A Yorkshire based lifestyle & parenting blog written by Claire Chircop.

MAMA IN QUESTION: KATE WATSON.

Welcome to my new mini-series 'Mama in Question' a 10 question questionnaire filled out by mama's all across the country, hoping to serve motherhood realness and show all new mums out there that we're all in this together... And in reality we're all just winging it! Details of how you can get involved will be down below.

Mama: Kate Watson
Baby: Luna Watson (13 months)



Q1. What's one thing you said you wouldn't do as a parent but you definitely have done?
I suppose there has been a few things I have done that I didn’t think I would, I think we are all pretty naive before the baby is born! The thing that stands out the most for me & the thing I was most adamant about beforehand was eating in the pram! I don’t cope with mess well, especially crumbs - I’ve made no secret of the fact that Luna hates her pram. I haven’t given her anything major to eat in her pram but lately I’ve been known to let her have some raisins or a rice cake etc in her pram so I can get some shopping done without Luna screaming bloody murder & my head exploding!!

Q2. What's been the hardest thing about motherhood so far?
I think the hardest thing so far was those newborn days! Wow, I was totally not prepared for just how hard & exhausting it would be in the beginning. The sleep deprivation hit me like a truck & my hormones were all over the place. I would consider myself ‘not the crying type’ but honestly, I cried every night in the shower for the first 2 weeks. I was mentally & psychically exhausted, I didn’t eat & I definitely didn’t sleep. I felt like a rubbish mother because my husband could always seem to settle Luna better than I could. If anyone is feeling the same with a newborn at this very moment, hang in there, it gets sooo much easier & quicker than you think.

Q3. Have you settled into a routine with your little one? If so how easy has it been?
Yes! I found the lack of routine so hard at the beginning, I loved a routine before Luna was born & I found it hard to adjust. We managed to get Luna into a loose routine from about 4-6 months which worked well. Once Luna was 6 months old & weaning was being established, I made a really big effort to get her into a proper routine. Thankfully she is very good at sticking to her routine & I make sure to stick to it too & it works like a dream (most of the time!) We did have a major adjustment when she dropped to one nap a day at only 10 months old but she handled it well. The best thing about the routine is she usually goes to bed between 6:45-7:15pm so we have our evenings back, woo hoo!

Q4. What's surprised you most about motherhood?
The overwhelming love I felt the second she was placed on my chest. I know everyone always talks about it but you just can’t imagine that feeling until it happens. It’s just a pure & unconditional love that’s so strong, I would do absolutely anything for her.

Q5. Do you think social media portrays motherhood correctly?
Hmm, this is a tricky one. Yes & no would be my answer. I always try to follow people on social media that are really down to earth, not afraid to show the good & the bad. I always try to be totally honest when I am on social media too, some days are good days & some days are bad. Luna is, in general,  a good baby but she has her moments (of course) & I hope I manage to get that across on my account.

Q6. How did you decide upon your baby's name?
It was pretty easy for us choosing a name for a little girl, I loved the name Luna & when I suggested it to my husband he loved it too. We were absolutely certain on the name Luna from the very start, it was boys names we couldn’t agree on! I’ve always been obsessed with the moon & I would buy anything with moons on & now we have our own little moon!

Q7. What's been your favourite memory so far on your parenting journey?
Wow, so many!! Probably watching my husband holding Luna for the first time, I just couldn’t believe my eyes. I had a wonderful husband & the most beautiful baby girl, it was like a dream!

Q8. How do you feel you've changed since becoming a parent?
I’ve always been quite quiet but I would say I’m at my most confident at the moment. I know I am a good Mother & I am now confident in my abilities (although some days I am just winging it haha) I am also a bit more emotional than I use to be. 

Q9. What's been your proudest motherhood moment?
Again so many! I think the proudest moment was when Luna crawled over to the sofa and pulled herself up & just stood there looking at me when she had just turned 6 months old. Luna has always been a very active baby but this was totally unexpected & brought tears to my eyes. I managed to catch it on video which was great. She's also never sat down since, haha!

Q10. Looking to the future, what are you most looking forward to your little one experiencing?
I’m really excited for future Christmas’s when Luna is more aware of what is happening. I think it will be so cute to see her face on Christmas Day when Santa has been. I’m also looking forward to all the excitement of the build up & just making it so magical for her.

Kate's Instagram: @mama.and.the.little.moon

If you're wanting to get involved please feel free to DM me @__ClaireMac or send me an email to clairemacblog@gmail.com as I'd love for you to join the 'Mama's in Question' party bus.

You can answer whatever you feel comfortable answering, all I ask is that it's honest! I wan't to show others how flipping hard this parenting lark is!... Because I don't think we give ourselves enough credit for it! And we should! I'll of course be sharing the ish out of your social medias & blogs etc, so let's let loose, connect with one another and raise a glass to all those mamas just getting by!

Claire.X
1 comment on "MAMA IN QUESTION: KATE WATSON."
  1. A great read! Loving the honest answers xxx
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