Every week I feature an interview with a blogger, so that whether you know of them or not, you can get to know them a little better! This week we meet the lovely Jenna from Then There Were Three. Thanks so much for taking part Jenna 🙂
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family.
I’m a 28 year old mum to two girls living in South West Wales. My daughters are aged 2.5 years old and 13 weeks – I have been with my husband for 4.5 years and married for 2 of those. We actually met through his best friend being engaged to one of my friends; we chatted via text for 3 months first as he was working in Iraq. He flew over from Ireland to meet me whilst he was on leave and that was that! On his next leave 4 months later he officially moved to Wales and bought a house. I ended up moving in with him 6 months later and I was soon pregnant with our first daughter.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
I am currently on maternity leave, so my only work at the moment is blogging. When I am not doing any of these and don’t have the children with me, I like to pop to the shops, have a bath in peace and catch up on shows.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Probably carrying both of my daughters and giving birth, along with my 2:1 degree in Psychology and Counselling.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
The hardest part for me is the sleepless nights and also trying to organise things with friends who don’t have children. They may not understand that I can’t just pop out for coffee anymore with a toddler and a newborn. The most rewarding part has to be seeing all of their milestones and sleepy snuggles.
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?
If I’m completely honest, I tend to wing it on a day by day basis. I try to get the main things like clothes washing done in the evening when the girls are asleep as I can leave the washing machine on overnight. Once the eldest is in bed it is easy to get stuff done as the youngest is happy on her play mat. Also, if I know we are going somewhere early the next morning I get bags and outfits packed the night before so I’m not rushing about looking for things.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I actually started years and years ago but deleted all of my posts! I finally started back up when I went back to work to fill my time after returning part time. I also wanted to document my family’s life.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
Anything goes with my blog. I have a mixture of travel, parenting, real life topics, reviews, and, coming up, my surrogacy journey which is due to start in the New Year.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
Right now, I would love for it to help raise awareness of surrogacy from a surrogates point of view. Of course this won’t be until next year, but I can’t wait. I would also love to see other people relate with other things that I discuss and hope that my posts can help at least one person.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Do it! Write about what you want, when you want. Don’t worry about what other people think.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
1. Pierce Brosnan – my guilty pleasure!
2. My husband – without the kids!
3. Gerard Butler – no reason, just to look at him!
Tell me three random facts about you
1. I had major surgery at 10 days old.
2. I applied to be an army medic and got through, but by the time I found out, I was 16 weeks pregnant.
3. My second daughter was almost born on the motorway – I delivered her with no pain relief within 7 minutes of arriving at hospital.