The Mummy Tag

The lovely Lauren over at Trainee Blogger and Mother has tagged me in ‘The Mummy Tag’ I actually did this tag many months ago- The Mummy Tag but I’m excited to do it again to see how my answers have changed, I haven’t gone back and read my last post as I didn’t want to get wrapped up in those old answers but the first thing I’m going to do is go back AFTER I’ve answered it this time.

Are you a stay at home or working Mum?

I am kind of both, I work from home running our business but I am also a Supervisor at Mamas and Papas- that’s part time so I still get to spend plenty of time with Oscar, the baby.

Would you have it any other way?

Absolutely not, I love my job and I love Oscar, I feel like I get the best of both worlds. As a new parent I felt it was really important for me to have something for me and that’s my work.

Do you co-sleep?

We don’t, we did, but the only time Oscar is in our bed now is in the morning for a while before we all get up for breakfast. We love this, especially when we’re both working and I for one hopes Oscar does this for many years. There’s nothing quite like cuddles in the morning.

My Newborn Must-Have?

A nice blanket or comforter that will stay with them at all times, Oscar has a Mickey Mouse  that he goes to bed with every night. Also, something with a familiar noise for them, Oscar had a musical seahorse, they’re really popular or they were a year ago when I purchased this one.

How many kids do you plan on having?

I’m not sure, I think I’ll play it by ear. I’m not quite ready for another one yet although when Oscar was first born I wanted to be pregnant again immediately. I want us to spend more time with Oscar first, holidays and birthdays and making memories.

Date Night? How often?

We used to go out every week, we don’t now! I’m hoping that once we both settle in to these new roles at work we will start going out more often together because it is so important.

What’s your childs favourite show?

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

What’s one thing you bought for your newborn and never used?

Changing unit- we ended up just putting the changing mat on the floor or our bed!

Child’s favourite food?

Sweet potato

How many cars does your family have?

1 at the moment, we may get a second car when we move

Weight gain before pregnancy, during, after and now?

Oh wow, before pregnancy I put on a lot of weight then had really bad sickness and lost about 4 stone, then put weight on in pregnancy but not too much, then lost a few stones during labour (!!) then since Oscar was born (nearly a year ago) I have just kept putting more and more weight on.

What’s your dream family holiday?

DISNEY!!!!

Dream holiday without kids?

Ummm, Disney still haha. I want to go to New York too.

How has life changed since having children?

I am more tired, I am happier, I feel like there’s a reason for my existence, DEEP I know!

Finish the sentence- it makes me melt when…

I watch Ciaran and Oscar playing or Oscar reaching up to me for cuddles.

Where do I shop for my kids?

Zara, Mamas and Papas, H&M and Next.

Favourite make-up and skincare?

MAC Lipstick and Lip liner, Chanel and Charlotte Tilbury skincare- OH and Bioré and Clinique Night Cream.

Huggies or Pampers?

Pampers

Have you always wanted children?

YES! For as long as I can remember.

Best part of being a Mum?

I have a family, MY family.

I tag all the Mummy’s who read my blog!

 

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I Have Too Much To Do…

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 20.57.16I realise the irony of this blog post, believe me, I do. That I don’t have time to post but I’m posting about not having time to post, I just feel like my followers deserve a bit of an explanation.

Now, when I started this blog I never expected it to be read by anyone but my Facebook friends. Then my following built up, I heard from a lot of readers then brands followed and I’m now an affiliate for a lot of brands and I’m working with some pretty big names behind the scene preparing for some giveaways and exciting adventures in the future. That’s all fantastic, don’t get me wrong I absolutely love working with them and feeling like the content I put out is good enough for them makes me feel amazing. HOWEVER, I’m very aware that without the support of my readers none of that is possible so in the interest of keeping you in the loop as I promised to do last year here it is.

Firstly, I own a big company which a lot of you already know, my office manager is not able to work at the moment due to family commitments, my graphic designer has recently left and that’s a big chunk of publishing, needing an office manager to keep everything moving smoothly and a graphic designer to illustrate and create all our covers etc. I don’t need to go too much into that but you just need to know my work load for the business has increased massively, which is followed by stress because I have very large bookstores from all over the globe breathing down my neck for deadlines, agents pestering for their clients to be noticed and up and coming authors without representation that have brilliant stories to tell that I unfortunately now don’t have the time to listen to. That’s the main part of what I personally do for the company, I am CEO but I like to take a personal interest in those that are jotting down notes in a notebook and need some assistance to get to where they need to be.

Secondly, most of you know I started working at Mamas and Papas doing 12 hours a week and I was absolutely loving it, recently, I received a promotion which I was, and still am, so so happy about it also involved an increase in my hours and location change and although my old store and new store are the same distance from my house it’s still a big adjustment and I just want to make sure I do my best so I’m trying to put lots of my energy into making sure I’m doing everything I can to maximise the potential of moving up within the company. Just quickly to address one of the most frequently asked questions “why do you bother working if you own a company” simple. In my company there’s no where for me to go, I can’t get any higher, I have 14 13 employees who collective run the company with each of their individual roles so I just run the employees really and unless it’s a time like this where we’re in a pickle I don’t reeeeeally do a lot there. So, I needed a bit of me time, some adult time away from the baba, a reason to get dressed etc and a chance to work towards something. Which has been excellently reflected in my promotion.

Next, a rather trivial reason for stress is that Oscar’s nanny (actually relation nanny not au pair) has been on holiday for 2 weeks and with my shifts changing and Ciaran working too we have hugely struggled to find childcare, My mum and Ciarans Mum have been so helpful and today my sister had him but my goodness I didn’t realise how difficult it was to find weekend childcare outside of your family!

Lastly, My health, my stupid health, it always comes down to this doesn’t it? Although, not the ‘usual’ cancer this time I’ve been suffering with migraines that’ve been so bad I’ve been wearing sunglasses- in the rain! I didn’t know a migraine could exhaust your whole body, but they can! I’ve spoken to a doctor and I’m going back on Monday, unfortunately, they do run in my family but I’m hoping I can get something to ease them- any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

So, that’s it really. Now I’ve written it I feel much better, I’m going to make my nightly list now and try and get some sleep. My stats tell me 9pm on a Tuesday is when the majority of you click on my blog but I’m hoping 9:30 on a Thursday will suffice.

Lots of love to you all, thank you for being so patient, I promise a nice big giveaway really soon!

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