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

MAMA IN QUESTION: CHERYL FLOUNDERS.

Welcome to my 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... & we're all just winging it!
Details of how you can get involved will be down below.


Mama: Cheryl Flounders.
Children: Lissia Daisy (2 years old) Jesse George (7 weeks old).


Q1. What's one thing you said you wouldn't do as a parent that you 
definitely have done?

I thought I would be a lot stricter when it came to things like sugar and watching TV! That’s not to say I let Lissi binge on chocolate and watch cartoons all day, but I think everything in moderation is fine. It’s amazing how a tantruming toddler can suddenly switch to little angel when the offer of a chocolate button is made! 

Q2. What's been the hardest thing about motherhood so far?
With Lissia it was the sleep deprivation - she didn’t start sleeping through consistently until about 18 months and still wakes once a week.
I distinctly remember in our last NCT session going around the room and each person saying what they feared most about parenthood, all of the women said childbirth and I said the lack of sleep - think I jinxed myself! Sleep wasn’t great during my latest pregnancy either, so having not had a full night of unbroken sleep in over two years, having a newborn currently wake me each night is no big deal.
What I wasn’t prepared for, with either, is the worry and mum guilt!
 

Q3. Have you settled into a routine with your little one? If so, how 
easy has it been?

With Lissi, yes, though she has pretty much dropped her nap at home now (nightmare!) so that’s changed things again. Since being a baby she has preferred to have some sort of consistency in each day with regards to eating and sleeping.
Jesse is too young for a routine yet, but I’d like to establish a bit of one with him at around three months. For now, we’re just being led by him with regards to feeds and sleep. Thankfully he’s not had any day/night confusion like many newborns do.

Q4. What's surprised you most about motherhood?
With both of my babies it was falling in love with them at first sight! I wasn’t expecting to be so over heels right away but as soon as they were placed in my arms that was it, utterly besotted!

Q5. Do you think social media portrays motherhood correctly?
I actually do, a lot of mums online are open about the struggles of motherhood as well as sharing the fun times. I think this is really important, to show a balance of the good and tough times because let’s be real, being a mum is no walk in the park.

Q6. How do you feel about your postpartum body?
I was lucky after Lissi to drop the pregnancy weight fairly quickly. I put this down to breastfeeding and joining a fitness class for mums and babies. The two hour walks with her in a pushchair to get her to nap really helped too (ha!). It’s a bit early to tell this time round but I’m happy with how my bump is shrinking - I did not enjoy the contractions during the first week of breastfeeding, which no-one warned me about with a second baby, it felt like being in labour again! But it seems to have helped.

Q7. What's been your favourite memory so far on your parenting journey?
Ooh, I have lots! Breastfeeding both has been a lovely experience.
For Lissi it has been watching her grow into a little girl, she’s very sociable and strong willed - it’s lovely to see her personality develop. It’s still early days with Jesse but we’ve started to get the first smiles and little noises, which are adorable.

Q8. How do you feel you've changed since becoming a parent?
I’m a lot more tolerant and patient. I definitely have a newfound respect for parents, until you are one, there’s no-way of knowing how much it changes your life. I also think I’m more appreciative of the little things in life.

Q9. What's been your proudest motherhood moment?
Lissi makes me proud most days, she’s such a little character. Seeing her with Jesse is lovely, she just wants to hold him and shower him with kisses! We recently had a parents’ evening at her nursery - she goes twice a week - and they presented us with a folder of photos and memories since she started a year ago, it was so amazing to see how she has got involved and joined in with all the activities and enjoyed every moment.

Q10. Looking to the future, what are you most excited for your little one to experience?
Lots! All the good things that life brings, family holidays and travel, new tastes, making friends… But I’m especially excited to see Lissia and Jesse start to interact with each other!

Cheryl's Socials.
Blog: www.iwantnevergets.me
Twitter: @_iwantnevergets
Instagram: @cherylflounders
Pinterest: cherylgoddard

If you're wanting to get involved please feel free to DM me @ClaireMacBlog 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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