The best parenting advice I ever got was… To take each day as it comes and trust your instincts. The baby books that are out there often put so much pressure on you to do certain things that you forget to trust your gut. You know your baby better than any book does.
The worst parenting advice I ever got was… To let them cry it out. I just can’t do it. They are crying because they want me, how can I deny them. Because really, are you ever going to look back on your life and ever think, “Goodness, I wish I had let them cry it out more” instead of spending those extra few moments cuddling their tiny little, sweet smelling bodies.
My favourite perfume at the moment is… DKNY. I’m currently using the pink one (thanks to the husband who got it for me for Mother’s Day).
My favourite lipstick at the moment is… I don’t usually do lipstick, but I did the recycling thing with Mac and took in 6 empty containers of their various products and got a lipstick in return. Because I have to wear a fair amount of make-up to cover my terrible skin, I don’t like to do lips on top of it all, I feel a bit like a clown, so it’s one that just magnifies my natural colour a bit.
My favourite “me time” activity is...sitting with a hot cup of Milo or an ice-cold Savannah (depending on the weather) and taking an hour (or two) to blog or to pin to Pinterest. I love it. It’s my time to actually sit down and reflect on the things that we have done or look at awesome things of what I want to do! I may have a bit of a Pinterest obsession.
In my nappy bag, you’ll always find… Nappies, wipes and a change of clothing for each kid (if I’ve remembered to pack the bag properly before I’ve left). They have a tendency to destroy what they are wearing shortly after we leave the house.
In my cubbyhole, you’ll always find… a couple of CDs, which include Baby Einsteins for when the kids are in the car and currently Mumford and Sons for when I am alone (which never happens).
In my handbag, you’ll always find… loose change, random till slips and empty sweet packets.
In my fridge, you’ll always find… leftovers that have been forgotten about. And soup. We have a new obsession with soup, it’s so wonderfully yummy. Oh and some frozen Woolies meals for those nights when I just can’t bear to cook.
My best baby buy has been… Our Angelcare monitor. I know some people don’t freak out, but I am paranoid. Having this just gives me peace of mind that if they stop breathing I will definitely know about it and will be able to do something about it. Plus it gives me a heads up as to when I am about to have a little person staring in my face in the early hours of the morning.
I want to be remembered as a mom who… Took the time to spend real, quality time with my children. Who knew them deeply and had a great and lasting relationship with them. I want them to be able to think back to all the fun things that we did together, about chats that we’ve had and also how I loved them so very, very much.
> > Before I was a mom, I wish I had have known… That I knew nothing about being a Mother. Nothing! You think you know. But you don’t. You have all these thoughts about how, “I won’t do this”, “how could they let their kid do that?”, “oh my gosh, look at that tantrum – bad parents”. But until you are in it, you just don’t know. And also to never ever criticise another Mom for doing things differently to how I would do it when I became a Mom.
Hope that’s OK 🙂