This week I'm joined by Kate from Two Beans and a Bump; a beautiful, bright and bubbly blog!
Hi Kate - what beautiful photos! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Kate. I’m 34 years old and mum to my three beautiful beanies Dylan (6), Meryn (5) and four month old Ayden.
I’m pretty new to blogging but writing has been a love of mine for a long time, having worked in PR for the last 12 years. I love pretty things and could literally lose a whole day on Pinterest given half a chance. I love to cook, bake and take photos of the results (yes, I’m one of those people!).
I know exactly what you mean about Pinterest!!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti to your three beautiful children?
I’m a big kid myself so I love having the excuse to spend hours in toy shops and play with my children. But the best thing of all is having the chance to watch these amazing little people get bigger, learn new things, interact with each other and experience things together. I always wanted a big family and I’m enjoying every minute.
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Challenging, inspiring, wonderful.
Great choice of words.
We've heard your favourite thing about being a Mutti - what would you say is the hardest thing?
Without a doubt the guilt. Do they eat enough fruit and veg? Do I play with them enough? Are they bored? Do I shout too much? Why didn’t I take them here today? Am I on the laptop/iphone too much? Its never-ending, but I guess that helps me to be the best mum I possibly can.
Guilt is truly horrible - especially the older they get.
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
Well, I feel so much better in every way if I manage to fit in some exercise at least twice a week. By that I mean some time on my own either swimming, taking a class at the gym or going for a run. Trouble is, I never want to actually do it. Once I’m out the door I enjoy every minute - it's just getting myself into the right frame of mind. Once the beanies are back in school I will get myself back into the routine and hopefully shift the last few pounds of baby weight in the process. Also, a small thing, but I try to always paint my nails. I feel so much more put together if I’ve done that - even if I’m in my scruffiest jeans and t-shirt.
Yes! Another nail painter! I totally agree.
So the last question before we find out what's in your changing bag; if you could share one piece of Motherhoodly wisdom with us all what would it be?
This won’t be for everyone but, for us, its definitely been a top tip... don’t stress about a routine early on. With our first baby I got my knickers in a right knot trying to get him into what the books told me was a proper routine. Looking back it did nothing but stress my husband, me and the baby out. I tried them all and would beat myself up if he wasn’t doing exactly what the book said he should be doing. So I stopped trying and was amazed to find that we just settled into a natural routine which worked for us. Our second baby was so close in age to the first that we naturally fell into the same pattern and, without trying to impose a schedule, she found her own routine and started sleeping through the night by four months. This time round we have done the same thing and he sleeps amazingly well. This could be down to luck - maybe my babies were always going to be very good sleepers regardless - and I know that some people find strict routines work best for them and their families. I’m a big believer in ‘each to their own’. But, if you’re finding that the books just aren’t working out for you and you’re not sure why, maybe you’d benefit from the same approach as us.
Excellent advice - thanks, Kate!
So, down to business: what make is your changing bag?
My bag is a Pink Lining Yummy Mummy tote, in the multi-colour bow print.
A fellow Pink Lining bag owner - they are fab.
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can't live without?
1. Sophie le giraffe. A popular toy in many changing bags, but for good reason. Every baby that has one seems to love it - I think its to do with the texture of the rubber against their gums, plus its pretty easy for them to make it squeak. Ayden loves his Sophie and always gives it a big gummy smile when she’s taken out of the bag. A life-saver at many a restaurant table!
2. Nappies. We’ve recently changed to cloth nappies and I’m so pleased we made the switch. Yes, its a learning curve and my husband is still not entirely convinced by the whole thing, but I can honestly say I’m enjoying it. The nappies are adorable and there are definite cost benefits. I’ve been blogging about our cloth nappy experience if anyone else is thinking of switching from disposables and would be interested to read our story.
3. Lip balm. An absolute essential. I hate the feeling of dry lips and this is hands down the best lip balm I’ve tried. Unless you count Creme de la Mer lip balm which is amazing but, at £50 a pop, I’d rather pretend it's rubbish!
4. Hand cream. With three kids and lots of nappies to change, I wash my hands a lot! Like dry lips, I can’t bear dry hands and mine seem to get drier the older I get. I’m a bit of a hand cream floozy and flit between brands. This Kiehls one is on a par with the L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream - both a similar price and sink in fast without leaving sticky, slimy residue behind. Perfect for mums on the go.
5. My phone. I literally do not know how I’d survive without my phone. Dramatic, but true! Aside from the obvious telecommunication benefits, it’s my camera, my window to the world of social media, a games console for the kids if they need something to keep them occupied, a mirror for doing my lippy on the go (!) and my brain. Many an appointment would be missed without my iphone reminders app. I keep my phone in this adorable felt monster case - named ‘phone muncher’ by my little man, who absolutely loves him.
Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Kate! I love your phone case, and I'll definitely be having a read of your cloth nappy experience as it's something I'm considering at the moment (Nick isn't convinced either!).
Kate blogs at Two Beans and a Bump and tweets as @2beansandabump.