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Rocking Motherhood

Thanks to Lucy from Lucy’s Locket I found out about White Camellias new # initiative “Rocking motherhood” its simple really, list 10 reasons why you’re rocking motherhood!

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Out and about with my happy boy!

But is it really that simple? I found myself struggling to think of 10 reasons! Now is that because I’m failing as a mother, I don’t think so, but I do think that a lot of the times we, ladies especially, find it easy to point out our mistakes and imperfections – whether it be with our looks, wits or parenting skills, but asked to compliment yourself and “BAM” you hit the invisible wall! Or atleast I did to begin with.

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Elliot loves the playgroups and all the new toys!

That is why I think this #rockingmotherhood is great! It has forced me to sit down and reflect and compliment myself. Something I really want to get better at! To focus on the positives and let go, our atleast minimise the negativity. So here goes, 10 reasons why I rock as a mum, we will start in the lighter end of the spectrum:

  1. I do a mean Turkey impression that has Elliot in tears every time! No seriously I’ve even maintained my turkey neck aka double chin just for dramatic effect! Jokes aside, being able to laugh at yourself and goof around, be it at home or in public! As long as it puts a smile on my boys face I don’t care.
  2. We go places almost every day, Elliot and I, admitted sometimes it just as much a sanity saver for mummy, but we go to baby groups, bounce and rhyme and all sorts! He’s not even 1 and he already has more hobbies than his Mum!
  3. I have yet to forget to pack any baby essentials before we go out, despite massive baby-brain! (I know I probably just jinxed it and will soon find myself smack in the middle of M&S with a Poonami to tackle and no spare clothes or nappies!)
  4. I follow my child. I love being a mum and he is the single most important human being in the world to me! I follow his lead, if he needs extra cuddles and feeds during the night I don’t mind, I’ll sleep again one day I’m sure! But for now it’s about making sure he’s happy and feeling safe 24/7.
  5. I have taken multi tasking to a whole new level! BM (Before Motherhood) I thought I was being awesome when managing baking cake, sorting tea, writing the grocery list for the week and tidying all in one happy mix. Now add whilst breastfeeding/ singing nursery rhymes and/or wearing a baby! Now if that doesn’t make one feel like super-mom I don’t know what will!
  6. I have mastered the art of international travel with my baby on my own! Just me, him a sling and a ton of luggage. If you thought travelling BM was exhausting, well no one knows exhaustion like a sleep deprived mum trying to entertain/feed/juggle baby while frantically powerwalking to the gate before it closes! Read more on the subject here and here 🙂
  7. I share almost everything with Elliot, not on an emotional “what is troubling mummy today” kinda level, but in the sense that I bring him with me everywhere I go and by having him in the sling he’s sees what I see and gets to interact with me and the people around us, it’s wonderful sharing my life with him.
  8. I bake a lot – true he might not appreciate it yet, but one day I hope he will love the fact that he comes home from school to a cake fresh out of the oven or freshly baked rolls on a Sunday morning. Latest cake-creation can be found here.
  9. I set a goal to Breastfeed for at least 6 months and now at 10 months we are still going strong and I love all the milky cuddles and the awesome feeling I get from knowing that I’ve nurtured my little Pudding into what is now quite a heavy little boy. The female body is amazing!
  10. Last, but not least I’m patient. Now I’ll admit I asked J for help on this last one, I was running out of praise! The first thing that popped in to his mind was patience. As he puts it I’m so patient with the little guy, whatever mood he is in or however hard he is to get to fall asleep I will always be there by his side and ride the storm with him.
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Funtime celebrating a 1st Birthday

this has been such a joy to write! And I hope others will join in. I’d love to hear these ladies thoughts on the matter: Karen from twotinyhand, Angela from lifemotherhoodandeverything and Emma from Thenonperfectparents -what are your 10 Reasons? Look forward to reading/watching your replies.

Rules

  1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
  2. List 10 things you believe make you a good mother.
  3. Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.
  4. Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.
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Elliot enjoying getting messy at Creation Station

Hope you enjoyed the read and the random selection of Elliot Cuteness! Snippets from our everyday life. Being a mum is great!

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A bit of Q&A

A bit of Q&A

Woke up this morning to the lovely Karen from Twotinyhands having tagged me in a little bit of blogging Q&A, thank you! I’m very new to the blogging game, but hopefully my answers will shed some light on who I am and what motivates me.

