An Open Letter to Mrs. Hinch

If you don’t know who Mrs. Hinch is, then here’s a brief intro. Sophie Hinchliffe is the cleaning extraordinaire who’s instagram account @mrshinchhome has taken the world by storm and is continuing to rapidly grow towards two million followers. A combination of her warm Essex wit, searing honesty about how her “Hinching” helps manage her anxiety and brilliantly simple cleaning tips have led to an appearance on This Morning and to a publishing deal – she’s currently putting the finishing touches on her first book. But she’s also working on an even bigger project. Mrs. Hinch is pregnant with her first baby (human one, she already has a gorgeous fur baby called Henry too!). A little boy. Now if you don’t follow her or haven’t ever heard of her it doesn’t really matter. This letter is addressed to her but it is really for to all Mum’s-to-be. So here goes…

Dear Mrs Hinch,

I hope you don’t mind me writing so openly to you. I doubt very much you’ll actually see this. It’s just, you see I’m a Mum and a devoted member of the Hinch army and I felt compelled to say this. I very much hope you’ll understand why.

When you announced over Christmas that you were expecting a wee babba (human one, Henry is obviously your fur one!) I was delighted for you. Although we’ve never met, I, along with thousands of others, feel I know you rather well. Your voice is familiar, and often in my home, like that of a good mate. So when you posted up the photo of you sharing the scan photo I did what I always do when I hear good news like that, and welled up with joy.

But after the instant glee subsided another thought popped into my head, and it was this…’Well, I wonder how this will work out.’ You see, I am a Mummy to two little people. And try as I might to keep my home looking beautiful, I spend 95% of my time time feeling like I am trying to put out flames with petrol. To be quite honest Soph, there’s shit everywhere, (by shit, I mean stuff, not actual shit, although there have been times…).

And I couldn’t help thinking…does she know? Does she realise what a tiny human does to mess up your house? And your life for that matter? Amazing, incredible, wonderful? Yes…but messy. How is this all going to unfold?

But then today as I sat ‘zo-flora-ing’ my skirting boards I thought, well, she doesn’t need to know that. We all know babies change everything. Every Tom, Dick and Harriet will tell you this as you walk around cradling your precious bump but until you experience motherhood nothing and no-one can really prepare you for how it changes you. You as a person. How it makes you question every tiny thing you thought you already knew about yourself. Forces you to grow and change in ways you never expected to. Cuts you down to the smallest version of yourself and then sends you soaring to the biggest, all in a matter of moments. But you don’t need to know this. You’ll experience it all for yourself, in your own way, and it’ll be incredible.

So what I REALLY think you should know Mummy-to-be of a baby boy, Instagram famous lover of Cliff, Dave and Kermit is THIS…

The followers can wait.

We can and will wait. If you don’t “Hinch” for months or a year it doesn’t matter. If you just Hinch in the peace of your own home when you get five minutes and don’t share it with the nearly 2 million of us, please don’t worry. Don’t feel your owe it to us to keep it up. The only person you owe anything to is that baby boy and your own little family. The army can wait.

Having a baby is tough enough. Feeling the pressure of millions of people whilst you try to recover from giving birth to that human and learn how to look after it will be tougher. You often apologise for not Hinching because you’re away for the weekend or out with friends. But please don’t apologise on behalf of your baby boy and you. We will wait. And those that don’t…ah well, you didn’t want them selfish buggers following you anyway! ๐Ÿ˜‰

People will comment, and try to tell you you’re doing it wrong. Parenting wrong. Feeding them wrong. Putting them down to sleep wrong. Carrying them wrong. They just will. They can’t bloody help themselves. But ignore them all. Do it your way, the Hinch way. Because Mummy knows best.

I hope that makes sense. I didn’t want this to be some preachy ‘you’re gonna be a mum and this is how it’ll be’ letter. People might tell you that you won’t have time to hinch or won’t want to. And maybe you won’t? But maybe you still will. Maybe the baby will sleep well or you’ll find a way to manage it all with him strapped to you constantly. Maybe it’s the Hinching that’ll get you through those tough few first weeks? Who knows! But I’ll tell you this. When my baby boy was born I felt completely and utterly overwhelmed (like MANY Mums) and I couldn’t even summon the energy to brush my teeth, let alone the loo. And we all survived. He’s now happily at school and I’m at home hinching. It all worked out rather well and I’m certain it will for you too.

I spent this morning ‘Hinching’ my hallway. It’s been a mess for more months than I care to admit. As always I had watched your stories this morning and had a little giggle. You never fail to raise a smile with your daft and genius antics. Your support for people with anxiety and other mental health issues is hugely admirable. I think you and Jamie are going to make wonderful parents. I just wanted you to know. The army can wait. I really do wish your ALL THE BEST.

Much love

Five Minute Mum

P.s. When the baby turns one, I have lots of ideas of ways to keep him entertained so you can Hinch on…! ๐Ÿ˜‰

25 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Mrs. Hinch

  1. This is exactly it and no matter what happens all that matters is you your baby and maybe Jamie every now and then lol (itโ€™s a man thing) good luck in all you do we love you Mrs Hinch and Five minute mummy x

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  2. Brilliant advice, I tried to advice my friends before their 1st child bit as we know, you have to experience it to believe it! Good much Mrs and Mr Hinch X Thank you for all the tips!

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  3. Well Said!! Iโ€™ve been thinking the exact same thing! So worried sheโ€™ll feel under pressure to keep it all up when having a baby is SO completely life altering and overwhelming, the last thing you need is thinking 1.6 million people are judging you!

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  4. This letter is so lovely, and she is so right. Sometimes you don’t have to do more than just get dressed in those early weeks. Don’t be under any pressure Mrs Hinch, baby comes first ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿผ

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  5. This Is so so true take it from a mother of 3! Older ones now I had 2 10 and half months apart and one 13 years from the older ones all magical moments tough at times but Iโ€™m here to tell the tale and theyโ€™ve all turned out great! Love your hinching makes me smile and the house has never been cleaner but I will wait! Because you are worth it! Just take time being a mummy Hinch!!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•xxx

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  6. Well said!! I absolutely love this!! Nice to see so.ething positive! Like you say the people who unfollow or leave crappy comments aren’t needed!!!! I wish her all the best (in true Mrs hinch style)

    Xxx

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  7. Aww so lovely and so true. Kids change our life for the best. They are wee miracles. They dont come with rule books and they are all different. Mrs hinch will be a great mum she is such a lovely girl I love her posts shes helped me get back to cleaning to work on my anxiety
    Love you Sophie and your new big elephant ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  8. This is the most perfect letter! My thoughts exactly, my daughter has a new baby, and she is an incredible mum, I do try to tell her though it’s ok to have bad days, that the house can wait, the baby can’t, don’t stress. You sound like a great mum, I had 4, in 5 years ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ I also stayed at home after the 2nd, and raised them the same as you. Some days my house was immaculate, some days it looked like a squat ๐Ÿ˜† But it all works out! Thank you for your words xx

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  9. Thatโ€™s just too cute, if you lived near me Iโ€™d be playing knock a door run with a bottle of wine, you are a champion of women my online guru!!!
    Signed
    Mother of two, cleaner & teacher ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™xx

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