Welcome to my mini-series Together In Mamahood, 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... & we're all just winging it!
Details of how you can get involved will be down below.

Mama: Anna Bushell
Children: Charlie (12) & Evie (10)

Anna, Charlie & Evie

Q1. What's one thing you said you wouldn't do as a parent that you definitely have done?
Swear in front of the children!!

Q2. What's been the hardest thing about motherhood so far?
Not beating myself up thinking I should be doing a better job - I’ve even had CBT over this.

Q3. Have you settled into a routine with your little one? If so, how easy has it been?
I always tried to get a routine, but then a developmental leap would happen, and it threw everything out the window. So it was just a case of trying to be consistent. I had a torrid time of trying to get Charlie to settle on his own. It felt like months of trying, but because I’m stubborn I persevered and in the long run it has paid off. Charlie is asleep now as soon as his head hits the pillow. He’s still an earlier riser though and always has been, regardless of what time he goes to bed!
Evie always took forever to go to sleep, but she could self-soothe from early on. At 10 she’s still a
night owl, but needs waking up in the morning and she is happy in her room, reading or pottering
until she’s ready to sleep.
I have a lark and an owl!

Anna. & Evie

Q4. What's surprised you most about motherhood?
How much I’d beat myself up trying to be a better mum and compare myself to others.

Q5. Do you think social media portrays motherhood correctly?
That all depends on what you look at and who you follow. I’ve learnt that if I’m following someone who makes me feel inadequate then that’s not good for me and I stop following them. 
You are in control of your social media, it is not in control of you – we often forget this.

Q6. How do you feel about your postpartum body?
12 years on and I still have a saggy tyre from having 2 c-sections (sighs and rolls eyes!).
I do a lot of running now and have run the London Marathon & I teach children and babies to swim in my own swim school that I set up 3 years ago from scratch, so I am very active, but still can’t get rid of the ‘shelf’.

Anna & Charlie

Q7. What's been your favourite memory so far on your parenting journey?
Wow, I have 12 years and two children of memories, that’s a super tough one. But probably making the kids giggle so much they get the hiccoughs!

Q8. How do you feel you've changed since becoming a parent?
I still stress that I’m doing right by my children, but I don’t stress about what other folk think of me anymore and woe betide anyone who upsets my child!

Q9. What's been your proudest motherhood moment?
When you’re told how compassionate, kind, caring and funny your children are. As far as I’m concerned there’s not enough kindness in the world, it costs nothing and can change lives.

Charlie & Evie

Q10. Looking to the future, what are you most excited for your little one to experience?
Discovering the world and what a beautiful place it is, both here in the UK and abroad. I don’t want them to feel limited and I’d like them to believe that they can achieve anything if they put their mind to it, big or small. As long as they are happy with who they are, they don’t have to conquer the world.

Anna Bushell is the founder and senior swim teacher at Lilypad Swim.
Instagram: @lilypadswimyorkshire
Twitter: @lilypad_swim
Facebook: Lilypad Swim

If you're wanting to get involved please feel free to DM me @ClaireMacBlog or send me an email to as I'd love for you to join the 'Together In Mamahood' 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!


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