To interrupt all the baby reviews, updates and mum life waffle, I’ve been tagged in the random Q & A by the lovely Lisa of Mummascribbles so I thought I’d join in and you can get to know me a little more.
When was the last time you cried?
Over the last 8 weeks, I have cried quite a bit. Hormones are crazy postpartum and one minute I’m doing okay and have mastered my to-do list, the next I’m crying because I’ve put sugar in my coffee (I don’t take sugar in my coffee!) But in answer to the question, the last time I cried was Wednesday evening watching One Born Every Minute. It bought back lots of memories of when Freddie was born and it was an overwhelming feeling that I can’t really describe.
If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
I like to think I’m a really good friend so I would definitely be a friend of myself. I struggle with friendships. I think it’s a trust issue. I was hurt when I was younger and so it took me a long time to build up the trust in other people again. These days, I don’t have a massive amount of close friends. I have friends that live quite a distance from me and I have quite a few online friends (don’t worry, they’re real but live a good distance from me but we speak regularly on social media and WhatsApp.) When you get older you realise the value in friendships and I know that the friends I do have are brilliant and I really appreciate them.
Do you use sarcasm a lot?
My first thought was “do bears sh*t in the woods?” so yes and it’s something I’ve got from my Dad. He can be quite sarcastic too!
What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Eye contact. I like to see people engage with me and you can tell so much about someone from their eyes!
Scary movie or happy endings?
Definitely happy endings. I am such a wuss. I can’t watch any scary movies or movies with gruesome themes as I often over think the storylines and would end up giving myself nightmares!
I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning, a bunch of fresh flowers, Freddie’s head (he still has the newborn head smell) and I’m loving a room fragrance from Next called Amalfi. It’s so nice.
What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
The furthest I’ve ever been from home is Fuerteventura. I would love to go long haul and visit America, Australia and New Zealand one day but in reality it’s not going to happen any time soon. It’s so pricey to travel especially when you have children!
Do you have any special talents?
I don’t think so but I can roll my tongue and fold a crisp packet into a little triangle in under a minute!
Where were you born?
I was born at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and grew up in Burntwood, Staffordshire with my Mom, Dad and little sister Toni.
What are your hobbies?
In my spare time.., ha who am I kidding, what’s spare time! I love to blog. It’s my go to happy place where I can write about anything I want. Get something off my chest, find others who are in the same position and find the support I need to get me through. I like to enjoy time with my boys whether its at home building Lego and reading books or out and about with the family.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
So many different things. Once upon a time, I wanted to be a teacher or an aircraft marshall landing planes on aircraft carriers. I think it was the appeal of watching Top Gun!
How many countries have you been to?
Not as many as I would like; Ten including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Spain, Tunisia, Cyprus, Turkey and Greece.
What was your favourite/worst subject in school?
My worst subject was PE. I hated it. As a bigger girl I felt self conscious, I was rubbish at pretty much everything except football. I played defence in my high schools first girls football team back in 1998! My favourite subject was probably Graphic Design (Technology). I loved to draw and be creative. I got an A grade in my GSCE in Graphics.
What is your favourite drink?
I do love a good cup of coffee. Throughout my pregnancy I didn’t drink much at all and found a love for Sprite, 7Up and Appletiser which is odd as I don’t drink much fizzy pop at all post pregnancy.
What would you (or have you) named your children?
My boys are called Olly and Freddie. They are names we loved and they really do suit them. If we had a girl, she would be called Isabella Grace but we’re happy with our two boys. No more children for us!
Who are some of your favourite YouTubers?
I’ve only recently got into watching vloggers on YouTube but my favourites are Emily Hayward, Louise Pentland and Carissa and Brian. They’re a good mix of real life. Emily is vlogging life with cancer, Louise is huge and known to many but I’ve only recently started to watch her vlogs as she has her baby girl the same month as Freddie and Carissa and Brian are Americans trying to conceive their first baby through IVF.
How many boyfriends have you had?
Not many to be honest. Probably three but they weren’t serious at all, I’m guessing ones I had in primary school don’t count! I met my husband when I was 20 years old at the end of my first year at university and he was my first serious relationship. 15 years on and we’ve been happily married for ten years with two beautiful boys.
Favourite memory from childhood?
I have so many happy times. I used to love the school holidays as my Mom was a childminder so the holidays were always fun with other children to play with. We lived by a park and would always go and play down the park when it was safe for parents to leave their children for an hour at the local park (back in the late 80’s and 90’s, I wouldn’t dream of doing that with my own children these days).
How would you describe your fashion sense?
Boring but comfortable. I’m a jeans, hoody and boots kind of lady (except I’m still in my maternity leggings and baggy jumpers right now, how attractive!)
Tell us one of your bad habits!
I bite my nails! It’s something I wish I didn’t do but I hate the feeling of having anything under my nails so keep them quite short.