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 we’re back after a small break! So without further ado let’s meet Halina!
Welcome! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name’s Halina and I’m a first time mum to Tom, who I mostly refer to as Tom-Tom (and may wind him up when he’s older by telling him that he’s named after a sat nav). He was born in December 2012, 16 days before his due date which handily kept him out of the Christmas/New Year period! I enjoy cooking, baking, and reading far too many books (although I don’t believe there is such a thing as too many), and am also slightly addicted to both Twitter and Spotify.
I understand the Twitter addiction very well… Many hours of my life have been lost to the mighty bird.
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti?
It sounds so obvious and basic, but having a child really is my favourite thing about being a mum. This amazing little being who is half of you and half of someone else, but all their own self, who grows and learns and sprouts their own little personality and quirks, and wants and dislikes…it’s brilliant, it really is. Just watching them become a person. It’s the actual best thing ever.
So very true!
What would you say is the hardest thing about being a Mutti?
For me, it’s the backbreaking hard work and responsibility, and the fact that it is never going to stop. It’s worth it, don’t get me wrong, but it sucks sometimes that I can’t just jump on a plane to Estonia at a day’s notice, or go out for some after-work drinks and dinner with my partner any more.
It is really hard – even leaving the house takes three times as much effort as pre-baby…
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Demanding, rewarding, exhilarating!
I love the use of exhilarating!!
Ok, you’ve said above that you find the responsibility and loss of freedom hard sometimes, so how do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
I’ve always had a very strong sense of self, so having a baby hasn’t knocked it too much. I think it’s been my determination to continue to be my own individual self (and be known as that self) rather than be depersonalised into “Tom’s mummy” that has helped the most.
Wonderful – it sounds like you’ve got it sorted!
Finally, if you could share one piece of Motherhoodly wisdom with us all what would it be?
Being somewhat honest and “a spade is a spade”, I’ve already been telling my pregnant friends to prepare to feel like absolute rubbish for the first month or so. I felt so betrayed after having Tom – so many people had told me how wonderful it all was and how brilliant I’d feel… Instead I was sleep-deprived, baby-bluesed, and stressed to high heaven. Obviously some people will get the brilliant feelings, but I think the clever thing to do is to prepare to feel awful, and then if you only feel “bad” or even “ok” you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
This is so true – especially day three when your milk comes in. I was a wreck!!
So, down to business; what make is your changing bag?
My changing bag is a Pacapod Firenze, and is probably, hands down, one of the best purchases I have ever made. Ever. It is just SO practical and efficient, at the same time as being gorgeous to look at!
I am so unbelievably jealous of your Pacapod!!
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
1. Snacks. I lined a small pot with some foil in an attempt to keep snacks fresh, and normally carry a couple of breadsticks, rice cakes and maybe a banana biscotti (Tom loves banana but the actual fruit blocks him up!).
Oh wow! That’s a lot of lip balm! Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Halina. Once again, I’m very jealous of your Pacapod!
You can find Halina’s blog here. Halina also tweets as @leenielou.