Baby bump (I am 18 weeks)
Location:Maroubra Beach, Sydney, Australia.
Occupation? Mum and freelance journalist.
Five favourite things/items?
1. Family and friends
2. The beach
5. And I can’t choose between cheese and margaritas for the fifth thing!
What are you most passionate about?
Firstly, I am passionate about raising a loving, happy, secure and conscious little boy. I am also really passionate about my other job. I’ve worked in the media for 15 years and sometimes journalists get a bad rap but you really can raise awareness for worthy causes and celebrate the ordinary people doing extraordinary things in life. Not only do I love writing, I am constantly inspired by the people I meet. It’s an exciting job.
Do you have any hobbies/things you do in your downtime? Spending time with my gorgeous husband and son, yoga, chilling at the beach, seeing my friends and working on my upcoming blog – www.morethanaprettyface.com.au
How would you describe your family? A tight-knit little love bubble!
How did becoming a mother change you? You definitely become a lot more selfless. Also, since becoming a mother, time has become so precious, I now choose only to spend time with people – and do things – that make me feel truly happy. I also think motherhood makes you feel more deeply and love harder than ever before.
What’s the best part about being a mother? Absolutely everything!! Watching them grow and discover new things every day is incredible. Sunny likes to strum his little ukulele and sing You Are My Sunshine, which brings us to tears every single time! I love the wet sloppy kisses and nothing beats my son throwing his little arms around my neck and telling me he loves me to the moon and back – and back again.
Naming your children is always so difficult (or maybe it was just me!) Was it easy to pick your child’s name and why did choose it?Sunny was our first and only choice for a boy. My husband and I are both pretty happy, positive people and we wanted a name that made us smile. Although, it is very difficult to get cranky with a boisterous toddler when his name is Sunny! We also loved Daisy, which we will name this baby if it is a girl.
Has your personal style changed since becoming mother? If so how? I mainly wear T-shirts and denim shorts or jeans and flats these days. I work at a magazine one day a week so I like to put heels on and dress up a little on that day. I find myself checking myself in the toilet mirror before I walk into the office to make sure I don’t have any banana smeared on me or greasy little finger prints.
Is there anything about motherhood that has surprised you? There are many things but really just how much I love and enjoy it, and how much love I have for this absolutely beautiful little human being. I’d never even changed a nappy until I had my son but it just felt very natural from day one.
Favourite thing to do as a family? The simple things are the best things. We live at the beach so we love nothing more than playing on the sand, swimming and crab hunting in the rock pools with our little man. Si and I have traveled a lot so I can’t wait to take Sunny on some more overseas adventures.
What has been the most memorable moment for you in motherhood so far? Sunny’s birth was one of the most incredible, powerful experiences of my life. He was in the posterior position so I had two days of very intense pre-labour and I hadn’t dilated at all. But when my waters eventually broke on the third day, I ended up having a completely natural birth in the birth centre of our local hospital. My husband and I had done a She Births course with the incredible Nadine Richardson in the lead-up to the birth, which helped a lot. I was in the spa with my husband for most of the nine-hour labour. We just had a little lamp on and my mum and sister were there for quiet support. The moment Sunny was placed on my chest was indescribable.
What are some baby essentials every new mother needs? I loved the bamboo swaddles by Aiden and Anais for wrapping Sunny and for throwing over the pram when he was sleeping.
What are some of your favourite shops/websites for baby wear? My sister owns and runs the most incredible boutique market at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast called The Village Markets. They have so many fantastic children’s wear designers like Sweet Child of Mine, Fabrikkeborn and Children of the Tribe. Shorties in Sydney’s Newtown have really different things, too.
What is the one thing you want to teach your children? I want to give them the confidence and encouragement to believe in themselves and chase their dreams whatever they may be. I also think it is important for them to have a good work ethic and know that nothing worth having comes easy.
Most importantly, I want them to be happy, compassionate, thoughtful, respectful, nice and loving people who place their family above all else. I was raised in a family where my parents were – and still are – madly in love and it taught me to never settle for anything less when it comes to love. My husband and I are the same and I think that’s a great thing for kids to witness. I really want my kids to know the value of true love.
Have any advice for newly mothers/mothers to be? Don’t put too much pressure on yourselves. Don’t worry if you have a terrible day. It will happen from time to time but don’t beat yourself up over it. Also, make sure you take time to enjoy your baby. It goes so fast.
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