Those lovely days of all day binge watching box sets, or leisurely leaving the house at 11 on a Saturday for brunch vanish and it takes a good while to get used to it. I was hoping this wasn’t just my view on the world, as movies, books, magazines all make being a mum look kind of peaceful, happy, and wholesome.
When I first read Katie Kirby’s blog when my daughter was about 4 months old, I literally crapped myself. It was the most honest, warts and all account of looking after two children I had ever read, and my first reaction was what on earth have I done! My second reaction and how I feel about it now is thank god it’s not just me. And I am ok “in general” with the highs, lows and averages of what can be a minute by minute or hour by hour change in our days.
So, I really like the idea of getting together with other like-minded people who want to do stuff, maybe related to style, fashion, comedy, blogging, parenting, well-being and when I properly discovered instagram I found in other parts of the UK parents were getting together for themselves, not for the children. The baby classes are excellent at getting out of the house in the early days but I also wanted to learn stuff for me too.
To check it wasn’t just me, I asked 93 mums in Norfolk to complete a little survey, which is amazing when you consider they’d rather probably be chatting to their mates on what’s app if they’ve 5 mins spare! So thank you to them.
- 72% of Norfolk mums with two kids are looking for ways to manage the ever lasting juggle, citing me-time as the most out of reach challenge
- Me-time is considered fitness, doing nothing and socialising
- 65% of mums have more than one child, making the balance between kids, relationship, work, house, friends and self even harder (Katie’s plate juggling illustration comes to mind↓)
- Mums life balance, parenting, food hacks, wellbeing, fitness and working for yourself are the most popular interests, which this new company We Got This will host events and workshops to help with
The ‘Audience with Katie Kirby of Hurrah for Gin’ launch was incredibly well received, and there are three further events lined up:
We Got This (Sometimes!) presents:
Mother Wellness, Inspiration and Pampering – Busting the Supermum Myth with Anya Hayes at St Giles Hotel, 19/1/2018, 10am
Comedy – The Scummy Mummies Show at Norwich Playhouse, 31/1/2018, 20:00
Fashion and Socialising – Fashion Re:boot at The Narthex, The Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist, 23/2/2018, 19:00
Next Friday ‘Busting the Supermum Myth’ and I have invited Anya Hayes, the author of The Supermum Myth to Norwich to chat to mums about what is essentially a motherhood mental wellbeing toolkit, taking us through various stages of motherhood and issues that we might face at each stage: in relationships, sense of self and your career, which can all have an impact on our self-esteem.
This relaxed daytime event is for mums of any age children, includes the option to have a photo of you by Emily Gray Photography, complimentary hand massages by Cherry Beauty Therapy, hair braiding by Hairsmiths Norwich and makeup by Kirstie Makeup, insight from the Pregnancy & Parenthood team AND a goody bag. Babes in arms welcome.
Emma Victor-Smith is the founder of We Got This (sometimes), an events business for parents you feel like they are winging it, juggling it all, and just wanting a bit of time to breathe. Why not follow them on instagram, facebook and twitter