This week we meet the lovely Amy from The Mighty Duxburys. Thanks so much for taking part Amy ðŸ™‚
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
So I’m Amy. I’m 28 and work as a solicitor (I deal with personal injury claims). I live with my husband Wes and my little boy, Mason who turned one in August. Wes and I both work full time, meaning rather begrudgingly we have put Mason in nursery four days per week. He loves it mind you, I think he prefers the staff at nursery to the two of us sometimes. I blog about a vast array of different things over at The Mighty Duxburys and sometimes, if I twist his arm enough, Wes will pitch in too.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
I don’t have much spare time to be honest but what I do have, I tend to spend it gaming. I’m a huge video game fan and really love to get into a good game. I play all sorts, from shooters to platformers but the one that takes up most of my time is World of Warcraft. Wes and I started playing it when we were living 80 miles away from each other and it’s just… carried on for five years.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I don’t really count giving birth or getting through my own wedding without having a paddy as an achievement. Realistically the biggest one is probably qualifying as a solicitor. It took a long time (longer than it should have really) and a lot of work and doubts about whether I would ever make it. I finally got there in February this year and although the job itself hasn’t changed, just being able to call myself a solicitor is so cool. Something I’ve worked towards for upwards of ten years since I started my degree. So that definitely felt good.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
Hardest part is just getting used to how much every aspect of your life changes. Wes and I didn’t really go out before he was born, but now we have no choice in the matter unless we can find a babysitter. Just nipping out to the shops is now a big deal that requires quite a lot of preparation and planning in some cases. We can’t leave the house together after seven in the evening, because that’s bedtime. Stuff like that. It’s not horrible, just hard to get used to.
The most rewarding part is easily seeing him hit milestones. He started walking about three months ago, and now he just runs everywhere, laughing at me as I try and chase him. We’re at the stage where talking is become a real thing and he’s loving it. The word of the moment is “Hello” – which everyone hears all of the time. Seeing him say something and then laugh at himself was just the most awesome thing.
Parenting in itself is no mean feat; how do you juggle everything you need to in order to get everything done on a daily basis?
Quite frankly, I’m not sure I do juggle it all! There are definitely a couple of balls dropped on a fairly regular basis. I might get all my work done at the proper job and sort out my blog posts for the day, but the house is a wreck. I might get a spotless house and some legal work done, but the blog gets neglected. It is hard, but I don’t think I’d change it. I’m really enjoying everything at the minute.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I moved to Chester to be with Wes back in 2012 but when we found out I was pregnant, I thought a blog would be a nice way to talk about my experiences without boring everyone within five metres of me! It was also a way of keeping the more distant family members up to date with the baby once he arrived. I had truly no idea what I was getting into and it’s grown into far more than I’d ever envisaged.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
It’s very recently undergone a massive overhaul actually. We were until very recently operating under “Mum’s The Law” (a play on my profession) but as it’s grown it turns out I waffle about more than just being a Mum. Now the three of us all have the last name and the blog has become more family focused, we’re now The Mighty Duxburys (like the Might Ducks if you’re old enough to remember that?) and pretty much anything goes over there. Ramblings, rants, reviews, recipes and all sorts of lists and features about family, food, lifestyle and at the minute, weight loss.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I’ve never even thought about that before! I love to write, I love to talk to people and share experiences and views. I just want that to continue I suppose. I don’t think I’d ever be able to do it as a full time job unless something really drastic happens. I just want to carry on enjoying what I do and if it continues to grow then happy days.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
I’m still relatively new to this (at least new to doing it properly) so I feel a bit out of place giving advice. I guess the main bit of advice is to do it for the right reasons. It’s a lot of work to maintain a blog, and to do it properly takes a lot of time. If you do take the plunge though, get involved in the community. There are hundreds of others in our little world and it’s just a really welcoming and warm place to be a part of.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
1. David Attenborough for the commentary
2. Sue Perkins for the joke
3. Richard Osman (the laptop guy from Pointless). for the facts
I throw the BEST dinner parties!
Tell me three random facts about you
THREE? I’m not that interesting! Errr.. okay.
1. I was in the same year at school as a 2-time Olympic Gold medallist (Nothing to get excited about, I barely knew him.)
2. I love darts! Like really love it. I can’t play it, but I’ll watch it every day of the week.
3. I was once on an episode of Street Crime UK! I hadn’t done anything, don’t panic. It was being filmed one Friday night in Leicester, where I went to University. Apparently I was on a night out and whilst a bit worse for wear, was having a good old stare at someone being arrested. I’ve never seen it, but rather embarrassingly a few members of my family have!