What’s in your changing bag? // Annie from Crafting a Daydream with Mrs Crafty B

Welcome to this week’s “What’s in your changing bag?”; my weekly Tuesday feature where I ask one Yummy Mummy (or Daddy) to share the innermost secrets of their changing bag, and the five items they couldn’t possibly live without! 

This week I’m joined by Annie from Crafting a Daydream with Mrs Crafty B. Annie is one of my favourite bloggers; she’s been around since the beginning of my blogging (and Twitter) journey. She’s a fellow crafter, and is pregnant with her second baby!

So firstly, congratulations on le Bump! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Annie, and my husband and I are parents to our big bundle of amazingness Baby B. He was born on August 9th 2011. We live in a village called Hardwick, which is 6 miles west of Cambridge City Centre. We love food, wine, coffee, flowers and being creative. We are currently growing ‘Baby Bumpleton’ who is due in September. 

A girl after my own heart – it’s all about food and wine!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti?

There are so many good points about being a Mummy, but for me, the opportunity to witness another human being grow and develop, become his own person, and to be able to encourage all the good things; it’s so amazing. I am constantly amazed by everything Baby B says and does, and his personality really shines.

Can I also add that I love it when Baby B puts his tiny little hand on my chin and pulls my face to look at his… Often followed by a kiss: it literally melts my heart.  

Bless him! 
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Really? Just three? I’m not a lady of few words. Mmmmmmmm. Rewarding, fun and awe inspiring (I can have that as one word right?)

Yup, I’ll allow it. 
Finally, how do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
I was so determined that I had to keep a ‘sense of self when I became a Mummy, that I failed to realise that for me, actually, that is my sense of self. I am a wife and a mother, and everything I do stems from that, and I am proud to say so. I think to myself: “What would I encourage Baby B to do?” Follow his dreams and focus on what makes him happy, and so I do that too. Practise what you preach. I craft (along with Baby B), and I write my blog because its a way to keep myself motivated and share with others, which is what I love to do. I set myself huge tasks of running craft groups, organising crafts fairs for charity, and other massive projects, because I would love Baby B to grow up wanting to get involved in communities, and setting himself goals in life. Or at least understand why people do it.  My sense of self has been created by having my beautiful little boy, and so there is no preservation of what I was like in the past; just developing who I am now.  

Ok, it’s business time. Firstly, what make is your changing bag?

When Baby B was first born, I used a Pink Lining Yummy Mummy Bag with a cupcake on the front (bought for us by Hubby B’s best friend) but until Bumpleton arrives, I have switched to this.This bag was bought from Topshop for £18 back in…oh…2002… as my college bag! It has lasted well! Still as strong as the day I bought it despite heavy use (although the magnetic closure clasp is broken. I need to superglue one back on. On the list)

Amazing – love the print. 
So, what are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
Well, nappies are in there, but they are obvious right? Here are some other goodies I lug around.

1. Change of clothes. Baby B is still in nappies and we don’t tend to have many accidents, but when we venture out, we love to randomly stop in one or more of the parks in the city. Baby B loves the slide and swings, but if it has been raining and we don’t have waterproofs, it’s always handy to have a clean vest and trousers. 
2. Some books, small toy and one or two pencils with some scrap paper. We often go for coffee when we are out and about, so it is always handy to have something for us to do together. We normally have green and brown crayons, and he likes Mummy to draw ‘treeeees’. He is obsessed with reading, so books are a must! 
3. Emergency snack stuff! Juice, a snack pot (normally raisins, cereal flakes and breadsticks), a banana (and a plastic bag for the skin just in case we’re not near a bin) and occasionally some white chocolate buttons might find their way in. For Baby B obviously…
4. My ultimate Mummy kit. Ok this is definitely cheating because there is way more than one item in here, but it’s all in my pink lining nappy wallet so can it count as one?? Ok, so in here we have:

– Baby wipes: obviously 
– Talc: useful for so many things…think using it to wipe sticky crumbs off little hands instead of using a baby wipe, and adding to the damp sticky mess. Sometimes it’s the better alternative.  
– Antibacterial hand gel: just generally useful when out and about/snack time/first aid time/play time in the park. 
– Nivea creme: for little cheeks and noses when the weather is cold, windy and harsh. 
– Burts bees nappy ointment: love it.
– Anbesol: swear by this for poorly toogies. Normally have some calpol sachets as well. Baby B only has his four back teeth yet to come but they often give him trouble. 
– Tissues: always good.
– Mini first aid kit: gloves, wipes and plasters/gauze.
Can you tell I like to be prepared? 
5. Ok this is the ultimate. Meet Gina aka Stinky Gina. Face, antlers and tail chewed to oblivion, but Baby B’s comforter and best friend. When he loses her he runs round shouting ‘GEEEEEEEEENE’ . Put Gina in his arms, thumb goes in mouth. We are trying to detach him from her, but for now she stays in the bag for calming influence. 

I love that Baby B also has a giraffe; Busby has Geoffrey! And you totally cheated, but I’ll allow it. Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Annie. You can find Annie’s fabulous blog here. Annie also tweets as @MrsCraftyB.


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