Welcome to “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!
I can’t believe this is week 28! Madness… This week I’m joined by the lovely Kayleigh.
Oh my word – what a happy baby! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello! I’m Kayleigh! I’m 26 and a brand new shiny (pah!) Mummy to Matilda, who came into the world at the beginning of June. I am married to Simon and together we live in a post-newborn baby daze near Bath (I can’t afford to live in Bath, so ‘near’ will have to do). When I’m not on maternity leave, I can be found covered in paint and playdough in a very noisy classroom teaching Reception children, which I love a lot (although being pregnant and surrounded by 4 year olds did prove interesting). I like wine. Would love to say I have hobbies, but I mainly socialise, watch box-sets, shop and drink wine (did I mention I like wine?!).
Yay for wine!
Let’s start with something different for a change: what three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Wonderful. Rewarding. Life-changing.
All great words. I’d definitely agree with rewarding; it gets more and more so the older they get!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti?
There is so much I love already about being a Mummy. Just knowing that I made this little person, and that she looks to me for everything she wants and needs is amazing. Now she can smile and actually let me know that she’s happy, and that I’m doing an ok job! This makes me feel very happy.
What would you say is the hardest thing about being a Mutti?
The ‘never switching off’ thing. Tilly is still very young so this might change, but at the moment, I can’t do much without having her right next to me. Not because she needs me, but because I can’t relax when I don’t know what she’s doing. Right now, for example, she is napping in her cot for the first time, so I’m writing this sat on the floor on the landing. Utter madness.
I’m afraid that you’ll have a lull, and then she’ll start moving and you’re back to not switching off again…
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
Simon is in charge of bath time and bedtime, which means I can have a bit of ‘me’ time every evening… Although I spend most of this on Twitter. I go to the beauticians every 4 weeks to be preened and pampered, mainly so I can feel almost human again. Other than that, I just try to do everything I used to, just with baby in tow; I still see friends, still shop (mainly for her!), still go on long walks along the canal, and still even pop into work every now and again… so I don’t feel like a complete stranger.
We have a similar set up in our house with bath and bedtime – I’m currently using it for this post.
Finally, if you could share one piece of Motherhoodly wisdom with us all what would it be?
I think my one piece of advice would be to relax! I spent so much of my later pregnancy and early days of motherhood worrying, and I really didn’t need to! Once I relaxed a bit, Tilly did too and she is now in a much better routine. If you over think things, you just get yourself into more of a pickle!
This is a wonderful piece of advice, Kayleigh!
So, down to business; what make is your changing bag?
My changing bag is a Cath Kidston flowery number. As soon as we decided to try for a baby, I had Cath Kidston changing bags on my mind. The weekend after we found out we were having a girl, they were having a sale and I picked this up for a bargain price! Although I totally would have paid the full price for it anyway. It’s fab! It’s spacious, has an extra zippy wallet for all my little bits, is wipe clean AND it’s pretty. Bonus.
Beautiful! I love Cath!
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
1. My i-phone. I am addicted to taking pictures of Tilly. Addicted. I therefore can’t go anywhere without my phone… incase she pulls a cute face, wears a jazzy outfit, meets the Queen etc.
2. Infacol. Tilly is the windiest baby in the world. Ever. I have nothing to compare to, but she is seriously windy, and so Infacol is a must for us! I’m not even sure if it works every time, but it definitely does on the bad days. And it does wonders for distracting her for 2 seconds (she pulls an epic “this isn’t milk” face when I give it to her) whilst I get ready to feed her.
3. Muslins. How much dribble can one baby produce?! God knows what she’ll be like when she’s teething…
4. My diary. Because I like to think I’m busy and important. I’m not, but I can at least pretend.
5. A dummy. Shock horror. I always told myself I wouldn’t give my child a dummy, yet here we are. Tilly loves to suck, and is quite capable of giving herself and me (as she demonstrated nicely whilst we were registering her birth, and she got particularly hungry) a lovebite. A dummy comforts her when she’s no longer hungry but wants to carry on sucking. It generally falls out after a few minutes, and that’s that, but it’s a must have if we are out and she’s likely to want feeding before we come home.
Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Kayleigh! Your diary is beautiful!! And I understand the photo taking addiction!
You can find Kayleigh on Twitter as @MrsTrebs.