Firstly, I did a little thank you post on IG the other day but as my video clip was too long it cropped one of the mamas out - the very first mum to take part in Mummy Time and support what I was trying to (and herself has a fantastic blog about having a child with special needs) so here's the full video along with a HUGE thank you to the mums who have shared parts of their lives with Mummy Time.
Secondly, something that has been causing a bit of brain ache lately is trying to figure out who I should be featuring on Mummy Time. I started off by featuring mums to babies and young toddlers that I know in real life; then I started featuring mums I've met through Instagram tags and mums who have got in touch asking if they can feature. It's been such an honour that 21 mums have been willing to share their experiences so far and I feel, in perhaps a strange way, that I owe it to them to make something of this blog to share their stories with as many others as possible who may be able to identify with them. I know from the feedback I've already received that some mums have related to the things they've said and have also enjoyed finding out more about some of the people they follow.
With regard to Mummy Time recruitment, it's never been about follower numbers, although I'd be lying if I said it wasn't something I've given thought to. Some of the mums that have featured have a few hundred followers, some a few thousand and a couple have had tens of thousands. By featuring the wonderful Amaris at the end of the last 'series', who now has about 15k more followers than she did last month (!!!), I wondered whether I should only try to feature mums with thousands of followers from now on.
I took a break over Christmas because, to be honest, I was a bit paralysed by which direction to go in with Mummy Time and also I didn't want to bother people with my million-and-one questions over such a busy time. I lost confidence to approach people, even mamas I chat to and love on Instagram and those who have given me positive feedback in the past because I wondered whether their positive feedback meant they just like to read but wouldn't want to take part, or do not think I'd want to feature them. The thought of approaching mums with tens and thousands of followers just felt totally out of the question.
After much debate in my head, I have decided to go with my gut with regard to direction. I am going to keep doing what I was doing - it has worked so far and I have had such lovely feedback already. I will feature mums who ask to be featured, I am going to approach my mum-friends on IG, and I am going to take a gulp and ask some of the mums that I admire on there too as I don't really have anything to lose. The most important thing is that we are all mums - all trying to figure out what to do, what we're doing, where we're going and trying to do the best by our babies and families - and hopefully from sharing our experiences we can learn from and support each other.
So Mummy Time will be back when I've recruited a few mums to take part. I do not, for a second take for granted that mums will want to share, and I really appreciate those who have taken the time to take part so far. In the meantime I will be doing a couple of summary posts, a bit like the cravings one I did.
Here are the questions if you'd like to share, along with some instructions. The main thing I ask for is openness, honesty and clear photos. Please do let me know if you're working on it or if you have any questions for me.
I look forward to hearing from you lovely lot!