The Mummy Tag

Me and the Popple by the water on Long Island

The lovely Ellen from Babies, Biscuits and Booze nominated me to answer the Mummy Tag questions, which are currently making their way around the mummy blogging world.

1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum or a Working Mum?

Stay at home mum, soon to be working mum. It’s going to be so weird to be in an office again. In actual clothes. With my hair done. In a bra without awkward plastic fasteners.

2. Would you have it any other way?

I’d prefer to work part-time rather than going back almost full time (4.5 days a week), but billz gotz to be paid, yo.

3. Do you co-sleep?

Not anymore – but we did. The Popple decided that she hated her cot for a few months, so she mostly slept in bed with me. She took up three quarters of the damn thing and fed every time she woke up, which was pretty much every hour. It was THE WORST.

(Sorry to all you co-sleeping fans – it sounds lovely and cozy in principle, but it was sh*t for us.)

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?

Our baby carrier – hands down. She sometimes still naps in it at 12 months. #sleeptrainingfail

The Popple asleep in the baby carrier

5. How many kids do you plan on having?

One is enough for now, but I wouldn’t rule a second one out. Maybe. In the very distant future. Once I have forgotten how terrible it is to not sleep for months on end.

6. Date nights? How often do you have them?

We’ve had three dates in the past year, so we’re averaging one a quarter.

Not great.

But you know what is great? Staying in together and watching TV while drinking wine and eating cake. It’s kind of like going out, but you get to wear your pyjamas.

7. Your child’s favourite show?

Atención Atención. It’s totally educational because it’s in Spanish. Also the music is great. Also there is a giant frog. Also it gives me an excuse to yell, “Que pasa con la música?

I genuinely love this show. I might actually watch it even if I didn’t have a baby.

8. Name one thing you bought before you had the baby and never ended up using.

A baby monitor. We actually tried it a few times, but our flat was really small and the battery kept dying anyway, so we just gave up and used our ears.

That worked.

This baby has POWERFUL lungs.

9. Your child’s favourite food?

She loves anything with tomato sauce, which is pretty much the messiest food ever. Observe.

The Popple eating spaghetti with a spoon width=

10. How many cars does your family have?

One. It’s a real clunker that we got for free from friends who were leaving the country. My husband is the only one who can drive it, so I’m relegated to backseat baby-entertaining duties.

11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?

I almost don’t want to admit this, but…I’m actually 15-20lbs lighter now than I was before I got pregnant.

(I know, I know – you probably want to punch me in the face right now. But I swear I didn’t try to lose weight – it just kind of happened. Does that make it worse? Anyway, I wrote about on the Meet Other Mums site, if you’re interested.)

12. Dream holiday with your kids?

Disney World in Florida. I’ll never forget my first trip to Disney. Granted, I was 29 years old at the time, but it was still pretty magical.

13. Dream holiday without your kids?

New Zealand or Japan. Or both. Can I do both? I can’t imagine those flights with a kid.

14. How has your life changed since having kids?

I’m always tired. I almost never go out. I can do pretty much anything with one hand. My clothes are covered in baby peanut butter fingerprints. My hair is one big mum bun. I am a master nappy changer and baby chaser. I say, “No no no, that doesn’t go in your mouth” about 20 times a day.

And it’s pretty amazing.

15. Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”

…she hugs her stuffed animals. She only recently just started doing this, and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.

16. Where do you shop for your kids?

I live a 5 minute drive from a Mothercare, so that’s been pretty bad for my wallet.

17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?

I’m a big fan of everything Lush, even though I can’t really afford to spend £14.25 on body scrub made from vodka-soaked limes.

18. Huggies or Pampers?

Pampers – the nighttime ones specifically. Adrian and I figured we might as well use the extra absorbent ones in the daytime too. Just in case we forget to change her – not that we ever do that.

(Okay, occasionally we do that.)

19. Have you always wanted kids?

My body wanted kids long before my brain did. My body was all like, “Yeah, let’s do this!”, but my mind was like, “Wait…you want to do WHAT?”

My brain gave in eventually, kind of.

“Let’s just see what happens,” it said, by way of compromise.

A month later, I was pregnant. Suck it, brain!

20. Best part of being a mum?

Watching her figure stuff out. I love how she studies everything – you can practically see the wheels turning in that little brain of hers.

I’d love to hear these other bloggers’ answers to these questions, if you want. No pressure, guys.

9 Comment

  1. Great tag hun. I love your answers to 6 – we love staying in and PJs are the new trend don’t you know ❤️ And number 14, I agree it is amazing! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  2. Love it Katie! I am so with you on the baby carrier and surely staying in is better than going out?! Love the picture of her eating and that she hugs her stuffed animals – so cute. #ablogginggoodtime

  3. Hahahahaha, this is hilarious!!! Love it. Same as you, my body was waaayyyy ahead of my head when it came to getting pregnant. I’m still not sure that my head has completely caught up, ha. I found the same with co-sleeping too – the books don’t mention anything about the bruises sustained by tiny feet!x

  4. Ah loved reading this. I absolutely adore these Q&A posts – both doing them and reading them. I’m all about the night time pampers nappies too – it was like a lightening bolt moment when a year or so ago I suddenly thought, hey, we could use these during the day too! One of the best decisions we ever made! #fortheloveofblog

  5. […] all the other Mum Bloggers out there, so I was really chuffed when I was nominated by the lovely Squirmy Popple to have a […]

  6. Nice to get to know you a bit better lovely! I’m with you on the going back to work thing! Sucks big time!
    I just did this tag recently as well – it’s a good one isn’t it! Thanks for sharing with us on #fortheloveofBLOG x

  7. Haha love this one, I feel like we have the same answers for everything except the weight gain thing, I’ll have to check out your post on Meet Other Mums, how did you do this?!?! I have been co sleeping too but its only because I am lazy and don’t want to get up 20,000 times a night (still at 6 months). I’m not sure if he wakes up more because he’s in the bed, like you’ve mentioned – I stopped using that app where you time the baby’s sleep and feeds. On the work thing – I know I wrote this highly emotional post about it but I think it is getting better and it’s only been a week, so don’t worry about it too much. You’ll quickly fall back into the swing of things, it’s almost as if I never left. Thanks for sharing with #StayClassy.

    1. Also thanks for tagging me!!!!! : ) : ) (sorry I’m sleep deprived right now)

  8. Great answers, you made me laugh – ‘ billz gotz to be paid, yo’ love it haha! I like reading these question posts, its a good way to get to know bloggers better. Thanks for sharing with us #stayclassy

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