Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Mummy Tag

I've seen this tag floating around for a while now and have been wanting to do it, despite not being personally tagged, but hey, I'm a mumma so I'm gonna do it anyway! I'm a bit sleep deprived after a long day so will skip the in depth post intro and just get straight to it :)

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU HAD YOUR FIRST CHILD?
I was 23 when I had Cassius.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING PREGNANT FOR 9 MONTHS?
Not being able to eat certain cheeses. I love cheese....like really love it. And every time we went out to eat somewhere, everyone around me would be indulging in Brie and teasing me which was torture.

CAN YOU THINK OF ANY GOOD THINGS YOU ENJOYED DURING THOSE 9 MONTHS?
I didn't make it the full 9 months as Cass came early but the best part was definitely feeling him kick. It's such a precious connection and it was lovely when he responded to mine and Dane's voices. Best feeling ever.

IN YOUR OPINION, WERE ALL THE THINGS YOU HEARD ABOUT CHILDBIRTH ACCURATE OR WAY OFF?
I don't really know because I'd heard all about hospital births and mentally prepared for that but since I ended up having a surprise home birth, I didn't get to experience the things people had been preaching. One thing that was accurate though was how much it bloody hurts. Everyone's childbirth is different obviously but having the low pain tolerance that I have, I knew it was gonna be awful and it was.

WOULD YOU HAVE HANDLED CHILDBIRTH DIFFERENTLY IF YOU COULD RE-DO IT?
Well I'd try not to squeeze him out on my sofa whilst screaming half my neighbourhood down, that's for sure!

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS ABOUT TO HAVE A BABY?
Don't be afraid to voice your needs. There are so many different guidelines that get thrown at you from midwives and doctors about what labour is supposedly meant to be like but at the end of the day, it's your body and you need to ensure you speak up if you need anything that isn't automatically offered at the time.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A MUM?
It sounds really silly but probably the hormone roller coaster, I can't even watch programmes like This Is Us without bawling my eyes out every episode; anything with children in it and I'm an emotional mess, it's ridiculous. Although Cassius' colic stage is a close second. It felt like it would never end...but it did, thankfully. Oh and the sleep deprivation. 

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT BEING A MUM?
Everything to be honest. Waking up to his smiley face every morning, hearing his sweet little giggles when I pick him up, watching his personality grow and how curious he is about the world. It's all rewarding, even on the hard days.

WHAT WAS THE MOST SURPRISING THING YOU DISCOVERED ABOUT BEING A MUM?
How quickly my maternal instincts kicked in. How I can hear my baby crying from anywhere in the house, even if nobody else can and how weirdly lonely I get when he goes to bed after spending the whole day with me. 

WHAT IS THE BEST MEMORY YOU HAVE INVOLVING YOUR CHILD?
His first Christmas. He was so excited to be surrounded by all the family and had a ball playing with the wrapping paper, it was really adorable to watch, I don't think I've ever seen him so happy.

WHAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING MILESTONE?
He's not hit a huge amount of milestones just yet, but so far the most exciting one would probably be him laughing for the first time. They're all pretty amazing but watching your baby giggle and light up when he sees your face is one of the best feelings.

WHAT IS THE WORST THING YOUR CHILD HAS EVER DONE?
He hasn't done anything that bad yet to be fair, he's a really good baby, but if I had to choose something that wasn't a great moment for me would probably be being shat on whilst holding him without realising and having it smear all over my clothes before I noticed...

WHAT HABIT DID YOU WISH YOUR CHILD DIDN'T HAVE?
Scratching himself all the time. I cut his nails every other day and yet he still manages to cut his face and legs up and make it look like I abuse him, which I don't, obviously :P

WHAT HABIT OF THEIRS MAKE YOU MOST PROUD?
How hard he tries to do something when he puts his mind to it. He's trying to tackle standing up at the moment and it makes my heart swell watching how determined he is to get there, with or without our help.

DO YOU SHARE ANY SIMILARITIES WITH YOUR CHILD? (BOTH PHYSICAL & PERSONALITY)
Other than him having my eyes, he's a total daddy's boy. He's cheeky, playful and a born entertainer, just like Dane.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CHILD TO BE IN 10 YEARS?
Hopefully in school so I can have some much needed me time during the day, haha.

IS THERE SOMETHING THAT HAVING A CHILD HAS TAUGHT YOU?
Being a mum is hard, but rewarding, work. You don't get sick days, you don't get to be hungover or have a lazy bed day because your baby wants to do what he wants and he comes first.

DID YOU IMAGINE YOU'D BE A MUM AT THE AGE YOU BECAME A MUM?
Not really, I'd never made any plans on if or when I wanted to have children so having him at all was a surprise, let alone at 24 years old. But I don't regret it one bit.

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILD IN ONE SENTENCE?
A happy, bouncy, bundle of joy.

HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED AS A PERSON SINCE BECOMING A MUM?
I've grown up tremendously and learnt to let go of all negativity from my past and not care about what people think of me as much. 

It was a bit long winded but there we go! 
If you're a mummy and you're reading this then I tag you, I'd love to read your answers so make sure you comment the links to your posts :) 

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5 comments

  1. This is such a cute tag, so interesting for someone who hasn't had children yet like me to learn the best bits! I can see how the first Christmas would be super special and you've made me broody haha!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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  2. This is such an adorable tag!

    I sadly lost our baby at 10 weeks last Christmas (literally). And I know miscarriage is much different than full term child birth but HOLY MOTHER OF.... it was like never ending PAIN down there. And they kept telling me "oh well you know you passed the fetus when you stop hurting." OH. OKAY. WELL LET ME KEEP WAITING IN PAIN. And the bleeding! Would not stop! I almost passed out twice!

    It definitely makes me terrified of actual childbirth cause that involves so much more... pain and pushing and blood and I don't think I have that much blood lol! But I have an extremely low tolerance to physical pain as well!

    This wasn't exactly a happy comment, sorry lol.

    Hazel @ www.hazearella.com

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  3. I'm 29 and would really like to have a baby within the next few years, but sadly I'm worried it won't happen. I've been single for almost the entirety of my 20's, so I can't really picture that changing any time soon, to be honest.

    You can't have cheese when you're pregnant? I had no idea.

    http://surrealistique.com

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  4. Aww, don't be disheartened, you never know what could happen!
    Only soft cheeses, but they are my favourite cheeses so it sucked :P

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  5. This was a pleasure to read. It’s so lovely. What a great tag ☺️

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