Juggling being a Saturday and a mum
Thank you all for your lovely comments about the last blog post.
The Saturdays were in Germany last week to promote our single What About Us and our TV show Chasing The Saturdays. Once we got back we had a couple of days off.
Although the Saturdays love working together, it’s also very important to all of us to spend time with our families when we’re not working.
My husband Ben also has a really busy schedule because he plays rugby for Northampton Saints and England, but he has more of a routine than I do. My schedule often changes at the last minute, for example if I’m called in to do a shoot or something we have lined up might get cancelled. But Ben knows the hours he’ll be training and that really helps with establishing a routine for Aoife.
Ben leaves for training very early in the morning but he’s back at around the same time every day. He plays a game once a week, normally on a Saturday, and he always has two days off per week. It can be hard to plan things to do things together but we’re both very devoted to our jobs so we find a way to work around it.
We don’t get a lot of time at home but we make the most of it when we do. When Ben and I are with Aoife, we love going out for Sunday lunch. Even just playing with her at home and doing really simple, silly things like teaching her how to play peek-a-boo and blowing kisses is fun.
I’m really looking forward to having a fellow Saturdays mum when Rochelle has her baby. Rochelle is very well prepared, a lot more than I was I can tell you! I felt like I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing. But an instinct kicked in at the right time and I feel quite confident about most things baby-related now. But I’ll never know everything, every baby is different.
Rochelle has got a lot of experience even just by being around me. Her best friend also had a baby around the same time as me so she has seen it all first-hand. She’s got really good maternal instincts, too.
I’m making sure I take lots of photos and videos of Aoife â€” apparently you always do when it’s your first child. She took five steps the other day. She’s been toddling about for a while but she hadn’t taken that many before and I managed to capture it in this video.
Aoife has got a very busy schedule. Sometimes I look at it and think her diary’s busier than mine! She’s very active, we take her to a class every Sunday called Water Babies. She loves music too and bops away when we put her songs on but it’s probably too early to tell if she’ll follow in my footsteps.
Although she’s out and about a lot, it’s not like we’re pushy parents or anything. Ben and I just think that as she’s not at preschool yet, it’s really important for her to be around other children.
I’m friends with Michelle Heaton and her little baby Faith. We love to meet up and it’s hilarious to see the two little girls together. They are a couple of months in age apart and it’s wonderful to watch them interacting.
Love from Una x