Oh My Blog is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have heard of before, and learn a little more about them. This month, the theme is Mums (because it’s Mother’s Day soon!) and we’re hosting Hollie from Thrifty Mum.
How long have you been a mum? Introduce us to your children
I’ve been a mum now for nearly 16 months. My eldest is James and youngest, Ted, is almost six weeks.
What’s been the best thing about it so far?
I didn’t actually feel like a parent until the first time James reached out his hand shortly after he’d learnt to walk. When they’re tiny babies they have no choice in needing help from everyone around them but to me this one moment was the first time he’d really made a choice to ask for help from me.
Best baby brain story. More dozy the better!
I took Ted to his first appointment at the local children’s centre where I needed to sign us both in and I could not for the life of me recall his name. I looked down at him in his car seat I was carrying him in and stared into his big blue eyes in earnest, willing him to give me a clue as to what his name was. The staff had to ask if I was ok and I had to admit to them that I couldn’t remember his name. Baby brain is so cruel!
You’ve won the lottery (yay!) What is the first thing that you buy for yourself? (Not for the kiddies!)
I’d love to get my eyebrows and eyeliner tattooed.
What’s the first thing you do once the kids have gone to bed?
Once the boys are in bed I normally spend half an hour on my blog and then my husband and I eat tea together.
What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year?
I’m hoping to attend “Lambing Sunday” at our local agricultural college. Then lunch out and a catch up with my parents and the in-laws.
What are you most looking forward to in the years to come as a mum?
One thing I’m really looking forward to is watching the boys in their first nativity plays.
What’s the best Mother’s Day present you’ve ever received?
I’m more of a nice card kind of girl.
Did you do anything special or specific to announce that you were going to become a mum?
With Ted, my husband actually announced the news to me! I’d done a test and passed it to him through the bathroom door so I could finish up etc and he shouted through to me that we were expecting.
What’s the biggest way you’ve changed since becoming a mum? Aside from now having a small human to take care of, obviously.
My biggest change was on returning to work between pregnancies that nonsense office politics and gossip seemed so irrelevant to me whereas I would have taken it all a lot more personally before having the boys. I think having children gives you a new perspective on what matters.
What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about becoming a mum?
That having them is only as complicated as you make it.
Be honest here… have you passed any of your bad habits on to your kids yet? We promise, we won’t judge.
I think James is showing signs of my stubbornness and independence but I can only put that down to nature rather than nurture as he’s too young.
What is your absolute must-have item now that you’re a parent? One thing you can’t leave the house without or need for your kid’s bedtime. What’s integral to your daily life now?
Basically anything which provides containment so I can have my hands free. The sling, play pen, baby gates and our ultimate saviour the Rainforest Jumperoo (a.k.a the circle of neglect)
What’s the weirdest mum conversation you’ve found yourself having? Be it with your child, your partner or even a fellow mum? We all know we end up talking about weird stuff.
Most conversations are about bodily fluids these days and I’ve got the point where none of that seems weird.
Finally, what’s the biggest lesson your time as a mum has taught you?
The biggest lesson I have learnt is that I can manage so much more than I give myself credit for.
To find out more about Hollie, James and Ted, head over to Thrifty Mum and make sure you follow her on social media!