MEET THE URBO2 FAMILY: EIMEAR VARIAN BARRY
We approached a number of #realparents to try out our range of new stroller colours. Ever so stylish Eimear Varian Barry felt like the perfect fit for our striking Urbo2! We had a quick catch up to find out a bit more about her and her family..
Eimear, thanks for speaking with us! What can you tell us about you and your family?
There‘s me, my boyfriend Daniel, our little 2 year old Saoirse and another little girl in my belly! Daniel and I met in Darwin in a hostel (over a jug of beer!) when we were backpacking in Australia three years ago. He is from Surrey, and I moved back to the UK with him.
Can you remember how you felt when you first found out you were expecting Saoirse?
Oh with Saoirse I was a mess. The reality of knowing I was going to become a mother was unbelievably daunting. Sometimes it’s the opposite for other women. Pregnancy messes with you so much hormonally- something men will never understand! No offence guys! I think I lived my life very freely and I hated the thought of committing to such a life change and having to “settle down”.
Thinking about it now it seems silly, but it was just another chapter of my life. I think I just had an idea of what a mother should be. Not what kind of a mother I wanted to be. I think some modern young women have a constant battle with this in their heads. “I want a baby so bad…but I want to make something of myself. How on earth am I going to fit it all in?” Little did I know it would be the best thing that ever happened to me.
How about not, with baby number two on the way?
I am flying now, but the first trimester was really difficult this time. Sickness prevailed, hormones took over and I was really down for a few weeks. Everything was a lot more intense this time, which is why I was convinced I was having a boy! Headaches, mood swings, lack of patience, vomiting a lot more. Thankfully everything leveled out at around 19 weeks. I have an idea of how incredible it will be, so thankfully I don’t have the same fears as the initial shock of the first! Obviously having two kids is going to be a lot more of a challenge, but there will be a copious amount more love around! And who doesn’t want that?!
Well, exactly! How would you describe Saoirse’s personality?
Saoirse is a happy, sweet, loving child…with a strong personality. By that, I mean, regular tantrums!
We know the kind! So how do you all spend time as a family?
Honestly, we don’t do anything super exciting and like a lot of families, not as much as we would both like. I think we just like to chill out and go out to eat and sometimes explore Surrey’s cute villages on Sunday. By that, I mean me dragging Daniel to come eat out or explore Surrey’s cute villages! When your work commitments clash, I think it’s difficult to fit family time in.
Absolutely, it take a lot of effort. How about me-time? Do you get much, and if so, how do you spend it?
I think I have a few small me-time moments during the week that add up! Whether it be sitting down and having a cuppa and reading an article or taking a bath when Saoirse goes to bed. At the weekends I love sitting on the train to London with a coffee and looking out the window coming up to Waterloo thinking of how lucky I am to be able to pop in and out of the city and do fun things! What I am doing these days is my dream job and I will constantly strive to be able to have the luxury of being able to spend as much time with Saoirse.
What one life lesson will you be passing on to your two?
Know when to speak up and know when to be quiet!
Good one! Do you find the saying ‘mum knows best’ is even more relevant now you’re one yourself? What’s the best piece of advice your mum has given you?
My mum always just went with the mothering flow and did what worked best for her. I think that’s the best advice she gave me. Just do whatever feels right for your child, your family, for you. I guess that ties into never judging another mother for her own ways of doing things. I know it’s hard not to sometimes, but I think you just need to remind yourself not to.
It’s so true. Where’s the best places to go in Surrey:
To eat: I love super kid friendly NIKKI’s in Weybridge here in Surrey. I go there all the time with Saoirse. Everything she cooks is homemade. It’s super cosy and I Nikki is one of those warm women you just always look forward to seeing! I go to Jamie’s Italian in Kingston a tonne too. I love everything he does, and how kid-friendly his restaurants are, is testament to how great a man he is! The waiters are so great with kids and Saoirse loves colouring and playing with the toys you get at the table when you go there!
For days out: I like going to Crockford Bridge Farm in Addlestone to pick our own veg, Saoirse loves the playground there too! They have the dreamiest swing hanging from an old tree there. I love sitting on it with Saoirse on summery early mornings…10 seconds of that and she is over it! Saoirse loves it at Bocketts farm too.
Day trips indoors: It’s actually a bit away from us, but Airhop in Guilford is super fun!
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat to us Eimear! Want to find out more about our Urbo2? Click here.