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…well, in the spirit of Make, Do and Push! mash-up week, it’s my turn! Lots of people have asked me what’s in my changing bag, so it’s time for me to share my secrets:
I’m Hannah, I’m 25 and I live in Lewes, just outside of Brighton, in Sussex. I have a beautiful almost-five-month old called Busby, and a lovely Other Half called Nick. To say I’m a foodie is a bit of an understatement… Some of my favourite things include cheese, smoked salmon, wine and gin. And I would say that writing is my biggest passion.
My favourite thing about being a Mutti.
It would have to be the beautiful gummy smiles that I’m on the receiving end of, and the way Busby’s face lights up when I make a funny sound, or smile, or even enter a room. I just love her completely!
And the hardest thing.
The crying. When Busby had her hernia she would give this awful, painful scream; tears would run down her face, and it was truly horrible. Luckily the surgery has worked and she’s back to happy Busby…well, when her gums aren’t bothering her! When she’s been crying for an hour straight because she’s teething, it can get really tiresome and frustrating. I have a very short fuse, and have to use all the energy I can muster not to lose my temper with her: I just have to remind myself that she’s a baby, and she has no other way of expressing herself. It’s tough.
Three words I would use to describe Motherhood.
Best. Thing. Ever!
How do I preserve/maintain my sense of self?
I paint my nails to express my creativity. I always make sure I have a bath every night; this is my 30 minutes of total peace where I can switch off (in theory). Oh, and obviously Make, Do and Push! Although writing seems to have taken over my life somewhat recently…! (She says, sat in Costa in Southwold, on holiday, editing this post.)
My changing bag.
My changing bag is a Pink Lining “Yummy Mummy” bag. I’ve wanted a Pink Lining bag ever since I saw one in the window of a shop in Norwich when I was at university. I decided it probably wasn’t a great idea to buy it then, but vowed I would own one in the future. However, since starting “What’s in your changing bag?” my eyes have been opened to the world of changing bags, and now I really really want a Pacapod Coromandel… Sigh! First world problems.
The five items in my changing bag I can’t live without.
1. Nourish Radiance Serum. I received this in my Brighton Blogger Meet goody bag and have used it everyday since. It’s amazing! It makes my skin feel so soft, it smells divine, and it really does make my skin feel radiant, even if I feel rubbish.
2. Vaseline. As you can see from the photo the tin has been well-thumbed. My lips are super sensitive, and what with the crazy weather at the moment, this is the only thing that stops them looking like I’ve had collagen implants.
3. Bibs. Since Busby has started teething, we’ve been going through more outfits a day than Lady Gaga. Then one of the lovely mums on Twitter recommended the Funky Giraffe bibs – even when soaking with drool (yum) they don’t tend to leak through onto Busby’s outfit. I’ve been so impressed that I’ve ordered more recently. Also, it’s another way I can get robots and dinosaurs into Busby’s outfits without people mistaking her for a boy…!
4. Books. Now that Busby’s a bit older and I’m more confident taking her out and about, we frequently end up in coffee shops, mid-adventure, for a feed. I always make sure I bring at least one book to keep her entertained. Reading is so sooo important in our household, and we want to make sure Busby gets the best start she can. These are the current favourites: she loves Owl Babies, especially the voice I do for Bill, and this high contrast book is fantastic for keeping her waning attention!
5. My Blogging Notebook and Pen. I take this everywhere with me in case I come up with a “post of genius” whilst out and about. Also, I love my pen, as it has my blog information on it, and I’m always up for a bit of self-promotion!
So there you have it! My changing bag secrets shared. “What’s in your changing bag?” is back to normal next week – but I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out what’s in mine!