This week we meet the lovely Lucy from Muffin Top Mummy. Thanks so much for taking part Lucy š
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
Hi, I'm Lucy and I live with my husband, our baby daughter and our two rabbits in the Midlands. We moved up here from Brighton at the start of 2016, a few months after we married to be closer to my family. I met my husband about five or six (I've just realised I actually can't remember!) years ago when we both worked at the retail giant Next – myself on bathrooms (as terrible as it sounds) and him in the stockroom. One day, he held a door open for me and I blurted out, 'you were in my dream last night', which was totally smooth and bagged me a date. However many years later (I really do need to find out), we are married and have a beautiful 3 month old.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
Well, I do need to get more hobbies really as I'm quite a boring, non-hobby-ish person. I do have a penchant for trying to exercise, and before parenting came along, I was actually getting quite good at it. I also enjoy writing short stories when I can be bothered to sit down and get on with them (I find blogging way easier) and love the odd prosecco-filled night dancing. So I suppose I have a few hobbies to keep me busy after all.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
This is a tough one considering I have achieved very little in my nearly 27 years on this planet. I suppose, considering I never ever thought anyone would want to date me, let alone marry me and let me have little babies, not becoming a crazy cat lady is quite an achievement. I have a husband who seems (or pretends really well) to like me, and the most gorgeous daughter I could have ever dreamed of. So if that's all I achieve in this life, I'll die a happy woman.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
Getting out of the house is by far my most frustrating part so far. I have to run around packing up a bag, getting all the gadgets and gizmos in the car, feeding the rabbits, feeding the baby, changing the baby, changing myself, changing the baby again, getting her in the car – and then driving 5 minutes down the road to my mums house. Literally a solid 2 hours work just to 'pop' out.
The easiest part is pretty much everything else. I read a lot of blogs about how hard people find adjusting to their new babies and I can absolutely see where they are coming from. However, although she's no stranger to the odd swear-word or two, when I look at her face, my heart just melts and she could fling poo in my hair all day and I couldn't be mad at her. (Remind me of this when she's 15.)
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?
I rarely manage to get even the basic things ticked off my mental 'to-do' list each day to be honest. In fact, I was told off by my mother-in-law recently for not sending out our 'thank-you' cards yet. Jeeeez, give a woman a break…they'll be out by the time she turns 1! However, since I started blogging, I've managed to achieve even less – dedicating most of my time while she's sleeping to trying to get it off the ground. I think the secret is just to let go and focus on only the things that are really important to you. The house gets a quick once over when I can, but I don't beat myself up about it because I'd go crazy if I did.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I always thought I'd write a novel on maternity leave (I know, what was I thinking?), but then I started reading other people's blogs for advice on various baby-related issues and realised that I could write one too.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
Muffin Top Mummy covers a variety of subjects centred around postpartum weightloss and becoming a new parent. I also like to exercise my creative muscles with a few poems, re-written nursery rhymes and tongue-in-cheek baby book reviews. Some of my posts are fairly serious, but the majority have a bit of humour injected here and there to entertain myself as much as anyone else (or just myself – guess you'll be the judge!).
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I like that my blog has already helped me find a huge network of parents that have a friendly and welcoming community going on as it's helped to reduce the maternity leave loneliness that I think most mums experience. Ideally, I'd like to grow my audience and work with other bloggers/larger parenting websites/anyone else who is interested so that writing becomes a large part of my life (and maybe career. Maybe.).
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Do it. Honestly, just go for it and work it out as you go along. Set something up for free to start with and build a bit of content, then throw yourself into every blogging community/advice post/linky that you can to get a bit of traction. It's a lot of work to even see a little bit of growth (and I'm still at the very beginning) but it's your own little corner of the internet, and that's just downright cool.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
(I once answered 'my grandma' to this in an interview because my mind went blank and I forgot every person who has ever existed. Still got the job though!).
Angelina Jolie, Queen Nefertiti and Shakira. 3 bad-ass women. Angie could teach me how to be all sexy and sultry while saving the world and rocking parenting – all at the same time. Nefertiti could verify that I'm a reincarnated Ancient Egyptian Princess and let us know if it's worth all the hassle of being mummified. And Shakira could show me how to belly-dance, obviously. Practical life skills all round.
Tell me three random facts about you
1. I once accidentally became Katie Price's personal shopper (in Next, of course).
2. I work as an analyst despite having an English degree and being shocking at maths.
3. I got over-excited and booked my wedding before my husband had actually proposed….