Leeds, UK

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: Natali Topliff
Baby: Isaac (16 months)

Q1. What's one thing you said you wouldn't do as a parent that you definitely have done?
Share pictures of him online. I was adamant I wouldn't share any on social media, but when he was born I wanted to show off how cute he was! I still change my mind all the time about whether I should or shouldn't share pictures, especially on Instagram as my profile isn't private.

Q2. What's been the hardest thing about motherhood so far?
Learning that you are never alone now. I have a little buddy in every aspect of my day, my baths/showers are invaded, I have someone on my lap when I go to the toilet, and all my food is his too! 

Q3. Have you settled into a routine with your little one? If so, how easy has it been?
We have no routine, we follow his lead entirely. Some days it works and others it doesn't. Overall I am happy with how we have approached raising him.

Q4. What's surprised you most about motherhood?
My patience! I had very little before and made sure I always had 'me' time to recharge mentally. Now I never have time to myself, but somehow I have endless patience with the little one. He can be pulling my hair and hitting me, and I still don't get annoyed with him.

Q5. Do you think social media portrays motherhood correctly?
Yes if you follow the right people! There are so many wonderful people on social media who are open about the ups and downs of motherhood. If you only follow 'celebrities' then you will see unattainable goals that can only be reached with dieticians, personal trainers, and in-house nannies.

Q6. How did you decide upon your baby's name?
We actually had the name Lucas picked out as the boy's name from very early on (we didn't know the gender until birth), however, as we got closer to the due date we started liking Isaac more. We knew a couple that were due the day after us, and they were naming their boy Luca, so we decided on Isaac 100%.

Q7. What's been your favourite memory so far on your parenting journey?
The first day my mum babysat him. I have an attachment style of parenting and didn't feel comfortable leaving him with other people for quite a while. My mum babysat Isaac a few months ago so me and my OH could go to the cinema, I was checking my phone the whole film, but he had a wonderful time with his nanny C!

Q8. How do you feel you've changed since becoming a parent?
As I pointed out above I have so much more care and patience than I ever thought I could have. Overall I think I'm a much more understanding and empathetic person. I have also impressed myself with how well I am able to keep going without sleep ;)

Q9. What's been your proudest motherhood moment?
Honestly, every day I find something to be proud of! Isaac is my best friend and total partner in crime, at his current age it's like he is showing me something new daily. I see his caring, sweet personality starting to come out and I could not be prouder of the young boy he is becoming!

Q10. Looking to the future, what are you most excited for your little one to experience?The world! (Putting aside my worries about the future of our planet) I am so excited for him to learn, and meet people, to see things I only dreamed about, or to fall completely head over heels in love!

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If you're wanting to get involved please feel free to DM me @__ClaireMac or send me an email to 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!



  1. Thank you so much for having me! I've really enjoyed this series and am excited to be involved.

  2. It's so interesting reading about someone else's approach to parenting as we all do it so differently! I personally couldn't cope without our daily routine and Charlotte responds really well to it. The future of our planet as our babies grow is also a worry of mine!
    Emma xxx


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