Katy is Mama to gorgeous Maggie (10 months old) and has just launched her blog called 'I am Katy' whilst on maternity leave from her role as Deputy Director of Public Relations for Value Retail. Katy's blog is an honest and candid account of her journey into motherhood and the challenges she has had to overcome along the way - a must read, so check it out!
What time did you wake up this morning?
I woke up at 6.30am when my husband Chris's alarm went off. I immediately checked the baby monitor to see if Maggie was awake. She was stirring, but I left her in her cot until 7am.
What was your very first thought of the day?
Is Maggie awake and still breathing!
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?
1) Coffee. Like most Mums, I can't even begin to think about starting the day without at least one cup. The stronger, the better.
2) Piers Morgan. I switch on Good Morning Britain as I drink my coffee and give Maggie her first bottle of the day. That man is so controversial and fires me up for the day.
3) A shower. I tend to have a shower whilst Maggie takes her 1st nap of the day. God knows what I am going to do when she drops that nap. Copious amounts of deodorant will have to suffice.
Describe a typical working morning.
I am currently 10 months into my maternity leave from my job as Deputy Director of Public Relations for Value Retail - the company that owns and operates shopping destinations around the world, including Bicester Village. Now my mornings consist of getting myself and Maggie ready to face the world, going to baby groups, meeting other Mum friends and generally enjoying maternity leave before I have to go back to reality and the grindstone.
Your perfect local lunch spot would be...
I love the Velo House. We generally don't go out for lunch any more as I like to be at home whilst Maggie takes her lunchtime nap, so we tend to go out for brunch instead. Its just a 5 minute walk from my house and is very baby (and dog) friendly. They do amazing smoothies and their Avocado breakfast is spot on.
The happiest moment in your day?
I know its a cliche but any time that Maggie smiles or laughs, my whole world lights up. I can make her laugh with the silliest of things - my husband keeps telling me to cherish being the most amusing family member before her humour becomes more sophisticated and she prefers her Dad's more high brow jokes.
The hardest moment in your day?
I hate it when Chris has to leave for work as I know it breaks his heart to be leaving Maggie. He would love nothing more than to be spending the day with us and only seeing Maggie for 20 mins in the morning is terribly hard. She's normally in bed by the time he gets home from working in London. It's a tough gig for Dads and makes the weekends all the more special when we get to have some quality family time.
#1 tip for juggling your blog and family life?
I don't want my blog to take away from spending time with Maggie. I refuse to get stressed about posting regular content as the sole purpose of starting it in the first place was as a bit of light relief and to try and remember how to write again after being away from a computer for so long. I tend to only write a post when I feel the urge, hence it is quite sporadic!
Most overused word of the day?
Bean. This (amongst other) is Maggie's nickname. She's not going to know her actual name at this rate...I must make more of an effort to use it!
Once Maggie is in bed I...
I put on some happy music, crack open the vino and clean up the kitchen. Then sit down and watch Hollyoaks on catch up. Am I the only person who still watches that show? Perhaps. If I was a better wife I'd set about making a delicious home cooked meal. But I'm not that person and we survive quite well off chicken kievs, stir fries, pasta and smiley faces. Chris wouldn't dare complain!
Top 3 local gems?
Tailchasers. An amazing dog walking service in Tunbridge Wells. Since having Maggie, my firstborn, Little Bear doesn't get the same amount of attention as he used to and puts up with the constant yanking of fur by Maggie like a dream. Michelle takes him out every week to run riot with his doggie pals so I feel less guilty. They have an absolute ball.
Mums the Word Online. Natalie and Laura have done such a great thing starting up this group and hosting such inspiring meetups. Its allowed me to meet so many new friends and attend fun events to get us out of the house. I recently hosted the first Mamas Supper Club at Pasta Madre and 18 Mums came - we ate pizza, drank wine and had such a laugh, totally kid free. Time for yourself is super important.
The Common. I walk to the common everyday and it makes me feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful town. We only moved here last year and already I feel at home. Walking the dog on the common with Maggie is the perfect end to the day come rain or shine, and I am always greeted with a friendly 'hello' from other people taking a stroll; I never got that in London.
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself and always follow your gut. I tied myself up in knots in the first few months following the birth of Maggie. If I am lucky enough to have another baby, I am going to try and be more relaxed and know that everything will be ok in the end. Also, get yourself a pack of YesMum cards and turn a new one over every day - great to start the day off with positivity.