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The Super Whites
Mummy meme

I have been tagged by Jackson’s Mum

for a Mummy Meme!

1. How long have you been a Mom? Two years, three months and 8 days.
2. How many children call you Mommy? Just the one, for now.
3. Girl? Boy? or both? A girly girl, despite my best efforts not to genderise my child she still gravitates towards the pink ballerina tutus.
4. Did you know what you were having? Nope, I had no desire to find out, I really didn’t want to assume things about my unborn child before we got a chance to get to know them and I didn’t want people refering to my baby as he or she specifically until the baby was safely in my arms. Strangely superstitious I guess! We won’t be finding out this time either, far too exciting to wait!
5. How old were you when you became a Mom? I turned 30 nine days post my due date which was possibly the most depressing thing I could ever have imagined happening. I was hugely pregnant during the hottest summer in the UK since the summer of ’76 when my Mum was hugely pregnant with me. Pay back is a bitch! My husband took me to lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant and they gave me a delightful cupcake with a candle on it and stood back, fearful I was going to leak amniotic fluid all over their very posh restaurant!
6. How long were you in labor? About three years, ok, so it wasn’t that long but it was two days and nearly three nights. I was induced at 42 weeks on a Tuesday night and finally pushed my 9lb/4kg baby out of my protesting vagina two nights later at 7.37pm on the Thursday night.
7. What’s your favorite thing about being a Mom?/ 8. What’s your least favorite thing? Its nearly impossible to sum this up in a couple of sentences, also because strangely a lot of the things I love the most are also my least favourite things. Like being the most important person in a little person’s life, I love being that vital to someone else’s existence but at the same time it also freaks me out completely that she depends on us so entirely for everything. I do love the way Amy feels when she cuddles me, I knew her inside me and now I know everything about her outside of me. Once again, this is another least favourite because I know this will change as she grows up. Sigh.
9. Do you want more kids? Will you think I am nuts if I say no despite the fact that I am currently pregnant? In all honestly although I was looking forward to being pregnant again and am definitely excited about having another baby, I didn’t really want any more children however my husband and I have always been adamant that we don’t want Amy to be an only child (if it was within our control to make it so) and that we really want her to have a sibling, someone to grow up with, depend on when she is older and share life with especially living so far away from my family.
10. Do you plan on having more soon? Yes indeed, we are expecting our newest arrival on Easter Sunday 2009. And for the hundredth time Ron, we are not going to call him Jesus even if you pronounce it in the Spanish way!
11. How many times have you been pee’d on? Not many really, girls are easier like that.
12. Barfed on? A couple of tiny milk spit ups down my back when burping her as a baby, one bigger one that ran down my bum crack which was a little unpleasant, but otherwise no horrible big kid vomits thank goodness.
13. Is your child named after anyone? She is named for Ron and my paternal grandmothers. We both feel strongly about our children’s names being tied to family.
14. How did you come up with their name? Easy, I think we talked about it before I was even pregnant and I think that’s why we never really tried too hard to think of other names. However if we had a boy he would still be called Junior because we had no boys names at all and not much has changed there. Best get the books out.
15. When your child gets in trouble, who is the bad guy? Me, definitely me. Although Ron has really stepped up recently and we are trying to be more consistent about warnings and consequences. Amy goes to the mat in her bedroom for a timeout if her behaviour is getting out of hand, we don’t time her but we do have a little chat about whats appropriate and whats not and we always have a kiss and a cuddle after.
16. What is the longest you have been away from your children? Two nights, this past Friday and Saturday night when Ron and I went up to Mudgee. It was actually a rugby tour and apart from the rugby guys themselves, the weekend was lovely! Amy didn’t seem to miss us much at all which was good and bad.
17. Bedtime routine? This was the one thing we obsessed about when Amy was born, We were both pretty fixated on getting a good bedtime routine so since birth (or thereabouts) Amy has had a bath, feed, story and gone to bed. When she was little it was a breastfeed and bed at 7pm, now that she is older she has a drink of milk with dinner at 5.30, a bath at 6.30 and then a story and bedtime at 7.30. It has always worked a treat and is something that has saved my sanity. I hope we can create the same kind of routine for the new baby although I will definitely be more flexible when the baby is new, I realise with hindsight that its very hard to create bad habits in a newborn and that real routines are only properly developed around the 4-6 month mark.
18. Are your toes painted? Absolutely, they are never not!
19. Last movie you saw in the theater? Sex and the City or Indiana Jones, can’t remember which.
20. One thing you will not give up just because you’re a mom? This is a hard one to answer really, my life now is so different to what it was before I had Amy but not just because of Amy, then I lived in London, worked an intense but financially rewarding job in the city, drank and smoked, spent money on whatever I pleased, travelled a ridiculous amount, now I live in the suburbs in Sydney, stay at home, cook, clean, bake and take care of a two year old. We have no money so can’t afford to do many of the things we did before. I don’t feel like it’s a sacrifice but we are just in a different phase of our lives.
21. One thing you did give up now that you’re a mom: See above!!
22. Best Mom perk: Feeling closer to my own mother, having empathy for other mothers, developing great friendships with people as a result of us having children of a similar age.
23. Snack, you sneak bites from your child? All the time, hence the reason I never lost all my baby weight.
24. When the kid is napping, you are: napping or at least horizontal watching the food channel. Pregnancy and a toddler is sapping me of my will to live!
25. Where is your child(ren) now? Watching Hi-5.
26. Favorite place to buy maternity clothes? Woolworths, South Africa. I was stunned at the selection and prices when I went back to SA whilst pregnant with Amy. Here in Australia there is nowhere near the selection or quality and I am loathe to part with money we don’t actually have for trousers that I will only wear for a few months. Belly bands (elastic with a button that attaches to my regular pants) are working wonders for me right now which is funny because last time round I don’t think I wore mine once!
27. If I could do it over… I might cuddle my baby a little more and worry a little less about her getting used to being rocked or fed to sleep. This time round I plan to indulge in long cuddling sessions, guilt free!
28. Did it turn out the way you expected? Yes and no, its been so much more than I could ever have imagined, good and bad but I wouldn’t change Amy for the world!

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