The Mummy Tag

I have recently been tagged in a Meme called The Mummy Tag, by the lovely Ruth at Rock n Roller Baby, Donna from Redhead Babyled and Rachael from L-Plate Mummy. Wow, how popular am I?! Ha ha!
So lets get the ball rolling and let you lovely lot find out a bit more about me!

1. Are you a stay-at-home-mum or a working mum?
Both really! I gave up full time work after having big monkey and only returned after maternity leave to work on a relief basis. I currently go out to work just 10-16hrs a week. Working at home as a Mum is far harder!

2. Would you have it any other way? 
No! I do often say to hubby that he can stay at home and run the house, raise the boys and do all the other stuff involved in being a wife and mother but that's only when the monkeys have driven me to distraction and I want to let off steam! My full time work was well paid and we've taken a huge drop in salary for me to raise the monkeys myself but we've managed and I was determined not to miss their formative years. I would hate for someone else to look after my children so I could work with other peoples!

3. Do you co-sleep? 
No, its not for us! I was too paranoid when they were young babies, that I would roll over and squash them! I've not really ever been able to sleep if they are in our bed too! only recently have we had either of them in with us and that's only when they've been poorly or when little monkey went through a faze of refusing to sleep in his own bed. Even then, as a rule, we would carry him back to his own bed when we went to bed.

4. What is your must-have item for your baby? 
I had to have a baby monitor in the room and still use one if the monkeys are ill! We sleep on the floor above them in our loft conversion, so sometimes I use it for extra peace of mind. Another must have for me was muslins! I used them loads and not just for burping the monkeys or for mopping up baby sick.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?
We always said two but ultimately I assumed we would have one of each sex! I have been very broody to try for a girl but being an older mum and finding the monkeys hard work at times, I have come to the realisation that having another is just not going to be. If money were no object, we had a bigger car and house and I was a year or two younger, I would definitely go for it! Hubby is more than happy to stick with the two. 

6. Date nights – how many a month?
What are they?! it's something we should do and really need to do but we struggle for babysitters and the motivation to get ready and go out once the monkeys are in bed! We do go out but generally for birthday, anniversary's etc.

7. Your child’s favourite show? 
Currently big monkey loves watching sports on TV, his favourite being football! He can be found engrossed in Ben and Holly too. Little monkey loves Peppa Pig and Monster University on DVD.

8. Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and never ended up using? 
I really can't think of anything except clothes for big monkey! We had far too many. Some may have been used for little monkey or I gave them away/sold them.

9. Your child’s favourite food? 
Big monkey loves a roast dinner but alas little monkey does not! He adores anything pasta! They both love crisps too much to daddy's annoyance! Marmite features high on the list also!

10. How many cars does your family have?
Thanks to my parents we have two. They live on a boat, so their car was left at ours and has become ours! They just borrow it very occasionally. Our family car was bought brand new before the monkeys came along. Hubby traded in his sports car to help fund it.

11. Weight gain before pregnancy during and after and now?
I started off at the same weight with boy monkeys and put on exactly the same carrying them both. 3.5st to be exact! Far too much. Sadly as I'm not a natural exerciser and because I love my food too much I still have at least 2st left to lose. Not good hey when little monkey is now 3.
12. Dream holiday with your kids? 
My dream holiday with the family would be at least a fortnight in Disneyland Florida. I've been twice before and loved everything about it. I really want to take the monkeys when they are a bit older and can go on the rides and more importantly have memories of going! I want us to do the works!!

13. Dream Holiday without your kids?
My dream holiday with the Mr would be in Italy or a trip back to New York. We went soon after we met back in 2005 and loved it! I'd been once before and would love to go back again. It's an awesome place! We had a dream holiday in Kenya for our honeymoon. That would be lovely again.

14. How has your life changed since your baby has been born?
In more ways than I can say! I wouldn't have it any other way despite the fact I'm driven to distraction at times! The only thing I miss at times, is just being able to pop off out at the drop of a hat, without thinking of taking anyone or anything with me. I guess that comes of spending a good fifteen years of adult life doing my own thing!

15. Finish the sentence: ‘It makes my heart melt to see…’
How strong the bond is between the monkeys. They really do love one and other dearly! I really hope their strong bond remains throughout life.

16. Where do you shop for your kids?
I love to shop in Next for them and usually try to in the sales. Otherwise it's George at Asda and sometimes Debenhams or M&S.

17. Favourite makeup and skincare products?
I love Clinique skincare and also Dermalogica but can rarely afford them these days! I only tend to wear make up when I go out, so not often! I currently have a fab selection of Soap & Glory makeup though, which I have been using a little.  

18. Huggies or Pampers?
We used Pampers before we discovered Just4bums from Kiddicare. They are just as good as Pampers, if not better and get delivered to your door monthly. I highly recommend them.

19. Have you always wanted kids?
Yes absolutely! to be honest I wanted three, then one, then none and hubby and I decided two would be good. Having said that, three would be nice! Unfortunately not now though. 

20. Best part about being a mum? 
Reliving my childhood through them, seeing them develop and grow and having such a lot of fun.
The unconditional love you have for your children is second to none! 
WOW, that was hard! Now it's someone else's turn! 
I tag Victoria at Verily Victoria Vocalises, AK at My Buggy Junction and Emma at Crazy With Twins
I look forward to reading girls, if you'd like to join in!

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