I feel I’ve been neglecting my poor little blog a bit recently, so I’ve decided to start posting a bit more regularly again. I’ve also come up with a new regular Monday post, Mama Matters, where I introduce you to some of the amazing mothers I’m lucky to know. It’s only fitting that for my first mummy interview, I’m talking to the founder of a new online magazine called MAMA…
Alice Harold is a 27 year old mum of Elfie, 2 years and Huxley 9 months. Before moving to Olney in Bucks, she used to work as a magazine marketer for Vice in London.(Bizarrely, we used to live next to each other in Shoreditch, but our paths never crossed. Or if they did, we were too drunk to remember it!) I met Alice about a year ago and she has become a great friend. She is beautiful, witty and kind. She writes openly about the ups and downs of motherhood on her blog More Than Toast.
What’s in your handbag?
Lots of stuff that wasn’t there before I had the kids! Baby wipes, a squeaky giraffe, nappies, a rubber baby spoon, Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream (great for kids and mamas) and a lipstick that my daughter has bitten the top off.
What shocked you the most about becoming a mother?
I think how bloody relentless it is. You literally have no break, EVER. I’ve been away with my husband a couple of times to catch up on sleep and have a bit of R&R, but even that’s not the same… I still find myself waking at 6am wondering what the kids are doing and wanting to be with them. Your mind is a constant whir of worrying and planning. It’s exhausting!
Has your style changed since having your children?
Definitely. I don’t have a need for dry clean only, silk or sequinned clothes and I prioritize comfort much more now! My mum uniform basically consists of stretchy skinny jeans and whichever top doesn’t make my mum tum look big. I’m currently a huge fan of hoodies, neon nikes and my leather biker jacket. And jazzy leggings – like my Claire Maley ones from POP! Ahh the comfort of leggings.
What do you do when the kids are driving you insane?
I put the radio on loud and make them have a dance party with me! Failing that, Haribo helps. And having a moan to a friend, preferably over a glass of wine.
Have you got any tips for those women reading this who are about to come first time mothers?
Don’t stress it. It’s so easy to get caught up in buying the ‘right’ pram, playing with the ‘right’ educational toys, breastfeeding for the ‘right’ amount of time. But really what’s right is that you’re relaxed and your baby is happy. As long as they’re fed, clean and dry you’re doing OK! I always say that I reckon motherhood is 90% instinct and 10% Google, and I stand by that!