I got this idea from watching the new mum/mom tag videos on YouTube, which was created by the beautiful and inspirational Emily Norris, so without any further ado, let’s answer some questions.
1) Favourite Mum Hack?
This might not be too amazing but, I’d say teaching your child to perform basic clean up tasks as a game, has been my fave hack. Reuben loves wiping his high chair down and helping with the laundry for this reason.
2) Most Embarrassing Mum Moment?
I thought I could bottle feed in the nursing room in a shopping centre. I was wrong.
3) Favourite part of the day?
Going to get Reuben out of his cot after any nap/sleep. It’s lovely. Bathtime is a close second, that’s always a giggle.
4) Worst part of the day?
Cleaning up after mealtimes irritates me every single time.
5) Worst thing someone said to you when pregnant?
“you got pregnant so you didn’t have to work” and “just another useless mum on the dole” and also “you’re absolutely massive”. Yay.
6) A baby name you disagreed on?
Reuben. But, I got my way.
7) Do you co-sleep?
It’s only occasional now, when trying to get extra sleep in the morning, or when Reu is poorly.
However, when Reu was a newborn, I didn’t want to cosleep, but often, it was very necessary. There was many ways to make sure it’s safely done. I panicked about SIDS constantly but I found many tricks for making cosleeping as safe as possible.
8) Baby products you never used?
I didn’t really have everything I needed when I had Reuben, but I never used his newborn clothing. My 8lb 6oz baby was too long.
9) Name 3 hospital bag must haves?
Comfortable clothes, painkillers, pads.
10) Are you a go with the flow or routine mum?
I’m a bit of both. I have routines but I’m flexible about when they begin and when naps occur. I would love to be more a routine mum but I’m too lazy. Or laid back, rather. I am really lucky that my child has always been a good sleeper.
11) What labour and pain relief did you have?
I was induced, I had gas and air and an epidural. It was traumatic. I wouldn’t opt for another induction at all if I could help it. Future me: if it’s not 100% necessary, don’t do it.
12) Have you ever been mum shamed?
Yes. By a midwife in the hospital on the post natal ward for giving in and giving Reu formula. By a few people I know for quitting breastfeeding three weeks in. And recently, an old women decided to say I was a shit mother who didn’t care about my baby because I was using my phone on the bus, instead ot interacting with Reuben.
13) What have been the biggest challenges?
Healing from trauma /going through therapy, whilst being a single mother. Especially when I am studying. It’s so hard.
14) What is the best advice you’ve had or that you’ve given?
“You’ve got to take care of yourself too” and “don’t compare yourself to other mothers”. Also, if you can ask for help, or are offered it, take it. You need to take some of that pressure off yourself, Mama!
15) Who’s your mum crush?
Britneyandbaby and Louise Pentland are my ultimate role models on Youtube, but in real life, I have many mummy friends I look up to.
That was quite fun. I will tag fellow parent vloggers in my insta post!
Thank you for reading,
With love, Rebecca x