In Conversation With: Winnettes

In Conversation with Winnettes

I am really delighted to have decided to bring back In Conversation With this year. I debated starting a new series altogether. Instead, I have revived ICW with a host of new questions for those lovely Momma and Papa Bears who would like to take part. ICW with now be published fortnightly, instead of weekly. I have to free up a bit of time if I’m to get that novel written! If you would like to sign up for ICW, drop me a mail. First up, this January, is the beautiful Kirsty who writes a fab parenting and food blog called Winnettes. On her blog, she shares her adventures with her two gorgeous little ones, Pinky and Perky 🙂

How would your parents have described you?

They would most likely say I was independent. Well, I know my mum would anyway. I was the eldest of four, which meant I often had to do things by myself. I wanted to go to a kids club when I was little but it was held in a room above a shop, there was a huge flight of stairs to go up (well, it seemed huge to me). My youngest brothers are twins so mum couldn’t just carry them, my other brother and the pushchair up the stairs to go with me, so if I wanted to go I had to go alone. I did go. It is where I first leant to do a plait.

In Conversation With Winnettes Parenting

Did you enjoy being pregnant?

Nope! I hated it both times. First time around I had pretty bad nausea until I was about 18 weeks. If I was lucky it wouldn’t start until the afternoon or evening but mostly it was an all day thing. I was sick at least once daily for most of those weeks. Then at 30 weeks I was admitted to hospital because I was struggling to walk with the pain in my pelvis. Turns out I had SPD or Pelvic Girdle Pain as it is now called. My maternity care for this was shocking and I wasn’t offered any help or support for another 8 weeks by which point I had hit rock bottom with the daily pain. I was finally given a support belt and crutches which helped me move again. Once Pinky was born the pain went away which was amazing. Second pregnancy I was less sick but the SPD kicked in at 14 weeks. By the third trimester I could barely walk even with crutches. Every step I took I could feel my pelvis moving and grinding against itself. We are not having a third child!

What was the hardest part about being pregnant?

For me it was the SPD. The daily pain is really hard to deal with and stay positive, especially when you can’t take painkillers like you usually would.

What is the one thing you never had that you want for your kids?

As harsh as this is going to sound I want them to have a happy home. I was loved as a child but I don’t ever remember my parents being happy together. I have almost no memories of the both of them together. I know much of that is because they were working to keep us fed and clothed, and I know they did the best for all of us that they could but the home wasn’t a happy one.

In Conversation With Winnettes Parenting

In Conversation With Winnettes Parenting

What do you miss about your life before you had kids?

I miss ‘me time’ the most. I have always needed time by myself to reset after a busy week at work. I am very comfortable in my own company but I just don’t get any time anymore. Some days it can feel like I haven’t even been able to form a full thought without being interrupted.

What is the best thing about being a parent?

The love. There is nothing like it! They love me and I love them so much. They may drive me crazy sometimes and I may beg my Husband to take them out for a bit, but I wouldn’t be without them!

In Conversation With Winnettes Parenting

In Conversation With Winnettes Parenting

What advice would you give your younger self?

It is ok to need help. I got so used to being the independent one I often didn’t recognise when I needed help and support, even before I became a mum. My husband has been really good at helping me realise I don’t have to carry all of life’s burdens by myself. He is my rock now and has helped me through many things over the years we have been together.

You’re in the store with a full cart and your baby starts crying frantically…what do you do?

I probably carry on whilst giving them a cuddle. The cart would never be too heavy to push one handed because I only do online shopping. I may need to go and get extra milk or bread in the week but I never ever do a big shop in the store. I haven’t done since I had kids because the fear of this situation ever happening was enough to make me not go!

In Conversation With Winnettes Parenting


Many thanks to Kirsty for sharing her thoughts and experiences about parenting with us. You can find the wonderful Kirsty at her blog, Winnettes, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

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4 Comments

  1. What a lovely way to get to know some other bloggers and I love he questions you asked Kirsty. She was one of my first blogging buddies as she was so sociable and inspiring on IG. I then started to see her posts on the same Linkys… it’s so lovely to find out a bit more about her. I didn’t know about the pelvic girdle pain. That’s pretty awful. Everyone just expects you to glow in pregnancy and it’s nothing further than the truth sometimes. Thanks for a lovely read.

  2. Love this post and the questions! pgp I had with my little girl and hyperemesis too, safe to say I wont be having another child! put off for life!

    #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. Ah this is lovely, it even bought a little tear to my eye. I really hope that I am providing a happy home for daughter. I loved reading Kirsty’s story, and I’m looking forward to meeting Kirsty at the Lucky Things meet up. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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