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 Yorkshire lass, Kelly from Raising Them.
Hi Kelly – thanks for joining me this week on “What’s in your changing bag?”
Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Kelly. I’m a 27 year old mum to two, and wife to my One, residing in Yorkshire. I teach young adults with a broad range of complex learning difficulties and disabilities at a Further Education College. I am enjoying the last few weeks of maternity leave before returning to work part-time.
My son was born in June 2011 at 28 weeks gestation weighing 3lb 4oz. He has done remarkably well and is honestly a little miracle. He spent 7 weeks in special care before coming home…the most terrifying time of my life… but despite his eagerness to meet everyone he is totally healthy, and meeting all his ‘milestones’… *fist pump*
My daughter was born in July 2013… after a very straight forward but closely monitored pregnancy… at 38 weeks… phew!! Weighing 6lb 11oz… practically gargantuan!
What is your favourite thing about being a Mama?
Ooooh that’s tricky to pick just one thing… Ummm… probably snuggles! Bedtime snuggles… random 4pm exhausted in front of Cbeebies snuggles… Sunday morning bed snuggles… feeding snuggles… I guess the list of potential snuggle time is endless. It’s the comforting warmth and being able to absorb yourself in your little ones smell… just heaven!
I completely agree.
What would you say is the hardest thing about being a Mama?
I’ve got two… the first is the fact that the world I have brought my children in to isn’t always as nice as I would like. The other is knowing one day I’ll have empty arms and my babies won’t need me anymore. I shall be joining the WI, and growing massive marrows when this happens… I’m prepared.
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Beautiful. Intense. Hilarious.
Great choice of words.
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
With great difficulty! It’s definitely something I have to make a mental note to myself to do… both my babes have a really good bedtime routine so the evenings belong to my husband and I at least. I can use this time to write my blog, or have a bath, or whatever I need to find ‘me’ again. Honestly… sometimes a brew and ‘a piece’ of chocolate is all it takes!
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?
Definitely follow your instincts and trust that your body knows what it needs to do. Human-beings are pretty weird, and although we like to think we rule the planet… at the end of the day when it comes to pregnancy, childbirth and those early days, weeks and months… we are just animals doing the same thing we have done since the beginning of our existence… phhhhhfffttt… pretty deep.
Totally! Great advice!
Well, it’s business time. What make is your changing bag?
Cath Kidston: Oil Cloth with Cowboy print… this little beauty is 2 years and 8 months old, and was bought for me by my sister in law while we were in hospital.
Ooh it’s gorgeous!
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
1. Dettol wipes: I think my love for a dettol wipe stems from the early days as a special care mum. For the first year of little man’s life I could definitely be pigeonholed as ‘The Germaphobe’. Everything was Dettol’d. These days I don’t go through quite so many but they’re great for wiping down change mats and highchairs when you’re out and about… gotta love an antibacterial wipe…right?!!
2. Spider. This convincing spider is made of a hair bobble and hair grips… essential for those days where you start out with your hair down and brushed, but your daily adventures mean you find yourself needing to scrape a greasy nest of hair out your face and pin it down for extra security! It happens more than I’d like to admit…
3. Maybelline Peach Lip Balm. Smells awesome. Moisturises lips with a slight colour. It’s a great rescue product when having a ‘minger moment’… which happens more than I’d like to admit too!
4. Bear Sweets. We’re pretty hot on avoiding sweets and chocolate where we can until the babes are old enough to ask for them… We aim to give them 10 of their 5 a day each day in the hope of: a) *harp plays in background* inspiring them to make healthy choices. Or… Unfortunately more likely: b) Fulfilling their childhood requirement of 5 a day before they spend their pocket/dinner money on chocolate and crisps. For now… dried fruit snacks and raisins constitute ‘sweets’ these ‘bear sweets’ are the current ‘sweet’ of choice! *double fist pump!*
5. Keys on a lanyard. I always lose my keys. Always. Unless they are attached to this little beauty. This usually resides around my neck or in the changebag. The lanyard gives extra rummage-and-yank properties to my keys for super speedy location and retrieval; especially when it’s raining/your arms are ladened with mini humans and/or shopping and maybe a car seat for good measure.
Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Kelly! The spider is a fab idea – I should keep one of those in my bag!
Kelly blogs at Raising Them and tweets as @buttonmoon382.