.

Favourite make-up and skincare products?
I have too many to choose from, however life would not be the same without  Mac's Mineral Skin Finish powder, Boots Botanics cleanser and toner, Rimmel's eyebrow pencil and Avon Arabian Nights bronzer.

Huggies of pampers?
Pampers at the moment although I'm considering changing to a new brand due to the amount of leaks we are having at the moment.

Have you always wanted kids?
Yep, it was never open for debate. Again with the clichés and obscene mushiness but I think that's what I was put on this earth to do.

Best part about being a mum?

I tag every mum who is reading this xxx


  1. Beautiful picture! I think if i was a millionaire I would have a few more children too. My Mum fostered when I was a child so we always had a house full and I think if i didn't have a busy house i wouldn't know what to do!

  2. Thank you! I completely agree, I wouldn't know what to do either. Luckily coming from a big family means loads of nieces and nephews so my children will hopefully always feel like they have a big family.