Mummy Kate Blog is first and foremost a diary of our family life. A way of recording all the little, and not so little, things that make up our world.
‘Making our little memories last a lifetime’
I hope that sharing my memories provides you with inspiration and motivation for making the most of your own family life.
Every family has a story… welcome to ours! 👨👩👧🐶🏡
K A T E
Well I guess I am ‘Mummy Kate’, the person who writes the content of this blog!
At the age of 17, I got an apprenticeship at Blackpool Council in the HR department and after 6 years of working my way up the career ladder, I decided I wanted to become a primary school teacher instead.
So I left my job and went to university full time to study a teaching degree. I worked very hard and got a job straight away, teaching a Year 5 class in an excellent primary school. I also fell pregnant…
I did return to teaching for a short while after having Jessie, however really struggled with the workload and found myself extremely stressed out.
In January 2017, I took a ‘step down’ and have been working as a teaching assistant in a lovely little catholic primary school ever since. This suits our family much better, for the time being, and I am a much happier mum!
I’m always running late, have a terrible memory (one of my reasons for writing this blog) and am ridiculously slow at replying to texts.
I love children’s fashion, pretty stationery (🤓), watching mummy vloggers on You Tube and doing a bit of yoga when I get the chance. I have a sweet tooth (chocolate cake 😍😍😍) and I’d live off cereal if Matt would let me!
My main hobby used to be dancing, however I haven’t returned to this since having Jessie… I guess my new hobby is this blog!
M A T T
I met Matt whilst working at Blackpool Council, the usual scenario at the Christmas party – we had a little bit too much to drink and ended up kissing on the dance floor 🙈
We moved in together after just 6 months and nearly 10 years later, after 3 house moves, a puppy and a baby, we are still together!
Matt has also worked at the Council since he was 17 and is still working there now. He has worked extremely hard and is now a well respected manager with a strong team working for him.
Matt’s passion is football. He was an outstanding player until a nasty tackle damaged his knee and he has never been the same since. He has had numerous operations but it still causes him trouble over 10 years later.
I often think me and Matt are ‘opposites’. He’s very logical, practical, a good problem solver, and prefers savoury to sweet 🤔 but like me, he’s always running late! Poor Jessie has no chance!
J E S S I E
Our little doll, our little pea, our absolute world. On the 4th March 2016, Jessie was born just under 4 weeks early, by induction, due to me developing severe preeclampsia very suddenly. She was tiny but perfect, weighing only 4lb 14oz.
I try hard to dress her up in beautiful dresses and pretty bows, but I get the feeling she is going to be a bit of a tom boy. She loves to climb and cause mischief, and we often have to tell her off for being mean to Josie (our dog!).
She absolutely loves reading books and being outdoors. Ever since she was tiny, she’d sing and smile as soon as we got outside.
We call her Miss Independent as she wants to do everything herself – doesn’t need help from Mummy or Daddy apparently! This includes getting dressed, using a fork, brushing her teeth oh and even changing her nappy! At 18 months, she obviously cannot do these things herself, so some days it can be a bit of a battle!
She tries so hard to talk, copying everything we say and has the most infectious smile. I’m so proud of the little person she is growing into.
J O S I E
Josie is our lively but lovable Labrador! She can certainly be a handful at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. She gives the best cuddles and has helped me get through many tough times in my life. I think we can learn a lot from dogs… they don’t judge, just love you no matter what.
Her favourite thing to do is get wet and muddy and, in typical Labrador fashion, will eat anything and everything (including dirty nappies, Ugg boots and Easter Eggs – which by the way are poisonous to dogs!)
Josie is well and truly a member of our family. After all, she was our first baby. She sits on the sofa watching TV with us every night and also sleeps on our bed 🙈
When we first came home with Jessie, poor Josie was so confused; she’s such a sensitive little soul. She developed a ‘phantom pregnancy’ and started producing milk. It was heartbreaking to see her so distressed. The vet said she was picking up on my hormones and that just proves to me how strong our bond is.
She is such a caring ‘big sister’ to Jessie and I really do love her with all my heart ❤️
Updated October 2017