Hello all! I’m chuffed and excited to be guest posting this month for the awesome The Mighty Duxburys as part of their Oh My Blog! series.
Oh My Blog! is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have heard of before, and learn a little more about them!
This month, the theme is Mums (because it’s Mother’s Day soon!) and I’m hosting Mandi from Hex Mum Plus 1!
How long have you been a mum? Introduce us to your children
I have been a mum for nearly 19 years, Xene our eldest daughter was born in April 1998, nearly two years to the day we had our Millennium baby Lochlan, in 2003 we had our second daughter Neva, followed in 2005 by Kaide, in 2008 Eowyn, then 2011 Tyrus, nice girl-boy pattern going on, but got changed by our fourth (and last) son Viggo in 2013. I really have no idea where the years have gone, although my wrinkles and grey hairs do!
What’s been the best thing about it so far?
Everything! I love the utter noise and chaos, and watching all of their personalities develop, I really couldn’t imagine our lives without them all.
Best baby brain story. More dozy the better!
It gets worse with every child, so I literally have no brain left! Even now, I have been known to put the most random items in the fridge or the airing cupboard, even worse, sometimes I don’t even remember doing it…
You’ve won the lottery (yay!) What is the first thing that you buy for yourself? (Not for the kiddies!)
Ooh! Just for me, would be an entire new wardrobe, I am feeling very mumsy and I would love to have some lovely new clothes, although my two eldest daughters would probably want to share them too!
What’s the first thing you do once the kids have gone to bed?
Lol, my children do not go to bed early at all, especially with seven of them to settle, in fact some of the older ones go to bed after me on occasions! But the small ones are usually all settled by 10.30pm ish, so Asa and I then have tea ( I know, not great for losing weight) as it’s the only time of the day we get to actually sit down and talk, if it’s before 11, we will probably watch a film, if it’s after we choose one of the series we are currently watching that has been saved on the planner.
What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year?
No particular plans, my birthday will be 4 days later, so they will probably merge into one and the same, the children break up from school the day after my birthday, so that’s the best gift I can ask for, as I love having them home for the holidays.
What are you most looking forward to in the years to come as a mum?
I don’t really know, as I have them aged 3 to 18, I have now seen every childhood milestone, so I guess, looking forward seeing them all grow up and have their own families, and making sure Asa and I are there for them all when they need us.
What’s the best Mother’s Day present you’ve ever received?
I couldn’t single out one thing, all of the homemade gifts the children have made over the years and the cards they make at school, I have kept them all!
Did you do anything special or specific to announce that you were going to become a mum?
No, my first child was born before the days of facebook, so none of these lovely ways that I see now, we used an old-fashioned way, called face to face with parents and then the telephone!
What’s the biggest way you’ve changed since becoming a mum? Aside from now having a small human to take care of, obviously.
I spend much more time at home! Before I had children, I was a bit of a party animal, as well as a workaholic, but since having the children, I don’t feel the need, and I am far too tired! A nice meal out with Asa is just perfect and working from home is fab!
What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about becoming a mum?
I don’t think there is anything, I had looked after lots of children before my own, so I think I went into it with my eyes wide open, nobody could prepare you enough for that complete and utter love you feel as soon as each of the children are placed on your tummy.
Be honest here… have you passed any of your bad habits on to your kids yet? We promise, we won’t judge.
My husband would probably say my untidiness! And he is probably right, but my argument is, we can have a showhome when they leave home, their excuse, well mum isn’t that tidy!
What is your absolute must-have item now that you’re a parent? One thing you can’t leave the house without or need for your kid’s bedtime. What’s integral to your daily life now?
Baby Wipes! Although our youngest is now 3, they are one of the first things I add to the shopping trolley every week, they are so useful for everything!
What’s the weirdest mum conversation you’ve found yourself having? Be it with your child, your partner or even a fellow mum? We all know we end up talking about weird stuff.
Not that weird, but I have had many boob conversations over the years, nearly every new mum you meet, has some kind of story about their boobs, from growing massive to feeling like they are being ripped off, which is something you tended not to talk about much, before children.
Finally, what’s the biggest lesson your time as a mum has taught you?
Patience (cue Take That) because if we think we had lots before having children, we suddenly realise we need bucket loads more after we have children.
If you want to check out even more from Mandi and her brood, you should head over to her blog and social media!