Greedy Mummy nominated me to complete the Mummy Tag Challenge (actually I begged for it on Twitter. I had a little tantrum because I wanted to be part of the cool gang). So here we go, folks! My deepest secrets and thoughts are all yours.
- Are you a Stay at Home Mum or a Working Mum?
I am currently staying at home to look after Baba, but I am planning to get back to work part-time after my year off.
- Would you have it any other way?
For the moment no. I just want to see my babe growing up. Returning to work would be madness. When I was working, it was non-stop. I can’t even imagine working full-time with a baby to look after. I am enjoying the peace for now, but I am sure I will be more than happy to get back to school (I am a teacher) and see my students. I miss them, especially my form.
- Do you co-sleep?
Nope and will never ever do. I don’t want to squash the little one par accident. I am a crazy sleeper. I move a lot and dream aloud. Baba is staying in our room in his own cot at the moment. He’s only 4 months old. The plan is to put him in his own room later on. I am not sure how I will get on with it. I love the idea to have him next to me so that I can check he is fine.
- What is your one must-have item for your baby?
Difficult one. There are so many things we love! It would have to be his BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance. It’s great because Baba can stay in it while I get on with my stuff. He loves checking me out. He is very nosy. I wonder where he gets that from…😅 I love it. However, next Baba will have a vibrating one. Seriously, I went to a friend of mine the other day. We put Baba in it and he was asleep within 5 minutes. He looked well chilled out as well!
- How many kids do you plan on having?
I would love to have a little girl and it would be perfect. With the chance I have, if we decide to go for number 2 (Grumpy Boyfriend will need convincing!) I will probably have another boy. Let’s see what the future holds.
- Date nights? How often do you have them?
We are very lucky because we have quite a lot of help, especially from Belle-Maman. When Baba was very small, she stayed at ours and we went out for dinner en amoureux. Sometimes, she even stayed the night and took care of le petit monstre. I needed to catch up on my sleep.
- Your child’s favourite show?
Baba is still small, but he is really into a French cartoon called Petit Ours Brun. I absolutely love it. It is based on books of the same name. I learned reading with it when I was a little girl!
- Name one thing you bought before you had the baby and never ended up using?
A bottle warmer that I bought online and we used like three times. It seemed like a good idea at the time. My boss told me that it was a key element in his household, especially at night. Not in our house! I just boil some water, put it in a bowl with the bottle in it et voilà!
- Your child’s favourite food?
Milk, endlessly. That’s all he has at the moment. But I am pretty sure Baba will end up being a food lover (like his mummy!). He is always checking out what we are eating and even dribbles in the process. A chance he has not decided yet to be en grève screaming for proper food instead of formula milk.
- How many cars does your family have?
We have one car and I have my personal chauffeur going with it (Grumpy Boyfriend). I have a license but I’ve never driven in the UK so far. Now that I am off work, I am going to start again. Mon cher et tendre will grow up fast and will probably want to attend clubs, so I will have to drive him. I can’t eternally rely on my partner… Don’t worry, I will contact the local news the day I am back on the road for good. It might get dangerous, you better be warned.
- Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?
Are you kidding me? This is a very personal question. I don’t think anyone wants to hear about my wobbly bits, right? All you need to know is that I put on about 2 stones during my pregnancy and I am actively working on losing the little bit left. I just started the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge some weeks ago. At the start, I was like ‘Yeah, easy…’ But when week 3 started, I begged for mercy. This woman really makes me sweat! I will keep you posted of my progress later on. Well, only if I am successful right? You don’t want to witness me merding and blaspheming other swear words in French.
- Dream holiday with your kids?
Disney World in Florida. I will buy Baba some Minnie’s ears and I will pretend I am a princess. Hold on a minute, I am already acting like a princess on a daily basis 😳.
- Dream holiday without your kids?
Venice in Italy during the Carnival (it looks like it has to be seen!). It would be very romantic. Grumpy Boyfriend would propose to me with a big diamond ring. Obviously, we would have a magnificent wedding. We would also buy a Victorian house that I would be in charge to transform from tip to toe. Have you noticed? I used the conditional. It means it will never happen, but thanks for asking. For a minute, I truly believed it.
- How has your life changed since having kids?
I am not working any more (but it’s temporary). I don’t have to discipline on average 150 kids a day (no I am lying. Overall, my students were good. I was lucky).I spend my life in leggings with no make-up on and dribbles all over my tops. Le bonheur!
- Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”
My babe is smiling or giggling at me. He is so cute! I like the way he looks at me like I am a crazy woman. Mon fils is very perceptive. He has already worked out that I am a bit of a nutter. Good for him.
- Where do you shop for your kids?
To be honest, I didn’t buy much (I promise!) as we got so many presents. I love baby Gap. It’s very cute. I also like H&M.
- Favourite make-up and skincare products?
It has to be French, preferably Clarins. You don’t want me to list it all. I use and love a lot of their products. My bathroom is full of them and when I travel, I take them all, even for one night.
- Huggies or Pampers?
Pampers. I didn’t even try Huggies, to be honest.
- Have you always wanted kids?
Definitely no! In my early twenties, I used to see myself a bit as a Bridget Jones. I was looking for le prince charmant and it was quite a struggle. I only considered starting a family once I settled down with Grumpy Boyfriend. Six years ago, I would have laughed at you if you dared to ask me about children.
- Best part of being a mum?
Just having the chance to see him growing up (too fast!). I am aware that many other mummies can’t do that.
Here we go, hope you liked discovering more about Frenchie Mummy. Let’s nominate people to complete the challenge. Well, if you read this post, then consider yourself challenged to complete it as well 😋.