I started this blog back in May 2016, two months before Oliver was born. It’s recently occurred to me that I haven’t spoken about myself much since I became a Mum. You probably all know me very well as the ‘Sarah, the mummy to Oliver’ but you might not know much about just ‘Sarah’ – who I am when I’m not being mummy. It’s very common for women to lose themselves when they become a mum, and I definitely feel I have forgotten a bit about myself.
I thought it was about time I write a post about me that has nothing to do with being a mummy. I thought this would be a great way to get to know me, my past and present, but also it’s also a way to remind myself of who I am. I’m not just a mummy.
The Basics About Sarah
I thought I’d start with the basics. I’m Sarah (obviously), 25 years old and I’m married to my husband, Nathan, and have been married for nearly 3 years now. We have one child named Oliver and we’re desperately trying for another – Mumma isn’t producing eggs correctly, but that’s a story for another time. I grew up in Essex with my parents and brother but I now live in a small 3 bed house with Nathan and Oliver in Suffolk.
I’m a huge gamer geek
I love playing games, and when I’m not playing a game we’re usually watching someone else play a game. I’ve always been into games as long as I can remember. My love started when The Sims came out when I was a lot younger. I fell in love and would either be playing it myself or watching my brother play. My favourite games to play/watch nowadays are Overwatch, The Sims 4, Skyrim, City Skylines and many more.
I love photography but have no idea what I’m doing
I’ve always loved photography, which you may have noticed, but I literally have no idea what I’m doing. I know how to control half of the settings but I have no idea how it affects what the photo turns out like. Since having Oliver I tend to now stick it on sports mode and hope I get a good shot. My love for photography has come from my Dad. He’s always loved photography which grew on me. For my 18th birthday my parents bought me the Digital SLR camera I still use today – 7 years old and still going strong!
I’m scared of a lot of things
I have quite a few phobias, my worst being thunder and lightning. Along side Astraphobia I’m also scared of insects, the dark, spiders, small spaces, crowded spaces, the deep sea, potato sprouts, snakes, axolotls and old people homes (this sounds like I’m a horrible person but I really freak out in them). Just typing them all out has made me feel so sick and horrible!
I suffer from anxiety and depression
I’ve written about this before but for the past few years I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression. It’s something that I’ve been on and off medication for and have had CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to try and help. I’ve never really found the perfect thing that helps me but for now I’m kinda just rolling with it. I have my good days and bad days, some a lot worse than others. Luckily I have a supportive husband and parents which help me along.
When I was much skinnier…!
I love the theatre and always loved Drama in school
When I started Drama in year 7 at school I instantly fell in love. It was my favourite subject for a long while. I’d always audition for a part in the yearly school play and would get excited the days I had a Drama class. Because of this I absolutely love the theatre. I’ve been lucky enough to see some amazing shows, but my favourite by far is currently Harry Potter and the cursed child, which I actually only saw a few weeks ago. Before then my favourite was Matilda. It would be a dream come true if I ever performed on stage in a professional play, but that’s a very far-fetched dream of mine because of my anxiety.
I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan
Leading on from the previous paragraph, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I literally love the world J K Rowling has created. I’m actually so sad the books/films came to an end. I know there has been Fantastic Beasts films since but the originals will always hold a special place in my heart. I was very disappointed when my Hogwarts letter didn’t turn up on my 11th birthday…
I want to travel the world
My plan is to travel the world throughout my life. I know it’s much harder with children but it can still be done. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places so far and my plans will never stop, whether they’re booked or not. My dream destination is New Zealand which I will make sure I go to before the day I die.
My real life true story I always tell people
This is something I always end up telling people just because of how horrifying and weirdly funny it is.. If you’re squeamish I’d recommend skipping on to the next section.
When I was about 8 or 9 I was playing in my bunk bed with one of those plastic brooms you get kids at Halloween, except without the broom end, so just the pole. I decided to get down from my bed, with the pole in my hand… I was climbing down the steps of my bunk bed (with the steps behind me) and I jumped the last step.. The pole got caught on that last step and some how it went into my mouth and scraped all along the inside of my mouth. Obviously I screamed! I went running down the stairs towards my mum with blood pouring out of my mouth. She had no idea what had happened so she sat me down, grabbed a bucket and shoved it in front of me to catch the blood. She thought I was coughing up blood.
I’m probably guessing you’re starting to wonder why it’s weirdly funny… Well the world started to go black so I asked my mum ‘Am I going to die??’ and her response was, ‘I don’t know!!’! Just what a little girl wants to hear, hey??! We rushed to A&E and the bleeding slowed down. After seeing a plastic surgeon he said it’ll heal okay and I’ll just have some scarring. Luckily I didn’t damage the palate bone in the roof of my mouth as that would have resulted in quite serious surgery. This happened a few days before Christmas so I ended up having chicken soup for Christmas dinner!
My ultimate dream is to own a modern cottage style house in the countryside with my family
I know I said I’d talk about myself away from motherhood, but a dream of mine has always been to own a modern cottage style house situated in the countryside of Suffolk or Norfolk with 3 children in total. We’re hopefully nearly half way there to making that dream come true.
There we have it! I can’t think of anything else about me right now. Is there anything else you want to know about me? Let me know in the comments if there is anything else you’d like to know about the real Sarah, not just Mummy Sarah. It feels weird to have written a whole post about myself and barely mention Oliver. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!