This June, Mums NI Chats with the ever busy Mum, Sharon Morgan. We are delighted she has taken some time out of her busy schedule for us.
Sharon is a Mum to little Rosa, crafter, musician, music tutor, scribbler, online shop owner/manager/proprietor/assistant. She enjoys learning Irish and Spanish. In her free time she likes sleeping and long romantic walks to the fridge.
We believe Sharon is Super Mum.
No two days are the same but there are two extremes which I will illustrate in a sliding mirrors kinda way.
Wake up fresh at 6, hot coffee, long shower without getting pelted with bath toys. Quiet bass practice ahhh
Rosa wakes up at 8, cuddle up on sofa and drink milk and eat breakfast of toast, cheese and 3 different colours of fruit
Take Rosa to daycare and Irish language immersion programme until 3 ,during which time I write a list of stuff to do, get loads of work done and a bit of practice to boot. Back of the net...
Pick Rosa up, have a lovely walk in the sunshine teaching her the names of flowers and stuff
Snack in the garden, few puzzles and horseplay, prep the veg for dinner in the garden and Rosa a potato to play with (keeps her entertained for ages!)
After dinner go to the park or take the dolly and pram for a walk to the shop
Bedtime routine - milk, pancake, story x 3, teeth brushed, cuddle, squealing match, bed.
Have a wee practice while Rosa sleeps.
Sit down to watch episode one of Game of Thrones.
Fall asleep 2 mins into it
A BAD DAY
sleep in late and wake up to the site of Rosa’s nostrils up close and personal
Make breakfast, throw it in a Tupperware to be eaten in the car, drive off realising that I forgot to brush my hair but hey, at least the kid is semi presentable...
Have a cursory shower and put pants on back to front.
Be too frazzled and decafeinated to write a list so I just try and tackle everything at once.
Time to get Rosa from Irish programme ALREADY! where did the time go, what did I do with it?
Hang out in garden then remember some bit of urgent work I didn’t get done and have to bring out all my materials into the garden. “No Rosa, you can’t play with mummy’s superglue and stop drawing on my online paid postage labels”
Dinner - pot noodle
Bedtime routine milk, pancake, teeth brushed, 3 stories, squealing match, sleep
Catch up on some more work
Sit down to watch EP 1 of Game of Thrones
Fall asleep 2 mins into it.
I don’t tackle everything in one day. If things are quiet on the music front, I pour my energy into the craft/online selling. I always try and have a few hours to do a fun activity with Rosa and try and involve her as much as I can.
I always have the paranoia I’ll forget my banjo picks (they are moulded to the shape of my fingers and irreplaceable) and have to pull over on a lay by en route to the gig and take my car apart. Usually, I just forget my sanity which is better than forgetting the songs!
I learnt a very time and monetary expensive lesson not to craft while Rosa is about. I basically posted two orders to the wrong people and had to redo the the work and post special next day delivery. Very expensive and very stressful but customers were happy in the end so it was worth getting it sorted.
Anytime I try and play double bass with Rosa about she tries to put little toys or bits of Lego into the f holes of the bass. If I try and play banjo in her presence she jumps up on my knee and uses my hands to cover her ears, smart kid, I see what you done there.
I always worry it will negatively impact her and try and get a work/life balance.
She does enjoy being on the road with me and hanging out with the Wookalilies and other musicians I’ve worked with.
I think it’s really helped her social skills and she has this thing in her head where she thinks everyone plays a musical instrument.
She also has shown some aptitude for music with her singing, rhythm and copying a scale on the piano so who knows.... maybe she will take up an instrument herself.
Sickness, it’s awful. First she gets sick and you’re like “can it get much worse?”. Then you get sick and you’re trying to look after yourself and the kid. The stuff Of nightmares.
Break everything into 15 minute slots - practice routines, work schedule, the lot. Drink coffee, lots and lots and lots of coffee.
Don’t work so hard, your shitty job won’t thank you for it.
Don’t waste time on crappy dates/boyfriends.
Enjoy the naps and the travelling.
Paint a landscape.
I love baking but don’t always get the time. I go to Spanish and Irish language classes and I really enjoy them as a learning and social outlet. Sometimes it’s nice to play a bit of music purely for the enjoyment of it. I love playing fingerstyle guitar relaxing in the garden while Rosa plays.