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!
We’re back again this week after last week’s Inspiration Week, and today I’m joined by the lovely Emma.
Hi Emma – cute photo! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Emma (27), aka The Egyptian Mummy, and proud mummy to the Mini Grumpy Egyptian who is seven months old. I’m originally from the UK, but moved to Oman in 2009 where I met The Grumpy Egyptian, got married and gave birth to our daughter. We relocated back to Hampshire in August 2013. I love cake and don’t know what I would do without Twitter. I am trying to improve my conversational Arabic and would love to be fluent by the time I hit 30!
Oh wow! Exciting times!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mama?
The way my little ones cracks into a smile when she sees me, I sing silly songs, or do a cow noise. It might get me some strange looks walking down the high street singing Teddy Plays on the Swing, but if motherhood has taught me one thing, it is to not worry so much about what everyone else thinks!
That’s so true.
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Messy, exhausting, rewarding.
Oh my – it’s so messy!
What would you say is the hardest thing?
Dealing with the crying. I can’t even stress how hard it is to function when your child is crying. We really struggled with the Mini Grumpy Egyptian when she was born as there were no health visitors or midwives to turn to once we left the hospital (she was born in Oman), and due to various problems trying to breastfeed (which thankfully we overcame) and colic, there were a lot of tears – both mine and hers! You want to do anything and everything within your powers to make it better for them, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel good enough.
Gosh, that must have been so tough.
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
To be honest, this is one area that I really want to focus on in 2014 as I have failed to look after myself since having the mini one. Given that my husband is in a different country at the moment, I have effectively been existing as a single parent, and once I return to work in the next couple of months, finding time for me could prove even harder. Now that the mini one is sleeping better at night, I do get to sit down, watch a little TV, read the news online and catch up with some of my favourite blogs. I love writing and intend to start writing two fiction books this year – one for children and the other for adults – so if I manage to accomplish that then I will have got back my sense of self.
Amazing – good luck with the book writing!
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 worry if your baby is developing at a different rate to your friend’s children or those in your playgroup. The Mini Grumpy Egyptian is small for her age, but perfectly formed in my humble (and not so biased) opinion. Did I used to get upset when people compared her to other children? Yes, but now I have refused to let it get to me and focus my attention on making my daughter happy. Trust your instincts above all.
Ok, it’s business time: what make is your changing bag?
My changing bag is Cath Kidston in her “strawberries” print. At first I couldn’t justify the expense, and carried nappies in an old cross body bag of mine, but after spotting this gem on sale at Heathrow Airport last year, I couldn’t resist. It is waterproof and came with a matching changing mat and insulated bottle holder.
Gorgeous! Love me a bit of Cath.
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
1. Teething granules. I don’t know how these work, but I swear by them.
2. Jeremy the Giraffe. This may look scarily similar to Sophie the Giraffe, but we couldn’t get on with the name so when he arrived at our house, Sophie changed to Jeremy! The Mini Grumpy Egyptian has had big trouble since she began teething and this was the only teething toy that works with her.
3. Snacks/spoon. Now she is on solids three times a day, I want to have a supply of healthy snacks on hand and this handy spoon that I found means she can have yoghurt or bits of what we are eating if suitable. Fruit flavoured rice cakes have saved my life on more than one occasion!
4. My diary. I am a bit of a stationary freak and despite having a smartphone and iPad, I still prefer writing everything down. This one was a treat to myself for 2014 as it will be the year I return to work after the birth of the mini one and start having to organise our little family of three.
5. Thick muslin cloths. I got these in Oman and they are much better than the ones I have found in the UK, which seem really thin. These are good for mopping up messes, using as an extra layer in the pushchair or to lie the Mini Grumpy Egyptian down on the floor when we are out and about.
Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Emma! Teething granules are amazing!
Emma blogs at The Egyptian Mummy and tweets as @emmaabdulaal.