Hello and 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!
Today we’re chatting to lovely new Blogger Emily.
Hi Emily! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Emily. I’m a first time mum to a six month old little girl (I like to call her the little lady) who was born in July 2013 – just one day before Prince George! I love afternoon tea, teapots (I have a few too many) and pretty much all things tea. You might say, I’m a bit of a tea addict!
Fabulous – there’s nothing quite like a good cuppa!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mama?
Introducing the little lady to all the different experiences and adventures that life has to offer. I love being able to show her new things, or take her to new places, or do new things. Everything is so new and so exciting, and I love that as a mummy, I’m one of the people that gets to join her on these exciting adventures of discovery. It’s such a joy to watch her develop and learn right before my very eyes. It’s such a privilege to be a mummy!
It really is wonderful isn’t it?
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Constant, exhausting and rewarding.
What would you say is the hardest thing?
Knowing that there is no right or wrong way to do things. It’s a good thing, but it’s also hard because it means that you need to take the time to find your way, often through trial and error rather than following a rule book.
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
It sounds really silly, but unless I’m under the weather I like to make sure that I get dressed and ready each day just as I would if I were going out somewhere, even if I’m not. I’ve found that it really makes a difference to how I feel if I’m dressed and ready for the day, even if it is a day spent cleaning the house!
I completely understand – I do the same – there’s just something about being out of your PJs that makes you feel better instantly.
So, the last question before we find out about your changing bag; if you could share one piece of Motherhoodly wisdom with us all what would it be?
Don’t read into or listen to too much advice given by books, or friends and family, because what works for one baby may not work for another. It’s all about getting to know and understand your baby, their likes and dislikes, and what works for them. I read way too much baby literature when I became a new parent and it ended up stressing me out more than anything. I’ve learnt the hard way that it is much better to go with the flow.
Fabulous advice Emily! Thanks!
Ok, it’s business time: what make is your changing bag?
Mulberry Rosie baby bag
And what are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Emily! I can’t wait to get my iPhone next month (eek!) and those linky toys look fab!
Emily blogs at My Petit Canard and tweets as @MyPetitCanard.