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 Mary-Kate, who has just given birth to baby Isabelle! By just, I’m talking yesterday! Eek!
Hi Mary-Kate! Wow – that’s a photo and a half! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Mary-Kate, 25 years old girlfriend to Michael and mummy to Oliver who is 4 years old. I’m expecting my baby girl in early March 2014 (as I’m sat here writing this I’m getting little pains) but even though she’s not here yet my changing bag is already packed ready to go! I’m a fairly new blogger with my own blog, and a writer for online magazine called Visit From The Stork (an online magazine aimed at parents under 25 because I was 20 when I had Oliver, and think that this magazine is a fantastic idea).
Fab! Visit from the Stork sounds great – I’ll have to check it out (I was 25 when I had Busby).
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mama?
My favourite thing about being a mummy is teaching… Parents are children’s first teachers and when Oliver learns something new, I get the proudest feeling. Tonight he read an entire book to me before bed – ok, ok it was just 8 pages long, and had about 4 words on each page (a lot of repeating) but the fact that, at 4 years old, he’s reading it to me! I’m incredibly proud of his happy little face when he gets it right.
What would you say is the hardest thing about being a Mama?
The hardest thing about being a mummy for me is the tantrums. I never had the terrible 2’s with Oliver, but we’ve had the occasional terrible 4’s!
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Emotional, rewarding, exciting.
It’s certainly emotional…
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
How do I maintain sense of self? Blogging, as of November 2013 I have met and spoken to some fantastic people and it’s taught me a lot about myself. I might be blogging about being a mum, but being a mum is what I love. I can’t wait to do baby massage with little lady when she arrives and go for long walks pushing her pushchair.
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 advice, but ignore the negative comments and views you get… you will probably get some! Everyone is a new parent at some point but some people forget that after a while; thinking they know better… They don’t tell you how hard it is to suddenly have this little person depending on you 24/7, but it does get easier and you will find your feet soon enough.
Excellent advice – this is so very true.
Ok, it’s business time: what make is your changing bag?
My changing bag is the gorgeous and super organised ‘Sequoia’ by Pacapod in mink – it has a place for everything inside!
Wait a minute! I recognise that bag! (I reviewed it last week here)
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
1. Aden + Anais bamboo muslin. I learnt when Oliver was a baby that muslin squares are very useful and I have fell in love with these bamboo ones because they’re so soft, ideal for a new babies delicate skin.
2. Snoob. I’m determined to try harder with breastfeeding this time but I feel nervous of being on show so Michael brought me this lovely breastfeeding scarf for my birthday and I can’t wait to put it to the test. I will be taking it everywhere.
3. Kiddylicious snacks. For Oliver, I’ve made the mistake of being caught out with no treats for little one before and the last thing I want is to over spend on chocolate or sweets for him which will just send him into a hyper 4 year old.
4. Antibacterial hand gel. I like this little one from Cussons Mum & Me. You never know when you will need to clean your hands!
5. Spare clothes. Too many times with Oliver I was caught out with this, he was sick or nappy leaked and I had no spare clothes with me. This time I’m going to make sure I always have spare items on me.
Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Mary-Kate. The snoob sounds great – I’ll keep it in mind for the next one!
Mary-Kate blogs at Mummy Memories and tweets as @mummymemories.