1. Are you a stay at home or working Mum?
I’m a stay at home mum at the moment as I’m on maternity leave with baby number 2! I went back to work full-time after having Sorsha but I’m unsure if I’ll be going back this time.
2. Best part of being a Mum?
Watching your child develop and learn and grow every day. It’s amazing! The tiniest little things make you so proud as they go they go from this tiny helpless baby into a small person!
3. Would you have it any other way?
No. I’m not saying I wouldn’t love to have more freedom and money to travel or buy things, but the life and family that Allan and I are building is pretty much perfect!
4. Do you co-sleep?
No, the only time we have is when Sorsha was breast-feeding during the night and I’ve nodded off!
5. My newborn must have?
Definitely a bouncer! It took a lot of work and fuss out of nap-times and she learnt to hold her own bottles from a very early age whilst sitting in hers!
6. How many kids do you plan on having?
Just the two, I’m done after this one! I think two is a manageable number for us and, after spending the majority of the last 3 years being pregnant, I’m looking forward to getting back in shape and wearing “normal” clothes again!
7. Date Night? How often?
We don’t really do “date night” as such at the moment, but if the opportunity arises and we have family available to babysit then we’ll go out for a meal, just the two of us. We stay quite far from everyone so it’s not that simple, we’ll have family nights instead!
8. What’s your child’s favourite show?
Sorsha only really watches CBeebies or Tiny Pop sometimes, so it’s probably Bing. She loves dancing to the shapes song in Mister Maker though!
9. What’s 1 thing you bought for your newborn and never used?
We didn’t go wild when we bought things for Sorsha and we only bought the bare minimum. There are a lot of things available that you just don’t need, and although most might make life easier, lots of them don’t! For example, we were given a nappy bin but just put them in the actual bin, and we bought a bath seat, but it was easier to wash Sorsha in the sink!
10. Child’s favourite food?
Sorsha goes wild for any kind of fruit, and she loves cheese!
11. How many cars does your family have?
We have two cars and because we live in the country we need to be able to get out and about while Allan is away at work. I’d go a bit mad being stuck in the house all day!
12. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?
This is a difficult one as I wasn’t back to my usual weight before I became pregnant this time! My pre-babies weight was about 9 stone, I got back to about 10 stone I think and now I’m about 12½ stone at 8 months pregnant.
13. What’s your dream family holiday?
I’d love to take the kids on more cultural, worldwide holidays when they’re older but for now that’d be a waste of money so I’d settle for some fun activities and sunshine. Sorsha loves animals so somewhere with a zoo would be good!
14. Dream holiday without kids?
Somewhere tranquil where cocktails and food are free-flowing and I can just relax with a good book in the sun, go to the spa or swim in clear, cool water. Maybe the Maldives or somewhere similar.
15. How has life changed since having kids?
Pretty much everything changes when you have kids, from when you wake up, what you eat, how you plan your day, everything! But it’s never boring and makes you appreciate the important things in life more.
16. Finish the sentence. It makes me melt when…
I see Sorsha’s face first thing in the morning and she’s so happy to see me and gives me the biggest cuddles!
17. Where do I shop for my kids?
Most of Sorsha’s clothes are gifts at the moment, so we just buy essentials like vests from supermarkets or shop in the sales in Next, H&M, Tesco, Asda for clothes.
18. What’s your favourite makeup and skincare?
I’m currently working my way through my collection of half bottles and pots of everything! At the moment I’m using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and The Body Shop Oils Of Life drops with a Nivea toner and Clinique moisturiser and that seems to be working well for my dry skin (which is usually oily/combintion in non-pregnancy!).
I’m going for a healthy glow with my make up and using Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation (again this has all changed because my skin type has shifted!) then mainly just doing brows and lip balm on lazy days. I’ve recently been buying more NYX and Inglot products as I work on my look more!
19. Huggies or Pampers?
Neither. If we’re using disposables we’ve always used Tesco nappies and wipes, but we normally use reusable nappies from Bambooty and reusable wipes from Little Lamb.
20. Have you always wanted kids?
No, not really, but when I met Allan I knew that this was the man that I wanted to have a life and a family with and I hadn’t really felt that before. It must be love!