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!
This week I’m joined by Blogger- extraordinaire Emma aka Mrs Shilts!
Hi Emma! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello, I’m Emma and I blog over at Life According to MrsShilts. I’m a first time Mummy to Little Mr, who is 7 months old (February 2013), I’m married to Shilts and we live in the West Midlands with our Westie, Mikey. I’m currently on maternity leave so I’m spending my days with my Son having the time of our lives; enjoying lazy mornings, busy days out and creating memories to adorn my lounge wall.
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti to your gorgeous Little Mr?
A few years ago, due to some medical problems, I never dared imagine that I would become a Mummy so I’m grateful every day that my Little Mr is in my life, and that he’s such a happy, content little boy. He makes me smile, he amazes me with his new discoveries and he gives the best cuddles.
We’ve heard your favourite thing about being a Mutti – what would you say is the hardest thing?
At the moment, the hardest thing for me is coming to terms with the fact that my maternity leave is coming to an end and I’ve got to go back to work. I really don’t want to leave Little Mr (even with family) when I go back, so it’s going to break my heart.
I know exactly how you feel; I’ve just returned to work and it is so hard.
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Emotional, fulfilling, tiring.
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
I’ve been battling with this one of late and the one thing that has made me feel like ‘me’ is going out on my own and getting my hair done. There’s no phone signal in the salon so I get 2 to 3 hours of uninterrupted peace. It’s bliss.
So the last question before we find out what’s in your changing bag; if you could share one piece of Motherhoodly wisdom with us all what would it be?
Never compare your baby with somebody else’s. They will all grow, develop, learn and interact in their own time.
Wonderful advice Emma!
It’s business time: what make is your changing bag?
It’s a Babymel Amanda Quilted Pewter Changing Bag.
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
1. Milton Dummy Portable Steriliser. I love this mini steriliser. Little Mr is perfecting his dummy dropping skills at the moment so this is brilliant for making sure there are no nasties on his dummy.
2. Nuby Teething Keys. Little Mr already has two little teeth and I’m sure more are on the way as everything goes in his mouth. These keys are brilliant and you can also put them in the fridge to cool teething gums.
3. Teetha granules. These granules have got us through two of Little Mr’s toothypegs appearing so far with minimal fuss so I’ve stocked up and will be using them for any future pegs that pop up.
4. Tweezers. I cannot live without my tweezers. Suffering with PCOS I get unwanted hairs on my chin (of all places) so instead of looking like a granny, I pluck the little blighters away. How attractive!
5. Stylfile Nipper Clipper. Little Mr’s nails grow at an alarming rate and he’s always catching his face (or mine) with his nails so I like to trim them as soon as I notice they’re getting unruly.