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MAMA IN QUESTION: EMMA MORRIS.

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: Emma Morris
Baby: Alfred (2 years old)

Q1. What's one thing you said you wouldn't do as a parent that you definitely have done?
That’s a tough one - I don’t think I gave myself any ‘won’t do’s’ because I wanted to be quite
open-minded with it, having never done it before - plus I knew they’d probably go out of the
window! I also didn’t read too many books. I knew that too much knowledge would just stress me
out, instead I tend to turn to my mum for her words-of-wisdom, they haven’t failed me yet. I suppose the one thing I have done, which I tell myself not to, is googling the symptoms of
your poorly baby! (everyone does it).

Q2. What's been the hardest thing about motherhood so far?
Apart from the motherly tiredness, the hardest thing for me has been being a mum and still
having a career; adjusting to that, working out where I fit and making big decisions about
what’s best for my family and what my priorities are at this time in my life.
In my opinion, having a baby can (and does for many) limit those who want to pursue their
career but also need some flexibility, so they get to spend some time with their child. I was
aware of the challenge’s women face but until you are a mother yourself you don’t really
realise just how hard it is to get both, it has surprised me.
I’ve recently set up my own PR business and it’s the best thing I’ve done in my career to
date. I should also add at this point, that it wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have such great
support around me. Being a mum and building my business is challenging but I am very
fortunate that my career allows me to do both and both are so rewarding.


Q3. Have you settled into a routine with your little one? If so, how easy has it been?
Yes. This was the one thing that we were quite strict with from an early stage. We always
did the same bedtime routine at the same time and nap times were in his cot, usually
around the same time most days. This was hard at first - he’d have happily slept cuddling me
all day. As lovely as that is, that was not going to happen… I was firm with this, and it has
paid off in the long run, as he’s a great sleeper.
Now that Alfie’s a bit older we aren’t as strict with timings, but he does have a long nap in
the afternoon each day and goes to bed around 7.30pm every night. We still do the same
routine, usually bath, cereal for supper, story and bed. We change it up when we’re out for
a special occasion or on holiday.

Q4. What's surprised you most about motherhood?
Just how much I love it! Obviously, I knew I loved kids, but I’ve actually surprised myself in a
lot of ways. I’m stronger than I thought. It has given me a new kind of confidence. I didn’t
think I’d adjust quite as well as I have. Yes, it’s not easy and I am shattered a lot but he’s my
best little pal (he doesn’t judge me and laughs at my silly faces). We’ve done so much
together already and I love our adventures.

Q5. Do you think social media portrays motherhood correctly?
Erm, yes and no. There are lots of inspiring women shouting about the highs and the lows of
motherhood. Social media is incredibly powerful, but it does sometimes give a false sense of
reality – you are only ever seeing someone’s highlight reel, a carefully curated selection of
their best bits. I think that’s in general though, not just around motherhood... I suppose it
depends on who you follow and knowing to take some things you see on social media with a
pinch of salt. My favourites to follow at the moment are Mother Pukka, I believe in
everything she’s campaigning for and Stacey Solomon, she seems like an all-round good egg.


Q6. How do you feel about your postpartum body?
I almost don’t want to be honest on this one – I’m pretty happy with it. Luckily, I didn’t put
on much weight when I was pregnant, so I didn’t have much to lose and I didn’t get any
obvious stretch marks. I don’t think the truckload of Burt’s Bees oil that I applied each night
had anything to do with it, I believe it was just good luck and genetics - I don’t think I’ll be as
lucky second time around!

Q7. What's been your favourite memory so far on your parenting journey?
Taking Alfie on holiday to Mexico!! After just about surviving the 10-hour flight with an 18-
month-old (I know, we’re mad), we had a wonderful time. The hotel resort was like a
tropical jungle, there was so much wildlife everywhere you looked… my favourite memory is
Alfie seeing the iguanas and little lizards each day on our walk to breakfast and teaching him
to say IG-UAN-A.
Come evening, he was the first up on the dancefloor for the mini disco. Watching him
dancing and being so confident was so lovely, it almost brought a tear to my eye.


Q8. How do you feel you've changed since becoming a parent?
I don’t think I’m as tolerant with people’s b***sh** - I never put up with much before
having kids, but I put up with even less now. I don’t have time for mean spirited, selfish
people. Life’s too short for that. But I would say my heart is much bigger for the people I
love and who love me. Having your own little family puts a lot of things into perspective and
has made me appreciate what I have.

Q9. Whats been your proudest motherhood moment?
I take Alfie to swimming lessons every week; I get so much joy watching him, he’s so
confident in the water and loves swimming. A proud moment was when he had a little back
float on for the first time and he jumped in and swam back to the side on his own. The back
float doesn’t work like armbands - they will sink if they don’t move their little arms and legs,
so he was really going for it!!
I’ve also been so proud of how well he speaks, I have proper conversations with him now,
he’s such a good little chatter. A stand-out moment was when Alfie told me that the Lego
dinosaur was in fact a Triceratops, said word perfect! That was pretty ace. I then had to
check with his Daddy that it was a Triceratops!

Q10. Looking to the future, what are you most excited for your little one to experience?
Just life in general. We have a few years to wait yet but I’m already intrigued about what job
he’s going to do. He’s such a busy and sociable little chap, so I’m excited to see what he’ll
become…he loves being outdoors, using his hands and playing with bricks and tools so he
could end up in quite a physical, manual trade but he’s also very strong with great balance
so he could be an athlete, anything from swimming to gymnastics, or ballet – who knows?!

Emma’s website: www.emmalouisepr.com
Instagram: @emmalouise_pr
Twitter: @emmalouisepr

Facebook: EmmaLouisePR

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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