‘An ordinary mum, doing ordinary things’ by Mummy Nutter January 30, 2015 by Tony May The lovely Mummy Nutter has written this guest post for us about why she decided to start her new vlog just a few weeks ago. We’re looking for more guest contributors, so please get in touch if you have something to share. In the meantime, over to Mummy Nutter! I’m mummy nutter; I’m mummy to 2 gorgeous girls (Hope 2.5yrs and Margot 5 months) and my maiden name is Nutter – which sort of sums me up perfectly. Before I became a mum I would have described myself as fiercely ambitious; and am not ashamed to say I questioned whether having children was the right thing to do at the time. I have since come to the conclusion that it’s never a good time to have kids; so you may as well get on with it. My order of doing things wasn’t conventional – career, baby, new job, marriage and then another baby. Although I went back to work (in the fashion industry) and intend on doing so again later this year, I have never been more comfortable with the fact that I am a working mother. My first maternity leave was spent mainly sweating and panicking about everything parental. I wore my ‘L’ plates visibly with everything I did. I was under confident and trying to be perfect – a deadly combination! I was the mum who sang the wrong words in nursery rhymes at bounce and rhyme, but kept going even though I hated every moment of it. I’m the mum who had never used a food blender before weaning and then quickly realised pouches were the way forward and I’m the mum who lay awake at night worrying about all my parenting inadequacies. My second maternity leave in complete contrast has been a breath of fresh air; I am loving every second and mainly because I’m so much more relaxed and have stopped trying to be perfect. The downside to breastfeeding is giving yourself thumb ache from too much time spent on the iphone, which is how I ended up spending way too much money shopping online, became a secret dailymailonline reader (shameful I know) and discovered YouTube! Ok, so I know who Zoella is (thanks to Vogue Nov 2014 issue) but had never considered it a tool for learning / exploring parenting tips. Like my friends I used Google on a daily basis and found myself trawling through forums where everyone had conflicting opinions; so how did I know who to trust? They could be childless maniacs for all I knew. I searched YouTube for mummy vloggers, excited to see who could be my virtual friend, who I would trust because I could ‘see’ them in their own homes. I imagined following ‘cool mums’, where I would get inspiration on fashion and lifestyle as well as how to raise my kids ‘cool’. I searched and searched and found no one I could relate too. So I thought I’d give it a go – I love a project and a sense of purpose and so, with my ipad and a few spare moments when Margot was sleeping and Hope was at nursery I started mummy nutter. I’ve since discovered a some fab mummy vloggers but it’s so hard to find what you’re looking for on YouTube, which is why I’m so happy that Channel Mum is here to bring us all together! My tagline is ‘an ordinary mum doing ordinary things’ and I’m the first to admit this sounds horrific, but I’m hoping that YouTube will become the new forum for mums to communicate, a way for people to see ‘REAL’ mums in action and find people they can relate to. My videos are not perfect, they don’t have Diptique candles and fairy lights in the background and I certainly wouldn’t dream of telling anyone that the way I do things is the best way; everyone is different and should do whatever feels right for them. My channel is just me sharing my parenting journey with what I’ve learnt along the way. My parenting style certainly isn’t wholesome; I don’t cook everything from scratch, my children had dummies (gasp, I know!), I still swear (more in my head these days) and I still have the occasional melt down BUT I’m a nice person, I give everything a go, I’m always positive, I love to make a vision board, totally believe in Karma and most importantly I love my children beyond measure. Plus, if my new channel keeps me out of bounce and rhyme I’ll be a better mother for it!