Jenny Raymond

When on maternity leave back in 2014, Jenny was unable to find the all-encompassing online 'community' she was searching for, so she did exactly what you would expect a confident, determined, incredibly positive woman to do - she created one herself.

Jenny is one of those Mamas you hope to meet when you enter your NCT class - authentic, non-judgemental and kind... and the fantastic thing is that Mamazou is built on those foundations.

 

#youknowyoureamamawhen Snapshot:

#youknowyoureamamawhen... you find yourself cleaning everything at home with Water
Wipes.

Spotlight on Mamazou:

Give us an insight into Mamazou and what prompted you to develop the social network.

When I fell pregnant I became so overwhelmed with all the information presented online.  Many websites were cluttered, over bearing and really quite daunting.  I wanted to create a relaxed, non-judgemental space, where parents and parents-to-be could come together from all over the world and build their own community to guide each other, support each other and celebrate all walks of life.  After all, we’re all in it together.

Why do you think social networking sites have become so important for Mamas in this generation?

Pregnancy and becoming a first time parent can leave you feeling very isolated.  It’s nice for Mum’s and Dad’s to be able to have a “safe” place where they can talk anonymously if they so wish to others who are going through similar experiences.  It can be incredibly empowering when you meet like-minded people and it’s really reassuring to know that there are communities like that out there.

Spotlight on Mamahood:

What do you know today about Mamahood that you didn't know a month ago?

It doesn’t get easier… but it does get more fun by the day.

Do you have a Mama ‘truth’ you keep secret in case of being judged by other parents and if so, would you care to share it today?

If H ever gets given chocolate or sweets at parties etc, I tend to eat them before she notices.  To the point where on Halloween, she didn’t even realise the treats she got were chocolate and lollies.  She still doesn’t know what a marshmallow is!

What about your little person makes them so easy to love?

Everything.  She’s vivacious, gorgeous (I’m biased), happy go lucky, confident and ever so innocent.  She comes out with the cutest and funniest things.  It’s sad to think that innocence won’t last forever.  

When was the last time you felt 'Mama Guilt' and how do you deal with it?

Last week.  I recently had my tonsils out following sepsis (quite a shock).  So poor H was stuck at home with a mama in bed for the second part of her nursery holidays.  I felt so guilty as I wanted her to have the fun holidays that most kids do, take her places, etc.  I’m still making up for it and next week we’re off on holidays so we’ll have plenty of quality time then.

What is your Mama Mantra?

Because I said so!

Spotlight on Jenny:

What is currently on your nightstand?

An amethyst crystal, mobile phone and a glass of water

When you manage to find that elusive 'me-time', what do you do with it?

That’s so hard to come by these days!  I usually end up procrastinating but otherwise try to go to a spin class or do something fitness orientated.

What are the last three items on your bank statement?

A pair of Nike trainers (for H of course), my Ocado shop and a bouquet of flowers from the Flower Station.

Who inspires you and why?

I’m fortunate enough to say I’ve met so many inspirational people but the ones that stick out most are the members in my family.  My daughter for starters – whilst I know it’s the biggest cliché but she inspires me every single day.  Her love for life, her happiness and her constant unconditional love gives me such drive to do the best I can.  My father is another huge inspiration to me.  He’s has always worked around the clock in order to provide my siblings and I the best upbringing he could.  He has shown us that hard work pays off and to never give up.  

What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m scared of the dark.