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

MAMA IN QUESTION: MEGHAN WALSH.

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... When in reality we're all just winging it! Details of how you can get involved will be down below.

Mama: Meghan Walsh

Baby: Skye Gillian Walsh (7months)

Q1. What's one thing you said you wouldn't do as a parent that you definitely have done?
Oh lord where do I start? I recently did a whole blog post on this - I said i'd never have a mum voice (if you follow me on instagram you will see by my stories that I 100% do), do the public bum sniff, post hundreds of pictures of her on social media, dress her in pink, let her watch TV (she is currently in love with Elmo and Cookie monster!)... I think what i'm trying to say is even if you have predefined ideas of what you will be like as a mum - come to terms with the fact that it will all change when reality hits!

Q2. What's been the hardest thing about motherhood so far?
I think the way Skye arrived in this world - I went into labour early when I was 33+4 weeks due to my placenta abrupting. It was a pretty scary ordeal where at one point both our lives were in danger - but Skye arrived at a teeny tiny 4lbs 5oz. She then had to spend the next 3 weeks in NICU which was impossibly hard. After my C Section I was discharged 4 days later - so I had two and a half weeks of being separated from my girl which at the time felt like a life time. Some days if she was under lamps or in an incubator I couldn't even cuddle her - I didn't get to hold her until she was 4 hours old and it was only for a minute before she had to be put back in the incubator. I was so worried at the time it would affect our bond as mother and daughter - but 7 months down I can tell you it hasn't!

Q3. Have you settled into a routine with your little one? If so, how easy has it been?
I was always very adamant that Skye had to fit in with our lives and not the other way around - but what I find now is there are certain quirks to her routine which I do my best to take into consideration when making plans! For example Skye now sleeps on her tummy - so napping out and about in her pram is tricky! She will do it but not for as long as normal - so I just try and do things a couple of times a week out and about instead of everday! I wouldn't say Skye has a strict routine - we've tracked her sleeping and eating since she was tiny and when I saw a pattern I sort of went along with it!

Q4. What's surprised you most about motherhood?
Just quite how relentless it can be sometimes! I used to see all the memes about not being able to drink a hot cup of coffee all day and I would think that it was silly - surely they would play for 5 mins while you could sip away! I get it now - its not that you don't have that time necessarily - it's that when they are happy for 5 minutes you have a list of about 3,584 other jobs that need doing!

Q5. Do you think social media portrays motherhood correctly?
I think some people do it brilliantly and sometimes I think some people gloss it up and don't admit when its really hard. I've always tried to be really honest online - and the number of messages I get thanking me is so lovely - but makes me think we still have a way to go! I do find the memes funny now - but I remember when I was pregnant they all felt so negative and they really made me worry if I was cut out for motherhood.

Q6. How did you decide upon your baby's name?
I have wanted to call a baby Skye since I was about 10! Shes named after the Scottish Island - I went on holiday as a kid once and I loved the name ever since. Her middle name is Gillian after my mum who sadly passed away when I was 12 - so it feels lovely to have that connection. 

Q7. What's been your favourite memory so far on your parenting journey?
I think the first time we took her swimming sticks in my mind, we were in Scotland on our first holiday and we were staying in a holiday house i've stayed at every year since I was Skye's age - so it reminded me of my parents and it just felt so special. First time I ever swam I am sure was in that pool too - it felt like a real 360 moment!

Q8. How do you feel you've changed since becoming a parent?
I am SO much more productive now - I used to be pretty lazy but I have found that if you give me an hr and a half naptime now I can take on the world!!!

Q9. What's been your proudest motherhood moment?
Seeing Skye flourish - as a preemie baby I was always worried she would struggle or be behind in things and it turns out that she has hit some milestones before full term babies - and that makes me beam with pride!

Q10. Looking to the future, what are you most excited for your little one to experience?
Everything - I cant wait for her to make friendships which feel like they are your whole world... oh and I can't wait to take her on holiday and introduce her to cultures and new places!

Meghan's Blog: www.meghanwalshblogs.wordpress.com
Meghan's Instagram: @meghanwalshblogs
Meghan's Twitter: @megatron1002

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
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