Katie Piper chats being a busy mum as she reveals that her guilty pleasure is stalking people on Instagram

Breakfast is a bit of a juggling act.

My other daughter Belle [three] wakes at 7am, and that’s when I’ll start my day. Most of the time I’ll be holding Penelope while trying to brush Belle’s hair as she munches on some toast at the table. I need more arms!

My husband Richard and I do the nursery run at 8.30am. During the day we rotate looking after Penelope.

If I can’t have her then she’ll spend the day with Richard [33, a carpenter and builder] or my mother-in-law, who lives down the road. We also have a childminder who helps out occasionally.

For six weeks I was breastfeeding so she was with me constantly, but now I’m able to get back on top of work.

I hate doing nothing. I’m constantly busy and my job is so varied.

Some days I’ll be doing interviews over the phone or replying to emails from my office at home, while others I’ll be in central London filming or doing a corporate talk.

The head office for my charity The Katie Piper Foundation is also in London, so I’ll often pop in to see how everything is going or to run a workshop. Lunch is usually a salad, which I’ll eat huddled over my laptop replying to emails.

I can barely keep up with Belle’s diary. She does ballet on Monday, trampolining on Tuesday and is a member of a street-dancing group.

We have to schedule in play dates weeks in advance. After picking her up from nursery at 3.30pm, I’ll take her to one of her many activities, then we’ll head home for dinner together.

Richard is the cook. He’s very good. Often he’ll make stuff in advance and pop it in the freezer – one of my favourites is spaghetti Bolognese.

He makes it really garlicky with lots of herbs. We’re very strict about the kids being in bed by 7pm.

They’re usually tired enough to sleep, but sometimes we will lie with them and watch something on the iPad together. Then Richard and I can spend some quality time as a couple.

I speak to my mum Diane every day. We’re very close.

When she first got WhatsApp, it would take her hours to type, but now she’s too quick for me! She lives two hours away and we’re heading there today to see her for Mother’s Day.

Stalking people on Instagram is my guilty pleasure. If I’ve had a stressful day I like to go for an evening run to get a bit of headspace.

Then I’m usually in bed by 9.30pm. Richard falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow, while I’ll be flicking through social media.

You know what it’s like when you get in that spiral! I’ll nod off around an hour later, but I never have long before Penelope wakes me up again.

  • From Mother To Daughter: The Things I’d Tell My Child by Katie Piper is out now (£14.99, Quercus).

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