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 I’m joined by fellow Freelancer, Rachel.
Hi Rachel! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a bubbly thirty something who is blessed to be doing life with my gorgeous best friend and husband Dave and together we are proud parents to two boys, Aaron who is four and Isaac who turns one in March. We live in Acocks Green, Birmingham where we both run our own businesses, Dave is a Graphic Designer and I am a Freelance Writer. Being a mom is the most amazing privilege and undoubtedly the best role I have ever had, and I am very fortunate to be able to have a job that I can fit in around my family commitments.
What a gorgeously creative family!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mama?
My favourite thing about being a mommy is watching these two little personalities develop and the privilege being part of each milestone of my sons’ lives.
What would you say is the hardest thing?
The hardest thing is seeing your children hurting or feeling poorly. As a mother your instinct is to protect, and all you want to do is gather them in to your arms and take away their pain.
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Rewarding, Exciting, Challenging.
Certainly is challenging!
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
I am a writer and I love nothing more than grabbing a cuppa and settling down with my laptop to get stuck into my latest article or blog. I find writing so therapeutic, and even wrote a short story recently in which I shared my experiences of post natal depression following the birth of my second son in 2013. I have loved singing my whole life and can regularly be found singing around the house practising the alto parts for my role in one of the three bands at our church Renewal Christian Centre.
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?
Listen to everyone’s advice (there will be lots of it) but follow your own instincts, only you know what is right for you and your baby.
Ok, it’s business time: what make is your changing bag?
My changing bag is an oilcloth saddle bag design with a lovely owl design that I bought from the shoe repair shop D. Wadsworth, next door to Aaron’s nursery in Solihull.
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
1. The first item I couldn’t leave the house without is a spare dummy and dummy clip. Isaac loves his dummy but they have a habit of being spat out on the floor and the clip saves my sanity after losing no end of dummies when out and about..
2. The second essential item is our slugs and snails boys tights. They are the perfect solution for keeping Isaac’s toes toasty as he is forever losing socks, plus they are great as a spare outfit as they roll up small in my bag.
3. The third item is a Sa-Be baby wear dribble bib. Isaac is a very dribbly baby and these bibs have saved many an outfit plus they look super cute!
4. The fourth item is calendula cream from Neals Yard, it is my must have for any mom as this multitasking cream doubles up as a nappy rash ointment, healing salve for grazes and even as a moisturiser for my hands that are constantly in and out of water.
5. The fifth item is a pouch of Ella’s kitchen food and a spoon. Having left the house without snacks or a spoon in the past and ended up a very irate hungry baby, this is one item I will never forget again!
Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Rachel. Those tights are super cute!
Rachel blogs at Sing Sew Write and tweets as @SingSewWrite.