How long have you been blogging and what is your best and worst thing about it?

I started my blog at the end of October this year, so I’m very much a newbie! I had been playing with the thought of having my own blog for a while, but didn’t quite know where to start, somehow now seemed a good time, I wanted somewhere to put down my thoughts, a place to share my little family’s adventures.

Best thing about blogging is definitely how you can connect with likeminded mums and dads and the infinite inspiration out there weather it be messy play ideas or a recipe to try out! As a newbie I think the worst part of blogging is to not get caught up in comparing yourself with other blogs and get obsessed with views and the likes… After all you really shouldn’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle.

How will you be spending Christmas this year? Any crazy traditions?

We will be spending our Christmas in Denmark with my half of the family, I’m dreaming of a white Christmas (as it’s a definite possibility this year) as for crazy traditions I’m sure J, the English half of My Danglish Family, will point out that all our Danish Christmas traditions are weird! (And wonderful I might add) to name a few – on the 24th we dance around the Christmas tree and all around the house while singing Christmas carols, before opening pressies.

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Last years Danish Christmas tree

During the day time on the 24th we have the Scandinavian Christmas Rice Porridge, its served hot with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top and a dollop of butter, but that’s not the weird bit, the ‘weird’ bit is that my mum will hide one almond in the giant bowl of porridge and whoever finds the almond will get the ‘Almond-Pressie’ – usually a board game for the whole family to enjoy! If you check in December I’ll probably share the recipe, I love Rice Porridge (in Danish Risengrød)! What’s even better is that any leftovers can be turned into the Danish version of Rice Pudding served with Cherry Sauce (Yum!)

What is your favourite dessert? All the gooey details please..

Well if you’ve browsed my posts or follow me on Instagram, you will know that I’m Crazy for cake and asking me to narrow it down to one favourite dessert is close to impossible! But right now I keep coming back to the same deliciously simple Apple Pavlova, Meringue topped with Fresh tangy Apples grated and mixed with whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate.

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Apple Pavlova – I’m addicted!

What is your favourite room in your house?

My favourite room is our living room! It’s cozy and snug and perfect for Hygge.

In which ways do you entertain your children?

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My faithful assistant and taster!

Elliot is 9 months old, most days we try to get out of the house and attend baby play groups, we go to ‘creation station’ (basically messy play) and bounce and Rhyme a lovely free initiative at our Local Library. At home we play various Peekaboo games, he helps mummy baking and when all else fails Elliot loves to play with the vacuum of all things!

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Teach them young I say!

How do you store your memories?

I wish I could say that I’ve got photo albums containing our memories, but as of yet it’s still only on the planning stage! I guess I would say this blog has partly been started to have a place to store moments and memories, other than that my phone is bursting with photos of our life. Sometimes I feel like memories of good times and childhood for me is stored in tastes and smells too, hope I’m not being too abstract, but some of my favourite bakes and dishes are favourites because they bring back good memories whenever I have them, like a little hug from the past!

Are you a savoury or sweet type of person?

Sweet! I will find any excuse for cake 🙂

If you could go anywhere where would it be?

J has family on New Zealand and I would love for us to one day be able to afford going there for a longer stretch!

Is there anything you’ve ever regretted?

Sometimes I regret my choice of profession, I’m a nurse, and as much as I love being able to help others I feel like the work environment is awful, we are short staffed and stressed. It leaves you feeling like you can’t give the care you feel everyone deserves. Maybe I’ll change profession one day.

What is the best thing you have ever made?

My little boy (I know cheesy!) but it’s true I’m so proud that J and I have created this awesome little human being!

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My Danglish family on Elliots Birthday!

Now as the newbie I am I wasn’t aware of the “tag other blogs part” of this Q&A game. But after Reading Beths answers on Bamboo.co.uk it dawned on me! So seeing as I don’t know that many bloggers yet I’m going to copy-cat Beths version and list some questions below. If you would like to take part then just please copy the questions, get writing and tag me on twitter and/or Instagram so that I can read, comment and share! Thank you xx

5 Questions from Josefine (MyDanglishFamily)

  1. when did you start Blogging and what motivated you?
  2. What is your proudest moment as a parent so far?
  3. If you could go back and give “first-time-mum”- you some advice what would it be?
  4. As a lover of all things sweet, what is your favourite treat? (please feel free to share recipes if it happens to be homemade)
  5. what is your favourite Christmas tradition and why?
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