The Rocking Motherhood Challenge

I’ve been wanting to do this challenge for ages so thank you to the lovely Mrs Mummy Harris for the nomination. We’re all rocking mama hood in our own individual way every day, I think we just don’t realise it! It was nice to take stock of my parenting rollercoaster so far and have a think about what I do that rocks. We should all be very proud of

My world

ourselves for doing this insanely hard ‘job’ and celebrate our achievements (even if it is just remembering to brush your teeth in the morning!) You all rock mamas!


When I was thinking about my ten things I asked Anthony what he thought. He ummed and ahed for a while then said (in all seriousness) “You look good pushing a pram.” WTF? Thanks very much mate.  Fourteen months in and that’s all you can think of!  For the sake of our relationship I didn’t press him any further and came up with my own ideas:




  1. I’ve found my inner lioness. Not that I was shy and retiring before but now I have a cub to protect and god help anyone who tries to hurt the most precious thing in my life.
  2. We love a good kitchen disco. Every time a great tune comes on the radio we crank up the volume and have a boogie on the lino. We are quite literally rocking it.
  3. I breastfed until Willow was nine months old when it came to a natural end. I’d still be doing it now but I let her lead when she wanted to stop. It was a difficult and tiring journey at first but I’m super proud of myself for sticking with it.
  4. I stopped listening to ‘advice’ from other people about how to parent. I know everyone always had the best of intentions but once I concentrated on doing what was best for us and our family, things got much easier and calmer for everyone.
  5. I work full time but my job is important to me and I can be both mama and career girl. It’s hectic and yes there is guilt about leaving her but she’s happy and thriving at nursery. I think we all need our own time to feel like ‘us’ no matter how you do it. For me that’s work and I feel like I’m setting a good example for Willow when the time comes for her to have a family and has to make decisions about work.
  6. Equal parenting. Anthony and I share the load across all aspects of bringing Willow up and I think I rock for doing this. I can’t do it by myself and am the first to admit it. Sharing our responsibilities means that Anthony has built up an amazing bond with Willow, particularly because we were lucky enough for him to take some paternity leave.
  7. I am the sugar police so we hardly have any sugary food in our house (except for Anthony’s secret stash of biscuits) so I’m proud that Willow loves healthy food. She points at the fruit bowl all the time (so much so we had to move it because she wanted to eat bananas and mandarins for every meal) and loves Sunday dinners because of all the different types of veg in her bowl. I don’t enjoy picking rogue peas out of the carpet though.
  8. I’m proud to say that Willow is brought up in an environment of tolerance and love – shove off Trump! It’s really important to us that she grows up to respect differences and that everyone is entitled to love who they want and follow any faith they want without fear of persecution. My little girl will know her worth and her right to achieve all her dreams regardless of what anyone says.
  9. We look out for new experiences for Willow as much as we can whether it’s a trip to a farm (she loves animals!), the beach (she loves sand!), an aquarium (she loves fishes!) or a nature park (she loves the mud!) Wherever we go we let her explore her surroundings and try and let her lead where she wants to go and what she wants to do. We love watching her taking everything in, touching things and squealing with delights at new sounds, tastes and sights. We’re planning on taking her to her first festival this summer – I’m so excited!
  10. I’m not a perfect mama, nor do I strive to be because therein lies the route to madness. I’ve made my fair share of parenting mistakes which Willow has largely forgiven me for. I rock because sometimes I just have to say “OK, that was a bit shit”, learn from it and move on. No point crying over spilled breast milk!

So that’s me!

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.

2. List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10. I really don’t mind).

3. Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.

4. Grab the #RockingMotherhgood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.

Here are my nominations:
Emilie at Parenting With Biscuits

Selena at My Rambling Thoughts

Katie at The Sqirmy Popple

Don’t forget to tag me in your post when you publish it so I can have a read and share!

Kat x

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Busy bees

Just before I came back to work my lovely friend and fellow new mum Sarah gave me some bee pollen tablets. “I have a feeling we’re going to need these” she said.  She too has a little sleep thief on her hands and was worried about being able to function at work.  I’d never heard of taking bee pollen as a supplement before but the claim (from the website she bought them from) is that the pills boost energy and increase stamina.  Hmmmm….. I was a little sceptical but decided to give it a whirl. What’s the harm in taking something natural?  Anything that keeps me reaching for yet more coffee. I can’t provide any scientific evidence that they work but I have to say that for the few days I took them before returning to work I did feel a little more alert during the day and the fridge got a thoroughly good cleaning.

I thought that a bee product was quite apt as a supplement for mums.  Those busy bees constantly buzzing around here, there and everywhere, collecting pollen, maintaining the hive.  Sound familiar?  We are Queen Bees no less.  Mother of the bees in the hive, making the honey at home and at work.   Wikepedia  has informed me that queen bees are, “continuously surrounded by worker bees who meet her every need, giving her food and disposing of her waste.”  Well here the analogy sadly ends, I think Daddy Day Care would draw the line at removing my waste (he only just lets Willow get away with it)!

Waste removal aside I think it’s really important to make sure you are treated like Queen Bee every so often even if it’s just one day a week where you get a cuppa brought to you in bed or have half an hour on the sofa with a magazine.  It’s too easy to forget that we need nurturing too.  If Queen Bee can’t function then the rest of the hive is going to suffer and we all need a bit of honey in our lives.

In the chaos of returning to work I’d completely forgotten about the wonder pills and have just retrieved them from the dark recesses of my handbag this week.  As my eye bags have turned into shopping trolleys I’ve decided to give them another go.  The jury is still out.  I think its more psychosomatic than anything else but whatever gets me through the day I say!

So what keeps you buzzing? Have you tried anything alternative or natural to keep your energy levels up since becoming a parent? I’d love to hear all about them if you want to leave a comment.

Speak soon

Kat x

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