This week we have an award winning blogger joining us for In Conversation With. I was very pleased to meet Lisa at the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards in September after having chatted with her on email and twitter over the last couple of months. And even more over the moon when she won Silver and Bronze for her amazing blog The Irish Baby Fairy. As a midwife, Lisa has an inherent and natural inside knowledge of the world of pregnancy and birth. I was delighted when Lisa wanted to feature on In Conversation With because not only is she a lovely person, and everyone should meet her, but she also has some brilliant advise.
How many children do you have?
Just the one, he’s six months old and he is more than enough to keep me on my toes for now.
Are you a Stay-at-Home Mum, Working Mum, or Work-from-Home Mum?
I am a midwife but currently on maternity leave so I will be a working mum once I go back to work in November.
How do you manage your career/blog life around your family life?
When I first started blogging, my baby was three months old and had lots of naps during the day so it was quite easy back then. Now he’s getting bigger and napping less so I have less time to blog. This is ok though, I’m happy to get between 1 and 2 good quality posts up every week. I usually do them 1 or 2 evenings a week. I have absolutely no idea how I will manage when I go back to working full time, watch this space!
Do you think its easier being a parent now than when you were being raised?
Yes and no. I do not know how parents managed before the internet, it is so handy to be able to check every little thing with “dr google”. But I think, thanks to instagram, facebook and other social media, there is a lot of pressure to be the perfect parent. I think it is the reason postnatal depression is so prevalent. It’s ok to have mummy fails and you just have to laugh at yourself sometimes. I’m also very lucky to have great family support from my family and my husbands family and of course my husband. Dads are so much more hands on than they would have been years ago which is brilliant.
What is your biggest fear as a Mum?
My biggest fear would be something happening to my son, I can’t even think about it. I can’t watch TV programmes or films or read books with anything bad happening to children.
What is the one thing you would have done differently as a new Mum?
I would have put less pressure on myself when it came to breastfeeding, I was so shocked at how difficult it was for me and really beat myself up about it not working out. My blogpost about that experience is one of my most popular posts because, as a midwife, you would think I would have that figured out!
What advice would you give other women about pregnancy and parenting?
Don’t let the pressure get to you. Every pregnancy is different, every birth is different, every baby is different. Try not to compare bumps, symptoms, pain relief in labour, etc. Just be thankful if you have a healthy baby at the end of it all and take all the pain relief in recovery that you need. Rest rest rest whenever you get the opportunity. As for parenting, I’m still learning but so far my main advice is never turn down any offers of help!
What are your hopes and dreams for your children?
After watching the Olympics, I would love to see my baby succeed at whatever he loves. I don’t mean an olympic gold medal – silver would be grand. I’m just messing. If he is happy in life then there is little else I can hope for.
What is your favourite way to relax when the kids are in bed and sound asleep?
I do love messing with the blog, spending time with my husband, getting out for dinner and gossip with the girls and I spend way too much time on social media. I probably should exercise but there just aren’t enough hours in the day so I try and get a short walk with my baby in his buggy most days (weather permitting!).
Thank you so much to Lisa for joining us this week on In Conversation With. It was a pleasure to have her. If you haven’t read Lisa’s blog yet, and are pregnant or verging on giving birth, then I highly recommend you check her out. You’ll be very glad you did. With her wealth of experience and advise, she will never steer you wrong.
Lisa’s most loved post is one which will be close to many women’s hearts. Her struggle with breastfeeding. It is one to add to your reading list.
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