On the lead up to Mother's Day, I'm delighted to feature an interview with one of the queens of instamums, Clemmie Hooper. Clemmie has been my mum crush since even before she had her twins and became an Instagram superstar. I have enjoyed following her journey through motherhood and honestly don't know how she does it with four kids! The twins are the same age as Violet so I always enjoy seeing them and the adventures/mischief they get up to which I can often relate to. I love Clemmie's down to earth honesty and sense of humour, she captures the highs and lows of modern family life so well. Plus she has pretty cool style and we share similar opinions on body positivity!
Congratulations on your second book Clemmie! I so wish this had been around when I was pregnant with my kids as I can't remember anything now! I think it’s the ideal baby shower, new mum or Mother's Day gift. If you haven’t heard about the How To Grow A Baby Journal it’s basically a beautiful book to fill your feelings, experiences and memories on your pregnancy journey - such a great keepsake. The journal is currently available to pre-order on Amazon here and is being released on 5th April. Not long to wait now.
We asked Clemmie to answer a few questions...
What would your dream Mother's Day treat be?
I should probably say to spend a whole day with my children but in all honesty, I would prefer to spend a day at a spa having a massage and a mani/pedi. But I do love the breakfast in bed tradition and home made cards, and maybe just an hour to read at least one section of the Sunday papers.
What are you getting your mum for Mother's Day?
I always send her a card and my brother and sister and I often all club together to get her a beautiful bunch of flowers.
What does modern motherhood mean to you?
Doing lots of different roles as a woman and a mother without feeling like you’re making any compromises or sacrifices.
What were your best and worst experiences in your pregnancy with the twins?
I had a condition called Obstetric Cholestasis (a build up on bile acids) which made me itch like a mad woman. I would lie awake with my hands wrapped in cold flannels it was so awful. Eventually my consultant prescribed me sleeping tablets to get me through the last few weeks. The best was feeling them both move and kick and grow. Every pregnancy is special and unique but carrying twins was really something else.
What are the biggest challenges you’re experiencing in your Motherhood journey at the moment?
Dealing with a pre teen and two two year olds. Lots of tantrums and frustrations but at very different ends of the spectrum
What do you think being a new mother will be like in 5 years time?
I hope, I really hope women will learn to rest in the postnatal period. I keep banging on about this, 1 week in bed, 1 week on the sofa. The amount of women I witness hobbling to the local café with a tiny new-born baby just to meet up with their NCT group when their bodies aren’t healed. Take things slower, if we just slowed down, tuned in to our babies and bodies I think things like breastfeeding and motherhood in general would be more manageable.
Who are your current favourite kids clothes brands?
High St, - Zara, H&M and M&S. Smaller brands I love anything Cissy Wears sells, Eddie & Bee and Mother of Pearl Handmade
Fashion… you have such fab mum style! What outﬁt are you living in and what outﬁt are you lusting after at the moment?
Ah thanks! It’s still so cold! I love cropped trousers so wearing those but with tights underneath with trainers (I’m addicted to trainers) and a chunky knit. Our new house is quite big and cold so I’ve invested in lots of cashmere and wool. I’m lusting after a Ganni dress I’ve seen in Liberty and an oversized mac in APC, neither will be bought they’ll just remain on my Pinterest board. We’re doing up our new house so my budget on clothes has been cut and now I have to make decisions about radiators and flooring. Not as fun.
You recently moved from London to Kent. What advice would you give a family thinking of relocating out of the city?
JUST DO IT! We talked about it for so long in the end we just put the house on the market and started viewing houses outside London. You’ll never regret it, we love living by the sea, yet we’re only 1 hr on the fast train to Kings Cross so it doesn’t feel too far away. In fact, I’m writing thing whilst on the train now. London is amazing and will always be there.
How does it feel having over 400k followers on Instagram?
Honestly? I don’t wake up and think ‘I’ve got X amount of followers’. I don’t spend that much time on Instagram, I post and move on. I turned my notifications off last year so I don’t feel I need to see everything that’s being said. If I’ve posted something that provokes a reaction or discussion then I’ll pop back later in the day and engage. I know everyone has a love/hate relationship with Instagram but I really can take it or leave it. I also have a job and 4 children both keep me grounded and very very busy, which is a blessing in disguise.
You are a serious supporter of other women and small businesses, how does it feel to have the power to inﬂuence so many people?
It’s a great way to use my platform and support others, after all my followers are down to people supporting me! I love finding and shopping with small businesses, and watching how a post or mention from me can given them the boost they need and deserve. It’s a great feeling.
Simon also has a book coming out this year! Are you ever competitive over who has the most followers or is most funny?
Haha not at all. In fact when we first set up his account he said I’m going to beat your followers then quit! We also have quite different followers and our content is really different. He is 100% the funny one and never complains or moans about the tough times only makes it all seem relatable.
What’s next for MOD in 2018?
Well currently I’m on the 5am train to work seriously jetlagged from a week at Disney so I think I need a week off to recover. Obviously that’s not going to happen but I do allow myself a day a week at home when the twins are at nursery and the older two are at school just to get shit done, life admin, washing that kind of boring thing but for I need those days to feel organised and on top of it all. But more excitingly my second book The Journal is out in April and I have a collaboration coming out later this year can’t say too much at this stage. I’ve got a lot of promo for the book which means going some cool events around the country, and the house is still is a big project. I’ve got my teeth into interiors and pinning on Pinterest like a mad woman but I hate the process and the dust and mess, I’m basically really inpatient and want everything done which is not how it's done. I think that’s enough for this year, I feel a bit tired thinking about it all but it works out in the end!