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 Sophie. I am seriously lusting over Sophie’s changing bag… which you can read about (and also ogle) below!
Hi Sophie – thanks for joining me on “What’s in your changing bag?” Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a former teacher and Abergavenny-born Londoner, now loving life writing novels by the sea. My son Arthur was born at home in Devon in December 2012, and is currently fast morphing from a baby into a toddler – though he still loves cuddles in the sling.
Ooh, Busby and Arthur are the same age! What a cutie he is.
What is your favourite thing about being a Mama to such a lovely little chap?
My favourite thing about being a Mummy is watching this little person I created grow and change and discover the world. He is such fantastic company, and every day we both teach each other something new.
Gorgeous! What would you say is the hardest thing about being a Mama?
I think the hardest thing about being a mum is holding my nerve in the way I’ve chosen to do things. Everyone approaches the challenges of parenting differently, so however much it can help to talk things over with friends, ultimately the decisions about what’s best for Arthur are down to me. I just hope I’m making the right ones!
This is so true.
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Motherhood is exhilarating, entertaining and exhausting.
Ah, the three Es…
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
In a funny way motherhood has actually helped me rediscover my sense of self. Having been a teacher for ten years, (a job which I loved but was totally all-consuming) I feel very privileged to be able to take some time to bring up my son and to write, which is something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I’m working on my second novel at the moment, and really relish the time I get to escape into the world I’ve created and tell my stories.
Wonderful! As someone who has recently left their job to pursue the world of writing, I completely agree.
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?
My piece of motherly wisdom is to find a way that you can bring up your child without losing sight of the person you want to be. Sometimes I think it can feel like your options are limited, but for me a little bit of reading and research has always thrown up a myriad of different ideas, which in turn has helped me find the mum I want to be to keep both me and Arthur happy.
Well, it’s business time Sophie! What make is your changing bag?
My changing bag is a rucksack from Accessorize. As I wear Arthur pretty much everywhere, the rucksack style is essential, but I was getting a little fed up of how utilitarian my previous bag was. When I saw this one in the sales I knew I had to have it.
Oh my word – your bag is gorgeous!!
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
1. Nappy pouch: My lovely friend Sue’s very talented mum made this for me and Arthur when he was born – it’s big enough for a day’s supply of nappies, wipes and nappy bags, and even fits a matching change mat.
2. Water bottle: We’re still breastfeeding so I get very thirsty and never go anywhere without a bottle of water. I love Earthlust’s range of bottles because they’re stainless steel, so healthy for me and the environment, and also beautiful – which is obviously very important.
3. Book: Arthur loves reading, which is something I definitely want to encourage. I had this book made to tell the story of Arthur’s first year and it’s one of our favourites to read again and again.
4. Toy: I always make sure I have at least one toy in my bag to keep Arthur entertained. He really enjoys this star finger puppet at the moment – perfect for a quick rendition of twinkle twinkle…
5. Baby-led weaning ears: Arthur is an enthusiastic but very messy eater. I always try to make sure I have a bib, but even more important is a headband to protect his gorgeous hair. You can find out how I made these very useful ears on my blog!
Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Sophie. I love the baby-led weaning ears… I’m off to your blog to have a little look!
Sophie blogs at Sophie is… and tweets as @sophieblovett.