The real life girl next door (well, technically across the road and a few doors down), I first got to know mumofthetribe_dxb through Baby Sensory classes that Poppy and Frankie went to together at the Polo Club. When I first met Amy, I was blown away by how calm and laid back she was. She’s the kind of girl you feel instantly relaxed around, instantly at ease with, and ready to share your tales of motherhood over a cuppa. (Our darling 17 month olds still don’t sleep so it’s good to feel like we aren’t alone!)
A talented photographer as well as blogger, Amy’s feed is simply beautiful. It is filled with picture perfect images of family life, fashion, travel and home inspiration.
I hope you look forward to finding out all about Amy and her gorgeous tribe…
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a 34-year-old Manchester born, mummy of two little girls, Lola, 6, and Frankie, 17 months. We’ve been living in Dubai for 3 and a half years with our two fur babies and my lovely husband Andrew. I’m extremely lucky that I get to spend a lot of my time with my children, which I thoroughly enjoy. I could say I’ve fallen gently onto an instinctual parenting path as it just seemed to be what worked for us, especially with the birth of my second baby, Frankie. In a lot of ways I like to live a natural lifestyle, whether that’s the food I eat or the way I parent as I’m a great believer in listening to my own and my babies cues rather than what others think we should be doing. Before I had Frankie I worked with preschoolers which I absolutely loved! Apart from a life around little people I am a bit of a fashion addict as well as being very interested in world issues such animal rights and protecting our environment.
What do you enjoy most about being a mum?
Being a mum is enjoyable in so many ways but it’s the unique experiences between my girls and I, such as seeing their first steps and hearing their first words that are such a wonderful thing to be part of. As they grow and learn it’s equally as amazing to be able to have a full conversation with them and really see their personalities unfold. Though what I really love is the little intimate moments between us that really make being a mummy so special. This could be a quiet cuddle at bedtime or a big warm hug at school drop off.
How do you make time for yourself?
When Andrew isn’t travelling I’ll have a rare day or evening out kiddie free. However, I probably get the best opportunity to have time to myself once the kids have gone to bed. I use this time to read and sometimes write my own posts. On a good day, I’ll hopefully get an hour of yoga in too (if there isn’t a huge pile of washing to sort out). When my husband is at home though, I love to take my dogs out by myself for long evening walks, I find it the perfect way to de-stress if I’ve had one of ‘those’ days.
Tell me about your funniest parenting experience.
We were on holiday with a then 3-year-old Lola. One evening she was asking me why she had only met one of my Grandmothers and never the other one. I explained that my other Grandma was an old lady and had been very poorly a few years before Lola was born and sadly passed away. The conversation led on to her asking why she had only ever met one of my Grandfathers followed by what happened to her nanas cat and her dad’s childhood pet dog. I could say it was a rather gloomy conversation about life and death with a very inquisitive child, so I tried to answer as honestly as I could and avoid beating around the bush. When our holiday had ended, the first thing we did when we got off the plane was head to my in-laws to pick up the dogs as we still lived in the UK at this point. My father in law, Lola’s grandad, opened the door and before her dad or I had a chance to talk to him, Lola boldly proclaimed “My mummy said that you’re going to die!” A very red-faced me replied “I did not say that Lola!”, To which Lola replied, ” you did mummy, you said that Grandad was really old and is going to die!” To say I was beyond mortified was an understatement as I tried to explain my way out of it. What must he of thought!? I imagined him having visions of me telling Lola ‘not to worry about Grandad as he’d be dead soon anyway’ while we were on holiday. I nervously laughed along with him when I told him about my chat with Lola, but it didn’t distract from the lingering thought that he must think I’m the evil daughter in law trying to bump him off! To this day I wince at the thought of her shouting that to him!
Has your own mother influenced how you parent?
My own mum has had a very big impact on the way I parent. When I fell pregnant with Lola I knew I wanted to breastfeed as my mum had done with me. She breastfed me for 12 months and would often tell me what a chilled out baby I was which carried on through my early years. There was never any doubt in my mind that it was what I wanted to do because of the positive message she gave me about it as I grew up. Another big reason my mum inspires me more than she probably knows is the fact she brought my sister and me up as a single parent. She worked hard and sacrificed so much for herself so that we never went without. It’s probably why I’m so determined to be such a hands-on mum with my own two girls, if she could do it then so can I!
What one piece of advice do you have for other mums?
Be present with your little ones, talk, play and laugh often and try to be gentle with words and actions as everything we do now will set the foundations for who our children become in the future.
Describe your ideal Mother’s Day.
Firstly I always send my own mum a big bunch of flowers to say a huge thank you for everything she’s done for us over the years. As I’m in Dubai at the moment my mum will get an extra long skype call from us. Then, I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate on Mothers day than spending the day with my girls, perhaps having lunch in a nice restaurant followed by plenty of snuggling up on the sofa.
Describe motherhood in 3 words.
Beautiful, exhilarating, fulfilling.
If you want to follow more of Amy’s journey, head on over to her blog www.mumofthetribe.com