It's that time of the month again, it's time for the "Day in the Life of a Mum" blog series. July's edition finds us interviewing the lovely, fellow Welsh mum-blogger, Shan Ellis from www.shanelliswilliams.com.
Shan is a fairly new blogger, however has been writing for over 15 years. She currently works as a freelance journalist, which has been her job for four years now. Previously, Shan has worked as a teacher, carer and sales manager, until she decided to follow her passion. Writing. Living in North Wales, this is where she raises her three children.
Shan has a passion for Wales, her home, kids, stationary and books, Slimming World meals, cheap weekends out, beer and craft gin, renovating her dilapidated house and creative writing. All of which she blogs about.
This is Shan's "Day in the Life"...
How old are your children?
My children are 13, 10 and 2.
Describe their birth in three words.
Miraculous, shocking and serendipity.
What is usually the first thing you do when you wake up?
Make coffee. I don't function without at least three cups, especially when the kids are on holidays.
Tell me how an average day with your children goes to plan.
My days never go to plan. When someone wrote in neat Cyrillic in my bullet journal the night before, all I had to do today was tick them off. Every morning a god of mischief looks at my plans and goes yeah, right!
I get the eldest two to school after getting G his breakfast, we then have some cuddle time, or play time. He loves singing, I sing or read to him in Welsh and English. Sometimes we go for a nature walk if I'm not working. It's then on with the potty training. He's learnt how to take off his nappy and he currently sits quite happily on the potty. Unfortunately, he won't pee until he gets up and starts running half naked around the living room.
I love painting with him and spending us time. These moments now before they start school are really precious. He is usually stolen by his big sister when she comes home from school, which leaves me free to cook tea. All three together, we usually explore somewhere after school and before bed time. All three are born adventurers, and prefer being outside. Plus G sleeps so much better after fresh air!
Where do you recommend for a family day out/holiday?
I recommend Snowdonia or along the north wales coast. We had a fab day out in Caernarfon airport recently - I blogged about it here - https://shanelliswilliams.com/2018/06/03/family-faves-in-north-wales-dinas-dinlle-caernarfon-airport-and-caffi-hems/
Has your little one begun weaning? If so, what’s their favourite food so far?
My little one is weaned. His favourite food is most definitely my special recipe, chicken curry. He's not fussy though. I was late weaning him, he was almost 10 months when he started on baby rice. And he didn't much like that to be fair!
Where’s your favourite place to buy baby clothes?
I love Jojo Maman Bebe for baby clothes, but I've also bought a lot of things from Next and Primark this time around. I love the price of Primark, merely because G is a lover and attracter of dirt. I have to change him four times a day sometimes. Next is excellent value for money, plus really durable.
What’s the best baby-related item you’ve bought? And why?
The best investment I've made is his Jolly baby stuffed toy harness. He would not be without it. I wasted so much money on items I didn't need the first time around!
What do you usually do to relax?
To relax I read, write and go out to do something that resembles socialising with my friends! It reminds me that I am human ;)
What do you/have you struggled with most about becoming a parent?
Loss of myself. When I had my eldest everything was so new, it was a complete blur. One minute you were free to do what you wanted to, and the next you had that pink bundle of gorgeousness you created and carried for nine months demanding things you couldn't translate from baby to adult language. Becoming a parent is amazingly tough. But it is a transition. You learn more about yourself in these moments when you're sleep deprived, and covered in eruptions of poo and puke than you ever did before. Nothing will ever challenge you like becoming a parent. But then again, you wouldn't change it, and it's only a phase.
What is the best thing about being a parent?
The sense of pride you have when you know you've created five perfect toes, five little fingers, and it gets more awesome as they grow older. Mine are amazing, polite, well-adjusted and well-rounded human beans. I made them!
Describe you as a parent in three words.
Nutty, bouncy and understanding.
What advice would you give to other parents?
No matter what's happened, it'll all be better in the morning! Nothing lasts for ever. We play such a small part in our kids lives - lets make it a memorable and pleasurable one. The memories you create remain with kids forever.
To see Shan's blog and to read about her journey on the motherhood train, you can find her at the below:
Facebook: Mam Rants and Reviews
A huge thank you to Shan for taking part in July's blog!
If you’re a mummy (or daddy) blogger and would like to be a part of the “Day in the life of a Mum” monthly blog series, please get in touch.
My idea for this blog series is for it to bring lots of parents together, through tips and advice on the mad world that is parenthood. As well as gain an insight into the hectic lives of other mummies and daddies. You’ll soon learn that you’re not alone on this crazy rollercoaster ride!