I was so looking forward to meeting Tilly from Mummy Rules for the second time at #Blogfest16 having met her at #BML16 earlier in the summer. Tilly is so loveable and easy to get on with, her blog reflects exactly how she was in real life. I was absolutely gutted to hear that Tilly had to bail from #Blogfest16 due to Mum-commitments (i.e. sicky kids situation) so here is a little piece of Tilly for you all to love, and to lift her vom-instead-of-conference week.
We missed you Tilly!
Hello there, Cool Mums Club, it is I, Tilly at Mummy Rules here to introduce myself at last. The truth is, I’m not a very good blogger. If this was a Blogging School I would be told off a lot for not handing my homework in on time and not putting enough effort in. The fact is, I’m not the most regular contributor, I just write when I can, when I fancy it or when my feelings are bursting to be written down!
In January this year, I started Mummy Rules heavily pregnant and restless. I was waiting for my second baby and everything was ready, except there was something lurking in the back of my mind….
I had a few unresolved feelings from my first birth and the newborn experience. I suddenly felt an urge to write about it…which I did one day, in my first post, Landing on Another Planet. I’ve always loved writing since I was a little girl: writing my feelings and expanding my imagination has always given me an enormous sense of calm and well-being, so it’s no surprise that after that I felt much better after writing my first ever blog post.
For some mad reason, I then pressed “publish” and with butterflies in my tummy, shared it with my friends and family. I was so relieved and happy to find how much it seemed to resonate with people; I received messages from friends saying how much they appreciated the honesty and how it made them laugh. I recall that around the same time, Louise and Lucy from Pink Pear Bear and This Mums Life tweeted me to ask if I wanted to join in with the linky they were starting. What the hell is that?! I thought, and said “of course!” I linked up the day after my baby was born. Madness! Straight away, the blogging world had hooked me in. I felt like I’d joined a secret club…it was amazing, addictive and eye opening. I soon found my favourite Linkys, #coolmumsclub, #chucklemums and of course #bigpinklink (I hope it’s ok to name drop others here?!!), joined Mumsnet Blogging Network and started making some great friends – at local blogging get-togethers and online.
The trouble is, I had found myself with not one, but two new babies in February. A second perfect little girl (planned), and a blog called Mummy Rules (a happy accident). In the beginning I got used to a lack of sleep and found myself writing at crazy hours when I was awake with my baby. Then, a few things happened. We moved house. My husband took a job away for 3 months. And (with the exception of the first two weeks after moving which were horrendous) baby started sleeping through the night. With a new location, flying solo and being reunited with my long lost beautiful friend sleep, blogging has very much taken a back step. I fell behind at Blogging School over the summer and goodness knows if I will ever catch up. I admire and envy bloggers at the top of my class, who post every week, or twice a week!
My posts tend to be funny, although I don’t mean them to be; when describing a challenging day with the children I suddenly become very light hearted about it all (whereas in reality I might have been sobbing in the loo at one point, stuffing a Freddo into my mouth for comfort). It’s therapy…
Talking of hiding in the loo, I’m a ‘stay at home mum’ *cringes at that phrase* so I do look after my daughters 24/7. It hasn’t always been like that; I used to work full time in a law firm and officially qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive the same week that I gave birth to my first. But rather than put my years of experience and study into practice, I immediately found myself entering another job with no training whatsoever: MOTHERHOOD; and haven’t returned to law since! As any mother knows, parenting it’s the hardest and most rewarding job in the world. There are times when I would swap a cold tea and watching Ben & Holly for the umpteenth time, for a hot tea and a full lunch hour with my colleagues; but there are also plenty of times where I think how much I prefer to be pushing my daughter on a swing in the park to sitting in a boardroom in an uncomfortable suit…
The last thing to say is that I have a book in me… I’ve written a few chapters and I’m really excited every time I think about it…my aim is to finish it before…my daughters are old enough to get their ears pierced?!
Well I think that’s about enough. If you’d like to hear more, then do take a look at my blog Mummy Rules.
Thanks so much for having me Sarah.