What’s in your changing bag? // Angela from There and back again, a Mother’s tale

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!

This week I’m joined by the lovely Angela from her fantastically named blog There and back again… a Mother’s Tale. I’m a huge Tolkien fan (understatement right there)! 

Hi Angela. Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Angela. I’m Mammy to Joss Daisy; she’s 14 months old and was born in May 2012.  I’m currently living the busiest year of my life; getting my blog off the ground, working part time, studying part time for my Masters, as well as being a full time Mammy, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Oh wow! You really are busy!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti?
The smiles and laughter Joss has brought into my life! Life before was good, but now it’s great.  I love that she’s such a sociable little thing; she’s really enriched my life, brought new people and activities into it, and made me a better, rounded person. Everything is more fun with a little person!

That is definitely true.
What would you say is the hardest thing?
I suffered from early onset postnatal anxiety and it made the first few weeks terrifying. We got through it with help, love and support. I have no regrets; I have learned I’m the best Mammy I can be for Joss and to take each moment and stage as it comes! She surprises me every day with a new word or skill, in a way I’m learning from her to take each day at a time, so I try to make a bad day just one day and not linger on it.

Oh gosh, that must have been so hard. Being a Mum is tough!
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Enriching, hectic, heartwarming.

Very hectic! It’s go, go, go in our house at the moment…
Finally, how do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
I’m back at work and also studying, so I have an identity as “Angela” for some of the week, and am “Joss’ Mammy” for most of the week.  It’s a lovely balance working two to three days a week.  In the early days I felt guilty about leaving Joss. I felt guilty about leaving her to do something nice for me, but now I’m working I really need a little time to be myself socially too. From time to time my lovely hubby, Alex, will take Joss out for the afternoon and I’ll catch up on uni work or get a haircut. I also love to read and am teaching myself to crochet (slowly and badly!) 

It sounds like you have a good balance there – we do need our own space sometimes. 
So, down to business; what make is your changing bag?

This is my Skip*Hop bag; it’s the Dash model and is exactly what I need for all the dashing around we do together!  We love that it’s so unisex and practical – Daddy is happy to take it out too.

What a lovely bag; Skip*Hop really do make fab things!
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?

1. Cloth nappies. We love these Totsbots cloth nappies! We’ve been using them for about eleven months now and they’ve saved us so much money. They’re great for the environment and these new modern cloth nappies are so easy to use!

2. Washable wipes. Washable alternatives to disposable wipes; one set for bums, one set for sticky little hands. I never run out, and the chamomile tea recipe I use with them smells amazing and keeps nappy rashes at bay.
3. Raisins. We always have a small stash of raisins for the trip back from the childminder/days out. Joss is a fruit bat so there’s usually an apple or banana in the bag too!
4. Nibbles. This little fella comes everywhere with us. If Joss gets a bit fractious Nibbles always raises a smile, and she loves showing him to people on buses and Metros!
5. Sling. Even if we’re using the pram we always have a sling handy; Joss is at that stage where she wants to be up and down a lot, so babywearing keeps us close and saves my back!  At the moment we’re reaching for this pretty Ellaroo ring sling.

Thanks for sharing the secrets of your changing bag with us, Angela. I’ve never heard of washable wipes before! I love Nibbles – giraffes seem to be the popular companion at the moment. 

You can find Angela’s blog here. She also tweets as @noblemcsquer.

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1 Comment

  1. 30th July 2013 / 11:11 pm

    Cloth wipes are brilliant, especially if you’re using cloth nappies, you just chuck it all in the washing machine!

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