“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a while… their hearts Forever!”
The Mumma being interviewed this time is Fallon, her Instagram is @fosmithx
1. Introduce yourself.
Hi I’m so excited to be interviewed by Jade! I’m Fallon, 24 years old and a mumma to 2 children under 2.
2. What are their names?
George is 21 months old and Baby Isla is just 2 weeks old.
3. Why did you choose those names?
I actually wanted a biblical name with George, however my partner wasn’t as keen and so we decided on the name George a few days after he was born. With Isla, that was the name we were going to give George had he been a girl. We didn’t find out the gender either time I was pregnant.
4. Did you plan to have children?
Yes I always knew I wanted to be a younger mum then establish a career later in life. My mum had me when she was 24, and my grandma had her when she was 20, so my family have always been younger when starting their families.
5. How did you feel when you found out you was pregnant?
I felt so happy and overwhelmed with emotion when I found out I was pregnant. We wanted a close age gap between George and Isla.
6. Did you have good labours?
I’ve been very lucky in that both times I had amazing labours. They both started off very slow, but progressed quickly. Isla was born in just 45 minutes and we nearly missed getting to the hospital in time which was scary to think about.
7. How was the transition from one baby to two?
I’m not going to lie, it’s definitely tough transitioning from 1 child to 2. You already have your routine in place with your first so the second has to somehow fit into that routine. Thankfully Isla has been an easier baby than George (so far!). Poor George suffered with colic and reflux so he struggled to settle and fed every couple hours.
8. Do you find you can still spend quality time with the oldest child?
George still has an afternoon nap which means I can spend quality time with Isla when he’s asleep. The rest of the day when George is awake, Isla is happy to play on her play mat or sit in the bouncer whilst we’re in the house. When we brought Isla home he got very jealous, so I feel it was really important to give George that extra bit of attention so he knew he wasn’t being replaced and didn’t see Isla as a threat.
9. How is the Dad coping with two children?
My partner is very calm so he can cope well with both children, although when he’s home it eases the work load as we can pay attention to each child individually.
10. Do you both spend time together without the children?
We don’t have any family nearby to help out with childcare so unfortunately we haven’t been able to spend much quality time together. Once George is in bed we have a couple hours where we’ll watch tv and eat dinner then I’ll go to bed early whilst he feeds Isla before the night feeds begin.
11. Do you think you will do things differently to how you did with your first?
I think with your second child you don’t have the time to fuss over things the same. With George I was able to hold him all day and cuddle on the sofa, so I feel bad on Isla that I’m not able to do that for her. Also you don’t google every little thing as you simply don’t have the time!
12. Did you breast feed with your first and are you breastfeeding now?
I breastfed George for a few weeks but he was losing weight which meant I had to switch to formula which made me sad at the time. I didn’t attempt to breastfeed this time round, mainly because I didn’t think I’d find the time with looking after George too.
13. Why did you choose to feed the way you do?
For me this time round, formula is a lot more convenient and I’m able to see how much Isla is drinking. It also means other people can feed her so I can have a rest when I need to.
14. Do you manage to get things done around the house with two children?
I’ve recently bought a sling so once I get the hang of it I’m going to pop Isla in there which I’m hoping will make things easier around the house.
15. Can you manage to get out of the house ok with both children?
This is something I worried about whilst my partner was on paternity leave. I’ve been out the house a couple times by myself with them both, but I do find it tough when you arrange to meet someone at a certain time and can’t make it anymore.
Thank you so much for letting me interview you, it’s really nice to see some more information from a Mum with 2 children under 2. Both of your children are gorgeous and you are doing an amazing job.
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