I have come across lots of really thought- provoking and interesting posts about motherhood on blogs lately so I thought I would add my two cents worth!! This is a post I have started to write so many times and I never publish it as I never started my blog to write about my day to day life and parenthood and all its highs, lows and challenges. I started my blog to share ideas as that is what I am passionate about- ideas, crafting, design, cool stuff, tips etc. I hate to think that people read my blog and feel they are less of a mum because they don't make all the stuff I do!
I never started a blog to make out I am this 'super mum' with a perfect house, perfect children and living this idyllic life. My life has the same challenges as any other mum of 3 young children. I just don't share all that on here because I don't really want to write about that- I love writing about crafty ideas, projects, inspiring blogs, all the stuff I love as a person, not just as a mother. I'm not going to write about toilet training drama's or tantrum chucking children or a whingy baby on here as this blog really is my 'happy place' where I am me - excitable, creative, passionate and full of ideas. Not the grumpy mum dealing with the usual tantrums, tears and challenges of life as a mum of 3.
My blog is not a reflection on my day to day life, it is purely a crafty, creative space. Sometimes I might mention something or other about what's happening in my life or write a post with photo's of a nice place we've been but not that much. I don't want my blog to be a diary as such, I want it to be place where I am inspired and where I inspire others I hope! Of course most of the things I make are for my children but that doesn't make me this amazing mother! I'm just someone who really loves to make stuff and gets so much pleasure from the process of making- right from getting the idea, gathering the supplies, working out how to make it, and then seeing the joy on my kids faces when they get it/play with it. Being creative and sharing ideas is such a part of me and I get so much pleasure from it.
I get a lot of people asking me how I manage to have 3 children under 5 and still have time to create, blog and have a tidy house. And the answer is I don't!! Some weeks I don't get a chance to do any crafting and most days my washing pile is on a couch instead of in drawers. I think there is more to life than having the washing put away every day though!!! And my husband still cooks more than I do. I seemt o go through spates of cooking heaps than fading away again. This week I've been pretty good but who knows how long that will last! Having 3 children under 5 is so unbelievably full on - I think some people think that I make it look easy and therefore I have quite a cruisy life with lots of time for crafting and time on the computer!!! The reason it probably looks 'easy' when in fact it isn't is just that I have had more practice so I can cope with a baby okay compared to my first baby. Jack is a really good day sleeper and sleeps for maybe 3- 3 a half hours a day. So in a typical week I have approx 6 hours a week in broken bits (and that doesn't count cleaning, tidying and all the other admin jobs that need doing to run a family) to do all that I do without children right in front of me (I have two days a week without the girls here.) And that's time just at home as obviously I've always got at least one child with me if I have to go anywhere during the week. The rest of the time I either have one, two or three children with me.
Some weeks I get a bit of time but most weeks it is just a matter of squeezing it into what precious moments I have, sometimes not till 8:30 at night. It is not easy having 3 young children, and having them quite close in age is even more exhausting in that I have really just had babies or been pregnant for the last 5 years. I am feeling like possibly things are going to get a little easier soon with one child soon to start school and one child having another day at daycare. Of course Jack will be a toddler soon though and drop to one sleep so I'm not really sure if I will have much more time!!!
So please don't think I am this super mum with a perfect house because I'm not and I never set out to make other mums feel like that from reading my blog- I share things to inspire and encourage others to have a go at making things- not to go 'Wow look at me aren't I amazing'! I just want other mums to get a little bit of pleasure and enjoyment from reading my blog and get inspired to make some things as well if they are that way inclined! I really really enjoy writing blog posts and wish I had more time for it as I could honestly write one most days. I have so much in my head so I hope you continue to enjoy reading my blog and know that it is just one aspect of my life and one that is a really positive and happy part of my life.
And now I'll click publish!